Depending on your preferences, January can be the perfect month to plan a winter getaway. Whether you prefer to take a skiing vacation in the mountains or a beach vacation on the Gulf of Mexico, traveling in January will help you to reset from the busy holiday season. Luckily, January is also a shoulder season, so you'll be able to enjoy cheaper travel and accommodation costs, as well as fewer crowds, wherever you go.
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January Vacations: Top Destinations
Best Destinations for a January Vacation
Spending your January away in a picturesque vacation destination will not only help you to recharge, but will help to prepare you for the year ahead. These destinations are sure to provide an exciting but relaxing atmosphere to truly escape.
1. Nairobi, Kenya
The capital city of Kenya is full of enriching tourism destinations, as well as fantastic culinary delicacies such as nyama choma, or "roast meat" in Swahili. January is one of the best months to visit Nairobi because of the dry weather and warm sunshine. Luckily, January is one of the cooler periods of the year in this region, so you won't yourself become nyama choma when visiting in January! One of the best things to do in Nairobi is to explore the Nairobi National Park safari. If you love adventure, take a two-hour drive from the city center to Tana River for whitewater rafting. What January blues?
2. British Columbia, Canada
If you can't beat the cold, why not join it? For those who would prefer to spend their January vacation hitting the slopes, then British Columbia is the place to be. This Canadian province has vast coastlines and mountain ranges. It also has the highest number of ski resorts of any province in Canada. On the other hand, if you'd simply prefer to relax by the fire with a good book, the "apes-ski" lodges are an excellent place to cozy up. British Columbia also offers many snow sports at night; ski, skate, sled and more on well-lit runs.
Nicaragua is a less-traveled option for explorers seeking a unique January getaway. This vibrant central American nation has everything a nature lover needs: tropical rainforests, palm-lined beaches, warm sand, volcanoes, and great weather. Take a one hour drive from the capital city Managua, and visit the colonial city of Granada. Here, you can marvel at the architecture of these colonial buildings. Granada is one of the most frequented tourist sites in Nicaragua, and also boasts a fantastic nightlife.