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    Wondering where to go in January? You would definitely want your new year to begin on a high note. There’s no better way to beat the winter chills than by visiting beautiful destinations with a tropical climate. And there’s a wide range of winter special destinations to choose from. Here’s a list of best places to visit in January to start your new year on a high note by satiating your itch for wanderlust and finding solitude amidst nature, mountains and on the land of different countries. All of these places have cherishable experiences hidden in the lap. Make sure you mark your favorites from this list!

    32 Best Places To Visit In January In 2020

    So, if you are confused about where to go in January to feel and indulge in solemn beautiful experience, here is a handpicked list you might want to refer to. Have a look at the best places to travel in January and enjoy a vacation like never before. 

    • Phuket – For Golden Beaches
    • Bali – For Honeymooners
    • Maldives – For Sparkling Beaches
    • Seychelles – For Sizzling Beaches
    • Dubai – For Classic Souks
    • Sri Lanka – For Heritage Monuments
    • Switzerland – For Snow Lovers
    • Bruges – For Vintage Charm
    • Cambodia – For Fabulous Temples
    • Australia – For Summer Season
    • South Africa – For Wildlife Lovers
    • Costa Rica – For Lush Rainforests
    • Nicaragua – For Tropical Forests
    • India – For Exciting Festivals
    • Morocco – For Colorful Markets
    • New Zealand – For A Stunning Terrain
    • Kenya – For Wildlife Enthusiasts
    • Barbados – For A Tropical Vacation
    • Hawaii –To View The Volcanoes
    • Belize –To See The UNESCO Heritage Site
    • Laos –To Explore The Ancient Temples
    • Ethiopia –To Experience A Traditional Vibe
    • Tanzania – The Land Of Safaris
    • Vietnam – For Hill Tribe Culture
    • Cartagena – For Ancient Experience
    • Amsterdam – For Its Art
    • Harbin – For Chilliste Festival 
    • New York – For Awe Inspiring Structures 
    • Los Angeles – For Cinematic Cityscapes
    • Nevis – For Breathtaking Naturescapes 
    • British Columbia – For Canadian Wilderness
    • Courchevel – For Winter Wonderland 

    1. Phuket – For Golden Beaches

    Beautiful limestone rock in the ocean

    Phuket is one of the best destinations in January. The golden beaches, the bustling beach shacks, the exhilarating water sports, and the amazing nightlife in Phuket must not be missed. And for the newlyweds, there’s nothing better than a Phuket honeymoon holiday.

    Tourist attractions: Old Phuket Town, Soi Bangla Road, Patong Beach, Phi Phi, Koh Panyee, Kata Noi Beach, James Bond Island, jungle safari, scuba diving, snorkelling, and water surfing
    Average Price: INR 2,000-2,500 per day per person
    Weather: Warm and Dry weather, 23°C to 31°C
    Places To Stay At: Blu Monkey Hub and Hotel Phuket, Borbaboom Phuket Poshtel & Hostel
    How to reach: Although there are no direct trains to Phuket, one can travel on trains going from Bangkok to Singapore and get off at Phun Phin railway station. Phuket is another 5 hours by bus from Phun Phin, which is located in the Surat Thani Province of Thailand.

    2. Bali – For Honeymooners

    Ulun Danu beratan temple

    Bali is a year-round destination, but for the travelers seeking a peaceful vacation in the Island of Gods, January is just the perfect time. This place is also considered to be one of the best places to visit in January for honeymoon. In this month most of the tourist crowd is cleared out and gone home; which means you have quieter beaches, and competitive hotel rates to look forward to. Bali in January is worth experiencing and the travelers can witness the best side of the island during this time. 

    Tourist attractions: Tanah Lot, Seminyak, Ubud, and Mount Batur
    Average Price: INR 1,800 per day for a couple
    Weather: Warm and sunny, 23°C to 29°C
    Places To Stay At: Quest Hotel San Denpasar,Quest Hotel San Denpasar
    How to reach: By flight: Ngurah Rai International Airport or Denpasar International Airport is located in South Kuta district and is just 13 kilometres from Denpasar, the capital of Bali.

    3. Maldives – For Sparkling Beaches

    Couple on a tropical beach jetty at Maldives

    Maldives, a picturesque island country, is one of the popular places for best trips in January. The assemblage of charming islands, crystal blue sea, sparkling beaches, and lofty reefs make a holiday in Maldives during the winter month fascinating and alluring. January is an ideal time to visit Maldives as one can enjoy the most enthralling water sports.

    Tourist attractions: Snorkeling, island hopping, Ithaa underwater aquarium restaurant, submarine ride, and fishing cruises
    Average Price:INR 5,000-7000 per day for a couple
    Weather: Winters and dry weather, 25°C to 29°C
    Places To Stay At: Kaani Beach Hotel, Arena Beach Hotel
    How to reach: There are also direct and chartered flights coming in from Europe, China, Dubai and Singapore. The airport is located on Hulhumale Island, just 3.5 km away from Male. It is the only international airport of Maldives. If you are traveling from India, direct flights are available from Kochi and Bangalore.

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    4. Seychelles – For Sizzling Beaches

    Granite rocks at beautiful beach on tropical island La Digue in Seychelles

    Lofty peaks, serene islands, and sizzling beaches are the delightful places to visit in Seychelles during winter. The mesmerizing island destination is ideal for some wonderful holidays and considered to be one of the best travel destinations in January. The breathtaking scenic splendour of the destination has made Seychelles tour packages highly famous.

    Tourist attractions: Vallee de Mai,seychelles island hopping, scuba diving, snorkeling, and cruise rides
    Average Price:INR 12,000 per day per person
    Weather: Warm, 29°C to 32°C
    Places To Stay At: Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
    How to reach: Boarding a direct flight is the easiest and most popular option to visit Seychelles. To reach Seychelles from Mumbai, book Air Seychelles flight from Mumbai Airport (BOM) to SEZ Airport in Seychelles near Victoria. The aerial distance from Mumbai to Seychelles Mahe Island is about 3,250 kilometers.

    5. Dubai – For Classic Souks

    A snap of the city of Dubai and the Burj Khalifa

    Dubai is one of the best January vacation spots that is visited by travelers from the across the globe. Swanky malls, astounding amusement parks, classic souks, and sizzling beaches are perfect places to explore in Dubai in January. A holiday in Dubai is an ideal winter vacation.

    Tourist attractions: Desert safari, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai creek, Global village, and Underwater Zoo
    Average Price:INR 2,500 per day per person
    Weather: Warm, 14°C to 24°C
    Places To Stay At: Emirates Grand Hotel, Carlton Downtown Hotel
    How to reach: By Air: The Dubai International Airport is the only airport in the metropolis and is the busiest in the UAE.

    6. Sri Lanka – For Heritage Monuments

    Weather In Sri Lanka In October

    Sri Lanka is one of the warm places to visit in January. This island retreat has lovely beaches, charming hill stations, exhilarating wildlife, and heritage monuments. All these places together make a winter holiday in Sri Lanka a perfect vacation. It is no doubt one of the best countries to visit in January.

    Tourist attractions: Dambulla Cave Temple, Galle, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Mirissa, Yala National Park, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Bentota, and Kandy
    Average Price:INR 1,500-2,000 per day per person
    Weather: Warm, 20°C to 28°C
    Places To Stay At: Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, OZO Kandy Sri Lanka
    How to reach: The easiest way to reach Sri Lanka is by taking a flight from India and reaching there probably on the same day of your departure.

    7. Switzerland – For Snow Lovers

    The stunning Carlton Hotel at St Moritz

    The dream skiing destination of the world, Switzerland is one of the best countries to visit in January for the snow lovers. The climate gets chilly, and snow turns the alps into a wonderland. There is so much to do in Switzerland, whether you’re here for the famed chocolates or Christmas markets, or the exciting dog sledding.

    Tourist attractions: Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, and Verbier
    Average Price: INR 9,500 per day per person
    Weather: Winters, -2°C to 2°C
    Places To Stay At: Jugendherberge Engelberg, Seehotel Wilerbad
    How to reach: It’s advisable to fly into either Paris or Milan and then fly to any of the major Swiss airports in case you don’t find a direct flight. India and Switzerland are thoroughly connected by many direct flights and the minimum time to get to Switzerland is just 7 hours.

    8. Bruges – For Vintage Charm

    Bruges Belgium Night Photography

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    Bruges is picture-perfect destination where romance blends with rendezvous. This western Europe destination is one of the most beautiful canal cities in the world. Known for its vintage look & colonial structures, the century-old city of Bruges looks stunning during winter because of the stunning décor that welcomes the New Year.

    Tourist attractions: Lake of Love, Boudewijn Seapark, canal cruises, and vintage horse carriages
    Average Price: INR 8,000 per person per day
    Weather: Winters, 2°C to 6°C
    Places To Stay At: Bruges Hotel Navarra Brugge, Floris Hotel
    How to reach: Bruges can easily be reached through the airports of Brussels, Charleroi (Brussels South) and Lille, so getting to Bruges by train is by far the easiest way. Direct trains from Brussels Airport every hour.

    9. Cambodia – For Fabulous Temples

    Sunbed and umbrella by the Otres beach in Sihanoukville

    Cambodia is a true heritage destination. The long list of places to visit in Cambodia include fabulous temples, serene beaches, and breathtaking landscapes that are worth exploring, especially during the winter month of January. The weather is pleasant; neither too hot nor too cold.

    Tourist attractions: Kampot, Kratie, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, cruising, and jungle safari in Virachey National
    Average Price: INR 2,000 per day per person
    Weather: Warm & Sunny, 20°C to 26°C
    Places To Stay At: NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex , City Centre Hotel
    How to reach: Phnom Penh International Airport and Siem Reap International Airport are the major airports of Cambodia. There are other airports at Sihanoukville, Battambang, etc. Most people arrive in Cambodia from Bangkok and Phnom Penh, and then Siem Reap.


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    10. Australia – For Summer Season

    A night shot of the Sydney Opera House in Australia

    Australia experiences summer season in this time and hence is among the best places to travel in January. This is one of the best places to visit in January in world, since you get to enjoy different activities such as hiking, scuba diving, parasailing, and a lot more. This also happens to be the perfect time to enjoy the best of wildlife experience. The crowd is lesser too, as most of the tourists visiting for new year celebration make their way back home.

    Tourist attractions: Gold Coast, Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays, and Melbourne
    Average Price: INR 181,556 for a week’s trip along gold coast
    Weather: Warm & Sunny, 26°C to 30°C
    Places To Stay At: Park Hyatt Sydney , Capella Lodge
    How to reach: The easiest and most convenient way, and ofcourse, a practical means to reach Australia is via flight. You will find direct or indirect flights from the major cities around the world reaching various cities of Australia. Melbourne and Sydney serve as major terminals for international and domestic flights alike.


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    11. South Africa – For Wildlife Lovers

    people riding elephants at Adventures With Elephants

    South Africa is often jotted in the bucket list of wildlife lovers. If you’re searching for the best international places to visit in January, you’ve found the one. The country is also about the beautiful long drive, stunning beaches, vineyards, crazy adventures like shark cage diving and bountiful nature. January is a lovely time to be around, as during this time you get to witness the best game-viewing experience, and hit the beach as you please.

    Tourist attractions: Kruger National Park, Table Mountain National Park, and Cape Winelands
    Weather: Warm & Sunny, 18°C to 21°C
    Places To Stay At: The Oyster Box Hotel, Cape Grace Hotel

    12. Costa Rica – For Lush Rainforests

    The Arenal Hanging Bridge in the ecological reserve in Costa Rica

    The stunningly beautiful Costa Rica is one of the best places to visit in January in 2020. The luxuriant rainforest destination of Central America is peaceful & serene and is the home to a rich biodiversity. This place is one of the happiest places to live and is devoid of any military force since 1949. With sun-kissed coasts, forest trails, and sparkling waterfalls, Costa Rica would be a wonderful destination to visit in the winter month of January.

    Tourist attractions: Turrialba rafting centre, Nicoya Peninsula trek, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Arenal Hanging Bridges Ecological reserve, Irazu Volcano, and Monteverde cloud forest hike
    Average Price: INR 52,000 onwards per week for a budget traveler.
    Weather: Dry & Sunny, 24°C to 29°C
    Places To Stay At: Selina Manuel Antonio, Selina La Fortuna
    How to reach: Reaching Costa Ricaby Air. There are two international airports in Costa Rica– Juan Santamaria (SJO) in San Jose and Daniel Oduber (LIR) in Liberia.

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    13. Nicaragua – For Tropical Forests

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    Nicaragua, one of the best January vacation spots, boasts of its tropical forests, virgin beaches, and lofty volcanic cliffs. With cozy & comfortable weather, minimum rainfall, and optimum temperature, January continues to be the perfect time to explore this Central American country.

    Tourist attractions: San Juan del Sur, Ometepe Island, Corn Islands, Apoyo Lagoon, Granada, and Leon
    Average Price: INR 5,800 per day person
    Weather: Hot & Sunny, 26°C to 30°C
    Places To Stay At: Dreamsea Surf Resort Nicaragua, CASA AMAYA
    How to reach: There are no direct or connecting flights to Nicaragua from India. To reach Nicaragua, you should travel to Mexico City, Miami, Dallas, Panama City, Guatemala City, Atlanta, Havana, or Toronto, and further board an international flight to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, Managua.

    14. India – For Exciting Festivals

    Men feeding pigeons in front of Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad

    There are regions in the country which aren’t best visited during the summer season, but this is among the best countries to visit in January as most parts of India are welcoming in terms of weather and more. Whether you’re wanting an enthralling skiing session, or just want to sunbathe in the beach this is one of the best places to visit in January. Many of the regions like Rajasthan and Kutch also organize different festive events to showcase the heritage of the country. The festivals in January in India makes the visit all the more exciting. 

    Tourist attractions: Rajasthan, Kerala, Gulmarg, Auli, Goa, Mysore, and Assam
    Weather: Winters, 10°C to 15°C
    Places To Stay At: The Leela, The Oberoi

    15. Morocco – For Colorful Markets

    A sunset snap of the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco

    Morocco is a charming winter destination- one of the top names in the list of warm places to visit in January. The vibrant city with colourful markets and mosques and Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa are the best places to visit in Morocco during the holiday. It is one of the offbeat and best places to visit in January that reeks of historic and ancient vibes. 

    Tourist attractions: Majorelle Gardens, Menara Gardens, Tizi-n’Test Pass, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Atlas Mountains, and Medina Souks
    Average Price:INR 3,000-3,500 per person
    Weather: Winters, 20°C to 23°C
    Places To Stay At: Hotel Ibis Casablanca City Center, Hôtel Oudaya
    How to reach: The airlines that go from India to Morocco are Air India, Air France, Egypt Air, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa and Jet Airways.

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    The land of Kiwis has a breathtaking landscape and a stunning terrain that will cast a spell on you and hence, is one of the best places to visit in January. New Zealand encapsulates surreal sunsets, highlands, national parks, a surfing culture, sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and a wide range of topography that has hidden treasures at every milestone. New Zealand is also the hub for scenic hiking and one of the best in the world for mountain biking. Apart from this there are many adventure activities in New Zealand which every adventure junkie must experience atleast once. 

    Tourist attractions: Fiordland National Park, Bay of Islands, Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park.
    Weather: Mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine, 20°C to 30°C
    Places To Stay At: Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, The George, Sofitel Auckland
    How to reach: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad operate regular stop-over flights to New Zealand. You can also catch a connecting domestic flight to any other city of New Zealand or take a hired car.

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    17. Kenya – For Wildlife Enthusiasts

    Mt. Kenya National Park

    Take a trip to the wild wild east, Kenya is a country in East Africa with a stunning coastline on the Indian Ocean and a vast topography encompassing savannah, lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. The enchanting wildlife of Kenya is what attracts most travelers to this country, especially the wildlife enthusiasts who love to go on safaris. The Maasai Mara Reserve and Amboseli National Park which are one of the best national parks in Kenya, offers breathtaking views of Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro is worth taking a trip for. It is definitely one of the best places to visit in January that gives wildlife lovers a chance to satiate their inner souls. 

    Tourist attractions: Maasai Mara Reserve, Amboseli National Park,  Lake, and Tsavo National Park
    Weather: hot throughout the year, 20°C to 28°C
    Places To Stay At: Ol Donyo, Kobe Suite Resort, Giraffe Manor and Mara Plains
    How to reach: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kisumu International Airport, Moi International Airport, Eldoret International Airport and Wilson Airport are some of the main International airports in Kenya. Kenya Airways plies a non-stop flight to Nairobi from Mumbai. Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Air India and Etihad are some other carriers operating on this route.

    18. Barbados – For A Tropical Vacation

    Beautiful sunset over the sea with a view at palms on a beach on the Caribbean island of Barbados

    Barbados is a place which is known as the land of coasts and ancient homes and comes out as one of the best places to visit in January in world. With a vast variety of wildlife and marine life, there is an abundance of things to do around this place which includes hanging around by the Rum distilleries and experiencing surfing   

    Tourist Attractions: Dover Beach, Carlisle Bay 

    Weather: Tropical weather with a temperature of around 26 to 28 degrees celsius

    Places To Stay At: The Terraces, Winchelsea Guesthouse, Chateau Blanc Apartments on Sea 

    How To Reach: To reach Barbados one has to deboard at the Grantley Adams International Airport which is located at Christ Church. From there one can hire a taxi or take a local bus which are very reasonable  

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    19. Hawaii – To View The Volcanoes 

    Hawaii

    Hawaii is considered as one of the best places to visit in January in world where the temperature remains around 83 degrees and drops down to around 79. This place gives a closure to the mother nature’s magnificent glory in the form of two active volcanoes which are one of the must visit places in Hawaii. Alongside that there are many luxury accommodation options which offers a relaxing stay in this tropical land. 

    Tourist Attractions: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay 

    Weather: This place has a tropical weather and the temperature remains around 26 degrees celsius

    Places To Stay At: Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Stay Condominiums  

    How To Reach: People deboard at Kona International Airport where direct flights are available, but alongside that there is also an option of flying from Honolulu International Airport 

    20. Belize – To See The UNESCO Heritage Site 

    belize aerial shot

    Belize is an admirable gem of Central America which is surrounded by a vast variety of natural wonders which reflects the cultural history. It is one of the best places to visit in January that has plenty to offer. This place is also considered special for being the home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. Labelled as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites, Belize is a place which can be visited at any time of the year. Still January is considered to be one of the best months to visit Belize and enjoy the beauty of this place. 

    Tourist Attractions: Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye, Great Blue Hole  

    Weather: This place has a sub-tropical weather and the temperature remains around 50 degree Fahrenhiet 

    Places To Stay At: The Nature Resort, Bella’s Backpackers Hostel 

    How To Reach: The easiest and common way to reach Belize is taking a flight from Philip S.W Goldson International Airport in Belize City. 

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    21. Laos – To Explore The Ancient Temples 

    Luang Prabang Laos

    Laos is considered the land of a million elephants and also a home to the magnificent cascading waterfalls. Alongside that it is also a place which is famous for its shining temples and the Buddhist monks who welcomes tourists with a smile. Not just this, but Laos is also known as the one of the cheapest places to travel in January. This is one of the best places to visit in Southeast Asia in the month of January. With a laidback surrounding, the place has a very pleasant and chilled vibe unlike the hustle bustle of Thailand and Vietnam.  

    Tourist Attractions: Kuang Si Falls, Mount Phousi, Pha That Luang

    Weather: The weather is quite mild and pleasant, 24 degree celsius 

    Places To Stay At: DownTown Backpackers Hotel, Tony Central Hostel 

    How To Reach: Laos has only one major international airport located at Vientiane.There are direct flights from Phnom Penh, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and Chiang Mai which connects to this airport. 

    22. Ethiopia – To Experience A Traditional Vibe 

    Mountains

    Ethiopia is one of the best places to visit in January outside India which is known for its beautiful highlands and the age-old traditions which are still followed by the locals. The best time of the year to visit this place is between the months of October to June. And while the clear skies and mild temperature will welcome you, during the month of January the temperature drops down. This time is also known for the famous annual Timket festival. During this time the locals wear their traditional dresses and priests carry sequined velvet umbrellas. This time of the year makes Ethiopia one of the best travel destinations in January. 

    Tourist Attractions: Lake Tana, Blue Nile Falls, Erta Ale 
    Weather: Mild temperature throughout the year, 22 degree celsius 
    Places To Stay At: AG Palace Hotel, Melala Addis 
    How To Reach: Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa is one of the prime airports which connects Ethiopia to the rest of the world. 

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    23. Tanzania – The Land Of Safaris

    Best National Parks In Tanzania

    One of the best places to travel in January, Tanzania is the hidden jewel of Africa where the giants roam at their own free will. Ranging from exotic, diverse wildlife and pristine beaches to the extremely humble locals and the fascinating, intriguing culture, the floors of Tanzania never fails to impress. The land of Safaris, wildlife of Africa that includes hippos, giant elephants, crocodiles, lions, giraffes, and many more can be easily seen wandering around. Giving travelers a chance to whiff in nature and caress various species, Tanzania is a paradise.

    Tourist attractions: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park
    Average Price: INR 5,000-7000 per day
    Weather: Fairly warm and humid, 26°C to 30°C
    Places To Stay At: Zanzibar Dream Lodge, Waikiki Zanzibar Resort, Villa Poa
    How to reach: There are ocean freighters, passenger liners, ferries, and streamers that connect the port of Tanzania – Dar es Salaam and the island of Zanzibar to all the other destinations sitting in this region that are further well-connected with the world.

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    24. Vietnam – For Hill Tribe Culture

    aerial view vietnam

    When thinking about where to go in January, this is one destination that will not disappoint you by virtue of all the beautiful places to visit in Vietnam. This destination has cherishable experiences hidden in every nook. The surreal and picturesque landscapes formed by the limestone islands is truly a sight to behold. Vietnam is home to one of the most mysterious caves sitting on the floors of the world, out of which one houses heaven in its lap with lush greens, waterfall, and everything magical. Apart from these, there are many other experiences that are just waiting to get unfold on the land of exoticness.

    Tourist attractions: Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hoi An
    Average Price: INR 3,600-7000 per day
    Weather: Winters and dry weather, 15°C
    Places To Stay At: Longson Muine Beach Campground Resort, Rosaka
    How to reach: There are direct and chartered flights coming in from all the major parts of the world thanks to Vietnam Airlines. There are three international airports in Vietnam – named Noi Bai International Airport, Danang International Airport, and Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

    25. Cartagena – For Ancient Experience

    For those looking for the offbeat and best place to travel in January can consider Cartegena of the Caribbean coast. Cartagena is a city with unspoiled nature sitting amidst the historic structures including ancient colonial stone walls. Finding itself a space on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Cartagena is full of cobbled streets, bougainvillea-covered balconies, and the gigantic churches that throw their shadows across the lush and leafy plazas.

    Tourist attractions: Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, Palace of Inquisition, Rosario Islands, Las Bovedas
    Average Price: INR 3,000-6000 per day
    Weather: Warm and dry weather, 24°C to 31°C
    Places To Stay At: Hotel Ibis, Hilton, Hotel Sofitel Legend, Bastion Luxury Hotel
    How to reach: There are no direct flights from India till Cartagena. However, one can take a flight from Delhi and Mumbai to New York and then continue their journey to Cartagena.

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    26. Amsterdam – For Its Art

    Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruis

    Amsterdam. A city of Golden Age canals and numerous other places to visit that makes it difficult to walk away from itself is the best place to travel in January. Action-packed with an extensive number of museums, vintage shops, appealing structures of the buildings, and the super-hyper dining-drinking scenes, Amsterdam is a respite from the usual lifestyles and routines. When someone talks about ‘a city with hidden treasures’, Amsterdam is the destination that fits that ‘city’ perfectly by virtue of all the jewels that one can find in each and every street of this city! 

    Tourist attractions: Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Dam Square
    Average Price: INR 14,500-20,000 per day
    Weather: Winters and damp weather, 1°C to 6°C
    Places To Stay At: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Hotel NH Amsterdam Centre
    How to reach: There are direct and chartered flights coming in from all the major parts of the world. The international airport is Schipol International Airport that is one of the busiest airports in the world. Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa are a few airlines catering to this destination.

    27. Harbin – For Chilliest Festival

    Harbin

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    Sitting on the floors of China, Harbin is a small capital city of Heilongjiang that is famed as the ‘Ice City’ of China. One of the best places to go in January, Harbin is known for hosting the International Ice and Snow Festival every January which makes it an appealing factor for the city. This festival showcases numerous exhibitions of snow and ice sculptures that handle their structures by virtue of subzero temperatures. Apart from the festival, the snowy city has ample of experiences to offer.

    Tourist attractions: Saint Sophia Cathedral, Yabuli Ski Resort, Long Ta, Bingxue Big World
    Average Price: INR 3,000-7000 per day
    Weather: Winters and snowy weather, -24°C to -13°C
    Places To Stay At: Shangri-La Hotel, Wanda Realm Hotel
    How to reach: The city is home to Harbin Peace International Airport that is the second largest airport in Northeast China. The city is connected to Beijing via railways or plane. There is no direct flight from India, hence, one can take a flight till Beijing and then continue till Harbin.

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    28. New York – For Awe-Inspiring Structures

    view of new yok city

    New York, a city that is an acquired taste, is often tagged as the city that never sleeps and is one of the best holiday destinations in January. Home to an extensive number of architectural marvels, NYC is a hub of artistic souls and their artworks. The dining scenes and shopping in New York is famous all across the States, making it a magnet for numerous foodies and shopaholics out there in the world. One can also find museums that exhibit various artifacts from medieval treasures and Japanese sculptures to American painting and Himalayan textiles.

    Tourist attractions: Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, Empire State Building
    Average Price: INR 10,000-17000 per day for a couple
    Weather: Winters and snowy weather, -3°C to 4°C
    Places To Stay At: Concorde Hotel, CitizenM New York, LUMA Hotel
    How to reach: There are direct flights that cover the distance between India and New York. New York City is home to three major international airports namely John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport. Air Berlin, Air China, Air India, and Alaska Airlines are a few flights that go to and fro New York.

    29. Los Angeles – For Cinematic Cityscapes

    Los Angeles

    One of the best holiday destinations in January, Los Angeles is a city of rugged mountains that is merely miles away. It is a city of dazzling buildings with pristine golden beaches of Los Angeles, flowery-velvety hillsides, and the deep blue calm skies. Home to Hollywood, Los Angeles is the city of dreams and struggles. This city is exactly the place that makes the phrase ‘life is a stage’ hold true in every sense. Apart from being the Film City, this destination is home to many architectural riches.

    Tourist attractions: Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland Park, Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory
    Average Price: INR 13,000-17000 per day
    Weather: Warm and dry weather, 10°C to 25°C
    Places To Stay At: El Royale Hotel, Plaza Le Reina
    How to reach: There are no direct flights coming in from India to Los Angeles. There are, however, connecting flights from nearly all the nearby international airports. Some of the major airlines are Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and more.

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    30. Nevis – For Breathtaking Naturescapes

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    Another jewel of the Caribbean, Nevis is one of those places to visit in January outside India that is all about breathtakingly beautiful sceneries and stellar views. St Kitts and Nevis are the two islands that combine to welcome travelers with some of the most serene beaches and rugged mountains. Travelers get a chance to meet friendly and mellow locals. The culture of Nevis is such that it revolves around drinking, talking, and the pulsing soca beats!

    Tourist attractions: Charlestown, New Castle, Fig Tree, Cotton Ground
    Average Price: INR 18,000-22,000 per day for a couple
    Weather: Warm and humid weather, 5°C to 7°C
    Places To Stay At: Qualie Beach Resort, Paradise Beach Nevis
    How to reach: There are no direct flights to cover the distance between India and Nevis. One can take British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from the UK till Antigua. From there, one can take the connecting flights – CaribJet or the Golden Caribbean.

    31. British Columbia – For Canadian Wilderness

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    One of the best destinations in January, British Columbia is a spot that gives numerous chances to travelers to get closer to the marvels of mother nature. British Columbia is all about the art and culture that the city has to offer. From something for adventure seekers to leisure seekers, this town has experiences for every kind of traveler hidden in its lap. Hiking, skiing, golfing are a few adventure sports amidst many things to do in British Columbia, thus making sure it never fails to impress.

    Tourist attractions: Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Vancouver Island
    Average Price: INR 8,000-12,000 per day for a couple
    Weather: Winters and dry weather, 25°C to 29°C
    Places To Stay At: Patricia Hotel, Buchan Hotel
    How to reach: There is Vancouver International Airport located near British Columbia. There are dozens of flights that go to and fro Vancouver city and India. Air Canada is the best choice to reach Vancouver.

    32. Courchevel – For Winter Wonderland

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    The beloved city of France, Courchevel is one of the most stunning places to visit in January 2020. Sitting in the western region of the Trois Vallees, Courchevel is the largest ski area of the entire world. This area happens to be the most dazzling glitziest area of the French Alpine resorts. From luxurious hotels and tiny chalets to the enigmatic nightlife and Michelin-starred restaurants, there is ample hiding in the cloaks of this every so beautiful ski-resort.

    Tourist attractions: Courchevel Tourisme, Meribel, Sommet de la Saulire, Courchebel 1650
    Average Price: INR 2,02,000 7-day trip for a couple
    Weather: Winters and snowy weather, -9°C to 0°C
    Places To Stay At: La Sivoliere, Hotel Carlina Courchevel
    How to reach: The best way to reach this destination is by taking a flight till the Geneva airport. From Geneva, one can take a connecting flight or take the road to cover the remaining distance.

    Further Read: Tanzania in January: 12 Must-Visit Places That Will Make Your Winter Trip In 2020 More Magical

    The list of the best places to visit in January is ready. But have you decided your international holiday destination yet? Make sure you add this list of enticing destinations to your bucket list and kick-start your new year by booking a flight ticket to one of these destinations!

    Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In January

    Q. Which is the best place to go backpacking in January?

    A. India, Thailand, Europe, Bali, and Malaysia are among the best places to go backpacking in January.

    Q. Suggest some best places to visit in India in January and February.

    A. Most parts of the country are best visited in the winter months such as January and February. Rajasthan, Kerala, Goa, and Gujarat are among the top tourist destinations of India. All of these places experience pleasant weather conditions during this time of the year.

    Q. Where is the warmest place in Europe in January?

    A. Some of the warmest places in Europe in January are Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Gibraltar, Palermo in Italy, Seville in Spain and more.

    Q. How hot is Greece in January?

    A. The temperature of Greece in January usually remains 13 degree celsius which makes it not that hot. You will have to carry layers with you for a trip.

    Q. Is Spain hot in January?

    A. Some parts of Spain are slightly hot in the month of January like Seville.

    Q. Where should I go on a honeymoon in January?

    A. Some of the best honeymoon destinations for January are:
    1. Finland, Europe
    2. Vienna, Austria
    3. Krabi, Thailand
    4. Male, Maldives
    5. Budapest, Hungary
    6. Bali, Indonesia

    Q. Is January a good time to visit India?

    A. Yes, India experiences the winter season in January and it is a good time to visit different places here. One can experience snowfall in North India in cities like Auli, Nainital, Manali and Shimla while the weather is pleasant in South India during the month of January.

    Q. Which are the best places for a honeymoon in January in India?

    A. Some of the best places for a honeymoon in January in India are:
    1. Auli
    2. Jaipur
    3. Goa
    4. Andaman
    5. Jaisalmer

    Q. Where can I see the northern lights in January?

    A. Some of the places where one can expect to see the northern lights in January are:
    1. Reykjavik, Iceland
    2. Yukon, Canada
    3. Ilulissat, Greenland
    4. Tromso, Norway

    Q. Where can I go for a beach vacation in January?

    A. Some of the top beach destination to visit in January are:
    1. The Bahamas
    2. Hawaii
    3. Cayman Islands
    4. Bora Bora

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