Whichever you prefer, warm sun or fresh snow, these four destinations are getting lots of it right now.
Morocco at this time of year has temperatures in the twenties and all-day-long sunshine. Although it’s not quite bikini weather, a weeklong trip allows for enough time to browse the souks of Marrakech and venture up into the Atlas Mountains, where you can appreciate the scenic views on horseback or even by quad bike.
Barbados in February gets nine hours of daily sunshine and comfortable temperatures that average about 28 degrees. If you’re traveling without children, it’s a good idea to check the school holiday dates, as the island becomes a little over-crowded during the half term.
Bali, with eight hours of sunshine a day and temperatures reaching 31 degrees, offers world-class beaches, inspiring traditional culture, and lively night life. Stay put or island-hop and head across the ocean to neighboring Java or Komodo to encounter the famous Komodo dragon, from a distance.
The Austrian Alps are the place to be for superb snow conditions and a lively apres-ski scene. The birthplace of modern alpine skiing, the resorts of St. Anton and Lech are favored by Europe’s top skiers. The Arlberg region is a year-round destination, and can appreciated on foot in the warmer months, as the glacier white valleys transform with the help of a luscious carpet of wild flowers and vibrant grasses. —Georgina Read