Not exactly a month that showcases Britain at its finest, but few people decide to holiday in January. Understandable, as it could just be delaying the inevitable return to work, but consider some of the places that are at their absolute best in January. There’s the Caribbean, Australia (turtle hatchling season on Ningaloo Reef) and New Zealand, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Latin America… The list goes on.

And speaking of Latin America, Cartagena and Hay-on-Wye might not be a pair of places you’d necessarily expect to hear mentioned in the same sentence, but the hugely popular literary festival from the genteel English town has been successfully transplanted to the chic cobble streets of Colombia’s Cartagena this month.

Closer to home, Christmas is freezing and Easter is packed, so the sensible skier packs his or her bags and heads for the slopes in January on a ski holiday. You’re far more likely to find good value accommodation and you can be sure there won’t be any behelmeted six year-old cannonballs descending at warp speed to knock you over.

Britain in January might be the perfect illustration of the old Scots term dreich, meaning dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and generally miserable weather. Not so in the southern hemisphere.

Tom, Original Traveller

Our favourites for January

Caribbean

Caribbean

Original Travel knows the region well, and can recommend the highlights from the best bars in Havana to the best dive sites in the British Virgin Islands, and everything in between.

Caribbean
Australia

Australia

The vast island of Australia is a country of natural beauty and vivid contrasts, and a big Original Travel favourite.

Australia
Maldives

Maldives

Paradise islands don’t come much better than the Maldives.

Maldives
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, at the southern tip of India, is a small country with a great combination of attractions – culture, beaches and nature.

Sri Lanka
Latin America & Antarctica

Latin America & Antarctica

Latin America is a destination on the up thanks to an enticing blend of attractions and a new found place in the public consciousness. Whatever you are hoping for we will have a spot-on suggestion. Want breathtaking landscapes? We can advise on some that may render your jaw duly dropped, such as the pampas of Argentina or glaciers in Chile.

Latin America & Antarctica

We have used OT for many years now and you seem to have a great team. But what has been most impressive with you is your speed of response, the accuracy of your information and the fact that you really make us feel you listen to our wishes and adapt itineraries to suit.

Tim

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