Where to travel in January

New Year, new adventures… January really begins prime time when it comes to people looking for a cheap getaway to a warm place. If you are asking yourself where to travel in january, here is some ideas.

The Constance Moofushi Maldives

Sun, warm sea and beautiful beaches. Maldives are the perfect place for January getaway

Europe

The weather is cold, big chance of precipitation (rain, snow), the sun rarely appears. From November through February there are literally no European cities that could qualify as having “great weather.” So during the winter Europe is all about cultural tourism, and lower hotel prices make it especially appealing for those who like to stretch their travel budgets and avoid crowds at the same time.

The most attractive locations to visit in January are ski resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees (France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Spain). If you want more sun this month, visit Andalusia.

Swiss Ski Resort, Verbier

Swiss Ski Resort, Verbier

Asia

The warm sun and pleasant temperatures in January you will find in Thailand, Vietnam, Southern China (in northern China is cold in January), Burma or India.

January can be very crowded in Bangkok so this is really the only time of year you should seriously think about booking a hotel well in advance. Another city with perfect weather in January, Luang Prabang is the biggest tourist city in Laos, and it can get quite crowded this time of year, for good reason. You have the warm and dry days with evenings that are pleasant rather than steamy as they are down south. If you have more than a week or two off around this time of year you’d be hard pressed to find a better travel value than Chiang Mai. The weather is perfect, with warm sunny days and mild nights that aren’t annoyingly muggy like they are in Bangkok and Saigon. If you want to relax on the beach, go to the Maldives.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Africa

A great time to visit the Sahara and the southern African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa.

January is peak season in Cape Town so finding hotel deals will be challenging, but still it’s quite reasonably priced compared to Europe, North America, or Australia. The weather is pretty much perfect in January with warm days, mild nights, and virtually no rain at all. It’s too cool in northern Africa to qualify as “great weather” during January, but it’s not a bad time to visit Cairo for smaller crowds and reasonable temperatures.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

The Americas

Focus on Central and South America and the Caribbean (Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile).

The Caribbean in January is a bit of a paradox there because it’s the busiest month of the year, and prices are relatively high. The cities below are better if you are in the mood for a but of culture, but for those mainly looking to relax in the sun, you can’t beat the Caribbean in January. Days will be uniformly sunny and warm, but rarely too hot in in Cartagena and most of Colombia. Nights are pleasant as well. While it’s true that Mexico City – mostly due to its elevation – isn’t warm enough in January for a proper tropical escape, it can make an excellent cultural city break this time of year.

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

Where not to travel in January

Indonesia, Seychelles, Polynesia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, since there is the rainy season and high probability of cyclones.

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