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There’s never a bad time to go to Hawaii, but late January and February offer opportunities to save up to 40% on hotels. In Honolulu, you can immerse yourself in dining and shopping in Chinatown, enjoy traditional Mexican delicacies in the city’s famous Kakaako quarter or shop til’ you drop at high-end malls and vibrant local bazaars. Beach lovers take note: the weather and waves in Hawaii are fine at any time of year!
February is celebration time in the enchanting city of Venice, with its world-famous Carnival in full swing. It’s an irresistible attraction, but you’ll need to plan well ahead if you hope to find a hotel room. During the weeks of the Carnival, Venetian streets take on a magical, Renaissance feel with characters in traditional garb and an incredible array of masks. Don a mask yourself and dance the night away in this must-see city.
This narrow land in Central America is still largely unspoiled and natural, from lush and mysterious rainforests to lovely towns set against volcanic peaks. You can trek through Tenorio National Park, immerse yourself in waterfalls found deep within forests and end your day of adventures with superb French food in San Jose. In this lovely land, coconut shaded-beaches also spread their arms to you in welcome.
Just two hours by plane from Vietnam, Myanmar is another fantastic option for a New Year getaway, particularly for those interested in religious sites. From splendid gold-plated Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon to ancient brick pagoda towers in Bagan, Myanmar remains a serene land of Buddha. It is also a fascinating time to visit and witness the rapid transformations taking place in Myanmar’s cityscapes and its lifestyle. Local tastes include tea leaf salad, a traditional snack that will surely win you over.
If you get sick of tropical weather, Bruges, the beautiful city in northwestern Belgium, is a perfect choice thanks to winter sports including ice skating and its signature Belgian beer. Breathtaking old snow-capped castles appear straight out of a fairy tale, while warm candlelit taverns offer delectable moules-frites (mussels and French fries) and sweet desserts. All are a great addition to your happy getaway halfway around the world.