10 Best Places to Be this January

  • Palm Springs course

    Tee Off in Palm Springs, CA

    For that perfect winter golf getaway, look no further than Palm Springs. Average temperatures hover around 70 degrees during the day with crisp, clear evenings. This break from the sweltering heat of summer makes for excellent golfing conditions, and Palm Springs has more than 200 courses for you to choose from.

    Photo courtesy of Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Mount Otemanu in Bora Bora

    Escape to French Polynesia

    January marks the start of summer in French Polynesia, so you can expect hot, humid days with some rain mixed in. If you don't mind vegging in your glass-bottom bungalow during the occasional shower, you'll find discounted resort prices and far fewer tourists during this off-season month.

    Photo courtesy of tensaibuta

  • On top of the world

    Carve the Slopes of Whistler, BC

    It's been a dry winter in some parts of the country, and if you're craving snow, January's one of the best months to hit the reliably snowy slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb. Crowds and prices tend to drop after the holidays, so you'll have plenty of room to maneuver on the powder-packed pistes.

    Photo courtesy of Justa Jeskova

  • Scott Beach on St John Island

    Unwind in the US Virgin Islands

    If you've had enough of cold winter winds and snowy days by the time January rolls around, a trip towards the south is in order. Temperatures in the US Virgin Islands in January hover at around 80 degrees with light evening breezes. Even in the height of tourist season, it's possible to find your own stretch of idyllic sand in this West Indies island chain.

    Photo courtesy of LennyBaker

  • Rio from above

    Hit the Beaches of Rio de Janeiro

    This month means summer in the Southern Hemisphere – the perfect time to soak up the sun on Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches. You'll get to experience a city in preparation for upcoming Carnival without having to face the sizable crowds and chaotic streets of Rio in early February.

    Photo courtesy of PedroKirilos

  • Brighton Beach

    Tennis Time in Melbourne, Australia

    Each January, Melbourne hosts the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events, the Australian Open, and the city comes to life with special events both on and off the courts. It's also summer in this SoHe city, so you'll have sun to soak up on Melbourne's beaches between matches.

    Photo courtesy of Reinis Traidas

  • Telluride

    Enjoy the Powder in Telluride, CO

    Telluride enjoys more than 300 inches of powder annually, with a majority falling during the month of January. You'll have to compete with other skiers flocking to the quaint Colorado town, but if you plan a mid-week visit, you should be able to find hotel deals and freshly-powdered runs.

    Photo courtesy of Tom Check

  • Cancun beach

    Sun and Sand in Cancun, Mexico

    January falls in the middle of Cancun's peak season for good reason; you'll find picture-perfect weather and some of the cheapest airfare and hotel rates for any warm beach destination this time of year. When you're not sunbathing, check out the Mayan ruins or play a round of golf and one of Cancun's premier courses.

    Photo courtesy of PriceTravel pictures

  • Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

    Take it Easy in Lisbon, Portugal

    January is one of Lisbon's wetter months, but temperatures are mild – highs typically fall in the 50s. Luckily, January is also one of the quietest months in the Portuguese capital, so you'll have the charming, walkable streets mostly to yourself. Enjoy the Moorish architecture or relax in a fado house as you sip on locally-produced port wines.

    Photo courtesy of Luciano

  • R&R in Miami

    Kick Back and Relax in Miami, FL

    You've made it through the chaos of the holiday season, and now you deserve a break. What better place to enjoy a little rest and relaxation than in the world-class spas of warm Miami? Turkish baths, milk-and-honey massage, cedar saunas and Ayurvedic treatments will have you rejuvenated and ready to start your new year.

    Photo courtesy of Lapis at the Fontainebleau

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