With pleasantly warm temperatures and clear, sunny skies, South Africa is the ideal place to combine culture, scenery and beach for a romantic getaway.

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February brings with it a sense of fun as countries across the Caribbean and Southeast Asia enjoy perfect tropical weather that lends itself beautifully to carnivals and street parties, island getaways and archaeological discovery.

It's summer in the Southern Hemisphere which makes Latin America a great place to explore with endless hiking opportunities in Patagonia while winter drapes its coat of snow and frost over the Northern Hemisphere, perfect for frozen wilderness and hunting for the Northern Lights in Iceland and Finland.

While Carnival is celebrated throughout the country, the real heart of the action is found amongst the crowds on the streets of Rio de Janeiro with lively samba parades & dazzling costumes. On 21st February, the date of King Ramses II's ascension to the throne, you can witness the bi-annual occurrence of the Abu Simbel Sun Festival, when the sun’s rays align to illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. Camels also feature highly with camel races, polo and even camel dancing. Traditions associated with Chinese New Year include the lighting of firecrackers, gifting of money in red envelopes and decorating the streets with oval red lanterns.

Many cities will also host colourful parades with dragon dances to scare away evil spirits.

If you want to up the romance stakes this Valentine's Day then why not think outside the box, or even outside the country for that matter.

What could be more romantic than whisking your sweetheart off to an exotic, far-flung destination for an unforgettable holiday for two this February.

Here you can spend a night in a glass igloo while the Northern Lights dance overhead.

There's also the chance to meet Santa Claus and his animal helpers so you can get in early with your Christmas wishlist too.

The spectacular Garden Route is the perfect escape for lovebirds in search of world-class wine, brilliant cuisine, quiet coastline and dramatic landscapes.

Start or end in cosmopolitan Cape Town for the best in urban adventure and make the most of February's glorious weather.

This popular destination in Southeast Asia has plenty of credentials as far as romance is concerned.