January is where Christmas is going to die. As the United Kingdom sinks into the sad depths of winter, it is possible that your thoughts are lost abroad. You do not have to endure this misery! There is a whole world, and at least half is much sunnier than here!
Whether you crave a warm climate, need to recover from a gloriously gluttonous holiday season, or simply want to take a trip before everyday life resumes, January is the perfect time to have an adventure.
These are just some of the best places to travel in January.
The Caribbean is the perfect antidote for January. Take the Dominican Republic, for example. It is sunny and hot, but not unpleasant, which means you can make the most of its many beaches and resorts. There is also tropical jungle, highlands and savannas to explore.
If you feel a bit corpulent after Christmas, burn it climbing Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in the Caribbean. The walk lasts two days, more than enough time to melt those mince pies.
Or you could play golf. That is a kind of exercise.
January is the coldest month in Hong Kong, but let’s put it in perspective. While people in the UK are panicking about buying Pot Noodles after another sensationalist promise of a snowy apocalypse (which will never come), people in Hong Kong are walking around in light jackets.
It is also the driest month in Hong Kong, so it is a good time to venture out to Victoria Peak to admire the city’s extravagant skyline, take a boat to Lantau Island to see its giant Buddha statue and eat in Kowloon.
Stay a little longer and you will see some of the most spectacular celebrations of the Chinese New Year in the world.
Falling right in the middle of the high season, January in Burma means that the rainy season is months away, but the temperatures are not yet unbearably high.
A comparative lack of tourist infrastructure (a situation that improves all the time) means it could be easier to join a tour. Most will take you to the peaceful Inle Lake, offer you the opportunity to balloon over the plain of Bagan Temple, and give you plenty of time to marvel at the golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
Burma is a uniquely beautiful country, and there are few better places on Earth to start its new year.
South Africa in January is as perfect as possible. It’s warm, obviously, and there are so many things to do that the post-Christmas blues have no chance.
If you’re in the mood to take things easy, you can stroll around Cape Town and enjoy some of the best wines in the world while kicking it off at Clifton Beaches. It is as far as possible from January sales in Croydon.
Whatever your reason, you have one to go on safari in South Africa. Visit the Kruger National Park and see how many of the big 5 you can capture for Instagram posterity.
In January it is not about escaping from the sun’s grip. It is also European ski season, and Italy is known for its first class resorts, relaxed atmosphere and decent prices.
There are so many places to choose from, but the central core of the Dolomites offers everything you need for a ski trip in Italy: a variety of terrains for all skill levels, pleasant winter landscapes and more food than you can shake.
Christmas was hard. You deserve a break (just make sure it’s not your leg).