So you’ve made it a part of your New Year’s resolution to travel more, and we couldn’t be more excited to help! Here are 8 terrific places to go to in January:
Burma is one of those places that’ll take your breath away any time of year, but the absolute best time to go is in January when there’s little rain, lots of sunshine, and a nice kind of heat. It’s an out of this world experience from its pagodas and temples in the misty mountains where the Himalayas begin, to its blissful, never-knew-existed tropical islands.
Gold Coast, Australia
The Gold Coast is the metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast and in here, they do everything big, bold, and in style. January is the best month to go, after the crowds of December and when the weather’s hot but not too hot. Food, drink, beaches, private islands—kick off your year like this and zing off the endorphins right through winter.
The beautiful little Belgian city is one of those rare places that is just as enticing in the bleak midwinter as in summer; incredibly pretty in the snow, and exactly what fairytales are made of . And the snow is an excellent excuse for holing up somewhere, because this city also has some of the most inviting reasons to stay indoors: interesting interiors, welcoming taverns full of good cheer, antiques and junk shops to poke around, gorgeous old guesthouses on the canals, and candlelit restaurants.
India’s state of princes is spectacular in January. It’s pleasantly warm and the holiday crowds have vanished. Don’t miss the jewels in its crown—pastel-hued Jaipur, turquoise-speckled Jodhpur and romantically golden Udaipur– but leave room in your itinerary for a few forgotten treasures: serene Jal Mahal or the lost city of Bhangarh.
January falls right in the middle of Costa Rica’s dry season, and for our more adventurous travelers, you might want to bump this up to the top of your list. With plenty of activities that range from white-water rafting or zip-lining, to tamer afternoons unwinding in a tour of a coffee plantation or candlelit-yoga retreats, Costa Rica’s charm is bound to attract anyone and everyone.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, the second largest of the seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates, is known for its imposing buildings, glamorous hotels and expansive beaches– a stunning destination where holidaymakers can really indulge themselves. Iconic landmarks include the Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s tallest man-made buildings and the Burj Al Arab; easy identified by its sail-shaped design. The heat can be too intense for some in the peak summer months but January falls within the cooler season with average highs of 25 degrees.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Just to the north of Siem Reap is the amazing temple complex of Angkor Wat, a awe-inspiring sight many have already seen in popular Hollywood films such as Tomb Raider. Being physically present in the heart of the monument overrun by gargantuan tree roots, however, is truly something else. Most other times of the year it’s so hot and humid during the day that you have to break your temple visit up with an afternoon break, but in January you can actually go straight through most of the time.
From May to October, Southeast Asian islands can be oppressively hot with unpredictable typhoons. January, however, marks the height of the dry season, with temperatures dropping to around 82 degrees(the coolest month of the year). Start in Manila for an exciting mix of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and American cultures. Then head south to the Bicol region for waterfalls, volcanic craters and hot springs.
What are you waiting for? Plan your first trip of the year with us!