what to see in january

January's must-see destinations


Captivating, bewitching, intoxicating, the best destinations in January are available to globetrotters in search of sun, a change of scenery and festivities. Between the treasures of Thailand, the beaches of Mexico, the excitement of Marrakech and the frenzied rhythms of Cape Verde, a world of discoveries is opening up to intrepid travellers. The southern hemisphere also reveals its gems, from the cosmopolitan cities of Australia to the grandiose landscapes of South Africa. Whatever your destination, January is the ideal month for recharging your batteries in the sunshine and learning about new cultures. So pack your bags! Follow the sun to exotic lands and let yourself be won over by the call of the sea, the taste for adventure, the desire to celebrate the New Year under other latitudes.

1. Where to go for sunny destinations ?

2. Do you want to explore the southern hemisphere  ?

3. Do you want to discover bustling cities ?

4.  Which travel insurance to choose for a trip in january ?

 Where to go for sunny destinations ?

Thailand and its dream beaches

Thailand's white sandy beaches lined with coconut palms are a dream destination for sunbathing in January. Between swimming in crystal-clear water at 28°C and exploring Buddhist temples, Thailand offers a complete change of scenery with a reasonable time difference from Europe. Its islands, such as Phuket and Koh Samui, are popular havens of peace for holidaymakers in search of idleness.

Mexico and its turquoise waters

The turquoise waters and virtually untouched coral reefs of Mexico and the Caribbean are a delight. Whether you opt for the Yucatan peninsula, the Pacific coast or the famous Cabos, Mexico promises optimum sunshine in January, with temperatures between 25 and 30°C. Scuba diving, discovering Mayan ruins or partying in a trendy bar: Mexico has it all.

The French West Indies and its mountain walks and water-based pleasures

To stay in the sun without leaving France, the French West Indies of Martinique and Guadeloupe offer a tropical atmosphere. From hiking in the mountains to sampling local punches and discovering the Creole heritage, Martinique and Guadeloupe have an appealing Caribbean culture. Their calm, shallow waters are ideal for swimming and water sports.

Do you want to explore the southern hemisphere ?

Australia and its big, bustling cities

The fifth largest island in the world, Australia is a landmass covering almost 7.7 million km2. In this land of the antipodes, January is the height of the summer season. The major coastal cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are very busy at this time of year. 

South Africa and its unspoilt landscapes

On the African continent, South Africa is a very popular destination during the month of January, which coincides with the austral summer. The nature reserves are teeming with wildlife. Elephants, lions and giraffes can all be seen in their natural habitat. The Kruger Park alone covers almost 2 million hectares. Hiking enthusiasts will also appreciate the mountainous landscapes. The highest peak rises to 3482 metres.

Costa Rica and its dazzling ecology

Located in Central America, Costa Rica is a small country renowned for its extraordinary biodiversity. No fewer than 500,000 animal and plant species have been recorded here, representing almost 5% of the world's biodiversity in just 0.03% of its land area! Its tropical rainforests are home to a wealth of fauna, including jaguars, monkeys and many colourful birds. Nearly 25% of its territory is classified as a national park or nature reserve.

Do you want to discover bustling cities ?

Marrakech and its colourful souks

In the shade of red walls, in a summery atmosphere and fragrant with spices, Marrakech offers a thousand and one discoveries. The Jemaa el Fna square, bustling by day and bewitching by night, the souks with their shimmering stalls, the traditional crafts... so many must-sees to immerse yourself in Moroccan culture. 138 kilometres of UNESCO-listed ramparts surround the medina. The old town is bursting with treasures: the Bahia Palace, the Majorelle Gardens, the Saadian Tombs... an explosion of colour !

Colombia and its Latino culture

From snow-capped peaks to white sandy beaches, Colombia is full of breathtaking scenery. In terms of culture, the country is bursting with energy and rhythm, with salsa omnipresent in the bustling city streets. Cartagena has a colonial atmosphere, with its houses with flower-decked balconies and the citadel overlooking the bay. Bogotá, with its Jeep Willys and graffiti, offers a concentration of Latin urban culture. Medellin has undergone a facelift, becoming a trendy, festive city.

Cape Verde and its frenzied rhythms

Cape Verde is a volcanic archipelago off the coast of Senegal. Its ten tropical islands are renowned for their black and white sandy beaches, colourful towns and lively atmosphere. The capital Praia vibrates to the rhythm of Afro-Brazilian music. Mindelo is the country's cultural centre, with its colonial buildings and vibrant music scene. On the island of São Vicente, Carnival attracts revellers from all over the world. 

Which travel insurance should you choose for your January holiday? ?

When planning a January trip to sunny and exciting destinations, it's essential to consider the crucial aspect of travel insurance. Protecting your adventure against the unexpected with Routard from AVI International can give you peace of mind as you explore exotic lands. 

Medical and Repatriation Insurance :

First and foremost, make sure you have adequate medical cover. International medical insurance will protect you in the event of illness or injury during your trip. Also check whether it includes a medical repatriation clause, which is essential in emergency situations. 

Luggage insurance :

Protect your personal belongings and luggage by taking out specific insurance. This will cover you in the event of loss, theft or damage to your belongings during your trip.

Civil liability insurance :

Public liability insurance can be essential, especially if you plan to take part in sporting or adventure activities. It will cover you in the event of property damage or bodily injury caused to others.