Best places to go in January: Our top 7 travel picks for a solo holiday

By Matt Chappell

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New year, new you, new country, new experience, new travel stories to thrill your friends with? Here are the best places to go in January for a solo holiday

January is named after the Roman god Janus. Janus was two-faced, which is not to say that he was a duplicitous arse, but that he looked at both the past and the future – hence they popped his month at the turn of the year.

The events of the past few years have inspired many people to spread their wings once we can travel freely once again. To make up for lost time, the temptation is to try something a little more adventurous than we might have in the past; whether that’s kayaking down rapids, booking a solo trip or just trying a new destination.

New year’s resolutions are often forgotten, but that’s because there’s no concrete commitment. If, however, you were to do something like book a holiday for January – a life-changing holiday maybe – then you’d be fully committed to it. 

Where is a good place to travel to in January?

Plenty of countries can offer sun, sea and adventure in January, while others can offer the trip of a lifetime amidst chillier temperatures. Maybe a temperate stroll through a bustling marketplace is what you need after a busy festive season; or you may be looking to continue the party. Either way, there is such variety in holiday spots at this time of year that there’s bound to be somewhere that appeals to you.

So, go on, browse our list of the best places to go in January for a solo holiday and look to the future.

A note on Covid: countries on this list may be subject to Covid-related restrictions or entry requirements. Please check your country’s official travel advice for further guidance and updates, or you can chat live with a Flash Pack travel expert.

Sri Lanka

People on the beach in Sri Lanka

The Indian subcontinent is a fine place for a holiday all year round, but Sri Lanka is one of the best places to travel to in January. The rain is minimal, the temperatures float around in that dreamy 20-30℃ corridor, and the bright colours of the delicious food and beautiful wild animals and plants will wake you up from your winter hibernation.

Travel tips for January: Mid-January sees the Thai Pongal festival, a harvest festival to the sun god.

Read more: Join Flash Pack in Sri Lanka

Brazil

Palm trees and people sunbathing on a beach in Brazil

Brazilians like to keep the party vibe going between New Year and Carnival, so travelling to Brazil in January is a great idea for party lovers. It also signals the start of summer, which certainly helps maintain the mood, with very pleasant mid-high 20s temperatures encouraging the use of swimwear and caipirinhas.

Travel tips for January: It can get a little bit wet, so take a brolly or kagoule along with your swimmies.

South Africa

Adventurous person travelling in South Africa

January is pretty much peak time to visit South Africa, so it’s no budget destination, but boy do you get a lot for your money. If you’re ideally looking for warm places to go in January, then it’s a great pick. You get great weather, you get magnificent wine, and you get the kind of comfort zone-pushing adventure that inspires you for the next 12 months.

Travel tips for January: The ocean is warming up and the winds are getting up, so why not try some wind-surfing?

Finland

People on snowmobiles in Finnish Lapland

Not all the best places to go in January involve winter sun, solo travel to Europe at the beginning of the year is unlikely to be sun-drenched, but that shouldn’t mean it’s a no-go. Finland in January is a dark, cold place, but that’s all the more reason to go there. Cut a dash to Finnish Lapland, home of Santa and winter adventure. Reindeer rides, snowmobiling and glimpsing the Northern Lights on your own private island: it’s like a wintry travel experience bucket list.

Travel tips for January: Invest in a down jacket and thermals. No, really, do it.

Read more: Join Flash Pack in Finland

Guatemala

Market stall featuring stacks of fruit in Guatemala

They say that Guatemala has one season: an ‘eternal spring’. Of course, spring brings both sunshine and showers. However, January in Guatemala is slap bang in the middle of the dry season and therefore the perfect time to get out and about on the country’s lakes and jungles with a sense of new year adventure.

Travel tips for January: Wander along the cobbled streets of Antigua, browsing the markets.

Mexico

Overhead image of woman lying on a beach in Mexico

Another country with a dry winter, Mexico is also pleasantly warm in January, coming in at around 24°C. Coupled with clear, warm waters, it’s the perfect time to take a trip and indulge your sense of adventure, with hot air balloon rides, pyramid hikes and Mayan ruins. And if you want to continue the festive spirit, there’s always the tequila; plus beautiful beaches in easy reach.

Travel tips for January: On beach holidays, if the sea is a bit rough, search out one of the many beautiful bays and lagoons.

Read more: Join Flash Pack in Mexico City

Argentina

Vineyards in the Argentinian city of Mendoza

January in Buenos Aires is one of the country’s warmest months: this is peak summer time in the southern hemisphere, with temperatures hovering around the 29°C mark. A lovely time, in other words, to explore the street art and elegant architecture of the capital, before breaking loose for cooler climes in the Patagonian peaks.

Travel tips for January: Pop the gorgeous city of Mendoza on your radar. Home to sun-dappled vineyards and some of the world’s finest Malbecs, it’s a fine place to raise a cheer to summertime in.

Read more: Join Flash Pack in Argentina

There are plenty of warm places to go in January – as well as many other worthwhile, but not-so-warm destinations, too. But, if you still can’t decide, browse through our selection of adventure holidays for solo travellers: you won’t be disappointed.

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