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Great Places to Vacation in January

By Edited Sep 6, 2015 2 7

Riding off the coattails of the festivities of the previous year, January represents newness and a new year for travelers to take full advantage of. Whether you decide to stay in the United States, or travel to a vacation spot overseas, you can rest assured that January is typically inundated with enticing vacation deal offers that should make any traveler salivate. While the world may be generally consumed by the coldest month, you can certainly use traveling as an opportunity to evade the specific climate that you are accustomed to: for those just above the equator, you may actually even prefer a vacation hotspot that offers such fun activities like skiing or ice skating.

Whether traveling alone, or with a family or significant other, pull out a map (or do a Google search) and let these recommendations provide you with a start to your January vacationing considerations.

New York City, New York

In January, you can rest assured that you won't find a warm climate or temperature in New York City, New York. This festive, booming, location may fit your fancy if you are accustomed to the hot Southern climates and need just a little break. While absolutely inundated with people during December and the New Year, the amassing of people will begin to dwindle just in time for this location to be a consideration of yours for January. Even though the end of the year celebrations will be over, in January you can still plan out a New York City walking tour where you can see some remnant decorations, like general street Christmas decorations and the Rockerfeller Center Christmas tree, just before they are removed to greet a new year.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Enriched in deep history and culture, San Juan, Puerto Rico represents the complete opposite end of the climate continuum. For Northernmost travelers, this hot vacationing spot may prove to be really quite enjoyable, and expected hotel deals and airfaire competition make it an extremely affordable option that many take advantage of in January. Quick and easy access can be had to Puerto Rico, at least to Americans, because absolutely no passport is needed to visit. This means that you will not have to fumble around waiting for a passport to arrive, especially if your travel plans were really quite impromptu. Whether you stick to San Juan, or venture out into neighboring cities and areas in Puerto Rico, you can rest assured that a typically cold month can be quickly and painlessly reverted into a Summer vacation filled with warm activities like jet skiing and lounging out by a pool.



Dec 7, 2010 7:30am
Don't forget Las Vegas. January is one of the cheaper months to visit Vegas!
Dec 7, 2010 4:59pm
Hey Ernie! Surprisingly, I've never been to Vegas...lol...although, I'd love to go some time. I had anticipated this article actually being a bit longer, but those were the only two places I could think of (that I've been to) that I'd recommend going to in January....

Have you been to Vegas in January, Ernie? Would you recommend any activities, hotels, etc?
Dec 13, 2010 12:42am
I like to stay in Downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street. It is away from the Strip and a very fun area to hang out at. When you want to visit the Strip you can easily take a bus or Taxi.

I know San Diego can be fun too!
Dec 7, 2010 11:20am
Great suggestions, but don't forget Hawaii, which is my personal favorite in January!
Dec 7, 2010 5:04pm
Have you gone to Hawaii alot, DD? In January? I had wanted to go, but at the time my family was going, I was deploying to Afghanistan....so, I couldn't partake in our family vacation that year....

Is there any place in Hawaii, in particular, that you would recommend?
Dec 7, 2010 6:28pm
Yes, we've gone to Hawaii in January several times, and the weather, water temperature, everything has been wonderful ... although it can get windy. I've been to all the tourist islands, and had fun, but my favorite is the Big Island, because you can meet so many normal residents there, go to craft fairs, see the erupting volcano, etc.

I've also been to Vegas several times in January, and it can get really cold! Once, the valet parking guys at our hotel were building a snowman when we arrived!! They had several inches of snow. But Vegas has so much to do, it's fun any time of year.

I'm glad you returned safely from Afghanistan, and hope you get to go on some trips that are purely fun, now. You deserve it!!!
Jan 18, 2011 4:17pm
Thanks for sharing this important information. I like your aericle.
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