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Where to Travel in January

A new year, a new holiday - these are the best places to travel to in January.

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There's nothing like a new year holiday to banish the post-Christmas blues. Check out our tips on where to go in January 2020, and get booking.

Portes du Soleil, France

Portes du Soleil, France

Battle January misery with a well-deserved break in one of Europe's top party ski and snowboarding spots. The Portes du Soleil area has 12 linked resorts straddling the French and Swiss Alps, which can be freely explored in 'ski safari' style. Piles of exceptional snow, the freshest air and top class apres ski... what are you waiting for? It'll be cheaper outside the busy December and February school holidays too.

Inghams sells a wide range of holidays in the Portes du Soleil region.

South Africa

Drakensberg Park, South Africa

With around 11 hours of sunshine every day, there's no chance of SAD taking hold in South Africa. And if you're yearning for new experiences for the new year, this beautiful country will deliver a big taste of African adventure alongside world class travel facilities.

There are more than 20 national parks, eight World Heritage sites and 3,000 odd kilometres of stunning coastline to discover. Thrill-seekers will want to throw themselves into shark and scuba diving, bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours, surfing and mountain climbing. A real holiday paradise, there's also the chance to see the big five roaming their own habitats, tour the vibrant Soweto townships, explore the dramatic scenery of the Garden Route, enjoy a spot of first rate wine tasting, and experience the unique cities of Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

Virgin Holidays offers a selection of South African holidays.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Many of us would happily fly to the other side of the world to escape another dreary winter at home. Sydney really is a ray of sunshine in January, with the Aussie summer in full swing, the Sydney Festival beginning on the 8th and rounding off with spectacular Australia Day celebrations on 26 January. Soak up this great looking city's energy and culture at award-winning eateries, colourful markets and boutiques and rocking bars and clubs, as well as the iconic Opera House.

Your holiday in Sydney wouldn't be complete without trips to Sydney Harbour Bridge, Taronga Zoo and hot beaches including Coogee, Manly and Bronte. For greenery, don't miss the Royal Botanic Gardens; and the Blue Mountains National Park and historic Hunter Valley wine and foodie region, both a few hours from the city.

Audley Travel organises tailor-made tours of Australia including stays in Sydney.

Iceland

Iceland, Blue Lagoon

Iceland is ideally located for a short-haul break, and one of our favourite recommendations for where to travel in January. While you can expect freezing temperatures, January is one of the best month's to visit if you are keen on seeing the Northern Lights. Read our guide on Travelling in Iceland for more practical information before your trip, and 20 Things to Do in Iceland to make sure you see the best of the country on your visit.

The Northern Lights aren't the only reason to visit Iceland in January. Take a city break in Reykjavik where you can escape the cold in a plethora of cosy restaurants, and with a dip at the Blue Lagoon. You'll return home more relaxed than ever, and ready to take on the year ahead.

The Philippines

Taal volcano, The Philippines

A tropical paradise with lovely locals, these 7,000 or so islands in Southeast Asia are the perfect hideaway from real life during our dull old January. You'll enjoy the gorgeous beaches and watersports no doubt, but there's much more. Volcanoes, remote villages, ancient rice terraces, lively marine life, cheeky little Tarsier monkeys, a strong colonial Spanish flavour and manic Manila are just the beginning.

During January every year, the "Mother of all Philippine Festivals" (they say) takes place in Kalibo on Panay Island. The Ati-Atihan Festival is a raucous celebration of the Ati indigenous people and patron saint Sto. Nino. The real crowd-pleasers are the parades and dance competitions on the streets between different tribes, donning traditional headgear, masks and face and body paint. It's been going for more than 700 years and is an experience to remember. The Pope will also be in the region during the festival in 2017.

Take a look at Kuoni's Philippines holidays, including idyllic Boracay Island, within easy reach of the festival.

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Written by Maxine Clarke: a writer, mummy, missus and campervan-lover. Used to travel, now enjoys a good holiday! Follow her on Twitter.

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