Considered one of the best months for holidaymakers, January is perfect for those looking to travel after Christmas. There’s plenty of great discounts to be had and no shortage of sun-kissed destinations to choose from. Here’s a worldwide guide on what you can expect and the best places to visit.
Sun worshippers seeking a mid-haul destination should consider one of the Canary Islands which boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year. Indulge at a luxury resort in Tenerife, find your own secluded paradise on the island of La Palma or soak up the sun at the black sand beaches of Lanzarote. Alternatively, head to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts such as Sharm El Sheik. The seven hour flight will transport you to some glorious beaches where temperatures rarely drop below 29°C.
If you’re willing to travel further, why not enjoy the paradise beaches of the Caribbean islands? From Cuba to Barbados and St Lucia, long days of sunshine and a laidback atmosphere are guaranteed.
The climate is just as beautiful in Central America, where you’ll find some of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world. The Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a great January destination entrenched in Mayan history.
South East Asia is equally impressive, a haven for those seeking beachside bliss and five star luxury without a hefty price tag. Travel to Thailand, Goa or Vietnam and you can enjoy beautiful cultural sights combined with spectacular natural wonders and mouthwatering cuisine.
Finally, why not rekindle the romance with a couple’s holiday to the Maldives. It may be the coldest month but it’s also the driest. Temperatures can often reach 29 °C and you won’t find a cloud within sight.
For those looking to embrace the colder climate, escaping to a winter wonderland is easily accessible via a short flight from the UK. Marvel at the Northern Lights in Lapland or spend the night at an Ice Hotel in Sweden. It’s a great time to visit the snowy cities of Scandinavia such as Copenhagen and Oslo.
The thrill seeker can book the ski holiday of a lifetime at one of the many popular European resorts. Conditions in the Alps are favorable with powdery slopes, perfectly suited for all abilities. Luxury resorts in Val Thorens, Tignes and Val d’Isere offer an exclusive service complete with relaxing spa treatments and exceptional cuisine.
Where to Avoid
Much of Indonesia is best avoided during January as well as the Seychelles and French Polynesia with long days of wet weather due to the rainy season. Madagascar and Mauritius should also be avoided as they are at a high risk of cyclones in January.
Many of the popular European cities including Paris, Rome and Barcelona can experience intermittent sunny periods with low or mild temperatures. If you’re happy to risk a few rainy days, it’s a great time to enjoy a European city break. Flights are often cheaper during this period and you can enjoy a luxury hotel at half the cost.