What’s the perfect way to chase the January blues away? You’ve got it – a holiday! There couldn’t be a better time to escape for a dose of winter sun and embark on a magnificent adventure! It’s the ideal way to start the new year – relaxed, refreshed and with a healthy glow!
But where should you go to get away from the madding crowds? Here are five of our favourite long-haul destinations that will help you forget the frost and fog in no time…
Enjoy the ultimate island escape and jet off to sunny Cebu, one of the jewels of The Philippines. This Asian archipelago escaped the Gap Year backpacker crowds for many years due to its location, set apart from the typical Banana Pancake Trail of Thailand and Cambodia… but good things don’t stay secret for long. Cebu is now a popular tourist destination thanks to its white sand beaches, historical museums, and excellent diving, snorkelling and island-hopping opportunities. The bleak midwinter will seem like a distant memory when you’re sunning yourself with a rum cocktail in hand.
If you fancy yourself as more of a city slicker, book a trip to Hong Kong, one of the most spectacular cities the Far East has to offer. In January, Hong Kong boasts comfortable climes of around 19-24C, ideal for exploring this dynamic Asian tiger of a city. Make the most of this modern metropolis blended with traditional sensibilities by shopping ‘til you drop in malls, boutiques and side-street bazaars’, indulging in world-class street food, and visiting beautiful temples for a touch of culture.
Mid-January marks the end of peak tourist season in Cape Town, so you might just get a few shoulder season deals if you’re smart about it. The enchanting natural beauty this city offers can’t be overstated. Envisage a horizon of dramatic mountain peaks; a coastline of pristine beaches and glittering waters; and an array of exciting flora and fauna to discover – this laid-back city charms nature lover with ease. But it isn’t all about glorious nature and heading out on safari, the city itself boasts a vibrant nightlife, excellent places to eat and trendy galleries and bars. January is the best time of year to hit the beach in Cape Town, so don’t forget your beach towel.
If you’re thinking about starting your January break early by kicking it off with a New Year’s celebration, consider heading to cosmopolitan Sydney, one of the best places in the world to celebrate the stroke of midnight. Celebrate in style watching fireworks light up the sky over Sydney harbour, before spending New Year’s Day on Bondi beach soaking up the sun. Then pack your bags and take a road trip up the Gold Coast where you can snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and soak up spectacular ocean road scenery. There’s a reason so many Brits choose to live Down Under…
For a trip filled with cultural wonder, head to the royal state of Rajasthan where the crowds of peak season have thinned yet the weather stays comfortably warm and inviting. Visit cities rich in vibrant colour and fascinating history, from the pastel-pink streets of Jaipur to the golden-hues of Udaipur. Channel your inner explorer as you discover the tranquil palace of Jal Mahal and the lost city of Bhangarh. Alternatively, head out into the desert on a camel safari and lose yourself in never-ending starlit skies.
Once you’ve planned your January exit strategy, be sure to book the right travel insurance. Medical Travel Compared offer an easy-to-use online comparison tool that can help take the hassle out of finding the policy that best suits you.