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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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I listened to a podcast yesterday and it resonated with me so much on the topic of earning trust in the corporate world “Earning trust: consistency in your behavior - trust is developed and established through consistency in behavior” 
I’ve often said that if you have so much moodiness in your life, you will lack leadership and trust, It’s something I truly believe in people. If you want to earn trust, be consistent in your behavior, in your choices and your words... most importantly, in what you believe in... otherwise, people will pull back. Think about that for your Thursday mood :)
  • It’s been a while since I’ve done a just “pick up and go”. The picture I took from outside my room is a reminder of that time in Kenya. Yep, it’s a giraffe.
Lately, everything has been so planned and that spontaneous “go” is something I sort of miss. 
There are definitely few things I’d want to do... for example drive a motorhome somewhere far far away, surf in the arctic... re-visit Kenya... explore Latin America...those are just few of the things. 
If you were to pick up and go, where would you go and what would you do?
  • Summer in @ourfinland was one of my highlights of 2019. On a mission with @travelwithtjd - we explored the south coast and witness the magic of the midnight sun while driving North West. 
From cabin life by the lake, to glass houses by the sea. We hiked, went on road trips, went island hopping, ate a LOT, took ATVs, did BBQs and jumped into the lake!
Join @dennisstever and I on our @travelwithtjd Finland Summer Series on the 21st of June - 26th June 2020, as we take you through the coast and into the wilderness and experience the summer activities that Finland has to offer. Click the link in bio or simply swipe up on my stories to find out more! #CreateYourReality #TravelwithTJD
  • I was always in a hurry to be someone, always in a hurry to become something and do everything I set my mind to. I didn’t waste my time on things or people that would get me nowhere. 
But, I crave a slow life, a simple life filled with adventures. No fast cars or expensive homes and for almost all my life, I’ve built a life in which I almost never needed to escape from. I’ve started my year with intentions to keep me grounded... and I intend to focus more on them. 
This is my beautiful reality and this photo represents that to me.
  • I’ve had the privilege of meeting incredible humans on our @travelwithtjd trips. 
I'm constantly learning from my mistakes and from others and I'm slowly acquiring patience and acceptance. 
I’ve met empowering souls who braved the arctic and chose to kick their fear to the curb and go on a life changing journey with us. 
I can’t help but be so grateful and in love with everything they have given and taught me, and that’s how I remember 2019. Through those I’ve met on our TJD trips, through their support. 
My message to them now is this: 
I know... that just because you carry your load well, doesn’t  mean its not heavy... So, choose wisely. 
Choose yourself first. 
Love strong and fiercely. 
Love with everything that you have. 
Don’t follow rules, break away from expectations. I'm changing...I'm growing... and I always chose to live the life I’ve always dreamed of, and not what others expect of me. 
Be fearless. Always remember that mental connection is stronger than physical attraction. 
And most of all, be a giver, but never one without boundaries... Happy 2020. 
Love, Michelle
  • Say what’s in your heart, always... 💫
Merry Christmas everyone, to you and your loved ones. 🎄
  • To my teachers: Almost every time I practice with you, you’ll find me with tears streaming down my face, a huge release of pent up, stored up, bottled up energy and emotion. 
For the longest time, my practice with you asked me to look at the parts of myself that I would rather ignore or forget about. Whether its the mental stress from my daily life or the emotional pain. My practice reveals what is happening inside me when I can’t put it in words because I’m simply built that way. 
And, sometimes we have more turbulence inside us than we realize. 
But, not all tears are necessarily sad; they can also be an indication just overwhelmed emotions rolling through us, but in the end, it’s liberating and powerful. 
My Ashtanga practice asked me to show up and bravely look it all in the eye and, sometimes, its brutal but you taught me that the practice is about showing up courageously regardless and pushing to the very end. 
Sometimes that means I leave practice on a cloud and sometimes I leave feeling a bit vulnerable, but it taught me more about myself so that I can choose to live the life I was designed to, to be my brightest true self.

Thank you for giving me a space to call my own, where in a room filled with beautiful, warm, humble yogis, I am able to feel like I’m the only one in the room. 
Thank you for accepting me for who I truly am. 
Thank you Anna, a yogi who always practices near me, and although I’m in total meditation throughout my practice, I feel your presence. 
And most of all thank you for being the greatest mentors in my life. 🥰
  • Et puis un jour, on s'en fout...
Et ça fait du bien...
  • As we give all the love that we have to others... we often forget to love ourselves a little more, so, here is a little reminder... Don’t forget to give a little extra more love for you today and do the things that sets your soul on fire. ☺️ Have a beautiful Tuesday!! 🥰
  • Join us on @travelwithtjd to Lapland!
We’ve received an incredible amount of requests on @travelwithtjd for more dates to open as most of our trips for 2020 is full. Soooooo, we’ve decided to open up a last minute trip for February 18 - 21 , 2020 to the Swedish Lapland for 4 nights for you to join! It’s a private luxury retreat and we have 3 cabins left and you’ve got your own private outdoor jacuzzi too :) Activities would include huskies Safari, horseriding in the wilderness, snowmobile activity and more! 
Message me directly or click the link in bio for more information! See you in the Arctic ❄️ #CreateYourReality #TravelwithTJD
  • For the longest time, I’ve been addicted to the sea. I’ve dedicated most of my passion for under water diving, kite surfing and being in flip flops. 
Asia was a huge part of my childhood and growing up to this day, I would only picture my future home in front of the ocean. But today, the ocean would maybe be the Arctic one. 
And now, I look back, only because it’s gratifying to do so. To see how far I have grown to love something totally the opposite but equally the same adventure of emotions. 
My goals? To be happy. To be really really happy. That’s all I ever want. 💫
  • The Arctic has become my comfort zone. A place where I can easily and happily go to re-align my thoughts. 
It helped me believe in giving people time...Time to process the good and the bad because there is something so beautiful about unforced bonds. 
I’m a forever kind of person. I don’t have room for temporary. I believe in big love, of growing old with your friends, soulmates and soul friends. 
I believe in being there for people through thick and thin. I believe in not giving up when things get tough. I believe in relationships that can make it through everything and anything. 
If the Arctic gave me that peace of mind, how can I ever leave? 💫
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