Winter in the northern hemisphere and summer south of the equator give January travelers lots of options. Some plan to embrace the snowy season and all that goes with it: skiing, ice skating, cozy fireplaces, and hot cocoa to warm up. They look forward to donning their puffer coats or the latest ski resort fashions and heading to the slopes. For them, Park City is a convenient destination with much to offer including mountains, snow, and a quaint downtown. A bit further away and worth every in-flight hour is Cortina in the breathtaking Dolomites of northern Italy. A wintry spot closer to home, St. Paul, Minnesota welcomes January’s cold with an annual festival.
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Since chilly climes are not to everyone’s liking, we have included some warm weather getaways where there’s more going on than just a pool to lounge by — although that’s not a bad idea at all. Whale watching in La Paz is a fascinating experience in a beautiful January destination. Hawaii is lovely any time of year, and lush Kauai’s south shore is warm and inviting with lots of activities and lodging options. Sunshine, history, and a lively beach scene make Aruba another great winter escape. Further south, Uruguay offers nightlife, beaches, art, wine, fine dining, and an international crowd also seeking warmth and fun. Luxurious resorts and natural beauty await visitors to Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific region where humpback whales enjoy the season along with tourists.
We know that some of our readers will not quite be ready to end their holiday celebrations, so we suggest a visit to Pasadena, California for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade to help them bid goodbye to 2018 and begin the New Year in style. After the events, there’s much to see in Pasadena from museums to a popular restaurant scene. Others might be seeking a respite from crowds, parties, and holiday bustle, so for them we propose a road trip through Texas to remote Big Bend National Park where hiking in the hills, stargazing at its dark skies, and observing nature will provide solitude and time to relax. Another close-to-home idea is a trip to America’s south, the state of Georgia, where history, outdoor activities, beautiful scenery, and temperate weather make January a fine time for a visit.
Wherever January takes you, the beginning of the year is ideal for looking ahead and making travel plans. Whether you plan to see the other side of the world or the other side of your state, there’s joy in looking forward to a trip, researching a destination, and experiencing a new place. We hope traveling is on your list of resolutions for 2019.