Beat the January blues by traveling to one of these destinations

With winter upon us, the cold weather blues and lack of Vitamin D are really starting to show. Commuting to work isn’t great at any time of year, but the winter months really put that into perspective. Limited daylight makes the days feel shorter and SAD exists for a reason.

You can escape the January blues by taking some much-needed vacation time, though, and the best places to travel in January will give you the pick of the litter when it comes to your next winter getaway.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for its conservational efforts and lush forests that span across the entire country. The scenery alone is enough reason to hop on a plane to the tropical paradise. If you can wait until after New Year’s, the cost won’t be too heavy either.

The country is home to over 28 national parks that provide habitat for the amazing animals that call Costa Rica home and the dry, hot weather is just what a person with an aversion to snow and cold needs to split up the winter.

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Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii is at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists and for good reason. The best time to go to Maui is debatable because it is Hawaii after all. After the holiday rush in January is a key time to hit up the island when it’s at it’s most chill. You can explore the sun and sand while avoiding crowds and even catch the PGA’s Sentry Tournament of Champions.

If golf isn’t your thing, you can hit up Maui’s most famous beach, Kaanapali. The shallow water close to the shore is perfect for swimming and the sunsets along its long shoreline are to die for. You can also sign up for snorkeling, sailing, and surfing lessons all at the kiosk on the beach.

Maldives

The Island of Maldives is one of the most luxurious travel hot-spots in the world. And one of the best places to travel in January. The warm weather, clear blue oceans, and breathtaking beaches make this tourist destination a must to beat the cold in January. The Ithaa Underwater Aquarium Restuarant is a one-of-a-kind restaurant experience and the weather is perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling, and deepsea fishing expeditions.

Bangkok, Thailand

One of the best ways to get away from the stress of everyday life is by eating and Bangkok is famous for its epic street food and its vast array of flavor options.

They have everything from fresh fruit carts to some of the best barbeque you’ll ever taste. The streets may be busy all year round, but the fight through the crowd is well worth it for some of the best delicacies the world has to offer.

Nairobi, Kenya

For the adrenaline seeker, Nairobi is the perfect destination for travel in January. Though the weather can be unpredictable at that time of year in Kenya, the rain tends to last a short period of time, so it’s still a worthwhile trip for the adventurer in you. You can experience whitewater rafting in the Tana River or head to Sagana, a smaller town just outside of Nairobi, and get your heart racing by jumping off a bridge, attached to a bungee cord of course.

Oslo, Norway

There is almost no better place on earth to get rid of the winter blues than Oslo Norway, dubbed the happiest country in the world by a global index. The culture-rich city has an impressive art scene and a waterfront worth a plane ride. The architectural design of the city’s many hotspots will make a winter walk through Oslo well worth it.

It’s even been said that the bar scene in Oslo rivals that of New York’s Williamsburg, and the hip and cool artist culture of the city is one to be experienced.

Traveling to Oslo in January could even save you some money because both hotel and flight prices are slashed during that time of the year.

Park City, Utah

For those that don’t want to escape the winter, just the winter commute, and cold office life, Park City in Utah is a great January destination. The small town is home to the Sundance Film Festival at the end of January so you can spot some stars while you take a much-needed break. The skiing in Park City is also off the hook.

Banff, Alberta, Canada

For a mountainous touch to your winter activities, Banff is the perfect place to be. Not only does Banff have some of the freshest and best powder to ski, but the scenery is also amazing. The Rockies are one of Banff’s biggest draws, but in January they also host fun festivals for the whole family. The Snow Days Festival has everything a winter lover needs like snowboarding, skiing, ice carving competitions and more.

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