It’s never too early to start planning a holiday. Whether you’re daydreaming about the next beach to sunbathe on or where to take the family, the perfect destination is just a flight away. We’ve rounded up a list of the hottest places to visit in 2018.
Welcome to the wild and beautiful Caribbean. With its excellent weather, beautiful scenery and abundance of rum, the island of Tobago is perfect for sunny January holidays. For blinding -white sand and water the color of brilliant blue skies, head to the beach at Pigeon Point – where you’ll also find watersports rentals and buzzing beach cafes. Inland, you’ll see walking trails through the heart of the rainforest – where waterfalls roar and hummingbirds flutter.
- Costa Rica
Where to holiday in January for unforgettable wildlife encounters? It’s dry season in Costa Rica – home of sunbathing iguanas, colorful toucans and sleepy sloths lazing in the treetops. This little slice of Central America is covered in wildlife-rich rainforest, which is best explored on two feet, two wheels, or (for the super adventurous) via its many zip lines and rope bridges. If you’re traveling with teens in tow, Costa Rica is a friendly and fascinating spot for January holidays.
Watching the Aurora Borealis light up the night sky is an unforgettable experience – and January is the ideal time to see them on a cruise in Norway’s fjords. There are water cruises and camping, excursion trip to see the Northern Lights, tundra adventures, camping, plus stargazing, Nordic skiing, and snowboarding. You can also take guided tours to such places as the beautiful Nordkapp, the northernmost spot in Europe.
- California, USA
While New York and Washington freeze over in January, the temperatures in Los Angeles are similar to spring/summertime, Vancouver Now’s a great time to tick off Hollywood Boulevard, Muscle Beach, Rodeo Drive and more – or take a trip out to Disneyland or Universal Studios. The otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park is a promised land for musicians, a creative community where the beat goes on long after neighboring Coachella is over. Have cash to burn, head over to Las Vegas or Palm Springs. Want to chill simply? Visit bohemian San Francisco. California has something for all ages.
- Abu Dhabi, UAE
Where to holiday in January for a Middle Eastern trip? While Dubai hogs the limelight, neighboring Abu Dhabi gets bigger and better every year – and in winter it enjoys the warm and sunny weather. Abu Dhabi has an ever-growing crop of lavish hotels such as the opulent St Regis on Saadiyat Island, known for its gorgeous beach and spa, but this is much more than a fly-and-flop destination. Fill your days with shopping at sleek, futuristic malls or artistic endeavors in the very new Louvre gallery, watch the horse polo at Ghantoot, and lose an afternoon in the souk-style stalls of Central Market.
- Marrakech, Morocco
While temperatures are moderate at this time of year (hovering around 15C), Marrakech at the northern Mediterranean enjoys some very long sunny days – perfect for exploring its Middle Eastern markets and medinas in comfort. What to do on a week break? Feast your eyes on the botanical riches of Jardin Majorelle (the former home of Eves Saint Laurent), haggle for treasures in Jemaa el-Fnaa market and head to the hammam for a scrub-and-soak that’ll leave your skin feeling squeaky clean.
For 2018, make it Cambodia. Go to Angkor Wat, one of the world’s eternally great wonders which far exceeds all the hype – then head for the coast. Cambodia’s southern coast is gearing up to be the hottest beach destination in South-East Asia for travelers looking for something a bit different. It is dotted with hundreds of tiny islands, perfect tropical idylls with white-sand beaches lapped by clear turquoise seas. The people are said to be amongst the friendliest you will ever meet, and there are so many secluded beaches with almost no one around. The ultimate getaway!
- Paphos, Cyprus
An island off Greece, Cyprus’s seaside city of Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage City, with a rich history and humbling Roman remains. Go out of season to avoid the holiday crowds and get a dose of culture in Paphos (stay at The Almyra, a fabulous Design Hotel on the seafront which is hosting archaeology workshops and art happenings throughout the year), then head off and explore Cyprus – to the beaches or the hills. Cyprus has just about the sunniest climate in Europe, warm even in winter; and its super-good value, too.