Slopes or sun? The Caribbean or the Canaries, the Maldives or Mexico? What a difference a year makes, the choice for wannabe travellers is getting more varied every day. Borders are opening and February half term 2022 is looking a LOT more exciting than this time last year.
This half term, why not swap cooking banana bread for Barbados and Netflix marathons for the Northern Lights. If you are looking for a family friendly holiday that you will remember for years to come, look no further than our handy guide – it’s time to explore!
An evergreen destination for winter travel thanks to its guaranteed sunshine all year round. February is a great time to visit Dubai as it is warm enough to enjoy the hotter temperatures without feeling too uncomfortable in the heat. That combined with a friendly welcome and a myriad of things to do make Dubai one of the top spots for a winter sun family friendly holiday.
From amusement parks and aquariums to camels and cruises, if you are looking for things to do with your little ones, Dubai won’t disappoint.
Which of the Canary Islands is hottest in February? You can expect warm temperatures across them all, but it is actually the island of Gran Canaria which is the hottest. If you are looking to escape the UK for some winter sun in February, the Canary Islands are the place to go for some serious vitamin D, great food and are totally family friendly.
Whilst stretching out on the white sandy shores is certainly advisable, Gran Canaria also offers so much more. Make sure you carve out some time to visit the amusement and water parks, embrace your inner Beatle at Submarine Adventure at Puerto de Mogán and if the kids love wildlife, they can hang out with dolphins, camels galore and don’t forget to keep your (and their) eyes peeled for the ubiquitous Canary Island lizard.
For hot weather for your February half term escape, why not try Egypt? From Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada, Egypt remains a family friendly holiday favourite for Brits seeking winter sun. If your brood are budding Indiana Joneses, then they will be thrilled to explore iconic and memerising landmarks such as the Pyramids and the Avenue of the Sphinxes.
For older children, they will love getting into the water. With Hurghada your diving options are endless, the corals, colours and creatures will create the most incredible memories for them and they are also something for the adults to enjoy.
Stunning beaches, Are you ready for a deep dive into the jewel of the East Mediterranean? Sure you have the stunning beaches, but if you are looking for endless things to do in Cyprus with your nearest and dearest, you will not be disappointed. We love the Aphrodite waterpark in Paphos which has the most exhilarating white-knuckle rides for those seeking a thrill as well as more tamer options for little children.
Looking to embrace your inner pirate? Take your motley crew on the ‘Black Pearl’ where you can sail the waters in the most swashbuckling family friendly fashion from Ayia Napa where little ones can learn how to be a pirate.
Iceland stands out as one of the most family-friendly places you can visit in Europe. There are so many things for adults and children alike. From whale watching, dog sledding and horse riding to the Icelandic Seal Centre on the Vatnsnes Peninsula which is a must-visit. For a truly memorable trip, seeing the Northern Lights has to be up there as the ultimate family experience. You can see the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis as they are also known) from the city, but there are also ample opportunities to venture outside of the capital to see them in all their glory.
If you are travelling to South East Asia with your family, then you have some great options in the shape of Thailand. For incredible scenery – head to the vanilla-coloured beaches of Phuket.
You’ve also got great scenery in Phuket and loads of sights to keep everyone busy. For those looking for a city break, Bangkok has top-notch tourist attractions to tempt your team – from jewel-furnished temples to buzzing markets like the Chatuchak Market. Worried about fussy eaters? There are lots of fantastic family-friendly restaurants to choose from.
For those looking for a fun family activity to try, head over to the Jurassic Mountain Resort, near Bangkok where you can enjoy some of the best fishing in Thailand. This idyllic resort which has magnificent mountain and lake views is close to local parks, night markets and top-notch attractions.
Seven days isn’t really long enough to explore more than one or two of the 1,200 islands or indeed atolls scattered across the Indian Ocean that make up the Maldives, but if you are looking for a family friendly whistle stop tour of where to dip your toes in, then let us assist.
From reefs to relaxation, the Maldives caters for every taste and activity level and many other islands have rightfully garnered a world-class reputation for diving and water sports. Need some adult down time? That’s what kids clubs are for!