Where to travel in January
Whether you’re looking for some winter fun or a dose of much-needed sun, January offers the chance to begin the year in style.
For that quintessential winter break, look no further than Scandinavia. Here, Swedish and Finnish Lapland host dogsled rides and snowmobile safaris all under the Northern Lights; look to Tromso for some of the best viewing of this spectacular natural phenomenon. Russia’s St. Petersburg is also best seen when there’s a bite to the breeze.
But, for a dose of winter sun, head to the Caribbean for some white-sands relaxation. Or, make the most of Costa Rica’s dry season, when the reduced humidity makes exploring jungles and cloud forests ideal – best combined with the country’s gorgeous beaches. Rains now a distant memory, the beach-fringed Maldives is also great option – as is Australia whose summer is in full swing. Steer towards the south for vineyards, beaches and city greats.
In Asia, Thailand impresses with excellent weather, while Chinese New Year – celebrated between January 21st and February 20th – is best taken in with the festivities held in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The latter is especially enticing for its cool, dry outlook. Similar jubilation can be found with Vietnam’s colourful Tet Festival – generally held on the same day. Expect dragon dances, feasts and those all-important fireworks. It’s also a fantastic time to take in Cambodia's temple icons, the beaches of Malaysia and Myanmar’s ancient cities and colonial charm.
Lastly, in Africa, Tanzania is a good option. Equatorially warm and dry without being uncomfortably close, January is perfect for safaris and ascents of Kilimanjaro. But, it’s perhaps the country’s wildebeest calving season that’s most impressive, when these majestic beasts migrate back to the grasslands of the Serengeti in astonishing numbers.
Swedish Lapland is a magical place to visit at any time of the year, a vast expanse of mountains, rivers, valleys and coastal islands that make up Europe's last great wilderness.
This winter break includes a memorable stay in a glass igloo in the heart of Finnish Lapland. Watch as the Northern Lights swirl above your heated, glass-domed roof before swapping over to the cosy and characterful Hotel Ylläshumina for three days of Arctic-circle adventure.
Book by: 30 April 2020
Our most popular Northern Lights break, this city stay in Tromso, which includes an aurora safari, is the ideal introduction to Norway's Arctic delights. Expect wonderful restaurants and bars and easy access to a host of winter adventures.
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Book by: 30 September 2019
The relaxing, all-inclusive BodyHoliday is a fantastic beachfront resort on Saint Lucia - the perfect place to energise and revitalise your body and mind.
Take in the best of Costa Rica's beaches, birdlife and wildlife-viewing hotspots as you travel to the beautiful Turrialba Valley and on to San Gerardo de Dota – one of the world's great bird-watching destinations – ending with the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.
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Book by: 15 September 2019
Discover the dramatic coastline between two of Australia's city greats, enjoying the likes of penguin parades on beautiful island reserves and stays in luxury bush camps.