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The best places to travel to in January

03.01.2019

We have been suggesting places to travel to in September, October, November and December: if you have ended up here on this ‘best places to travel to in January’ it might be either because you are just  a binge traveller and really can’t cope with enjoying some chillaxing at home, or you have managed to miss out on every single piece of advice we previously provided.

Not all is lost, you can still have your ‘non summer’ getaway in January, and thinking about it, the post Christmas holiday period might as well be the time when you need an actual break the most.

Credit card bills are flowing in like late Christmas presents, Monday blues are lurking from behind the emptiness of the first weekends of January, and procrastinating on taking down the Christmas tree is just one more contribution to an overall sense of ‘how many days till the next holiday?’. Truth is, who said you have to wait for Easter or midterm: off season holidays are just the best, especially when they can help you overcome what some believe to be the ‘worst period of the year’.

We have thought of those of you looking for the summer in January as well as the winter wonderland lovers who want to embrace the season away from Christmas lights and carols: check out the best places to travel to in January.

Canary Islands

Where to stay:

There are 7 islands to pick from on the Canary Islands and you can read more about each one of them in our editorial. They are one of the best places to travel to in January as their temperature stays around 20 to 25 degrees, although when the wind doesn’t blow it can get way warmer!

Where to eat:

When at the Canary Islands please watch out, or better, keep off the so called ‘international restaurants’, aka, British pubs. Check out restaurant El Lago in Lanzarote instead, which serves fresh fish amongst its specialities, proving that places that attract the locals are always the best ones.

 

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Cape Verde

Where to stay:

With its lunar landscape and its windsurfing spots, Cape Verde is surely one of the best places where to travel in January, but the eco-lodge of Spinguera beats them all on exclusivity levels. Located in the natural park of Boa Vista, it is where to feel as one with nature.

Where to eat:

If you want to ‘dine above the waves’ a seat at Farolin Restaurant will not disappoint with its sunsets as well as the traditional dishes on the menu. Try the the Cachupa Ripa as well as the fresh fish or the steaks, but you can also check out its outdoor Esplanada Palha Verde for a top spot by the waves.

 

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Quebec City, Canada

Where to stay:

Quebec City is where to go in January if you are fan of French winter wonderlands also because from January 17th to February 2nd the city livens up with the magic of the Igloo Festival, the coldest music festival in the world. If you are thinking about it, you’d better plan your accommodation around the schedule.

Where to eat:

Check out Buffet de l’Antiquaire, located in characteristic streets of the Old Port it is where to taste some Québécois family Christmas types of courses, such as the the pig’s stew. This an established restaurant locals and tourists both appreciate.

 

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Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Where to stay:

Located in the ‘Free Republic of Holidays’ Saas-Fee is one of the best places to go to in January when the season is not so high peak as during the holidays and prices decrease a little – although Switzerland is not renowned for convenience. Here you will be struggling to pick from the array of wellness spa hotels, take a look at the The Capra’s The Peak Health Spa to set your standards.

Where to eat:

Before resting in one of the many wellness hotels and spa, try out the Fondue Gondola, a special melted cheese dinner to have whilst going up the cable car whilst surrounded by snow and utter romance. And white wine.

 

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Queensland, Australia

Where to stay:

If it’s cold in Europe, it is hot in Queensland, so if you are looking for where to go in January this sunny region is perfect for doing some sightseeing as well as enjoying the seaside: in Brisbane choose to stay in a boutique hotel or in a glamping type of accommodation, such as the Sanctuary by Sirromet, 30 minutes away from the city centre.

Where to eat:

Rick Shores, located in the Gold Coast, is just one of the many restaurants in Queensland creating  the best of the best South-East Asian cuisine, but it offers something unparalleled: views, or better, being almost ‘inside’ the waves. Top food, top location.

 

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Miami, USA

Where to stay:

With its kilometers of white sand and likewise numerous places where to hangout, Miami South Beach is where to go in January to escape Monday blues as well as replenishing some energy levels and ultimately have some deserved quality fun. Check out the best hotels in South Beach here.

Where to eat:

Joe’s Stone Crab is one of the best places in Miami where to taste the best local seafood, of course the stone crab being the specialty on the menu. The celebs love the place, so expect a great atmosphere coming here for dinner.

 

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Burma

Where to stay:

You can pinch some ideas from here, where we give you an idea on what to expect in terms of accommodation  when paying the fixed fee requested to travel to Burma. January is when to visit Burma as the rainfalls are close to none and the heat reaches pleasant levels.

Where to eat:

Burma (officially known as Myanmar) is one place for sure where to experiment street food, but why not instead going for a proper sit down meal in a stunning location? Inle Heritage offers just that together with the combination of traditions and modernity signed by chef Naing Win.

 

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Bogotà, Colombia

Where to stay:

With more than 50 museums and the natural frame created by the Andes, Bogotà is surely one city that is taking with mass tourism in the last years: staying in Bogotà demands a passion for green, as it is jam packed with parks but we recommend going for the chic and central hotels, such as the Click Clack Hotel, or the 7th floor terrace of the Hotel Movich Chico 97, located right in the centre too.

Where to eat:

If you want to have a taste of a Colombian experience, you should try the food and the live entertainment of Andrés Carne de Res: these are the grilled meats and typical Colombian dishes such as the chicharrones, served up while you listen to some live music or watch an improvised actor performance.

 

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Zakopane, Poland

Where to Stay

Visiting the Snow Labyrinth in Zakopane is worth the trip alone, but skiing and shopping are already on the menu: if you are up for a 5 star hotel retreat, Hotel Litwor is what you should be checking out. The ‘ front-row view of Mount Giewont’  makes this remote village one of the best places to travel to in January.

Where to eat:

Chata Zbójnicka sure qualifies as one of the must try restaurants in Zakopane: first off, it is located somewhere in the forest. The atmosphere and the menu on offer reflect the taste of a sort of ‘Shrek’ plays host kind of thing, which means it is the best!

 

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Moscow, Russia

Where to stay:

Why is Moscow one of the best places to travel to in January? Yes, it will be freezing, but at least you will be able to experience one of the biggest events in the whole of Russia, the so called Russian Winter Festival, which ends in mid-January. If you want to warm up at night in a hotel with the local character, check out the Russ Balt Hotel located in a building dating back to 1876.

Where to eat:

If you want to do fancy, Moscow is surely one place where to start from. The White Rabbit is in fact amongst the world’s top 50 restaurants as well as offering a top notch view from the top of the whole city. The Kremlin is jam packed with luxury places to eat, just pick yours!

 

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