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10 Best Places to Visit in January outside India: Places To Visit & Things To Do !

By Mukti Shah on Oct 28, 2022

As we look forward to a brand new year in 2023, we want to spend the beginning of the year with our loved ones on a holiday vacation somewhere we have never been before.

Deciding where to travel in the world in January might be tricky. Many places around the world enjoy great weather in January, so it’s a good time to travel.

But it can be hard to know where to kick off the year of travel in January. We have done the legwork for you. Here are the best places to visit in January to kick off the New Year on a high note by satisfying your wanderlust.

Best Places to Visit in January outside India

Amongst the numerous places in this world; we have listed the best places to visit in January in the world as below:

1. St.Petersburg – Russia

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St Petersburg would be right up there if all the great European cities competed to be the most beautiful. Moscow is indeed Russia’s most modern, cosmopolitan city, but St. Petersburg is the cultural and historical center of the nation.
The mix of contemporary life, history, and culture is what makes visiting St. Petersburg so appealing and the best place to visit in January. St. Petersburg offers visitors a wealth of Russian tourist attractions and experiences. You will find all sorts of museums in the city, from quirky and absorbing to spectacular imperial palaces and from canals to boat trips along the majestic rivers. St Petersburg is an integral part of most Russia Tour Packages.

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How to reach St. Petersburg?

From India to St. Petersburg, the most popular air route taken by travelers is via Moscow. From India, there are no nonstop flights to St. Petersburg, Russia. The average flight time from India to St. Petersburg is around ten to twelve hours. However, numerous connecting flights are equally simple and convenient. Rail is the most convenient way to travel between the capital city and St. Petersburg.

Places to Visit in St. Petersburg

  • Nevsky Avenue
  • Peterhof Grand Palace
  • Faberge Museum
  • State Hermitage Museum
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Things to do in St. Petersburg

  • Explore the Grand Cascade and Grand Peterhof Palace.
  • Visit the Hermitage Museum
  • Take a selfie in front of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress’s Cathedral.
  • Ride the canals and River Neva

2. Masai Mara National Park – Kenya

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The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is a place of stunning views, abundant wildlife, and endless plains. This reserve is globally known for the annual wildebeest migration – the largest movement of wildlife on earth. Tourists will be able to see vast herds of wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras participating in the yearly wildebeest migration.Masai Mara is one of the best places to visit in January. It’s a great time of year to go bird-watching because there are so many migratory species to see. The Mara is the best place to visit if you want to observe young animals take their first steps because it’s also birthing season at this time. Explore this globally renowned national park with our Kenya tour packages.

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How to reach Masai Mara National Park?

The quickest way to reach Masai Mara – Kenya from India is by taking a direct flight from India to Nairobi. Once you reach Nairobi – from here you can either opt to take a domestic flight or travel by road. You can fly into one of the several nearby airports to the Masai Mara. Depending on where you stay on your safari, you can choose which one to fly into. The road journey takes around six to seven hours to reach the Masai Mara gate. The route is tarred and it may get dusty and bumpy.

Places to Visit in Masai Mara National Park

  • Ol Kinyei Conservation
  • Mara River
  • Masai Triangle
  • Musiara Swamp
  • Eluai plain

Things to do in Masai Mara National Park

  • Explore the region in a hot-air balloon
  • Visit a Maasai community and mingle with them.
  • Explore the Masai Mara on the twice-daily game drives.
  • Experience Sundowner
  • Experience one Bush Dinner or Breakfast

3. Cozumel – Mexico

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Few nations in Latin America are as charming and unique as Mexico. It is renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty, vibrant culture, and delicious food, all of which make it a top travel destination all year long. However, Cozumel in Mexico adds a little of its zest to give you a special experience that combines a Caribbean flavor with Mexican identity. Although Cozumel boasts plenty of white sand beaches with palm trees and blue water, like most Caribbean islands, Cozumel is much more than that. With our Mexican Discovery Tour Packages, explore Cozumel. It offers a well-rounded location that can occupy and entertain you for days!

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How to reach Cozumel?

There are no non-stop flights to reach Cozumel from India. The most preferred way is to fly from India to Cancun Airport. From Cancun, you can either opt to travel by air or by roadways. You can take a costly but quick flight to Cozumel International Airport. A different option is to take a bus or a private vehicle on land to Playa del Carmen; from here, you will need to take a ferry over the water to reach Cozumel.

Places to Visit in Cozumel

  • Cozumel Pearl Farm
  • El Mirador
  • San Gervasio
  • Museum of the Island of Cozumel
  • Mexico Park Cozumel

Things to do in Cozumel

  • Visit Punta Sur Ecological Park
  • Try helmet diving with Seatrek
  • Take a Catamaran to Sail the Waters Off Cozumel
  • Visit The Mayan Ruins
  • Scuba Diving at Mesoamerican Reef

4. Bogota – Columbia

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The largest and capital city of Columbia – Bogota – is diverse and multicultural. Thanks to this blend of the past and present, Bogotá is an ideal location with entertainment, history, culture, delicious cuisine, and much more. Bogota in January is one big party. It’s the final week of the holiday season, and both locals and visitors are out and about taking advantage of their well-earned break. The city offers its guests a wide range of artistic expressions, such as dance, museum displays, music, theatre, and delicious cuisine. Explore Bogota with our USA Tour Packages. It seems that every day here is a celebration in and of itself, spreading happiness and joy throughout the country. Its bustling streets with its shopping centers, market areas, and eateries make it extremely appealing.

How to reach Bogota?

The best way to reach Bogota is by air. The flying time is around twenty-eight to thirty hours with one or two stopovers. Services are operated by Qatar Airways, KLM, Indigo Airlines, and others. The airport is thirteen kilometers away from the city center.

Places to Visit in Bogota

  • The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
  • Iglesia de San Francisco
  • Plaza de Bolivar
  • Museum of Gold
  • Santa Clara church

Things to do in Bogota

  • Stroll Through La Candelaria
  • Bicycle Tour of the City
  • Travel to Villa de Leyva for the Day
  • Sample the local brews
  • Explore Parque 93

5. San Jose – Costa Rica

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A hidden gem in Costa Rica’s tropical paradise, San Jose is often overlooked due to its lush forests and amazing beaches. It offers magnificent architecture, friendly locals, and a wide variety of activities. San Jose is one of the best places to visit in January 2023. Expect low prices, cool temperatures, and fewer tourists. With wildlife, volcanoes, cloud forests, and beaches, Costa Rica tourism offers a world of natural wonders. While San Jose has many museums, lovely squares, and cultural sites to enjoy, real treasures can be found in the forests, coastal towns, and small villages beyond the capital. Experience it all with our Costa Rica tour packages.

How to reach San Jose?

Few non-stop flights connect India with San José. It will thus be obligatory for you to take connecting flights. The average flying time is around twenty-five to thirty hours. You can opt for several airline carriers such as Air Canada, United Airlines, KLM, American Airlines, etc.

Places to Visit in San Jose

  • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Monteverde and the Cloud Forests
  • National Theater Of Costa Rica
  • Pre-Columbian Gold Museum Of San Jose
  • Central Park and California Boulevard

Things to do in San Jose

  • Explore La Paz Waterfall Garden
  • Trek to the giant hand at La Chimba Coffee Farm
  • Visit the Museum of Costa Rican Art
  • Day trip to Cartago
  • Admire the street art of the city

6. Phuket – Thailand

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Phuket, the largest island in the country, is where ancient legacy is in the form of a town. Some of the most stunning and unique beaches can be found there. Phuket is one of the best places to visit in January for a honeymoon, with golden sand beaches, turquoise water, architectural wonders, charming locals, and buzzing nightlife. Phuket tourism is suitable for all types of visitors, such as honeymooners, families, couples, and groups of all budgets. Nothing beats our Thrilling Thailand (Phuket & Krabi) Tour Package, which highlights the vibrant and colorful culture of this country.

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How to reach Phuket?

Phuket has its international airport. Several direct flights connect the country with India. The Phuket International Airport offers daily flights to Bangkok. You can fly from India to Bangkok and then opt for a domestic flight to Phuket. You can also commute from Bangkok to Phuket by car or bus.

Places to Visit in Phuket

  • Explore La Paz Waterfall Garden
  • Trek to the giant hand at La Chimba Coffee Farm
  • Visit the Museum of Costa Rican Art
  • Day trip to Cartago
  • Admire the street art of the city

Things to do in Phuket

  • Admire the Big Buddha
  • Parasail over Patong Beach
  • Test Your Mind at the Trickeye Museum in Phuket
  • Go to Wat Chalong
  • Hike to the Karon Viewpoint

7. Genting Highlands – Malaysia

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In Malaysia, Genting Highlands is a stunning hill station; that is within one hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. The City of Entertainment is known for its vibrant nightlife, five-star hotels, massive shopping centers, and top-notch casinos. Only Genting in Malaysia has legal gaming together with cave temples, theme parks, and a water park. Genting Highlands is a great tourist place in Malaysia for those who want to have a lot of fun in the excellent mountain weather while admiring some breathtaking valley vistas. After you have had your fill of Genting Highlands sightseeing, spice up your trip with some excitement and entertainment. Visit the Genting Highlands Theme Park, which is brimming with entertaining adventures.

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How to reach Genting Highlands?

Genting is an easy place to visit. Most visitors to Genting Highlands travel via Kuala Lumpur. Flights from most Indian cities to Kuala Lumpur are available. There is no airport at Genting Highlands, so from Kuala Lumpur, one can travel to Genting Highlands by road – either by bus or private car. The travel time is around two hours.

Places to Visit in Genting Highlands

  • Genting Sky Worlds Theme Park
  • Batu Caves
  • Resorts World Genting
  • Genting Skyway
  • Bukit Tinggi

Things to do in Genting Highlands

  • Visit the Chin Swee Caves Temple
  • Get frightened at the Haunted Adventure
  • Explore Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm
  • Visit Casino de Genting and try your luck.
  • Cool down at Snow World Experience.

8. Zurich – Switzerland

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Due to its stunning natural surroundings, dynamic culture, and lovely location, Zurich is one of those cities that attract thousands of tourists every year. There is no denying that this city in the Alps is one of the liveliest and hippest cities in the world. Zurich is one of the best places in the world to visit in January. Zurich is famous for its unique location on Lake Zurich. The city is adapted seamlessly to modern life, as evident by its architecture and perspective. Switzerland Tourism promotes Zurich; for its charming alleyways, ancient churches, nightclubs, and stunning old museums. With our Switzerland tour packages, you can explore this beautiful city and truly understand the meaning of beauty.

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How to reach Zurich?

Reach Zurich from India by air. When flying from India, Swiss Air operates four daily non-stop flights to Zurich from Mumbai and Delhi. Aside from that, numerous flights with one to two stopovers depart from various parts of India. If you are traveling within Europe, Zurich is well served by the Euro rail network. You can also reach Zurich by road from various parts of Europe.

Places to Visit in Zurich

  • Swiss National Museum
  • Zurich Opera House
  • Peter’s Church
  • Lindenhof
  • Bahnhofstrasse

Things to do in Zurich

  • Shopping at Bahnhofstrasse
  • Explore Altstadt’s Cobblestone Streets
  • Go Inside the Glass Biodomes at the Botanical Gardens
  • Take a Boat on the Limmat River
  • Make Your Chocolate at the Lindt Chocolate Factory

9. London – UK

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London offers a wide range of experiences. There is something for everyone, from fine dining and fantastic bars to art, history, and culture. This is why London, the capital of England, is the most exciting and endearing city on the entire planet. London in January just starts to sizzle with tourism even with its winter season. It is a city brimming with tourist attractions, such as beautiful architecture and historical sites. Visitors gasp in awe at the splendor of the charming streets that wind around famous landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. With so many places to visit in London, deciding what to see and not to see can be difficult. The London Experience tour package from Flamingo Transworld provide a wonderful experience with attention to every detail.

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How to reach London?

The best way is to take a flight to reach London from India. Air India, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet Airways are the airlines that offer non-stop flights to London from India. There are also flights to London with stops in Europe. You can also reach London by road and rail from any European city.

Places to Visit in London

  • Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus
  • London Eye
  • Oxford Street
  • Madame Tussauds London
  • Buckingham Palace

Things to do in London

  • Paddle through the Thames in a canoe
  • Entertain yourself at the Warner Bros Studio
  • Take a ride on the London eye
  • Stroll across the Westminster Bridge
  • Visit the Buckingham Palace

10. Orlando – Florida

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Theme park tourism in the world is centered in Florida. The capital is Orlando. Orlando is one of the best holiday destinations in January due to its near-perfect weather all year. Orlando tourism promotes the city as more than just a family destination; adults will also find plenty to keep them entertained. More things make the city well-known than a wizarding world or a happy mouse. Both children and adults can visit the Kennedy Space Center to learn about the United States Space Program’s projects or they can spend the day relaxing in the sun at Lake Eola Park. Whatever you plan to do while you are here, be sure to take advantage of our American Experience West & Orlando Tour Packages to see the best of the area.

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How to reach Orlando?

Orlando is well connected to all American states by land, but if you prefer to take the road, it is equally well connected. You can simply get shuttle and automobile services right there, and they will get you around the city.

Places to Visit in Orlando

  • Walt Disney World Park.
  • SeaWorld Orlando.
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
  • Central Florida Zoo.

Things to do in Orlando

  • Feel the buzz at Universal City Walk.
  • Relax at Bok Tower Gardens
  • Pedal through the water on Lake Eola.
  • Tour Kennedy Space Center
  • Be fascinated when you visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

These are some of the most popular passport fillers for January to get you in the vacation mood or to cross something off your list. I am sure you must be pepped up by now to take off. Talk to destination experts at Flamingo Travels to plan the best international tour package for you.

FAQs about the top international destinations to explore in January

Where is the ideal destination for a holiday in January?

Cambodia, Costa Rica, Phuket, Switzerland, and many more.

In January, where is the best place to go on vacation?

Colombia, Florida, Phuket, Genting Highlands, and many more.

In January, what are the best islands to visit?

Phi Phi Island, Maldives, Mexico, Genting Highlands, etc.

What is Thailand like in January?

January is one of Thailand’s few cool months, with temperatures around twenty to thirty degrees Celsius. There is no better time to visit the country than right now since it is the height of the tourist season.

Is January a good month to visit London?

Despite having cold, frequently rainy winters, London is a winter wonderland in January. Even so, there are a lot of things to explore and discover. Shopping and dining options are excellent, and the city is a bustling hub of wonder and excitement. It is also the least crowded time of year to visit London.

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Mukti Shah
Mukti Shah

Hi, This is Mukti Shah (Social Media Head-Flamingo Travels) I can say I am a lawyer turned travel curator. I completed my BBA in Finance and Marketing from HL college, Ahmedabad University. Later on, I moved to Mumbai to pursue Law. Currently, I work as Social Media Head at Flamingo group of companies as I believe that the Travel and tourism industry is no exception to digital transformation. Social media platforms give travel operators the chance to improve the customer experience.

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