Everyone feels the January blues, Christmas is well and truly over, new years celebrations are behind us and we’re all back to work. You join everyone else in making a new year new you, but why not explore somewhere new instead and treat yourself to a January getaway. Fourex has handpicked its top destinations to explore in January.
Ideal city breaks perfect for all the family - Short-Haul getaways in under 3 hours of the UK.
Temperature: 14°C high; 6°C low
Travel time from UK: 2 hours 20 minutes
Time difference: GMT +0
Local currency: Euro
Portugal is a great place to visit this January and although it’s temperature may not be scorching; the country is quieter and prices are lower than usual for a destination that is already affordable. Porto has beautiful architecture with a mystical heritage that runs within its narrow streets and colourful houses. With breath-taking views from the city and the Douro river, there is no end of places to explore. Porto is a great destination for families looking for a city break within Europe. The Portuguese are very friendly and open towards families, and children will be welcomed in all their hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. There is a range of activities that will entertain children, including tram rides, boat rides and the cable car. Don’t forget to visit the Douro Valley whilst visiting Porto to see some fabulous vineyards to taste some extraordinary wine!
Temperature: 6°C high; 2°C low
Travel time from UK: 1 hours 10 minutes
Time difference: GMT +1
Local Currency: Euro
The beautiful little Belgian city is one of those rare places that is just as beautiful in the cold and dark midwinter as it is in summer; the perfect pocket-sized medieval city. The best way to appreciate all this is to stay a few days, relaxing in one of the romantic boutique hotels, and visiting the fascinating museums and churches at your leisure. This city also has some of the most inviting reasons to stay indoors: interesting interiors, welcoming taverns full of good food and Belgian beer, interesting shops to explore as well as romantic bars and restaurants, moules-frites and cream-and-kirsch-laden puddings. And of course, all of this is accessible by train in under 3 and a half hours by Eurostar from London. Don’t forget to visit on our fourex kiosks at Kings Cross St Pancreas before and after your trip to exchange your travel money!
Winter Sun, Sea and Sand – Long-Haul destinations for those looking for more of an exotic adventure.
Temperature: 24°C high; 8°C low
Travel time from UK: 14 hours 25 minutes
Time difference: GMT +5.30
Local Currency: Indian Rupee
They call Rajasthan the jewel in India's crown and spectacular in January. It's pleasantly warm, most of the holiday crowds have disappeared and you can explore its palaces as if on your own private Bollywood set. Don't miss the pastel-hued Jaipur, turquoise-speckled Jodhpur and romantically golden Udaipur - but leave room in your itinerary for a few forgotten treasures: serene Jal Mahal or the lost city of Bhangarh. January also provides the perfect weather for an Arabian Nights-style safari in Jaisalmer, where you can explore the desert on the back of a camel and sleep under the stars.
Temperature: 26°C high; 16°C low
Travel time from UK: 10 hours 45 minutes
Time difference: GMT +2
Local Currency: South African rand
There are so many reasons to visit South Africa, but briefly: there is amazing food and wine, beaches & hotels. Sensational scenery, from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park. Completely thrilling wildlife encounters on safari, staying at the most incredible lodges; or along the coastline, in some amazing villas. January is one of the best months for all those things and because it's in the same time zone, you don't even experience jet lag!
Temperature: 23°C high; 8°C low
Travel time from UK: 11 hours 10 minutes
Time difference: GMT -6
Local Currency: Mexican Peso
The coast of Mexico is quite the opposite of the British winter: warm, bright, & colourful. Parties on the beach, yoga under the trees. This huge country is surrounded by beautiful landscapes; from the northern deserts and snowy peaks of the central sierra, to the jungle highlands of southern Chiapas and to the beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula there is something for everyone. One of the best reasons to visit Mexico is its wonderfully flavoured cuisine, crispy tacos, mole sauces and tender burritos are among the country’s staple specialities on the menu. The weather on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Mexico is perfect in January, not too hot with hardly any rain, you’re sure to enjoy a sun-filled day on the beach with one of Mexico’s many beers on offer in hand!
Wherever you choose to make your next destination don’t forget to use fourex for all your travel money needs. We can deliver over 50 currencies to your door with free next day delivery when you order over £750 and you can exchange your unwanted coins and notes at a fourex kiosk after your trip for hassle-free currency exchange!