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Where to go on vacation in January and spend little

You would like leave in January on a budget? You can do it, and how! With the end of the high season you can find really interesting offers, both in terms of flights and hotel stays. It is not at all a bad idea to travel when everyone has returned from vacation, on the contrary ... you will be able to enjoy magnificent days of relaxation!
The most popular destinations in Europe, in Italy and abroad are quite cheap, so in this article I will show you 15 cities that you will be able to visit with a few euros.



Index

  1. Destinations in Italy
  2. Destinations in Europe
  3. Destinations in the rest of the world
  4. User questions and comments

Post COVID19 travel advice
If you are planning a trip, make sure you are in line with safety measures. Follow government guidelines and only return to travel when the green light is given. Prefer natural and perhaps non-mass destinations, and in general promote local tourism: discover the wonders of your city, your region and your state. Try to avoid long-haul travel and at most choose destinations reachable with a few hours of flight.

Destinations in Italy

Our beautiful country is full of purely tourist places and cities that are super crowded and expensive, but in the winter months they offer the opportunity to spend some quiet days saving money. Post-Christmas depression has to be fought in some way, right? Let's see how and where!

1 - Palermo, Sicily

One of the pearls of Sicily, Palermo is a splendid city all year round: thesummer is very hot and winter surprises with a mild climate, reaching 20 ° C in December. The averages are around 13 ° C, so if you can't take a swim, you will certainly find days when you can lie down on the beach and be caressed by the sun. Obviously, Palermo has many things to see and you can discover them by walking in its charming old town.



  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 40,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 15,00 / 40,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner). Palermo is the capital of street food, you can eat on the street for less than € 4,00 per meal.
  • Daily expenditure to move: the main attractions are located in the center and therefore within walking distance. To go further afield for € 3,50 you can buy a public transport day ticket
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: guided tour from € 30,00 per person, tourist bus ticket from € 20,00 per person

2 - Perugia, Umbria

Known as the homeland of chocolate, Perugia is a city that has many beauties: from its historic center to the Rocca, from cathedrals to churches, up to the Galleries that house prestigious works by famous artists. The famous writer Henry James said: 'Perhaps I will do the reader a favor by telling him how he should spend a week in Perugia. His first cure will be not to be in a hurry, to walk everywhere very slowly and aimlessly and to observe everything that his eyes will encounter. "
Maybe it will be a bit cold, with the highs hitting 9 ° C, but I'm sure a tasty hot chocolate in one of the many chocolate shops will warm you up!

  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 48 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 30,00 / 40,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: it can be visited on foot. To travel by public transport, the day ticket costs € 5,40
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: group tour from € 9.00 per person

3 - Milan, Lombardy

Spring and autumn are generally the best time to visit Milan. But even in winter the Ambrosian city has its why. First of all avoid the high tourist season (large crowds, inflated hotel prices), plus you can enjoy the magic of the snow-covered cathedral. There is no shortage of organized winter events and above all you can shelter from the cold inside museums, art galleries and ... shopping malls! On the other hand, Milan is the capital of fashion, therefore take advantage of it for some shopping.



  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 50,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 45,00 / 55,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: it is better to travel by public transport, the most effective is the metro. The day ticket costs around € 4,50
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: entrance to the Duomo and the Terraces from € 18,50

4 - Venice, Veneto

It is known that Venice is perpetually overrun with visitors and quite expensive, however January is a great time to visit, especially economically. And yes, because we are in a moment of transition between the end of the Christmas holidays and the start of preparations for the famous Venice carnival.
Of course, it is one of the coldest months and there is a risk of high water (pack some rubber boots, you never know), but it is a month in which you can appreciate the city more. In addition, thanks to the cold winds, you could guess a clear day that will give you a splendid view of the lagoon, the sea and the mountains.

  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 60,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 50,00 / 60,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: in the center you can move very well on foot. To get to all points of the city, the daily vaporetto + bus ticket in the city of Venice costs € 20,00.
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: entrance to the Doge's Palace from € 28,00 per person, gondola ride from € 33,00 per person

5 - Florence, Tuscany

Among museums, palaces, churches and architectural works, Florence hosts many of the most precious artistic treasures in the world. It's basically a open-air museum, a splendid city to be discovered in every corner and, for this reason, invaded by crowds of tourists from all over the world. In January, However, you will not find 3 - 4 hour queues to enter the Uffizi or the Duomo, so on the one hand in this month you will be able to look at the beauties of Florence without exhausting queues, on the other hand you can take advantage of the offers in force in the low season.



  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 52,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 35,00 / 45,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: € 5,00 per day ticket for public transport. I recommend walking around, considering the short distance from one point of interest to another.
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: guided walking tour from € 20,00 per person, entrance to the Uffizi Gallery from € 23,00 per person

Destinations in Europe

Traveling in Europe in the cold winter can offer many surprises and, the best way to break the routine and explore some cities, is to take a trip to a warm destination for lovers of the sea, or to the snowy capitals for those who love whitewashed landscapes. The offers are not lacking, as the prices of hotels and flights suffer considerable decreases compared to spring and summer. Let's see together 5 low cost European destinations unmissable.

1 - Budapest, Hungary

For those who love "cold" cities and a few falling snowflakes, Budapest is the ideal destination! Temperatures are around 0 ° C and snowfalls are highly probable, but generally they are not abundant. If you decide to stay in Budapest be prepared to be enchanted by Churches, monuments, the Royal Palace, the Bastion in the Buda side and from Opera House, from the Castle, from the famous Parliament and much more in the part of Pest.
What could make your trip even more unforgettable is to try the experience of immersing yourself in the amazing Szechenyi spa, most large thermal complex of all Europe. Staying in the very hot waters of the outdoor pools, while it may snow, will be a moment that you will not easily forget.

  • Average cost Flight + hotel: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 224,00 per person -
  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 34,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 25,00 / 35,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: Budapest is perfect for walking, in any case the public transport day ticket costs € 5,00
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: bus tour from € 27,00 per person, entrance to the Szechenyi Baths from € 25,00 per person

2 - Riga, Latvia

Latvian winters can seem endless, with very few hours of daylight and rather cold temperatures. The weather would suggest staying at home watching Netflix and sipping a cup of hot chocolate, but the truth is that Riga comes alive incredibly during the winter season! It is in this season that the city shows all its soul, between markets, opera and ballet shows, hockey matches, relaxation in the sauna and so much more. But the best news is that the prices are affordable for all budgets!

  • Average cost Flight + hotel: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 334,00 per person -
  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 30,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 20,00 / 30,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: Riga is great on foot, possibly the day ticket for public transport costs € 5,00
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: panoramic boat tour from € 13,00 per person, guided walking tour from € 24,00 per person

3 - Barcelona, ​​Spain

Many visit Barcelona in the spring, to avoid the sweltering summer heat or winter cold. In January the cold is there and the weather is variable, however it must be said that it is possible that they reach 20 ° C and, in any case, the temperatures remain about 15 degrees with higher averages than in other countries ... not bad right?
In Barcelona, ​​in addition to appreciating the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and other places of interest, or stroll on the Rambla taking advantage of the very affordable sales (which start immediately after the Christmas holidays), you will have the opportunity to see the true Catalan face. The Fiesta Mayor of Sant Antoni takes place from 12 to 21 January and all the ancient traditions such as Correfoc, Diables, Porca, Els Tres Tombs, the Giants ... not to be missed!

  • Average cost Flight + hotel: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 266,00 per person -
  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 47,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 30,00 / 40,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: € 7,25 per day ticket for public transport
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: tourist bus tour from € 30,00 per person, admission to Parc Guell from € 13,00 per person

4 - London, England

If you want to save on flights and hotels, January is one of the best months to go to London, which is generally quite an expensive city. Not only are there the balances to shop cheaply, but the hotels have lower rates than usual and attractions are less crowded. You may see some snowflakes, but the weather is so crazy that there are clear and "normal" days even in January.
In addition to famous places of interest such as the Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, etc. in London there are several events this month between markets, exhibitions and festivals, like that of lights, Lumier London.

  • Average cost Flight + hotel: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 262,00 per person -
  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 44,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 40,00 / 50,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: € 6,00 per day ticket for public transport
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: Panoramic River Thames Cruise from € 18,00 per person, sightseeing bus tour from € 33,00 per person

5 - Bratislava, Slovakia

January is the perfect month to visit Bratislava's many museums and galleries, always ready to delight even the most demanding art lovers. The Danubiana Meulesteen Art Museum presents "My Friend Picasso", an exhibition on the world of the Spanish artistic genius Pablo Picasso. Alla Nedbalka Gallery you can see the creative work of Slovak modern art legends known here as "Galandovci". But that's not all, the city also offers many other activities and attractions, such as Eurovea, famous shopping center on the Danube where to buy famous brands, or the Slovak National Theater with opera, ballet and the many musical performances, or even the squares of the city center (such as Hviezdoslav Square) which offer the opportunity to skate in a series of well-organized outdoor rinks.

Finally, know that Bratislava is located just over an hour by train from Vienna, therefore it is an excellent base for visiting the Austrian capital, especially taking advantage of hotels and accommodation at infinitely cheaper prices.

  • Average cost Flight + hotel: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 304,00 per person -
  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 32,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 25,00 / 35,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: The center is almost entirely pedestrian. Eventually the public transport day ticket costs about € 4,50
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: tour by tourist bus from € 12,00 per person

Destinations in the rest of the world

And finally, where to go in the rest of the world? The first thought that comes to mind is to escape to some exotic place, to get a tan and enjoy some of the warm sun. Here are the 5 low cost destinations which I suggest.

1 - Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand is a wonderful land, beautiful all year round. However, the best month to visit is January both at an economic level, because after New Year's prices go down and at a climatic level: scarce rains, mild weather, more hours of sunshine and low humidity. What more could you wish for?
So enjoy the city of Bangkok admiring its cultural sites, strolling in the colorful and chaotic streets, having fun in its nightclubs and relaxing on the enchanting beaches.

  • Average cost Flight + hotel: Return flight + 8 days / 7 nights from € 942,00 per person -
  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 22,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 15,00 / 20,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: € 4,00 per day ticket for public transport. I remind you that every vehicle (metro and skytrain) has its tickets and passes.
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha Temple and Wat Pho Walking Tour from € 38,00 per person, Damnoen Saduak floating market tour from € 19,00 per person

2 - Cape Verde, Africa

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, less than 600 km from the coast of Africa, Cape Verde is one of those always hot corners of the world, where you will find shelter from winter. There may be some light breeze in the evening, but a jacket will suffice to cover you. Prepare your swimsuit and sunscreen to savor an anticipation of summer on the long stretches of white beach and dive into the splendid turquoise sea.

  • Average cost Flight + hotel: Return flight + 8 days / 7 nights from € 938,00 per person -
  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 22,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 15,00 / 20,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: About € 2,00 to travel 20 km by minibus

3 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Also known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a very popular city on the Southeast Asian backpacker circuit, offering particularly enjoyable weather in January, with fairly cool evenings and less humidity than the rest of the year. The city is famous for its French colonial buildings and ultra-low prices. It is an emerging destination, particularly suitable for low cost tourism or backpackers.

  • Average cost Flight + hotel: Return flight + 8 days / 7 nights from € 906,00 per person -
  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 16,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: less than € 10,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Daily expenditure to move: no more than € 5,00 to reach attractions or places of excursions
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: Water puppet show from € 13,00 per person, Cu Chi Tunnel & Mekong Delta tour from € 58,00 per person, Ho Chi Minh City private tour from € 49,00 per person

4 - Boracay Island, Philippines

Every year more and more visitors discover and appreciate the wonders of Borocay Island in the Philippines, capable of combining affordable prices, excellent beaches and an atmosphere not to be missed typical of Southeast Asia. Just like in most beach destinations, almost all hotels in Boracay are located within walking distance of the beach so there is no need to budget for travel. Food and drinks are very reasonably priced here, as are massages, excursions, scuba diving, etc. Borocay does not have its own airport, the closest one is on the island of Kalibo, connected by minivan bus (about 2 hours).

  • Average cost Flight + hotel: Return flight + 8 days / 7 nights from € 1658,00 per person -
  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 40,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: on average € 15,00 / 20,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner). You can eat cheap local food in the Carinderias for around € 1,50, or you can visit more elegant restaurants and spend from € 3,00 to € 40,00
  • Daily expenditure to move: the island can be visited entirely on foot
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: boat tour between the islands and the beach from € 20,00 per person, sunset cruise from € 19,00 per person

5 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Those who choose to visit Siem Reap do it for admire the incredible temple complex of Angkor Wat located just north, and to enjoy so much beauty there is no better time than January. Most other times of the year are so hot and humid during the day that visitors can be strained. The nice thing about Siem Reap is that it can be visited in any way and on any budget. There are luxurious hotels but also budget guesthouses and even hostels.

  • Average cost Flight + hotel: Return flight + 8 days / 7 nights from € 1392,00 per person -
  • Average cost of accommodation: starting from € 20,00 per night -
  • Daily shopping for food: € 10,00 / 20,00 per person (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
  • Daily expenditure to move: tuk-tuks cost less than € 2,00 for short journeys and less than € 6,00 from the airport to the city. Rates must always be negotiated. Transport by tuk-tuk from the city to the temples of Angkor Wat and back costs about € 15,00 / 25,00. On average you will spend less than € 8,00 per day.
  • Average cost of tours and entrances: Tour to Angkor Wat from € 19,00
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