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The best way to get over a Christmas hangover is to just leave it behind and escape to one of these destinations in January!

From winter beach escapes to ski and snowboard adventures to classic city breaks you’ll be spoilt for choice with our January holiday options.

The best part of all: especially toward the end of the month that’s when the deals start. So let’s get some ideas cooking and see where we can go shall we?

Here’s our list of the best places to go in January.

Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa’s most beautiful city really comes alive in January as temperatures peak to a daytime high of 26˚C.

With the warm waters this is the perfect time for a beach holiday and the vibrant nightlife that comes with the crowds makes it a great escape for party-goers.

a woman sits in a blow up chair overlooking cape town south africa
@campsbaygirl via Instagram


With a minuscule amount of rainfall in January, this Central American country doesn’t get enough attention for its empty sprawling beaches and stunning  tropical rain forests. A stop here is an eco-traveller’s dream.

a banana plantation with mountain backdrop in nicaragua
@discovernicaragua via Instagram

Abisko, Sweden

On the colder side of things, Europe’s northern-most holiday destination is perfect for ‘Aurora hunters’ wondering where the best place to see the Northern Lights is. There are few better places to see the Lights than Abisko. Thanks to its micro-climate of prevailing winds and surrounding mountains, there is a clear view of nature’s greatest spectacle.

five friends watch the northern lights in january from abisko sweden
@etpphm via Instagram

Ko Samui, Thailand

Thailand’s third largest island soaks in a warm tropical sea that reaches 26°C, making it the perfect destination for a year-round beach holiday. Being at the tail end of the rainy season means that January is a great time to visit Ko Samui. Enjoy good travel deals, less crowds and the start of the dry season.

tourists swim at a beach in koh samui thailand
@sae_0606 via Instagram

Tenerife, Spain

With temperatures in the low 20’s, the weather in Tenerife in January is a bit cold for swimming in the sea. However, don’t let that put you off, there’s plenty to do in Tenerife other than sunbathing.

It’s beautiful coastline is ideal for hiking, stargazing, or just enjoying a glass of wine while the mild winter sun warms you up. Tenerife is the hottest place in Europe in January, due to its position just off the coast of Africa.

a beachside view in january with a mountain in tenerife spain
@tenerife.reviews via Instagram

Innsbruck, Austria

This Austrian city of 130,000 inhabitants has hosted not just one but two Winter Olympics and is generally known one of the best places to ski and snowboard in the world.

Winter sport lovers will enjoy the world class facilities here and architecture buffs will love the contrast between the city’s Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings and the majestic mountain backdrop.

the city skyline with mountain backdrop in innsbruck austria
@best.city.shots via Instagram

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Being the closest sun option to chilly Europe makes Egypt’s Red Sea resort town a popular January destination, even if it’s actually the coldest month of the year with a 22˚C daytime high.

Don’t let that stop you from dipping a toe in the water though, as it’s swimming pool weather all year round.

a brand new mosque in sharm el sheikh
@sharminsider via Instagram

 Convinced? Let’s get that suitcase packed.

Take me to the cheap flights!

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