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  • Writer's pictureNina Price

Where to go in Jan/Feb/March

Where to go when is such an important question in travel, be it sun, ski or a certain trip you want to make sure the weather is right for what you want to do. Maybe you have set dates to go away like school holidays, knowing where to go when is key. You don’t want to plan a whale watching trip when it’s not the correct season or go to the Greeks islands when everything is closed for the season, or miss those all important northern lights.

The guide below will give you a month by month guide of where to go and hopefully give you inspiration for places you have never been to before.

January for warm destinations

  • Asia - Laos -  Hardly any rainfall with temperature around mid twenties it’s the perfect place to explore in Luang Prabang

  • Asia - Thailand - East coast Phukhet, Phi Phi is in dry season and a great time to visit after the crowds of Xmas and island hop.

  • Asia - Vietnam - Cooler temperature and less crowds make Vietnam a great choice for exploring the length of the country

  • Caribbean - Grenada - Dry season makes this a great destination for chilling on the beach

  • Caribbean - St Lucia - Great for a dry but warm Caribbean holiday

  • UAE - Dubai - Only 7 hours from the UK, Dubai is an all rounder in January as the temperature is comfortable enough to sunbathe and explore

  • USA - Florida - Winter sun at South Beach, enough said

  • Tenerefe and Canaries - Close to the UK, great winter sun which also allows you to explore as it’s not too hot

  • Africa -Southern Serengeti - Tanzania for watching the ultimate in wildebeests and animals galore wander the great plains

  • India -Kerala - Drift along in balmy temperatures along the backwaters of India

January for cold destinations

  • Bulgaria - A cheaper option for skiing and for beginners

  • Slovenia - Great for skiing and a good time to go after Xmas and New Year

  • Switzerland - Great for snow and skiing for the whole family

  • Canada - British Columbia - All about the powder and that all important apre ski

  • Budapest - thermal baths to heat you up on a cold day

  • Viienna - Winter at its best and it’s also the famous ball season

  • USA - Colorado - Dry climate but lots of fresh dumps of snow for ski lovers

February for warm destinations

  • Mexico - Baja California - Great for spotting grey whales in Mexico

  • Africa - The Gambia - 10 hours of sunshine, low humidity and much quieter than other months

  • Caribbean - Dominican Republic - Dry weather and long sandy beaches to relax on

  • New Zealand - Wine and adventure springs to mind here with NZ in full summer swing it’s a great long haul place to visit

  • Cape Verde - Great for sun, surfers and kite surfers as it’s it one of the windier months but still warm

  • Singapore - A destination that is always hot but February is one of the drier and quieter months

  • Cambodia - Dry season with less humidity and Tonle sap lake is still full enough to take a trip along

  • Rio - Brazil - Simply for the greatest party on the planet

  • New Orleans - Another big, big festival to visit - Mardi Gras

  • Patagonia - Chile - Enough sunshine to explore and trek it’s famous Torres del Paine national park

February for cold destination

  • Yellowstone national park - Possible a strange choice compared to summer but the park is quiet, animals are easier to spot and there’s miles of snow shoe and cross country route

  • Finland - Lapland - for a better chance in seeing the Northern lights and why not do a bit of dog sledding too

  • Andorra - Mountains galore make this a great ski destination

  • Venice - Go crazy at the venice carnival or embrace the cold and enchanting canals after carnival finishes

  • Italy - Dolomites, busy but lots of snow and alpine activities to be had

March for warm destinations

  • Jordan - Not too hot, not too cold, this is a great time of year to visit Petra and the dead sea

  • Sapa - Vietnam - North Vietnam’s hill country is dry at this time of year so great for hiking in lush paddy fields and hills.

  • Gran Canaria, just starting to heat up and a great time when it’s less crowded

  • Egypt - The Nile - The busier months have past so a Nile cruise with spring warmth and cool winds make this time of year much more pleasant

  • Maldives, dry season when rain and humidity are low, this popular destination has so many islands to choose from.

  • Chile - Great for trekking, vineyards with not as many tourists

  • Iguazu falls - At their fullest this time of year. The spectacular falls are very dramatic at this time of the year

  • Costa Rica - Explore forests, rivers, volcanoes and more in March and the weather drier

  • Paphos - Cyprus, just starting to warm up, it’s quiet but still sunny

March for cold destination

  • Ireland - Who can't resist a bit of Ireland on St Patrick's day?

  • Netherlands, not warm but you do get to visit in Tulip season which runs from the end of March until May

  • Japan - It’s officially cherry blossom season in Tokyo's, Kyoto and Osaka. A popular but stunning country to visit at this time of year

  • Madrid - Spain, just coming out of winter, Madrid and it’s sights start hotting up for a lovely mini break

  • North Wales -Outdoor activities, daffodils and spring lambs

  • Tyrol - Austria - Great for late skiing in the highest parts of this region

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