Argentina’s seasons are the opposite to our own here in the UK. Although January sees more tourists you can bank on toasty temperatures and it’s by far one of the best months to visit Patagonia weather-wise. Strap on your hiking boots and you can expect sunshine, clear skies and dry days.
Chile’s three climate zones mean it can be visited almost any time of year, but if you’re heading to Torres del Paine or want to spot Penguins without the winter chill, the Chilean summer months are the perfect time. You’ll experience blazing summer days in the Lake District, making those volcanic lakes all the more tempting.
Being such a vast country of varying altitudes, India can be visited all year round depending on which area you’re travelling to. January is a great time to visit most of the country for warm, but not sweltering, weather. The mountains can be pretty chilly though, so pack a jumper or visit later in the year.
A great time to visit Luang Prabang and Vientiane, January sits just before the scorching summer days set-in, making it the ideal time for sight-seeing. Mid January sees the celebration of Bun Khun Khao, a harvest festival, in some of the more remote areas and villages, so it can be an interesting time for low altitude trekking.
Panama is hot and humid throughout the year, but you should head here in January if you’re planning to visit the town of Boquete in the west. Mid-January sees the Chiriqui Highlands Flower and Coffee Festival in and around the town. For ten days you’ll be engulfed by an explosion of colour. It’s popular, so book well in advance.
Thailand has a complicated set-up when it comes to weather, but January gives you the best chance for great weather across the country. Temperatures may be a little cooler, but its going to be dry, making it ideal for a beach getaway in the middle of the miserable UK winter.