With the New Year comes new adventures and possibilities. In other words, the perfect excuse for a holiday. If you’re thinking about starting the year as you mean to go on, there are certain cities around the world we would suggest for a January visit.

Take a look at our top picks for the best holiday destinations in January…

Hong Kong in January

If a top up of Vitamin D is your motivation for travel in January, Hong Kong is a safe bet. The subtropical climate is mild all year round, with a January forecast of warm and dry. And there’ll be plenty going on at this time of year to keep you busy. Hit the January sales for designer clothes, jewellery and electronics – check out our guide of January Sales Around the World for where to shop. Celebrate Chinese New Year with the locals, and enjoy the festival atmosphere and spirit that kicks off at the end of January, and continues well into February. And take advantage of the perfect weather for an open-top bus tour…need we say more?

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Los Angeles in January

If you’re dreaming of sun, sea and sun, Los Angeles should be on your shortlist of best places to visit in January. With temperatures still reaching early 20s Celsius, you’ll have your pick of the impressive coastline to enjoy. Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Paradise Cove, there’s a stretch of sand to fit your criteria, from a surfers dream to a sun worshippers haven.

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Dubai in January

Aside from the glorious weather, Dubai in January is a good option for so many reasons. While it’s not the most budget-friendly city, there’s actually plenty to do that won’t cost you a penny - handy after all the Christmas extravagance. So once you’ve seen the sights and hopped off your bus tour, you can take your pick of these fun perks. Enjoy a free class and find your zen with Friends of Yoga. Browse the Camel Museum and learn how these hardworking mammals have developed an important relationship with Arabian people. Then when the sun sets, grab a blanket, snuggle up and watch a classic movie under the stars.

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Sydney in January

While much of Europe is wrapped up in January, Sydney is having the best time. Summer is heating up at this point and the city is taking advantage. Think summer music festivals, outdoor markets, and barbecuing on the beach. Bliss. And if you’re interested in the arts, you must add the year-round anticipated Sydney Festival to your itinerary. Over three weeks in January, with theatre, dance, circus, talks and music all on the agenda.

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New York in January

New York is one of the most enchanting cities in the world during its winter season. Snow covered treetops in Central Park, ice skating in Rockefeller Center, the festive spirit is very much alive. So a visit to New York in January is perfect for those not following the sun. And the best way to see it is to wrap up warm, throw on your walking boots and explore by foot. Regular hot chocolate stops are compulsory, and of course if there happens to be a warm department store nearby you may as well pop in and take advantage of the sales. With Restaurant Week kicking off towards the end of the month too, you’ll get to experience the finest New York dining experience at a fraction of the price.

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So there’s a select few fabulous cities that are perfect for a visit in January. And while there, make sure you cover off the iconic landmarks and popular attractions too on a Big Bus tour. With panoramic views of the best sights and the option to hop off and explore at any of our stops, you can see an entire city in a day.