Best Places for January Travel

January 10th, 2014 by The JetSetter Team | 2 Comments »

Slide1Jason Hartman just got back from somewhere sunny and warm, and chances are, you’re dreaming of it too. January (especially this January!) is a great time to escape the post-holiday blues and explore life outside of your home state, but it’s also a tricky time to travel—airport delays and mandatory tire chains might try to put a damper on travel plans, but we’re here to save the day! Here’s some travel advice to get you through January.

Check out Cartagena, Columbia, for January temperatures in the 80s and lows in the 70s. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and rainfall is limited. The area, because of its great weather, is crowded so you’ll have to shop around for a good deal on hotels. You’ll still be paying less than if you were to visit elsewhere in the Caribbean, so take pleasure in your intelligence and get a tan!

If nice weather isn’t important to your January getaway, now is great time to visit Europe. Because its cold and a bit rainy, tourism is way down, which means cheaper flights and hotels once you’re there. You also won’t find yourself waiting in line, which is great if you’re the museum type—plus, they’re warm. Because you’ll want to limit yourself to more indoor activities, this vacation is ideal for those seeking a city vacation.

If you’re in the mood for both beaches and low prices, check out Diu, India. Think of it as a poor man’s Goa—beautiful beaches, fresh seafood, plenty of booze. With temperatures around 90, Diu has lots of English-speaking locals happy to help you out, and boasts cheap hotels and fireside seafood BBQs frequented by both tourists and locals. It isn’t well traveled because it isn’t well known, but that will likely change. Enjoy the relative solitude (its one of India’s least populated areas) and relax.

For temperatures in the mid 80s and lows around 60, check out Chiang Mai, Thailand. The city’s mild weather and low humidity make it a favorite for tourists, though you won’t find many there. If you’re looking for an inexpensive stay, lots of temples and outdoor adventure, Thailand is the place for you!

No matter where you go, remember to pack and dress in layers so you’re prepared for rain or shine. Forget the epic family fights of Christmas, return those gifts later, and sleep off your food coma somewhere warmer or at least more interesting. Happy travels!(http://www.flickr.com/photos/laszlo-photo/174526508/)

 

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