In addition to our Why Travel series, I'm excited to bring you the Where Travel series. Each month, I'll share a list of places to travel across the globe that are particularly awesome in that month. It may be a quick trip for you or half a world away. No matter where you're located, I hope you discover some amazing destinations.
January is the start of a new year. Many people want to turn over a new leaf and make resolutions to help them stay on track with their goals. While most people focus on losing weight, saving money, and taking more "me" time, you should consider adding "travel more" to that list of resolutions.
Here are some top destinations to visit around the world in January:
Europe in January
Scandinavia (Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden)
This time of year makes an amazing time to see the Northern Lights. Yes, it's bitterly cold, but seeing the Northern Lights is worth it. Be sure you pack super warm clothes and layer up to take the trip outside for the lights. The farther north you go, the more spectacular the Aurora. Scandinavia in January is particularly delightful if you love winter weather.
North America in January
Turks & Caicos, Caribbean
Recently, several friends and coworkers have traveled to Turks & Caicos and come back with rave reviews. It doesn't seem to matter where you are, the beaches, food, and drinks are all spectacular. January is a perfect time of year to visit this island nation because most Americans don’t vacation in January as they come off the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. It's also still warm and comfortable with out the thick heat of summer months.
South America in January
Most of Chile is in the Southern Hemisphere, making January a prime destination for those seeking warm weather. Chile is also one of South America's most stable nations, which is ideal for travelers. The landscape, culture, and climate are quite diverse throughout the country. While you're there, be sure to go the extra mile and visit Easter Island.
Africa in January
A friend of mine just visited Ghana for two weeks and called it the best place he's ever visited (he travels a lot, so I trust him). Accra, situated directly on Ghana's coastline is the region's capitol and full of diverse food, hospitable people, and a nightlife that won't quite. January is in the dry season with warm temperatures. If you're looking to get out of the normal tropical destinations, go to Ghana.
Asia in January
January is the perfect time to go to Beijing. It's technically "off-season" although due the population and domestic tourism, you probably can't tell. I love visiting China in winter because the crowds are lighter. The added bonus is in winter, the air is crisper and clearer without humidity, making smog and industrial pollution unnoticeable.
South Pacific in January
Queenstown, New Zealand
Farther south than Chile, New Zealand is in the height of summer during January, but max temperatures hang around the mid 70s (F). Queenstown is not nearly as humid as Auckland and makes the best choice for those wanting a warmer destination without feeling hot. Not to mention, Queenstown might be, quite literally, the prettiest place in the entire world.
Where are you traveling this month? Let me know in the comments!