Where to travel in january?
Where to travel in January?
My favorite destinations in January
Trinidad in Cuba
Trinidad, an ancient colonial city, is probably one of the best preserved cities in Cuba. Its historic district has also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. In addition to this, if you are looking for a festive atmosphere, dancing and partying, you should be completely satisfied in Trinidad.
Trinidad is also known for its picturesque landscapes around the city. For those looking for relaxation and seaside activities, Ancon Beach is not to be missed, with its turquoise water and white sand beach. The island of Cayo Blanco is also a good place for lovers of scuba diving or snorkelling, because you can discover superb coral reefs.
Also near Trinidad, the Topes de Collantes Natural Park is a paradise for lovers of natural discoveries: exceptional flora and fauna, breathtaking waterfalls, natural pools and panoramic views. For other green places, you can also take an excursion to Los Ingenios valley, which covers 225 km2 east of Trinidad. It was at the heart of Cuban sugar activity in the 19th century.
Agra in India
Agra is a city located in the north of India in Uttar Pradesh state. This town is the third largest city in Uttar Pradesh with around 1,700,000 inhabitants. It is relatively close to New Dehli so if you are around, you should definetely visit Agra. This is truly a destination of choice for lovers of discoveries and Indian history. There are many amazing monuments to visit, including the iconic Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal emperor Shâh Jahân in memory of his wife. Don’t also miss the Fort of Agra, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, with its surrounding walls, red sandstone, 21 meters high. Close to the fort, you should visit one of the largest mosques in India: Jama Masjid, and the mausoleums of Itimâd-ud-Daulâ and Akbar the Great.
Finally, 40 kilometers west of Agra, I also advise you to stop at Fatehpur-Sikri to discover the palace of Jodha Bai, as well as other beautiful mosques or mausoleums. This city is on the road between Agra and Jaipur, so it’s a nice stop to do if you make the circuit of the “Golden Triangle”: New Delhi – Agra – Jaipur. I think this tour was probably the most interesting that I did in India.
Jökulsárlón in Iceland
Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon located in the south-east of Iceland, very close to the Vatnajökull National Park. It is a magical place at any time of the year where you can admire large icebergs from the nearby Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which are slowly drifting (“wave after wave…” ♫😅) towards the Atlantic Ocean. More of that, you will also surely have the opportunity to see seals swimming in its peaceful and fishy waters.
Not far from there, a few hundred meters away, on the other side of the N1 circular road, do not miss a stroll on Diamond beach. It is a beautiful black sand beach with blue and white icebergs of all shapes and sizes.
Finally, 10 km west of Jökulsárlón, also go to Fjallsárlón, a 4 km² lake, where you can take boat trips to see floating icebergs from very close.
Cape Town in South Africa
Cape Town is a seaside town located on the southwestern coast of South Africa. When we talk about Cape Town, we immediately think about the far side of the world: the Cape of Good Hope, but there is much more to discover.
There are many sites to visit if you like beautiful natural landscapes, such as the Table Mountain and its panoramic view, the rocky peak of Lion’s Head, the beautiful white sand Camps Bay beach, with in its background the 12 apostles mountains. Also, do not miss the spectacular Boulders Beach and its penguin colony.
In the city I advise you to see in particular the colorful neighborhood of Bo-Kaap and the lively district of waterfront where you will have plenty of options to eat and do shopping. Finally, while in Cape Town, you may want to learn more about an important part of South Africa History going to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.
Bangkok in Thailand
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. This city is known for its richly decorated shrines and its lively streets. The city is vast so visiting Bangkok can be tiring indeed but reserves many surprises.
First, you should see the Grand Palace and its sacred temple Wat Phra Kaeo. Not to far, take also a look to Wat Pho and its huge reclining Buddha. On the other side of the river, visit Wat Arun with its steep stairs and its Khmer-style spire.
Other places are also worth to be visited as the Silom district and its Lumpini park, the Indian neighborhood of Pahurat, and the night markets to savor the Thai culinary specialties. Another advice, taking a boat trip along the Chao Phraya River is also a nice way to discover the city. If you like shopping, discover Chatuchak Market, one of the largest markets in the world, or you can go to Siam Paragon mall or MBK center for instance. Thailand in general is really a good country where to travel in January.
Accra in Ghana
Accra, capital of Ghana, is located by the seaside in the south of the country. To discover an important part of the history of the country, visit the Mausoleum of Kwame Nkrumah who was the first president of Ghana and great actor of independence from the country. You will also discover its pretty memorial park and its small but interesting museum. To learn more about the country’s history, visit the national museum that celebrates Ghanaian culture or Fort Crèvecœur, a 17th century Dutch fortress that tells the story of slavery in Ghana.
Do not miss the Independence Square with its superb Independence Arch, the Black Star Gate or the Liberation Day Monument. For a little shopping, there are a few shopping centers in Accra but for more authenticity, go to Makola market which is the big colorful bazaar of the city. Finally, to enjoy the ocean a little, you can go to the beaches of Labadi or Kokrobite.