More and more people are choosing to travel abroad and get away from it all in the winter months. The holidays might be over, but your vacation is just beginning! From skiing in Canada to escaping the cold weather on the beaches of Phuket, finding some of the best international destinations in January is a breeze. Whether you want to soak up some sun in the southern hemisphere or enjoy the snow closer to home, the colder months of the year are the perfect time to get away.

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01Venice, Italy

January is one of the quietest times for tourism in Venice. Although you won’t necessarily be escaping the winter weather with a trip to Italy, you will get the chance to see a version of Venice that few tourists get to enjoy. The streets are quiet, and the city is often covered in a soft fog that rolls in from the Venetian Lagoon. Walk the ancient roads, cross the historic bridges, and see all of the sights without the crowds.

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