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It’s never a bad idea to ring in the New Year with a relaxing getaway. Whether you’re looking for a whimsical winter destination or a warm tropical vacation, these are some the best places to travel in January.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you’re looking for a warm place to visit in January, the tropical South American city of Rio de Janeiro is in the height of its summer, with temperatures in the mid-80s. Buzzing with nightlife, beaches, landmarks, art and so much more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Park City, Utah

During the month of January, this picturesque mountain town is a prime destination for winter adventures. Ski at a world-class ski resort, stroll down historic Main Street for a glimpse of the thriving art scene, or spend the evening enjoying a meal at one of the town’s cozy lodges.

Sydney, Australia

This beautiful city is on the sunny side of the globe this time of year, with ideal summer temperatures in the upper 70s. However, it’s not just the weather that makes Sydney a fun place to escape the cold. Full of bright festivals, theatres, markets and celebrations, Sydney is one of the best places to vacation in January.

Oslo, Norway

Norway’s capital is a winter wonderland during January, with snow covering the tops of fairytale-like buildings and homes. The city’s growing avant-garde art scene and hip gastronomy are two good reasons to make this your next vacation destination. It’s one of the best places to vacation in January because it’s very affordable at this time, and you might just be able to cross the Northern Lights off your bucket list.

Porto, Portugal

This Portugal city is the perfect winter break from freezing cold temperatures and mundane scenery. Porto’s Mediterranean climate offers temperatures ranging from 50 to 60 degrees with plenty of sunshine in January. Explore the cultural arts and music, and wine and dine at one of the city’s fine restaurants.


If you’re a snow-lover, Switzerland is one of the best places to travel in January, when the peaks of the Swiss Alps are coated in fresh white snow. Ski the slopes or simply enjoy the panoramic views of the Alps from a summit. Then, eat, drink and explore in the charming little valley towns, filled with boutiques, ski lodges, markets and more.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

January is Dubai’s “cooler” season, with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. It’s the best time to enjoy adventure sports like skydiving, desert safaris, sandboarding and camel rides. January boasts one of the city’s biggest draws, the Dubai Shopping Festival. It’s the ultimate monthlong retail therapy experience for shopaholics.

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