Head for sun-soaked adventure this January

21 February 2020

The January weather at home may make you feel like wrapping up warm and staying indoors but on the other side of the world, January is the peak time for an adventure. The beautiful sunshine makes getting out and about a pleasure so forget your thermals as you discover our pick of January destinations for adventure in the sun.

Rio de Janeiro

The iconic golden sands of Cococabana and Ipanema Beach are not the be-all and end-all of Rio (though they are pretty incredible). Rio is a city for the adventurous, for those who love to peer beneath every rock and explore.

Join the party at Pedra do Sal with one of the regular samba parties which whip up the crowd into joyful rhythmic swaying. Make the hike through the Tijuca Forest to Pedra da Gavea for magnificent views, stand before the magnificent Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoy a taste of the local flavours with a trip to the market stalls at Feira Nordestina Sao Cristovao.


January is Australia’s hottest month and the best time to visit the vibrant coastal city of Sydney. Head to Bondi Beach and surf the world-renowned breaks as they approach the shore, pack your snorkel and follow the underwater nature trail at Gordons Bay, steady yourself for the climb over the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge to take in the breath-taking views from the top, and head out west to the pristine Blue Mountains National Park.

If you leave your trip till the back end of January, you’ll be there for the Australia Day celebrations on 26th January. The biggest day of the year on the Australian Calendar is marked with a public holiday on which many people head to the beach with their family and fire up the barbie.

The focal point for organised events in Sydney will be around the Harbour Bridge where traditional Aboriginal ceremonies and indigenous dance performances showcase the county’s proud heritage.

Chiang Mai

The beautiful northern Thai city of Chiang Mai may not have the baking heat of Thailand’s islands in the south but with daily peak temperatures reaching 30°C and little to no rain in the month, it’s the perfect place for those who want to enjoy some winter sun yet still not feel stifled by the heat.

Nestled within a lush mountain landscape, Chiang Mai is a city surrounded by nature and all the opportunities it presents for adventure. For an unforgettable experience, head out on the road trip of a lifetime around the Mae Hong Son Loop.

Carving through over 600km of striking mountain landscape dotted with lush rice paddies and traditional villages, the loop will take you way off the tourist track and give you an authentic taste of northern Thailand as you work your way through its settlements that remain uninfluenced by western customs. The loop takes at least four days to complete with stops in Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son and Pai.


For an adventure-filled trip to sunnier shores in January, contact your Travel Counsellor today. You’ll benefit from full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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