5 Cheap (and Exotic) Destinations for January Travel

If you’re like most Americans, the holidays have completely exhausted you physically and financially. Now that January is here, it’s time you took a well-deserved vacation. January is an ideal month to travel because most places have less tourists than the busier summer months. To get a complete separation from your busy life at home, head to one of these five exotic destinations, and book your travel through Hotels.com to find great saving opportunities.

1. Cancun, Mexico

Cancun has gotten the reputation of being the ultimate party town for crazy, spring-breakers. However, during January, Cancun is a little less crowded, and the weather is perfect. With average highs in the 80s, you might have to endure some rain, but the beautiful scenery will be well worth the trip. Check out the Marriott CasaMagna Resort near several local attractions or the Westin Resort and Spa for rooms under $150 a night!

2. Lima, Peru

Although a lot of South Americans take vacations to Lima in January, it’s still a great time of year to visit the capital of Peru. With perfect weather (highs in the 70s), you don’t even have to worry about rain. Even if you want to stay in the popular area of Miraflores, you can still find amazing deals on hotels, like the Hilton Lima Miraflores. This hotel has really high ratings, and yet rooms still run for less than $200 a night!

3. San Jose, Costa Rica

Dreaming of a sandy beach instead of snow banks? Costa Rica has gorgeous weather during January, with highs in the mid-70s and little chance of rain. The best part, besides the fabulous scenery and activities to partake in, is that you can find insanely good deals on hotels. Even four-star hotels can run as low as $79 a night. For a little bit more, you can stay at the InterContinental Real Costa Rica, although it might be hard to tear yourself away from relaxing at the pool to actually go out and explore.

4. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

If you’re looking for a destination a little outside your comfort zone, head to Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, for great weather and opportunities to explore the Vietnamese culture. Another benefit of traveling to Asia is that you can still find low rates at popular hotels. Choose the Windsor Plaza Hotel for over-the-top glamour (at less than $100 a night!) or the Hotel Majestic Saigon. Both hotels have several restaurants and are in walking distance from many local tourist points.

5. Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia has some great beaches that are basically calling your name. January is one of the best months, weather-wise, with temperatures in the 80s. Although it can get a little crowded this time of year, Colombia’s prices are still better than many other beach destinations. For on-the-beach access, check out Hotel San Pedro de Majagua for less than $200 a night. Take advantage of the beach cabanas to fully forget your hectic life back home.

Pick one of these far away destinations, and use a Hotels.com coupon code to help start the new year right.

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