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Where to go in February

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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Where to go in February

There is something about February that makes it officially the end of the holiday season. Maybe it’s because we stop wishing ‘happy new year’ to those we haven’t seen since January, because too much time has passed or, because after February, the winter season, in most places, starts to fade and those who have not been able to travel yet, may not get a chance to see the snow, ski or even wear winter boots. Clearly, I’ve officially made February the saddest month of the year… Right, so let’s change the tone of this article or I might have already lost you. Here is to happy thoughts and where to go in February. February is a time to escape the cold, explore the world, treat yourself to a trip, celebrate romance with your significant other, or getaway with your best friends!

1. Brazil

On February 13th 2015 the street of RIO will be on fire! Rio Carnival is the result of months of preparation. People eagerly anticipate the start of each year’s Carnival. The Rio Carnival is a wild 5-day celebration, 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on Friday and finishes on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday after which one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. Carnival with all its excesses, celebrated as a profane event, could be interpreted an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. It is usually in February, the hottest month in the Southern Hemisphere, when summer in Rio is at its peak.

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2. Nepal

The best time to travel to Nepal is October – February, and secondly from March through to May. These periods will give you the best of the Nepal trekking season. As this is officially the dry season, there are no huge downpours (usually – that is) and there’s a better chance of clear skies. Higher that 2500 you will still find snow though. This season is good for trekking in lower elevations. The morning and night is cold and the days are warm when sunny.

Photo by Kinan Jarjous
Photo by Kinan Jarjous

 

3. Switzerland

Zermatt is heaven for snow lovers. There are pistes for beginners, experts and everyone in between. Here in Europe’s highest-altitude ski area, snow is guaranteed 365 days a year. For relaxation: winter hiking paths and snowshoe trails with views of the snowy Matterhorn. For Foodies: It’s the gourmet capital of the Alps. It was also named as a hot destination for 2015.

 Photographer © Marc Weiler

Photographer
© Marc Weiler

 

4. Tanzania

Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve is a hotspot for 2015, and the area’s newly redesigned tented camp, Azura Selous, is the stuff of very expensive dreams. While many tourists flock to the Serengeti, the Selous is three times the size, the largest game reserve in Africa with the highest percentage of wild dog. The 12 tented safari suites are extraordinarily remote overlooking the Great Ruaha River. It’s unlikely you’ll see another safari vehicle during your stay, especially if you never leave the addicting indulgence of your private plunge pool with killer views of predator and prey. This is the place to be in February with (or without) your most rugged boyfriend, a dream-defining safari.

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5. Seychelles

The Seychelles is outside of the Cyclone belt whilst Mauritius is within the Cyclone belt. The Seychelles has generally the same temperature all year round. The Main island of Mahe in the Seychelles Archipelago is rumored to be the mythical Garden of Eden. Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, in addition to its hilltop, and beach villas, claims 30-acres of award winning gardens. Bursting with life and color, the property is introducing a brand new horticultural “Into The Wild” emotional experience (300 Euro per couple.) Discover the fascinating Jellyfish tree on an expedition through the Seychelles’ exotic rainforest, led by an acclaimed botanist Steen Hanson. Maia arranges for him to trek with guests through the dense jungle of Mahe’s west coast, sharing lesser known information about local flora and fauna. This can be followed by an afternoon picnic of local fruits and vegetables. Maia even has its own vegetable garden growing an indigenous and exotic assortment of food. Completion of the experience involves a treatment in Maia’s Balinese-style, open air spa.

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