Winter travel Outdoors

Travel 101 ideas to get you outdoors

Whether you love skiing or you prefer a lie in the sun, we’ve got some great recommendations to get you enjoying the great outdoors and putting this miserable weather behind you. Enjoy our Travel 101 shortlist here.

Best ski destinations

Visiting the slopes in February

Snowboarding photo courtesy of Robert van Dijk

 

1. Scotland: Glenshee ski centre

Choosing Glenshee as your ski destination means 25 miles of impressive mountains and downhills. 22 lifts, diverse skiing and snowboarding levels, and the best service available to make your stay amazing.

Get geared up for skiing here

2. Andorra: Grand Valira

With 113 ski slopes open and 201 skiable kms, Andorra is a real paradise for skiers at a great price. Wander the capital to check out the local shopping experience and other amenities for the not so sporty.

3. French Alps

France has deservedly gained the best reputation when it comes to ski options. There are a huge variety of resorts that will fit every type of skier and snowboarder. The only concern: finding an available spot at a reasonable price.

 

Paradise just around the corner

4. Dubai

Thanks to its hot and arid climate, Dubai is a safe bet all year round in terms of sun and hot temperatures (the average February temperature is 20 ºC). Great beaches, watersports, desert safaris and hundreds of shops gives you everything for a break in the sun.

5. Canary Islands

Being the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife offers more than just great beaches and warm weather, i.e. the Teide volcano and delicious local food (don’t forget to try their wrinkled potatoes with ‘Mojo picón’). It’s an affordable destination, only 4 hours flight away and a huge range of hotels to suit every budget.

Sun seekers Beach in Dubai

Beach in Dubai photo courtesy of GregCypes

 

 6. South Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, The Mekong Delta, Dalat & Phu Quoc

With the dry season starting in November and ending in early May, February stands out as one of the best moments to visit this amazing country, it’s also when they celebrate Tet – Chinese New Year. The average temperature remains constant in this area between 25 and 35 ºC but it can be slightly hotter in late February. Vietnam offers the most incredible cultural experience as well as the great outdoors with tucked away waters, mountains and beaches. Total paradise.

Escape to Vietnam in February

Floating market in Vietnam photo courtesy of Davidlohr Bueso

7. If you’re looking for a last minute escape some of the best sites we’ve found include On the Beach (more budget option) and Voyage Prive (for luxury hotels at very reasonable prices)

Half term breaks with kids

If you can’t face getting on a plane or if it’s too stressful with a convoy of kids check out our guide to travelling stress free guide with kids here.

Still not convinced? Check out some local destinations that have a lot to offer to keep them occupied.

8. World Adventure Centre in Halifax

This exciting outdoor activity centre will delight both adults and kids with a wide range of different activities from kart racing to skiing and snowboarding. More details here.

9. Brecon Beacons

‘Come for the day, but stay for the night. Our National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve’, says their official website. This gorgeous national park offers routes and trails for all levels and a superb landscape to enjoy all the way.

10.  To discover some of the latest local experiences available check out the range here

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