No matter how peachy life is, January is always hands down the worst month of the year. The Christmas decorations and all that ‘festive cheer’ comes to an end, and we’re usually left with the start of the snow and sleet that should have been enjoyable in December.
The January blues are definitely ‘a thing’ for everyone, as we slowly face the winter season arriving in full swing. Plus, most of us are trying to keep to those pesky new year’s resolutions throughout the full month.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. January can be a great time to go on a city or countryside break – in the UK or oversee’s, as you won’t face the Christmas crowds and there are bargains to be had.
As well as saving lots of money, you could be doing your well-being a huge favour. Why rattle around your home, dreading being back at work and feeling all lethargic, when you could have a cheeky start of the year getaway to look forward to?
Europe will of course be more expensive than a UK trip, as you have to factor in flights, insurance, etc etc, but it’s still worth having a look.
Here are five holiday breaks that need to be on your radar if you’re seeking an escape from the January blues…
Lake District, UK
Love scrambling up hill and down hills and through quaint towns on two wheels? Love whimsical little pubs with homemade food and a warm ambiance? What about independent cafes, lakes and hill views for days? There really isn’t much you can find to dislike about the Lake District, and during January, it makes the perfect place to find a cosy little cottage close to a country pub to hibernate in.
There are so many pretty Lake District cottages to choose from, depending on what you want from your new year break. Some are close to the bustling town of Windermere, with it’s lakes, shops, champagne bars, pubs, walking routes and outdoor activities.
Some are positioned close to the popular mountain climbing spots, whereas others are out in the countryside, more hidden away and nestled inbetween miles of green land.
The Cotswolds, UK
Whereas the Lake District makes a brilliant breakaway choice if you live further North, The Cotswolds is fantastic for those who are positioned more South of the UK.
It’s an absolutely beautiful part of the country for a January break. You’ll find glorious, honey-coloured towns and villages, with an olde-world theme running throughout. Manor houses, old churches, cobbled streets and traditional pubs are just a few of the key sights you’ll see when driving through.
There are tonnes of B&B’s situated in some of the prettiest towns. Tetbury is a popular one, and makes a great base if you were looking at travelling around The Cotswolds on day trips.
For those who are seeking a European break, Lithuania is massively up and coming. A popular tourist place to head to is Vilnius – hailed as one of the cheapest European city breaks. So if you’re looking at holding onto your Christmas cash (if you get any, that is) it’s no surprise that the Lithuanian capital has been revealed as a great value hotspot in January.
There’s so much culture to explore here, from the fairytale-esque Trakai Island Castle to the impressive 16th century Gate of Dawn, as well as the Old Town with its cosy cafés and historic architecture.
The best part is that some of the top attractions such as the Church of St Anne are free, while the museums and art galleries often have entrance fees that work out at less than £3pp. A real affordable European break.
Greece is never going to be scorching in January, but the temperatures are quite mild, it’s just rain that can be a problem at this time of year. However, Athens is a place that is worth visiting at the start of the year, due to it having so many incredible historic sightings and places of interest that get way too busy in the height of Summer.
Winter can be ideal for visiting Athens; if you except the milder temperatures – which will always be warmer than that of the UK – there are very few tourists, meaning that all the best points of interests will be much less stressful.
Last but not least, January is a fabulous time to jet off for Winter sun over in Morocco. December and January see temperatures of around 21 degrees during the day, where for the evening, it can drop to around 11-12 degrees.
If it’s culture and authentic cuisine you’re looking for, Marrakesh is a great choice. You can explore the busy and bustling souk markets in the day time heat, without sweltering or getting caught up in the height of the busy tourist time. Snake charmers and pick-pocketers are much less common during the out of season times, so you’ll find day trips and sight-seeing becomes much more enjoyable.
Are you thinking of jetting off this January? Do let us know if you have any exciting travel plans!