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Where to Travel in January

January 2nd, 2013 - 10:17 AM

Whether you’re planning your honeymoon, trying to plan the perfect family vacation, or you just want to get away, I’ve researched and found some of the best places to travel in January. The good news for most of North America is that when the temps start falling in January, so do the prices, making January an affordable month for traveling. Now let’s check out where to go in January!

New York City, NY
If you’re going for the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to book your hotel and itinerary early. Waiting to visit the Big Apple after the holiday rush will prove to be a less crowded and more affordable experience. You’ll be able to get tickets to the shows you want to see, visit popular restaurants without reservations, and stay at a nicer hotel (maybe overlooking beautiful Central Park!).

Hong Kong
Love to shop? Then Hong Kong would be the place to go. I’m thinking a girl’s get-a-way would be perfect. You’ll enjoy moderately warm temps, and lots of sales promotions. Who wouldn’t love quality items with cheap price tags?

Miami, FL
Will Smith said it right, “Party in the city where the heat is on.” Except in January, you’ll find that the heat’s not near as humid as it would be in the summer months. With temps in the 70s, you can really enjoy South Beach. Just be sure to book your room early as Miami is a top spot for visitors over Martin Luther King weekend.

Thailand
Warm up in Thailand with temps in the low 80s. While it’s peak season for travelers to Thailand, you can still find some great deals at one of many peaceful hotels scattered throughout the country. I recommend visiting in early January. If you schedule it just right, you can check out Thailand’s Ban Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Fair in Ayutthaya. You can buy anything you want including the items on display!

Colorado
Ready to do something the whole family will enjoy? Then make your way to Colorado, where you’ll find glistening slopes for the entire family at an affordable rate (right before Valentine’s Day and Spring Break). Vail, Breckenridge, and Aspen are all popular ski destinations in the state.  If you’re still not sure where to travel in January, keep reading for more options!

The Caribbean
January is one of the best times to visit the Caribbean. It’s not too hot or too humid, and you won’t run into any hurricanes, either! You’ll be able to wear your bathing suit during the day and a light jacket at night. If you’re not sure which island to visit, go on a cruise instead! That way, you’ll be able to visit lots of different islands rather than just one.

Park City, Utah
January draws movie lovers to this city for the annual Sundance Film Festival. It’s the United States’ largest independent film festival! The 10-day event brings more than 45,000 attendees, so be sure to book your stay early at one of three world-class ski resorts!

Sweden, Norway, Iceland or Finland
When it’s the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) you want to see, these countries deliver. Sweden has cloud-free skies over Abisko National Park and spectacular views from the infamous ICEHOTEL. In Iceland, you can see the lights over volcanoes. Norway has wide open skies perfect for viewing the lights, while Finland has heated glass igloos to view the lights from.

Europe
Have you ever wanted to backpack through Europe? How about just going to visit some of the iconic landmarks? Get a coat and make your way to Europe. You’ll find it uncrowded simply because it’s a little cool outside. That means no strangers in the backgrounds of your photos! You’ll find affordable rates as tourists get on their Christmas and New Year’s flights to head back home.

Now you know where to travel in January! Whether you’re going for warm weather, or to enjoy the winter to its fullest, you’ll truly enjoy yourself in these places. Let us know where you’re going to travel in January by commenting below!

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