The Best Places To Travel In January 2022

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Travel in January is always exciting because you can fight the post-Christmas blues by jumping on a plane! Find the best places to travel in January here and start the year off in style!

Whether you stick to the northern hemisphere and embrace the biting cold, or you flock down south and head to the beach, planning to travel in January is a fantastic New Year’s Resolution!g

We’ve teamed up with some expert travel bloggers to find out the best places to travel in January.

Don’t forget to check out their blogs too – they all have some excellent tips, advice and information about these incredible destinations.

a beach with yellow sand and blue water and a few people dotted around. one of best places to travel in January is Sri Lanka
What better way to start the year than relaxing on a beach like this?

Discover The Best Places To Travel In January 2022

Lots of people love the thrill of starting a new year with a huge change in their lives.

What better way to embrace your resolutions of getting out and seeing more than to find the best places to travel in January and book a flight?!

Stop putting it off and have a read of our top destination picks this year.

If you know where you want to go, click on the title in the menu below and head straight there.

If you’re just curious as to where the best places to visit in January are, then start from the beginning and bookmark this page for when you get the urge to book your flights and accommodation!

You might just find your favourite new city or country.


The Best Places To Visit In January 2022: Africa

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Africa Wanderlust

Victoria Falls is located in the beautiful Victoria Falls national park in Zimbabwe and Mosi-Oa-Tunya national park in Zambia.

January is indeed the best month to visit Victoria Falls especially if you are escaping the winter storms in the U.S.

There are plenty of things to do in Zimbabwe from adventures like hiking, waterfall tour, and white water rafting to more relaxing activities like fishing, admiring the rich artworks, and enjoying the local cuisine.

Huge waterfall with greenry around the sides and a rainbow bouncing off the spray
Zimbabwe is absolutely beautiful!

January is the time of the year with hot summer weather, and the season runs from September to April. During this period, there is plenty of sunshine, which lasts for most hours of the day.

The Victoria Falls temperature in January can range from a low of 64 °C (18 °C) and a high of 86 °C (30 °C).

While in Victoria Falls, you should visit the famous waterfall. It has become a UNESCO heritage site, and millions of visitors come to town to view this breathtaking waterfall.

Click here to book a best-selling private tour of the Falls. You’ll be picked up from your hotel, shown round with a qualified guide and learn all about the evolution of this magnificent natural wonder of the world.

Your trip to Africa wouldn’t be complete without an African safari either so you should also book yourself onto a safari to view the big five wildlife.  Although the animals are not as wild and big as you would see in South Africa, you will still have a thrilling experience.

When next you think of travelling somewhere in January, you should think of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You will be sure to have a blast!

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Where To Stay in Victoria Falls

Shared Accommodation: Victoria Falls Backpackers Lodge

With friendly staff, comfortable rooms and even the option to bring your own tent, you’ll be extremely comfortable at Victoria Falls Backpackers Lodge. Not many hostels have a swimming pool, but here there is! There’s a shared kitchen to use, and you can book a beautifully decorated private room if you’d prefer not to share.

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Hotel Accommodation: Shearwater’s Explorers Village

Located just 400m from Victoria Falls, Shearwater’s Explorers Lodge has it all! Enjoy the beautiful garden and terrace area, or treat yourself to a massage in the spa. Breakfast is included and you can choose a delicious meal to eat in the restaurant too. There’s an outdoor swimming pool and some of the rooms have fantastic views!

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Apartment Accommodation: KhayaLethu Vic Falls

If you’re looking for a home from home, then KhayaLehthu Vic Falls is the perfect apartment for you. You’ll have 3 bedrooms (all with double beds), a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious garden. Not only is it a great place to stay, but it’s got eco-friendly power + water system too so you can feel good about being green!

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Marrakech – Around The World In 24 Hours

Marrakech in Morocco is a wonderful city to visit any time of year, but it’s especially fantastic in January. The weather is perfect, not too hot and not too cold, especially for people used to northern winters.

Also in January, the sun will set at the perfect time to settle in for a happy hour at one of the bars above the legendary square Jemaa el-Fnaa and watch the sunset.

Red and orange sunset looking over the darkened city of Marrakeh with one tower visible in the background
Rooftop sunsets are my favourite

Many Marrakech locals will say that the most beautiful place in the city is the Jardin Majorelle. This blue and yellow stunner was the private garden of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. After his death, the gardens and museum were opened to the public in order to celebrate Saint Laurent’s love of Morocco. The many cacti in the gardens will be stunning in January.

Another great place to visit any time of year is the souks of Marrakech. You can buy anything here from lamps to teapots to carpets to shoes. You might want to hire a reputable guide to take you around the souks because some of the stalls are more reliable than others.

And if you didn’t pick up a present back home for anyone in the December holiday season, no one will mind a belated January present if it comes from the markets of Marrakech!

If you’re feeling adventurous, join a desert quad bike tour! You’ll spend an afternoon traversing through the wilderness, and then visit a traditional village to meet some of the locals for a mint tea. You can check all of the high reviews here and book yourself onto the tour to see what all the fuss is about!

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Where To Stay in Marrakech

Shared Accommodation: Boho 27 Hostel

Whether you’re looking for a mixed dorm or a bunk in a female-only room, you will be welcome at Boho 27 Hostel! Only a short 5km ride away from the airport, the hostel is close to the city centre and surrounded by souks, museums and places to eat.

It’s a fantastic place to meet like-minded travellers with a shared lounge area and a bar to relax in.

Click here to check prices, room availability and guest ratings!

Hotel Accommodation: Riad Dar Aby

Located in central Marrakech, Riad Dar Aby is a great place to base yourself for your adventures in the city. With an excellent breakfast included and the option to use the spa, you’ll be treated well by the friendly staff! Your air-conditioned room has a private bathroom, and some have views of the wonderful shared patio.

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Apartment Accommodation: AiM House

Finding a well-reviewed apartment in Marrakech can be difficult, but AiM House shines through the rest. Smartly decorated, it boasts a balcony with a city view, a washing machine and even a coffee machine. Binge on Netflix on the flat-screen TV after a day of exploring – luckily the apartment is only a short walk away from the nearest shops, cafes and restaurants.

You’ll enjoy the clean and spacious apartment, as well as the friendly and responsive host – don’t be afraid to ask if you need something because the service is fantastic!

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Bazaruto, Mozambique – The Travelling Stomach

Stretching along the south-eastern coast of Africa, Mozambique’s crystal blue waters are some of the best you can find throughout the Indian Ocean, challenging even the likes of Mauritius and Seychelles as a go-to luxury beach destination.

Bazaruto Archipelago, just off of Vilanculos, is the ultimate destination for a luxury beachside retreat, offering fantastic diving and some of the best beaches in the world.

Made up of six islands, with Bazaruto itself and Benguerra being the two largest, the archipelago is a boat or helicopter ride away from Vilanculos and if you get the chance to see it from the air, it’s certainly a sight you’ll never forget!

drone shot of a woman standing on the sand with small cliff behind and shalow waters surrounding her
Imagine having this to yourself!

A perfect escape in January when the days are filled with sunshine and fantastic warm weather, and for those who fancy a go at game fishing, this is when the big marlin come out to play.

A number of stunning boutique resorts dot the shoreline, fronting out to the turquoise waters with jaw-dropping sunsets every evening. Stay at Azura Benguerra in deluxe bungalows and soak up the sun by your private pool while being tended to by your own private butler.

Spend your days out climbing high up the sandy dunes, enjoying a secluded picnic on the beach or relaxing upon a traditional dhow boat with a cold one whilst the sun goes down. For the more adventurous, you can head out on a boat to dive the majestic 2-mile reef, one of the area’s most beautiful dive sites!

Where To Stay in Bazaruto

Resort Accommodation On The Island: Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

Staying on a tiny island off the coast of Mozambique is always going to be an incredible experience. Add to the fact that Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort is a luxury retreat where your every whim is catered for, and it’s easy to see why you’re interested in visiting!

Located in the south of Bazaruto, you’ll be staying all-inclusive (naturally) with a choice of 3 restaurants to tantalise your tastebuds. You can even get involved in the preparation and enjoy a cooking class!

With the infinity pool, tennis court, spa and fitness centre, plus the endless activities that the staff will happily arrange for you, there is plenty to do to keep you entertained. 

Click here to check prices, room availability and photos of the villas!

Resort Accommodation On The Mainland Coast: Villas do Indico

You might prefer to stay on the mainland and visit Bazaruto for a day instead. That’s where Villas do Indico comes in! Stay here for a fraction of the price of an island resort, but with plenty of the exclusive amenities and services.

If you are on a super tight budget, you can even bring your own tent and camp within the resort grounds too.

Breakfast is included in your room rate, and the private beach access is priceless! Enjoy the spa facilities, as well as the gorgeous infinity pool.

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The Best Places To Visit In January 2022: Asia

Chiang Mai – Travel Breathe Repeat

Chiang Mai is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. With beautiful temples and delicious food pretty much around every corner, you could easily spend all your time in the city temple-hopping and eating.

We enjoyed a week in the city last January doing just that and, between the spicy food and the zen surroundings, were in a delightfully blissed-out state the whole time.

Golden temple with blue sky in the background
The temples in Thailand are just so impressive.

We also spent a day at the incredible Elephant Nature Park, where we fed, bathed, and actually got close enough to touch(!) rescued elephants. If you’re an elephant lover, Chiang Mai’s proximity to the park is reason enough to visit.

There are lots of different places that claim to be elephant sanctuaries, but you really need to be careful about who you choose to go to. Not all of the parks have the elephants’ best interests at heart. Remember, if somewhere offers elephant riding then run a mile! It’s unnecessarily cruel, and it also gives you an insight into how they train their animals – check out this post for more information on that.

Click here to book your ethical elephant visit!

Chiang Mai is quite popular with digital nomad types. It offers great value for money: accommodation standards are excellent, Wi-Fi is top-notch, and workspaces are plentiful and full of other travellers.

Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s best places to travel in January. The heat is bearable, with highs only in the low 30s C (high 80s F). But most importantly (for anyone who wants to breathe easily), the burning season won’t have started yet (it typically starts in February and gets worse in March).

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Where To Stay in Chiang Mai

Shared Accommodation: Stay Here Hostel

Thailand is a great place to meet other friendly travellers, as so many people enjoy the budget-friendly hostels dotted everywhere around the country. Stay Here Hostel is no different – people come from all over the world to ‘stay here’ (couldn’t resist!) and enjoy Chiang Mai.

The hostel rooms are either mixed dorms, or private double rooms with a shared bathroom. They’re small but clean with comfortable beds and air conditioning, which is a must at this time of year!

WiFi in public areas is included, and you have plenty of space to relax and socialise in the shared lounge area. 

You’re in the middle of the city here, so you have access to cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as local attractions.

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Hotel Accommodation: Chada Mantra

With clean double rooms, ensuite bathrooms, free Wifi and a gorgeous swimming pool, Chada Mantra has everything you need when you’re visiting Chiang Mai. Breakfast is included and there is a bar for you to enjoy too. 

Unlike a lot of other lower-priced accommodation, you can rest easy here with comfortable mattresses and air conditioning as standard. You also get a fridge in your room with tea/coffee making facilities too – perfect for those slow mornings whilst watching the TV!

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Apartment Accommodation: The Prio Residence

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay for longer than just a few nights, with all of the comforts and amenities you’d expect back home, then The Prio Residence is an excellent choice.

Not only are the apartments beautifully decorated with modern furnishings, but you can enjoy an outdoor pool, fitness centre and a balcony too. The kitchenette has everything you need to make a hearty meal after your busy days out and about, and the airport is only a 10-minute drive away too.

Enjoy free WiFi, parking and great views.

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Koh Phi Phi – The Opposite Travellers

Looking for a heavenly escape to treat those January blues?

Thailand is an absolute paradise at this time of year. Koh Phi Phi in particular is an island that really shines above the rest in January. At this time, the sunshine hours are long and the temperatures are pleasantly hot.

The emerald waters are also wonderfully calm in January, which means that you are in for some incredible snorkelling and diving experiences. The nightlife in Koh Phi Phi is also amazing at this time of the year.

Small wooden boats with scarves tied to them waiting in the clear blue/green water
You can’t visit a Thai island and not take a little boat trip!

Just at the start of the peak season and right after the chaos of the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations have subsided the island is buzzing, but not annoyingly overcrowded.

January is also a great time to take in all of the beautiful scenery of Koh Phi Phi. Even if you aren’t staying on the actual island, then take this best-selling beautiful sunrise boat tour and spend the day snorkelling the crystal clear waters and relaxing on the gorgeous beaches!

 

 

You will enjoy uninterrupted views of the scenic beaches, never-ending aquamarine sea, and the impressive limestone karsts as January marks the start of the dry season. Koh Phi Phi conveniently misses the wetter conditions that other islands like Koh Samui and Koh Phangan experience at this time of year.

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Where To Stay in Koh Phi Phi

Shared Accommodation: Voyagers Hostel

Booking yourself a bunkbed at Voyagers Hostel is a great way to enjoy the island life without the price tag! Simple, clean and mixed dorm rooms offer free WiFi, air conditioning and bedside plug sockets.

The accommodation is located close enough to the beach to take an early morning swim, but it’s also set back enough to be able to get a good nights sleep!

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Hotel Accommodation: U Rip Resort

The smartly decorated rooms, free breakfast and large swimming pool are just some of the reasons you should be staying at U Rip Resort. The hotel is situated on the southern coastline, near to the beach, which means you won’t get too many of the wild partygoers staying here. 

The friendly staff will be more than happy to escort you up the hill that the hotel lies on, and the air conditioning keeps your room light and breezy.

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Villa Accommodation: Phi Phi The Beach Resort

Spend your time on the island at Phi Phi The Beach Resort – you will not regret it! The beautiful wooden bungalows are spacious and offer wonderful ocean views. There is a bar on-site serving cocktails, and the restaurant serves a mix of Western and Thai food.

There are multiple pools to try out, or if you’d rather go to the beach then make sure you don’t miss out on the amazing massages offered right next to the hotel!

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Vietnam

The north may still have lower temperatures than you’d expect for a country in Southeast Asia, but Vietnam is still one of the best places to travel in January. Hanoi is cool and has the perfect weather for exploring a city on foot. Take a light raincoat just in case but remember that the average temperature is 17 degrees!

Take a small-group street food walking tour around the city to really begin to get to know the local cuisine and history.

Travel further south and follow the sun to Nha Trang, Dalat, Ho Chi Minh and Phu Quoc. It won’t be too busy in January either as most tourists tend to favour the summer months.

Vietnam has plenty to do on a budget too, so you can spend more time in the country and explore the different cities and regions.

Standing over a waterfall with rocks and cascading water
Exploring waterfalls in Vietnam is so much fun!

Go scuba diving, drink cheap beer and learn about the country’s fascinating history – all with the friendly locals! 

If you have enough time, we recommend that you take a look at taking a tour to maximise your Vietnam experience! 

 

Where To Stay in Vietnam

Shared Accommodation: Little Charm Hanoi Hostel

Tucked away in the city’s Old Quarter, Little Charm Hanoi Hotel is the perfect base for exploring. You’ll have a personal locker and light next to your bunk, which will be in a room shared with between 4 and 8 guests. 

The on-site restaurant serves tasty Italian meals, but there are other nearby places if you fancy something a little more local. There’s a great pool here too – unusual for such a budget backpacker place! You’ll share a bathroom, but there are toiletries for you to use and the facilities are very clean.

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Hotel Accommodation: Country House 373

With a great breakfast, free WiFi, spacious rooms and great prices, staying at the Country House 373 should be a no brainer.

It’s close to the food market, museums and parks, plus there’s room service if you would prefer to have a chill-out day!

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Villa Accommodation: Mangala Zen Garden & Luxury Apartments

This unique apartment is set on the grounds of a golf club and has its own private beach. Not only that but there are 2 gorgeous outdoor pools for you to use if you’d prefer. In the Mangala Zen Garden & Luxury Apartments, you get a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, private bathroom and comfortable living space. 

If you decide not to cook, you can enjoy the on-site restaurant instead. 

After a quick game of tennis or golf, why not enjoy the complimentary afternoon tea?

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Sri Lanka- Adventure Travel Family

With stretches of golden sands, emerald-green tea plantations and ancient fortresses to explore, Sri Lanka is the perfect sunshine getaway for those who want a blend of adventure travel and holiday relaxation.

Hop on a boat for a whale-watching trip and spot pods of dolphins, pilot whales and even the great blue whale. Jump in a jeep and head out on safari to find the elusive leopard. See crocs in their native habitat and see brightly coloured peacocks strutting in the wild.

When looking to book a safari, we recommend choosing the 12 hour trip like the one we did, over the 5 hour one, unless you have young children. The chances that you’ll see a leopard are obviously much higher, not only because you have more time, but because your driver will be able to be more patient and wait in the best spots.

It really is just amazing going around the whole park and seeing the variety of wildlife. Plus, you get an incredible lunch with views you won’t forget!

Green bushes in front on the beach
Sri Lanka is just beautiful. Here’s a perfect beach and just behind is a safari park full of incredible animals!

Spend the day with rescued elephants, try your hand at paddleboarding or put on a chef’s hat for a typical Sri Lankan cookery lesson. Finally, take a train through vivid tea plantations and explore the ancient and colonial architecture of the tropical island.

Sri Lanka is one of the best places to travel in January. The south coast and its beaches are beautifully sunny, whilst the mountains are cool enough to hike without stopping every 5 minutes for a break!

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Where To Stay in Sri Lanka

Shared Accommodation: Lala’s Place

Despite being a hostel with shared bathrooms, Lala’s Place is definitely worthy of staying in whilst in Sri Lanka. There is free WiFi, a baech 50m away and a restaurant on-site. Make new friends in the shared lounge area and enjoy a beer or two from the bar!

The hostel is less than 6km away from Galle Fort so ask the friendly staff to direct you to the nearby bus stop to help you explore the local area.

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Hotel Accommodation: Cinnamon Wild Yala

Located 5 minutes from Yala National Park, Cinnamon Wild boasts a swimming pool, spa and wellness centre and fantastic restaurant. In your chalet, you’ll find a balcony with an amazing view, free WiFi and a TV. 

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, so if there’s anything you need whilst you’re here, just ask. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the local wildlife too!

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Apartment Accommodation: Rococo Residence

A rooftop pool, tennis court and a fully equipped kitchen make stays at the Rococo Residence easy and delightful. Situated in the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo, you’ll be close to everything you need – the airport, the beach, the museums and the shops.

The roomy apartments are comfortable, and the staff will make you feel right at home. Make the most of the washing machine here too!

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The Best Places To Visit In January 2022: Europe

Malta – A World to Travel

If I had to pick a way of uncovering all the beauty of Mediterranean islands, whether they are the Balearic islands, Greek islands or others, it needs to be avoiding the high seasons.

As they get really crowded from late spring to early autumn, winter is usually the best season of the year to uncover all they have to offer to enjoy cheaper prices, welcoming locals not sick of tourists and overall pretty nice weather.

Read More: How To Decide Between The Best Places To Stay In Malta

High street in the evening
Malta is such a cute European country!

A few years ago, during winter, I travelled around the Maltese islands for a few days. I won’t lie. The weather could have been better – as there were daily storms and strong wind – but nonetheless, I really enjoyed it and the weather made me feel so alive!

Once the Christmas holidays are over, the main avenues in La Valletta are less crowded, but still really picturesque and Instagrammable if that’s even a thing.

You can’t go wrong with this extremely affordable destination in winter, trust me! Malta truly is one of the best places to travel in January, with its quieter vibe and relatively mild temperatures.

The Blue Lagoon on Comino Island and Gozo are the most popular day trips from Malta, but at this time of year, you might prefer something a little less beach focused! Enjoy a historical walking tour of the beautiful capital city Valletta and discover so much about Malta’s rich past!

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Where To Stay in Malta

Shared Accommodation: Inhawi Boutique Hostel

If you want to be in the middle of all the action, then book a room at Inhawi Boutique Hostel! Just across from the seafront in the lively area of St Julian’s, this hostel offers bunk beds in mixed + female-only dorms, great complimentary breakfast and free WiFi.

Relax by the outdoor pool, or meet new friends whilst cooking in the shared kitchen. You’ll truly feel welcomed here and won’t want to leave the friendly atmosphere!

Click here to check prices, room availability and guest ratings!

Hotel Accommodation: Buccaneers Boutique Guest House

Located in St Paul’s Bay, Buccaneers Boutique Guest House is a great place to stay in Malta. It’s only around 400m to the promenade, and there are plenty of bus stops nearby to get you around the rest of the island. 

The restaurant serves good food and the beds are comfortable. There is a shared terrace area with an outdoor pool (this is closed in the winter months though) but you can still go and sit outside if you want – Malta doesn’t get too cold in January!

Your room is fitted with a fridge, as well as having a kettle so you can make quick instant meals here and hot drinks if you are on a strict budget. Breakfast is served daily though if you want it!

There’s free WiFi, and you can request an airport shuttle before you arrive if you wish.

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Apartment Accommodation: Shamrock Flats

With 2 balconies, a large dining/living area and a washing machine, Shamrock Flats is the perfect place in Malta if you are looking for something a little more homely and long-term. Whilst you can stay for only a few days, I’d recommend making the most of the space, and the location as it is only a 5-minute drive from the beach.

There’s also a shared rooftop terrace which has been furnished with chairs so that you can enjoy the views.

WiFi is free, and there’s also a bathtub here which is a lovely addition if you’ve been travelling for a while and are looking to slow down and relax!

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Madrid – The World Was Here First

If you’re looking for one of the best places to travel in January 2022 in Europe, then you can’t go wrong with Madrid.

While Spain itself is known for its perennial warm and sunny weather, Madrid can get pretty chilly compared to the south of the country, however, this also means that crowds in the Spanish capital are at their fewest.

Madrid is an unmissable addition to any trip to Spain and heading there in January is always a good idea.

While it can get cold in Madrid in January, the lack of tourist crowds and the generally sunny weather make it an appealing month to visit — especially if you want to experience the city like a local.

It’s so good to see blue skies in January in Madrid!

Accommodation prices will likely be cheaper than in the high season months and you won’t have to contend with massive queues and crowds at popular sites.

If you want to escape the winter chill, you can pop into any one of Madrid’s wonderful art museums like the world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, or the Thyssen Museum. Skip the line and book your guided tour tickets for the Prado here, or if you would prefer to enjoy a museum along without a guide then book your Reina Sofia museum entrance tickets here.

Conversely, you can also escape the cold by going on a tapas crawl through the central neighbourhoods, famous for their traditional bars and great atmospheres.

 

If you also want an iconic Madrid experience, you cannot go wrong with munching on delicious churros and chocolate at Chocolotería San Gines. While there is indoor seating here, their outdoor area is equipped with heat lamps and blankets to ensure that you stay toasty warm.

If you would rather stay inside while eating, you also could head to one of Madrid’s many local markets, where you can shop for and dine on local cuisine direct from the producer. While the Mercado de San Miguel is certainly the most popular in the city, I would personally recommend heading to the more local Mercado Antón Martín in the Lavapiés neighbourhood.

Regardless of what you choose to do, visiting Madrid in January is always a good idea.

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Where To Stay in Madrid

Shared Accommodation: Madrid Downtown Hostel

You really are in the heart of the city when staying at Madrid Downtown Hostel – the clue is in the name!

There’s a great shared kitchen, free WiFI and a shared bathroom – you even get complimentary toiletries to use. 

Everything about the hostel is perfect for a good night’s sleep so you can feel safe and secure – from the clean rooms to the available lockers. 

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Hotel Accommodation: Hostal Adis

This cosy hotel is situated just a stone’s throw away from all of the action. Each room at Hostal Adis has an ensuite bathroom, heating and free WiFi.

You’ll be very comfortable in this non-smoking hotel, with a TV and desk in the rooms. Some of the rooms have a balcony.

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Apartment Accommodation: Molino Malasaña

If you’re looking for somewhere to settle down for a few days or more, then Molino Malasaña is a great choice. There’s a washing machine, dishwasher and a microwave, so you really can feel right at home.

Not only that but housekeeping visits daily so you get all of the perks of staying in a hotel without the other guests!

The apartments are centrally located so you’re never too far away from bars, restaurants, cafes and attractions.

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Rome – Mama Loves Rome

Rome is a fantastic destination for a city break in January.

There is plenty to do in Rome in January. If this is your first time in the city, you can explore the main city’s landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and Vatican City and the central hours of the day are usually mild enough to allow leisurely strolls around Rome’s famous piazzas.

An Italian church with granite columns
Rome is just such a magical city

At this time of year, the city experiences chilly weather and short daylight hours however, braving the lower temperatures comes with a reward.  From the 7th of January, when the festivities officially end, Rome enters its brief low tourism season and you can see many of the city’s main attractions without the otherwise ubiquitous long lines!

This is also a great time to experience Rome’s most traditional food. Rome’s dishes are warming and filling and locals flock to the city’s many wine bars for an indulgent treat. Enjoy a well-reviewed street food and wine tour to really get to know the food behind the culture!

Another great reason to go to Rome in January is shopping!  Sales start on the 6th of the month and are the best opportunity to load up on Italian designer clothes and high street finds. Head to the city centre and the area of Monti for the best shops and atmosphere!

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Where To Stay in Rome

Shared Accommodation: Palladini Hostel

Be aware that accommodation isn’t cheap in Rome, so finding a decent hostel can be tricky. However, for a reasonable cost, Palladini Hostel offers free WiFi, a shared lounge and a kitchen.

It is within walking distance of many great city attractions, as well as the metro station. 

Stay here if you’re looking for clean, welcoming budget accommodation with all the amenities you would expect from a typical hotel.

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Hotel Accommodation: Casa Carra

This sweet little guesthouse is set in the ideal location – just around the corner from the metro station but also only a 1o minute walk from the incredible Colosseum. 

There are countless shops, restaurants and bars nearby so you’ll never be bored even if you don’t leave the vicinity of the hotel.

In the room, there’s an ensuite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. There is also a fridge but you might not need it as breakfast is also included in the price!

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Apartment Accommodation: Repubblica Apartment

Equipped with a kitchen with an oven, 2 bedrooms, and a washing machine, staying at Repubblica Apartments will give you full control over your trip.

There’s free WiFi and a TV too.

It’s located in the city centre near enough to the main attractions but there is also a metro station nearby if you’d prefer to jump on a train.

The owners of the apartment are friendly, helpful and easily contactable if you have any questions. 

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Seville, Spain – The World Is My Playground

Seville is one of the prettiest cities in Spain, and the capital of the Andalusia community in Southern Spain.

It’s one of the best places to travel in January, as temperatures are mild and hover around 12 to 15°C. Most days are sunny, which makes Seville perfect for a getaway. Also, the numerous palm trees around the city make you feel like you’re in a tropical destination!

The city has an interesting Moorish history and became very popular in the 16th century when it became the “Gateway to the Indies”, the Spanish trading monopoly with Latin America and the only trading port with the Indies for more than 200 years.

Seville The World Is My Playground
such an underrated part of Spain!

The most important site to visit is the Seville Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the world. It’s really quite spectacularly built, using both Gothic and Renaissance styles. Inside the Cathedral, you’ll find the Tomb of Christopher Colombus.

Click here to buy your tickets to a Cathedral tour, or if you’d prefer to visit without a guide, click here to buy your skip-the-line tickets.

 

The Cathedral, along with the Royal Alcazar Palace and the Archivo de Indias, makes up the monumental complex in the city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend some time roaming the garden outside the Cathedral, and climbing the Giralda Bell Tower for amazing views of the city.

Another unmissable attraction in the city is Plaza de Espana, which has practically become synonymous with the city itself. The semi-circular plaza stands in front of a beautiful curved palace and makes for a nice stroll and photo opportunity.

Take a break from tourist things and try various tapas at bars around the city, and time permitting, a top-selling flamenco show.

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Where To Stay in Seville

Shared Accommodation: Hostel A2C

Boasting a bar, shared lounge/kitchen and central location, Hostel A2C is a great option for dormitory accommodation. There are mixed and female-only rooms, with a bathroom shared between 4 – 8 guests, depending on your room choice.

Staff are more than welcoming, and the rooms are clean and spacious. The hostel is well located, sitting less than 6 miles from the airport and a 20 minute walk from the main attractions.

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Hotel Accommodation: Un Patio al Sur

Set in the heart of the city, Un Patio al Sur is a unique and pretty building, offering travellers a great place to relax after their busy days’ sightseeing.

Breakfast is included in the room rate and there’s a gorgeous rooftop terrace you can enjoy.

You’ll have an ensuite bathroom stocked with toiletries, and free WiFi to use too. 

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Apartment Accommodation: Casa Gloria Apartments

Set in the heart of the city, Casa Gloria Apartments offer a spacious place to call home whilst in Seville. Enjoy the large living and dining area, plus the well-equipped kitchen.

You’ll have access to a microwave, washing machine, oven, toaster and even a coffee machine!

The staff arrive every day to clean the place so go out and enjoy your day, knowing that your space will be sparkling by the time you get back. 

There’s free WiFi and toiletries too.

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The Best Places To Visit In January 2022: North America

Mexico – German Backpacker

Mexico is a wonderful country to visit and it’s definitely one of the best places to travel in January!

Since it is winter, temperatures are not too hot, making it a perfect climate to travel the country.

This is also the dry season, so you can expect to have no rain, but blue skies and lots of sunshine. Just make sure to take a light jacket if you make it further north (e.g. to Mexico City and beyond). It might cool down a bit in the evening.

Large grey pyramid monument
Mexico has so many awesome cultural monuments

Spend some time at the beaches of the Riviera Maya, visit Maya ruins and indigenous communities in the southern state of Chiapas and get to know the Mexican culture in Mexico City.

 

Mexico is huge, diverse and a wonderful place to explore. You certainly won’t get bored!

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Where To Stay In Mexico

Shared Accommodation: Cabañas Kin Balam Palenque

Sitting at the edge of the magical Palenque National Park, Cabañas Kin Balam Palenque is a nature lovers dream. You’re surrounded by gardens, and there’s a refreshing outdoor pool too.

The dorms are simple, but you can relax in the shared areas (there’s WiFi everywhere). If you don’t want to cook in the shared kitchen, there is the option to eat in the on-site restaurants, or you could walk to the other nearby eateries.

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Hotel Accommodation: Caribbean Paradise Boutique Hotel

Only a 5-minute walk from the beach, the Caribbean Paradise Boutique Hotel is exactly that – paradise! You’ll be spoilt with either a Queen or King-sized bed, and the rustic yet modern and charming rooms will provide wonderful pool views.

You could even treat yourself to a room with a Jacuzzi – you’re on holiday so why not?!

There’s free WiFi, parking and a bar on-site, so your stay is definitely going to be an enjoyable one!

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Apartment Accommodation: The Local Way – Monet

With private parking, a coffee machine and bathrobes, The Local Way – Monet really knows that it is the small touches that really matter! 

The apartments are a great home away from home – with the added bonus of helpful staff to organise restaurant dinners, fun tours and car rental for you!

The light and spacious rooms are decorated beautifully. There’s a TV, a washing machine/tumble dryer and a toaster for all of those wind down days!

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Big Sky, Montana – Bring The Kids

If you’re looking for a perfect winter getaway, look no farther than Big Sky in Montana. This small mountain town packs a big punch, with one of the largest ski areas in the United States, as well as some great other winter activities (while still maintaining its small-town feel).  

The skiing terrain at Big Sky is incredible, with some of the best expert terrains in the world, but also a huge portion of the resort is great for beginner and intermediate skiers as well.

Head up the tram to Lone Mountain for some incredibly steep skiing. The resort is almost never crowded and it’s likely that you’ll never wait in a lift line more than a few minutes.  

Make things easier for yourself by hiring your skis beforehand and getting them delivered straight to you!

Snowy hill with tall snow covered trees and two skiiers
look at that pristine snow!

If you want a really unique experience, head one hour south to Yellowstone National Park. Seeing the park in the winter is an absolutely magical experience and is unlike anything you’ll see in the summer. Everything is covered in snow, and getting to see the geothermal geysers and hot spots, as well as all the animals in winter is a once in a lifetime experience. 

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Where To Stay in Big Sky

Hotel Accommodation: Residence Inn By Marriott

Before a big day of skiing, you’ll need a hearty breakfast, and the Residence Inn steps up to the challenge! Take in the stunning views surrounding the property, and then relax in the heated pool at the end of your day.

The suites are set up with a kitchen, but you can always eat in the on-site restaurant and bar.

There is free parking and WiFi, and a 24-hour reception desk that you can ask for help.

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Lodge Accommodation: The Lodge at Big Sky

Close to a range of ski lifts (with a free shuttle to these), The Lodge at Big Sky makes your holiday a breeze. There’s a great cocktail bar where you can relax, and there is a shared lounge with gorgeous views of the mountains. 

Breakfast is included in your room rate, but you also have a kitchen if you’d rather prepare your own meals.

Warm up after a long day on the slopes in the indoor pool, or even try out the on-site fitness centre if you still feel the need to exercise!

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Isla Holbox – Getting Stamped

In our opinion, the tropics are one of the best places to travel in January – the perfect escape to warmer weather in the new year!

If you’re looking for a unique place to go to, look no further than Isla Holbox, otherwise known as Mexico’s best-kept secret. Because it’s still so under the radar, it’s a perfect Mexico island getaway.

Isla Holbox is what we like to call an off the beaten path destination, as there are no cars or paved roads, just miles and miles of pristine undeveloped beaches. There is a small town full of restaurants and hotels for visitors that has the perfect laidback vibe to it.

Beach path with golf buggies on the right
This is pretty much what paradise looks like…

The Caribbean waters surrounding Holbox serve up a list of things to do while in town. A few of our favourites are walking the sandbar beach at Las Nubes, kite surfing on the northern shores and exploring and taking a dip in the Yalahau Cenote.

 

After a day on the water, make your way back into town and check out the unique street art that includes murals, monuments, and artistic creations. Grab a bite to eat anywhere in town and savour the local cuisine, which is some of the best Mexican food you’ll have!

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Where To Stay in Isla Holbox

Shared Accommodation: Posada Hondumar Holbox

Located only a short walk from the centre of town and the beach, Posada Hondumar Holbox is a great little hostel that offers both mixed dorms and private rooms.

There is air-conditioning in the rooms and the property is even pet-friendly!

The kind staff are there to help and there are restaurants nearby. 

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Hotel Accommodation: Corazoncito Holbox

Serving breakfast daily, Corazoncito Holbox is a great base whilst you’re on the island. 

Relax in the rooftop pool and enjoy the views, or just relax on the terrace. The hotel is situated near the ferry, and a short walk from the beach too. 

You’ll have your own private bathroom with free toiletries too.

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Apartment Accommodation: Casa Frida Holbox

This relaxed and air-conditioned apartment has free WiFi and a fully equipped kitchen. Casa Frida Holbox is a lovely space that makes you feel right at home as soon as you enter.

There’s a garden view, hammocks and comfortable beds. There are also staff at the property to help you settle in. 

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The Best Places To Visit In January 2022: Oceania

Sydney

Visiting Australia at any time of the year is going to guarantee you some sort of good climate, atmosphere and adventure.

Starting off the New Year with a bang in Sydney is one of the best ways to do it! January falls in Australia’s summer and brings average temperatures of around 26 degrees Celsius.

Don’t be completely fooled – that’s an average so do be prepared for days of 40 degrees! Luckily, Sydney has some amazing beaches so you’ll be able to join in the locals with their surfing!

The Sydney Opera House in Sydney Harbous
It really is as impressive in real life as in the magazines!

Enjoy a fancy meal at the famous rotating restaurant, sample the fantastic wines of the Hunter Valley or even treat yourself to a stunning helicopter ride around the city!

A big city like Sydney can be quite daunting if you haven’t got anything planned so do check out the fun tours that the city has to offer!

 

Where To Stay in Sydney

Shared Accommodation: Railway Square YHA

Located next to Sydney Central Station, this friendly hostel has shared BBQ facilities, as well as a shared kitchen and lounge. Regular social activities and events are held, so the Railway Square YHA is a great choice for solo backpackers looking to meet like-minded travellers.

There are both dormitory and private rooms, which all have access to the free WiFi.

The staff are very friendly and the hostel is clean.

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Hotel Accommodation: Hyde Park Inn

Just a short walk away from Sydney’s CBD, the Hyde Park Inn offers facilities such as a great continental breakfast, LCD TV (with free movies) and free WiFi. 

If you’re driving, then you can park your vehicle without charge at the hotel. 

There are great views of Hyde Park, and the staff are super friendly too.

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Apartment Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Central

These spacious and modern apartments are centrally located, giving you easy access to the CBD. With a heated swimming pool, shared terrace and fitness centre, Adina Apartments is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to spend longer than the average traveller here.

Equipped with a dishwasher, microwave and oven, you’ll be able to cook your own meals here if you don’t want to make the short journey to the city’s restaurants and bars.

The rooms are clean and comfortable, and if you’re a Genius member with booking.com you are likely to be eligible for an upgrade!

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Where are you travelling to this January? What other destinations would you class as the best places to travel in January? Are there any other amazing destinations you’d recommend at this time of year? Let us know in the comments below!

By Jade Mortimer

Hey, I'm Jade! Currently I'm working in the outback of Australia, planning a an incredible trip across the country in a campervan!! I love a good cuppa and John Travolta is my hero....

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