January is the coldest month in the northern hemisphere of the planet together with February. For those who love skiing the Alps are one of the most popular destinations at this time of the year. But even the Colorado mountains in the United States or the ski resorts of Japan and South Korea are a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts.
The month of January is instead full summer in the temperate countries of the southern hemisphere. This means that January is a great month to visit countries like New Zealand, South Australia and the large island of Tasmania.
In South America, January is a good time to visit Colombia, Venezuela, Chile and Argentina (Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego). This month is also the most suitable for cruises in Antarctica in fact they are practicable only in the short summer that in Antarctica is reduced to the period that goes from December to February.
The Caribbean islands and Mexico are one of the best destinations to visit in January. In Baja California (Mexico), the whale watching period begins in mid-January and lasts until April. Even the states of Central America such as Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama are in their dry season.
In Asia, the countries of the Indochinese peninsula (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) but also Northern Thailand and Burma have in this month of the year a dry and fresh climate. Even India during the month of January has a dry and relatively cooler climate. The south-west coast of the island of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) has its driest period in this month and in February. The month of January also represents the beginning of the dry season in the atolls of the Maldive islands. Also in the Philippines we are at the beginning of the dry season and therefore begins in January the best period for a trip to this wonderful archipelago.
Also in Asia, the Persian Gulf area is in the middle of winter and therefore this is the best time to visit thanks to mild temperatures and plenty of sun: Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and other Arabic peninsula countries are a good destination at this time of year. Why not take a short break in the spectacular city of Dubai?
In Africa January is a good time to visit the countries of the Gulf of Guinea. Ethiopia is also a good destination to visit in this month. The area of Cape Town has an excellent climate at this time of year. The Canaries, the islands of eternal spring, have an excellent climate during the month of January.