The holidays come and go with a bang that sometimes leaves us reeling from the joy – and stresses – of pulling off the most wonderful time of the year.

Beat those post-holiday blues by booking an exciting adventure to one of these destinations we’ve handpicked. January is a wonderful time to explore a new city, hit the ski slopes, or relax on the beach. These top locations will leave you so rested, you’ll be ready for next Christmas by the time you head home!

Beach

Maldives

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Jetset away from the stressful holiday season and find yourself relaxing on the beach in the Maldives. Made up of hundreds of islands, the Maldives have plenty of space to forget all your worries. Choose from destinations like Malé, the bustling capitol, or Gan, where you can book an over-water villa. Scuba diving is especially excellent, as the islands are composed of 26 coral atolls.

Cayman Islands

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Come for the famous sandy beaches, stay for the Caribbean way of life. On any of the Cayman Island’s three islands (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman), you’ll find white sand, beautiful views, and diverse wildlife. In fact, on Little Cayman, tourists have been known to spot a rock iguana or two!

Bali, Indonesia

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Find your inner peace this January on a trip to the Indonesian island of Bali. Religious sites such as the cliffside Uluwatu Temple, numerous meditation retreats, and blissful views of rice paddies and volcanic forests make Bali a relaxing choice for all post-holiday stresses.

City

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Why not escape to the Southern Hemisphere this January? Sydney, Australia’s white, sandy shores are a surefire antidote to the winter blues. Bondi beach is a favorite amongst locals, while taking in the beautiful sights of the famous Sydney Opera House is a bucket-list item for travelers.

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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Take in a bit of world history during your January adventure to the south shore of Oahu. Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, has something for everyone: lavish hotels, sandy beaches, colorful nightlife, and fine dining. The Waikiki neighborhood is especially notorious for all of it’s exciting amenities for locals and tourists alike.

Mountain

Verbier, Valais, Switzerland

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Pull on your boots- it’s time to hit the renowned off-piste runs at Verbier in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Luxurious resorts, fine restaurants, and vibrant nightlife provide a delightful setting for a snowy January escape from daily life.

Vail, Colorado, USA

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A quick dash to the Rocky Mountains is the perfect way to make it through the long winter. At Vail Ski Resort, the 5,000 acres of skiing trails will keep you on your toes for the rest of the season. Or maybe the world-class resorts, spas, and amenities will!

Something Different

Havana, Cuba

where to go in january guide cubaSandy beaches, colorful city life, and unique Spanish-Caribbean culture makes Cuba the perfect destination for January. Beautiful mountain vistas with views of the beach below will leave you breathless. The rum and cigars don’t hurt, either!

Goa, India

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This western Indian state is best known for it’s lengthy stretches of beach and charming laid-back fishing villages. Due to it’s long history of Portuguese colonization, it’s easy to come across preserved 16th-century churches and architecture.

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