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The Best Places to Visit in January

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Written by Lauren Saccone

The weather outside may be frightful, but that doesn’t mean you have to be housebound until spring. The cold and darkness can make anyone grumpy and out of sorts; we think that’s the perfect time to take a much-needed vacation. If you’re still recovering from the holiday madness and need a little TLC, it’s time to start packing. A January vacation could be just what the doctor ordered. So go ahead, why not start your year off with an amazing travel experience?

Nicaragua

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If you’re sick and tired of the cold and rain, it might be time to set your sights on Nicaragua. This Central American country is a traveler’s delight, offering no end to exciting sights and activities. You can explore volcanic sites, stroll through bustling cities, or simply catch some January rays on one of its many spectacular beaches. The winter months are the ideal time to visit, with temperatures being perfect and the tourists sparse — it’s the perfect cure for those winter blues.

Miami, Florida

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After the chaos and confusion of the holiday season, most people want nothing more than to stay home and recover. As a result, airline prices drop — making this the perfect time for the savvy traveler to take a trip. Miami is one of the best locations, particularly in January. It’s a little cooler than usual, but still warm enough for those looking to spend quality time on the beach. The nightlife in Miami is truly something to celebrate; no matter your tastes or interests, you’re sure to find the perfect place to kick up your heels.

Lima, Peru

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While many spend the month of January bundled up and aggressively cursing the weather, it’s actually summertime over in Peru. That’s a good enough reason to head out there for some much-needed rest and relaxation, but Peru has tons more to offer than just a great climate. It’s a cultural goldmine, with some of the most beautiful museums in the world at your disposal. Spend your days soaking up the sun and your evenings soaking up culture (as well as some of the amazing local cuisine). Now that’s what we call a perfect vacation.

Swiss Alps, Switzerland

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Traveling from the snowy wasteland to another cold destination might sound crazy — unless you’re heading to the Swiss Alps. Simply put, it’s one of the best places in the world for those who love skiing and other outdoor winter activities. Those with an appetite for excitement can spend all day hitting the slopes and taking in the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss Alps. For those that prefer to take their vacation at a more leisurely pace, there’s the city of Zurich with some of the trendiest clubs in Europe. Indulge in some fine dining after a day on the slopes, and get ready to dance well into the night.

Park City, Utah

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Looking for great skiing a little closer to home? Park City is America’s #1 ski location, and with good reason. The sprawling slopes are both beautiful and challenging and have something for every would-be snow bunny. If skiing isn’t your thing, you can hike through the mountains and take in the glorious views. With classy boutiques, high-end restaurants, and endless activities, Park City provides all the fun and charm you need for a perfect vacation.

Sydney, Australia

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Heading south of the equator sounds like a sensational idea in cold weather, and Sydney is the perfect place to set your sights on. The December crowds have long gone home, and the temperature remains hot without being uncomfortable. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy the many wonders Australia has to offer. From the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef to the world-famous opera house, Sydney is sure to provide a satisfying way to fight the January doldroms.

Bruges, Belgium

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Looking for some peace and quiet after the holiday season chaos? Then you’re overdue for a trip to Bruges. This Belgian city boasts some of the most beautiful and charming architecture out there, and the city streets are perfect for strolling around. The weather is cold without being unpleasant, and you can warm up with some of the hearty local cuisine and outstanding beers. It’s a welcoming locale with plenty to see and do, and the perfect place to recharge your batteries in time for 2018.

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