Got the January blues? Here are some ideas of where to go in January for winter sun, events and activities, quieter off-peak season or to tick something off the bucket list.
Dubbed Africa’s answer to the Caribbean, Cape Verde is full of picturesque beaches and striking volcanic landscapes. As one of the cooler months, January provides a pleasant climate for lazing by the sea.
Temperature: min. 19°C, max. 25°C
Dry and sunny, with only 2mm of rain for the whole month
Can be breezy due to its largely flat landscape
Peak season is between November and March
Kids of all ages, families looking for relaxing beaches and a laidback escape
A mix of black and golden beaches, year-round sunshine and an interesting marriage of African, Brazilian and Portuguese culture
New Year’s Day festivities, a parade in Santiago, and the festival of the Three Wise Men
With the promise of the Northern Lights, stunning landscapes and Scandinavian culture, Norway should be top of everybody’s bucket list. There are festivities and events each year and it’s also the best month to enjoy winter sports and activities such as skiing, ice climbing and skating.
Temperature: min. -7°C, max. 1°C
Typically January is the coldest month with average rainfall of approximately 49mm, and around 2 hours of sunshine a day.
Aside from the stunning Northern Lights, the Scandinavian capital features incredible tourist attractions such as the Akershus Fortress, National Art Museum, Oslo Cathedral, the Parliament Building, Frogner Park, and the Folk Museum among others.
Aside from the stunning Aurora Borealis, for the winter sports enthusiast there’s skiing, ice-skating, ice fishing and ice climbing.
Lush landscapes, historic sites from palaces to hill forts and traditional fishing villages. Visit the National Museum or take a drive into the Hajar Mountains or Awafi Desert, gaze up at the stars or treat yourself in one of the hotel spas.
For older kids, chase thrills at the huge Iceland water park or the RAK Go-karting track. Treat the whole family at the Banyan Tree, a gorgeous spa resort in the desert with loads of fantastic kids activities. Or for equestrian lovers, why not ride across the desert at Al Wadi.
Save some money this January with a staycation in our own capital city. With dozens of museums and galleries, many with free admission and easy public transport, it’s the perfect family location.
Temperature: min. 3°C, max. 6°C
The weather may be cold, and rain averages 11 days of the month – you’ll want to make the most of the indoor activities on offer.
Kids of all ages: from museums to shopping, London has it all
London is bursting with museums so there’s something to interest everyone. Our favourites are the V&A Museum of Childhood, the Science Museum and Madame Tussaud’s. On a clear day, be sure to take a look at the city’s stunning skyline on a ride of the London Eye.
Ice skate at the Natural History Museum, visit the Winter Lights Festival at Canary Wharf or take a trip to the theatre.