Now that the holidays have come to an end it’s time to destress and get away from the chaos. In many destinations the first month of the year is one of the slowest traveling periods , which means cheaper flights, good deals and fewer crowds. On the other hand, destinations that boast the most sunny days or winter fun are commonly visited among tourists.
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Regardless to if your perfect trip consists of skiing at one of the world’s best ski resorts, soaking up the sun on a beautiful beach, hiking through national parks or snorkeling among vibrant marine species, there is something for you on this list.
If you’re looking for a destination that includes warm weather, spectacular beaches and adrenaline inducing activities, look no further than the Florida Keys. The average temperature in January is 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Thrill seekers will enjoy participating in water sport activities such as scuba diving with living coral, kayaking and snorkeling among vibrant marine species. Those of you who would rather view the islands from above will enjoy skydiving and parasailing.
If skiing is on your agenda and high snowfalls excite you, you’re definitely going to want to visit Hokkaido. Hokkaido is dream heli-skiing destination and Japan’s most popular ski area. Imagine the places you can access with a helicopter – dormant volcanoes, deep snow, steep runs, and tight turns. If you’d like to do some night skiing, head to the Niseko resort. Also make sure you visit Farm Tomita, the Asahiyama Zoo and Mount Hakodate.
If you’re an avid skier or snowboarder who is looking to embark on a thrilling getaway, look no further than Park City; it is home to one of the world’s best ski resorts. People give the resort five stars in all categories – from family-friendly to overall value and expert runs. The vibe there is very energetic. Other things to do in Park City include snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and wildlife viewing.
Steady temperatures averaging around 75 degrees Fahrenheit, clear skies, little rain and low humidity, make Tulum one of the best places to travel in January. Visit the Mayan ruins, swim in their gorgeous bright blue waters, go diving in El Gran Cenote, an underground cavern, and go snorkeling in one of their spectacular swimming holes. You can find deals for under $80 in January and February, and flights are under $300.
Set in the Adirondacks is the beautiful Lake Placid, a destination known for their winter sports history and relaxation opportunities. Enjoy ice-skating and cross country skiing, view ice-covered cliffs and frozen waterfalls and attend a variety of events, some of which include the Adirondack Mountain Club Winterfest, the FIS Freestyle World Cup and the Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival.
Costa Rica’s year-round tropical climate is perfect for anyone looking to escape the cold winter weather and relax on a comfortably warm beach. The dry months, December through April, are the best time to visit. Explore spectacular jungles, visit beautiful national parks and spike your adrenaline zip lining, surfing, whitewater rafting, hiking, cliff jumping, skydiving, and more.
Los Angeles is known for its amazing weather, sandy beaches, and picturesque piers. Temperatures in the winter feel like spring, the smog fades and the crowds disappear. According to research, the hotel occupancy rate averages about 67.5 percent in December, compared to 80.3 percent in April and 87 percent in August.
With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, visiting Barbados will be nothing short of an amazing tropical getaway. January is within the dry season; therefore, you can expect sunny days will little rainfall and humidity. Active travelers will enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, wildlife viewing and exploring limestone caverns.
If you’re looking for the ultimate beach getaway, look no further than the 62 miles of breezy ocean front coast, clear, turquoise, warm waters of Punta Cana. Those of you looking for a bit of adventure go zip lining, learn more about dolphins at Dolphin Island and check out the lagoons of the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park.
The Mile High City – one of the world’s largest après ski towns – boasts plenty of opportunities for winter fun. Go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. Attend tons of winter events, some of which include the annual winter concert, Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks, and the Winter Brew Fest at Mile High Station. Also make sure you take advantage of the many free things to do, including free admission to the Denver Art Museum on January 22 and free Public Art Tours.