2014 holidays in JanuaryLet the snow fall at home - you're jetting off this January!
Once the turkey's been decimated and the excitement of Christmas is over, most of us are in need of further recuperation. With the British weather at its worst and the madness of January sales in full swing, why not jet off on a well-deserved break this winter?
If in search of warmer climes, a long flight from the UK guarantees the very best weather. Florida and the Caribbean are ideal when you want to sunbathe, whilst Lanzarote and Morocco are perfect for action-packed breaks. Wherever you choose to go, and whatever you'd like to do, you'll find ideal accommodation when you book through HomeAway.
Top places to visit in January
Mexico is an ideal destination for holidays in January. There's no better place than the Yucatan Peninsula, home to turquoise shores, white sands and the coastal city of Cancun. This bustling destination is one of Mexico's best-loved spots, offering everything you could ever want from an action-packed winter holiday. You can always sunbathe and swim on beaches overlooking Isla Mujeres, but you should try to take advantage of the opportunities for adventure! Hire a fishing boat, try scuba diving, or even go on a self-drive safari. You'll find fantastic Mayan ruins dotted around the area, as well as cenotes - underground freshwater caves.
Lanzarote is a beautiful winter destination. From its deep, blue seas to its black sands on El Golfo, this Canary Island is most certainly a sight to behold. Playa Grande, in Puerto del Carmen, is one of the most popular beaches on the island - its palm-lined promenade and smooth, white sands are ideal when you want to sunbathe. Of course, holidays in January here are more changeable than during the summer - it might reach 24°C one day, but plummet to 12°C the next. Bring a jacket just in case, and plan some activities if the sun doesn't decide to shine! You won't struggle for ideas, as Lanzarote boasts plenty to see and do. Why not hike around Timanfaya National Park, or take a submarine trip from Puerto Calero?
When it comes to winter sun, you can't beat southern Florida. Well, it is known as the 'Sunshine State' after all, and has been popular as a winter destination for well over a century! Whilst California isn't quite warm enough, and there's even snow in Las Vegas, Florida is simply perfect for holidays in January. Visitors to Orlando will find temperatures of around 22°C, providing ideal conditions for sightseeing and having fun! Enjoy the delights of Disney World, Sea World and Busch Gardens, or take a trip to the state's deepest lake, Okeechobee. For even warmer climes head south to Miami, and enjoy cocktails in the balmy warmth of South Beach.
Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, located in the Caribbean Sea and boasting a strong Latin-American influence. It's a colourful and diverse destination to say the least, culturally unique in every way. Those in search of exciting nightlife will find themselves in paradise, but so will those in search of history. The island boasts a range of 15th century Spanish sites, as well as the historic city of San Juan, named by Christopher Columbus to honour Saint John the Baptist. Puerto Rico is also a naturally beautiful destination, and a trip to its tropical rain-forests can't fail to amaze. Combine this with some of the most stunning beaches, caves and coral reefs in the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico's perfect for holidays in January.
North Africa is still relatively cool in January, so it's a great time to discover the delights of Morocco. Whilst one of the most popular destinations is Marrakech, those in search of something different should head for beautiful Chefchaouen. Located in the Rif Mountains and just a short distance from Tangier, the town boasts winding paths, Moroccan baths and plenty of colourful markets. Conversely, travel to Fez, the former capital of Morocco. Regarded as the cultural and spiritual centre of the country, it's the oldest imperial city and boasts a wealth of things to see and do. Wander around mosques and palaces, visit souks and the ancient medina, or simply relax in a traditional Hammam.
Obvious winter destinations are warm, sunny and far from British shores, so it's not unusual to think an exotic holiday might cost a fortune. But booking a holiday in January is actually quite affordable, as considerable savings can be made on both accommodation and airline travel. Browse through our beautiful holiday rentals, and you'll be amazed by the luxurious, yet affordable offerings of January. Combine this with a cheap or last-minute flight, and jetting off on a winter break doesn't have to be expensive. So avoid the chaos of the high season, and visit destinations you've always dreamed of: start planning holidays in January with the help of HomeAway.