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The best places to travel in February are either very hot, very cold or bursting with Mardi Gras flavour.
As summer draws to a close in the southern hemisphere, you can beat the crowds in key locations like Cape Town, Sydney and Melbourne while still getting a taste of warmth.
Meanwhile, snow on the northern hemisphere's slopes is still reliable enough for a ski and snowboard with the optimistic promise of a sunny afternoon with a vin chaud to top things off.
Mardi Gras and masked balls make iconic cities like Venice and New Orleans even more popular, while the Caribbean can still deliver soothing warmth to chilled February bones tired of a long grey winter in the north.
But that's the general approach to the best places to visit in February.
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