Where to go on holiday in January

Rather than Dry January, why not try Hot January and treat yourself to some winter sun? It’s a great time of year to enjoy Australia or Thailand, especially on the south-western islands. January is also good if you’re an experienced skier and there’s plenty of choice but book early before the locals get there. 

Thailand

Moon Bar Banyan Tree Thailand

Temperature: 32°C high; 22°C low

Travel time from UK: 12 hours

Time difference: GMT +7

Thailand boasts a rich cultural history as well as stunning white sands, palm-fringed shores, glittering emerald waters, and flourishing rainforests. If you love diving and snorkelling, the western coast is great this time of year.

With a bit of planning, it’s possible to create a unique holiday experience including the well-travelled areas like Bangkok with hidden gems such as Kanchanaburi, located in western Thailand, popular with nature lovers and history buffs alike.

Australia

Mooloolaba Beach Australia

Temperature: 27°C high; 20°C low

Flight time from UK: Approximately 23 hours

Time difference: GMT +11

January is very much beach season in Australia. Check out the beaches in Sydney and Melbourne and visit Jervis Bay, listed in the Guinness Book for the whitest sand beaches and be sure to check out the Sydney Festival, a month-long celebration of the arts, comprising of music events, theatre, visual arts and cinema with a variety of outdoor events. 

Méribel, France

Skiing in January

Temperature: 1°C high; -8°C low

Flight time from UK: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Time difference: GMT +2

January is a great time to hit the snow if you’re an experienced skier and there’s plenty of choice but book early before the locals get there. 

Serious skiers should head to Courchevel where you can enjoy the show at La Folie Douce,  perfect for lunch or to start your après ski time, followed by pizza and happy-hour at Jack’s Bar or head to SteakHouse Club 72 in Val Thorens for the best steak you’ve ever had!

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