Christmas Day was only a few days ago and you may still be enjoying some of your leftover turkey, but the January sales are on their way and, if you’re looking to go away early in the new year, you should start your planning now.

If you do your holiday preparation early, you could snap up a bargain deal quicker than other shoppers and save even more spending money.

With the winter blues starting to set in, an exciting holiday abroad could be what you need to perk you up until we reach the summer months. To whet your appetite for an early 2016 break, here are some top destinations to consider for January:

Tel Aviv, Israel

With golden beaches alongside a thriving city centre full of art and culture, Tel Aviv is a great place to escape to this January.

If you want to explore Tel Aviv’s storied history, Old Jaffa is the place to be. The ancient port is lined with historic buildings, art galleries and fantastic restaurants. What’s more, it’s only a short distance away from Tel Aviv beach, so you can sample beautiful architecture and overlook the sensational coastline a few minutes later. Take a stroll along the beachside promenade that links these two areas together for a relaxing morning or afternoon.

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is another must-see attraction, with exceptional works from Israel’s leading artists and musicians. This January, there will even be a performance from the Weiss, Kaplan, Stumpf trio, who have appeared in orchestras all over the world.

For shoppers, The Nachlat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall cannot be missed. Full of stalls offering handmade Israeli goods and artworks, the market is an excellent place to pick up souvenirs and gain an insight into the country’s unique culture.

Can’t miss attraction: Old Jaffa. Spectacular art galleries, excellent restaurants and breathtaking monuments make this the place to be for visitors.

Rome

One of the most romantic cities in the entire world, Rome has been popular among travellers for decades, offering exquisite architecture, wonderful history and mouth-watering dining options to truly brighten up your January.

With attractions to suit every kind of traveller, you will always be busy in the Eternal City, where you can sample the magical atmosphere of the Roman Colloseum and the historic Pantheon before closing the day with a delightful meal at one of the many Michelin star-rated restaurants. Plus, if you visit Rome in January, you will be able to escape the huge crowds seen in the summer and have more space to explore to your heart’s content.

When it comes to historical artefacts, tourists will be spoilt for choice in Rome, but those looking to take a break from the culture can still find much to enjoy in the city’s excellent shopping districts near Piazza di Spagna and Via Cola di Rienzo. And we can’t talk about Rome without mentioning the delicious food. You can expect the world’s best Italian food here, served by world class chefs in magnificent eateries such as Stile Benaco and Ciacco&Bacco.

Can’t miss destination: The Roman Forum. A truly historic area of Rome. These ruins have stood for hundreds of years and offer a great glimpse into the city’s storied past.

Malaga

As one of the most exotic cities in Spain, Malaga has proven to be a popular destination for travellers looking for some sun and excitement. With all the qualities of a beach resort combined with fascinating local history and lively nightlife, there’s something for everyone. You could start the day exploring the glorious 11th century Alcazaba fort and the Museu Picasso Malaga, where there is a wonderful array of art pieces and artefacts, before spending the afternoon at one of the many stunning beaches in the city. The crowds in Malaga will be much smaller in January compared to the spring and summer, so you can look forward to some great peace and quiet on your break.

You will have a lot to choose from when it comes to dining as well, with restaurants offering a variety of foods from all over the world, including delectable Spanish delicacies. Along with the more lively attractions in the city, there are plenty of places for tourists to unwind and escape the crowds, such as the splendid Malaga Park, where there is a range of captivating art and tranquil gardens to explore.

Can’t miss destination: Museum Picasso. This museum is based solely on the works of Picasso and has a variety of stunning pieces, making it among the most extensive collections of the artist’s work.

Tenerife

Tiede National Park and Los Cristianos
Tiede National Park and Los Cristianos

Tenerife is one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, offering exceptional surroundings, delightful weather and outstanding cuisine. Situated in one of the most laid-back areas of the world, tourists have a number of excellent resorts to choose from, each with their own individual charm.
If you’re looking for a lively resort with a large variety of things to do, Playa de las Americas could be just what you are after. With gorgeous beaches, an assortment of British pubs and restaurants and great nightlife, the southwestern town is a great destination to escape to this new year. On the other hand, Los Cristianos offers a more laid-back atmosphere while still having a varied mix of pubs and restaurants. The former fishing village has transformed into one of the top resorts on the Mediterranean, including a beautiful harbour and a range of watersport options for those looking to try something new!

What’s more, Tenerife is just a four-hour flight away, making it an easily reachable destination for a short or long break and the average temperature on the island is still 19°C.

Can’t miss attraction: Teide National Park. A stunning area of natural beauty with extraordinary views of Tenerife’s mountains.

Having started her travelling career at the age of five on a trip to Africa with her family, Emma has gone on to visit more than 45 countries across the globe. Highlights have included taking part in a tango lesson in Argentina, seeing Victoria Falls from both sides and getting lost among the streets of the Albaicin in Granada.

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