February has the dubious distinction of being the shortest month of the calendar, its twenty-eight days rather randomly becoming twenty-nine every fourth year to make said calendar work out nicely. Sitting as it does between the “big” holidays of Christmas and Easter/Spring, it’s easy to overlook February’s charms, but it has its compensations. School half term falls in February so British families might think about getting away. Valentine’s Day? Love it or loathe it, the middle of the month is a compelling reason for a romantic break. It’s Chinese New Year too, a long holiday for many Chinese and a breakdown in communication for any Westerners who work with them. One more reason why many people all over the world might want to take a trip in February. And Pancake Day. Let’s not forget that!