February half term can be one of the hardest for parents with winter weather and money stretched after Christmas but there’s still time to get away and have some fun whatever your budget. Here are some of our ideas.
February Half-Term: UK
February half-term is not a time to gamble on mild weather in the UK, so it’s best to be prepared for rain and cold snaps. But because of this you can get some really good deals on some of the traditional seaside hotels and accommodation that are out of season. Hotels like Soar Mill Cove near Salcombe are ideal at this time of year – close to their own cove if it’s mild enough for coastline walks and trips to the beach, but a warm indoor pool and heaps of board games if you need to hunker down inside.
February is also a great time for a self catering break in the UK. Clydey Cottages in Pembrokeshire provide log burners and an unlimited supply of logs and kindling to keep you cosy. With an indoor pool and softplay there’s enough here to keep you warm whatever the weather.
February half term can also be a good time to visit London. With less tourists around there can be some bargains to pick up on hotels and the museums and galleries should be quieter and provide good opportunities to get away from the cold.
February Half-Term: Head for the snow
For many families looking to get away in February it’s all about the snow and this can be a great time to get away without taking the children out of school. It will always be expensive to ski at this peak time but there are ways to reduce the cost such as booking as far in advance as you can, consider travelling by train rather than fly and if possible book a property with friends to share the cost of a whole chalet.
If you are going to go outside of the British school holidays and are planning a trip to the Alps remember to steer clear of the French school holiday which will also make prices soar and availability difficult.
For somewhere different to ski, sledge or just enjoy the snow you can get great prices on flights to Scandinavia such as Norway and Sweden which have some excellent resorts.
February Half-Term: No jet lag sunshine
This is also a great time to grab some winter sun and this can be almost guaranteed with places like the Canary Islands or Morocco which are also within fairly easy reach and have little jet lag. Another great option with no jet lag but longer flights is South Africa. There’s something to be said for getting some early spring sun to pick up the spirits and revitalise you, and all the family too. With just a week’s holiday, to avoid jet lag and also get away for some half term sun is a lovely mix in February.
The Algarve is another great destination for February – the crowds are fewer and the sun often shining. You can pick up some great deals on some fantastic resorts out of season. Our top pick for the Algarve is the fantastic Martinhal Resort near Sagres and you can read about our winter trip to Martinhal here. With indoor pools and free childcare there’s something for all the family. We visited in January and were the only people on the beach. The food is fantastic and there’s enough to keep everyone entertained even if the weather takes a turn.
February Half-Term: Longhaul
For longer haul you can get some great deals on the out-of-wedding season Maldives and it would be an ideal time of year to visit Cuba with kids.
It’s also a wonderful time to be in Asia – Sri Lanka’s beaches are fantastic in February and for Thailand it would be a quieter time to visit the islands. These beaches and resorts are a world away from the dark mornings, early evenings and chilly, dark days of February. A much needed shot of sun can make all the difference and serve as a lovely pick me up.
What are you planning for half term? Share your thoughts and ideas below.