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Fly Off in February: Escaping the Big Freeze

By Jessica Whyte

Last updated: 6th February 2012

February doesn’t have to be full of flu and frosty fingertips, make February all about fun in the sun and fly off for some far-flung festivals and flavours. Whizz away from the winter weather and escape the snowy sniffles. Blast off from bleak Britain and be blown away by some brilliant gap year breaks abroad.

Don’t miss the magic of Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia, a fabulous and flamboyant festival that makes February full of fun and fireworks. Get into the carnival spirit as you as you partake in the parade, flirt among the floats and sample the festival flavour. From 12th February 2012, Sydney sparkles with sensational sights and star quality so make a date with a Down Under destination and have a fantastic February!

Canada’s annual big chill makes our few flakes look flimsy; have some frosty fun in February and wend your way across the world to Canada’s Winterlude festival. Held from 3rd-20th February 2012, this annual event has everything from ice skating, arts events and winter wonderlands to inspirational ice sculptures. Celebrate all things wintry and wacky at Canada’s wonderful Winterlude.

It’s all glamour and glitz in Hollywood as Oscar fever grips the American nation in February. Go star-spotting in sunny LA on the weekend of the 26th February 2012 and get all starry eyed in kooky California. Keep an eye out for Angelina or get giggly over George Clooney as Hollywood’s finest strut their stuff on the most extravagant and excessive night in the LA calendar.

The Year of the Dragon kicked off in China and February sees full on festival fun in the Far East. Celebrate in style and seek out the annual Spring Festival for some firecracker fun, tasty treats to eat and dragon dances galore. Lap up the culture and get lit up at the Lantern Festival, for some flickering February flights of fancy. Get into the festival spirit in the outstanding Orient and have some fire-breathing festivities in the Year of the Dragon.

Don’t let February be a freezing flop, fly off for some fantastic gap year fun and escape the snow flurries. Find freedom in February and you’ll soon be flying high!

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