Start the year as you mean to go on by going on your dream holiday. January might drag on way too long, but all those extra days mean more time to get away.

Summer is very much on in the Southern Hemisphere, so leave the grey skies behind and seek out some winter sun for a much-needed dose of vitamin D. Or, embrace the cold and enter your snow bunny era with a trip to Scandinavia – AKA winter wonderland.

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While everyone north of the equator’s got their heating on, the other side of the world is thriving. Live your best island life in Barbados or Jamaica, where the temperature’s sitting at a toasty average of 26˚C. Mexico’s Caribbean Coast is firmly in its hot and dry season, and so are the Maldives and Sri Lanka over in South Asia. For that humid heat, Thailand’s looking well and truly tropical in the mid-30s. And closer to home, the Canary Islands are a winter-sun staple – Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote are usually a comfortable 21˚C at this time of year.

Festive feels sticking around? Loads of Christmas markets in Europe go on ‘til the end of the month. Cologne, Prague and Budapest will still be looking extra pretty covered in lights and decorations, but there’ll be far fewer crowds than in December – and it’ll be cheaper, too. And if you want to see the Northern Lights, now is your chance. January’s one of the best times of year to catch nature’s finest quirk, so head to Norway, Finland or Iceland to try and see this seriously cool phenomenon in all its glory.

Your bank account might have taken a blow over December, but you can still get away in January if you’ve got budget to spare. It’s out of season in Europe and cities like Lisbon, Barcelona and Madrid are all super cheap right about now, so pack your puffer and your earmuffs for some off-peak sightseeing – who needs a private tour?

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