With Christmas barely behind us, there’s no better way to start off a new year than by whisking yourselves away to far – or not so far – destinations. Skiing is obviously a favourite activity in January, with great snow in Niseko, Whistler and the French Alps, to name a few. For those looking to escape the cold, there are many places you can escape to where sunshine and beautiful beaches will be your constant companion.There is Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Myanmar for starters, but if you’re looking to really get away, exploring Patagonia is the ultimate 2-week break.

 

Whistler, Canada

Whistler, Canada

Having hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, it goes without saying that Whistler is home to impressive skiing. With two huge mountains, runs for all levels, fantastic apres ski and some of the friendliest people we’ve met, it’s one of our favourite winter destinations.

The Philippines

The Philippines

Though the turquoise waters surrounding its 7,000 islands are the country’s main draw, the Philippines is also home to spectacular rice terraces, quaint colonial villages and towering volcanoes. Beach and diving aficionados will be spoilt for choice with Boracay, Palawan and Siargao Island all within reach!

Les Trois Vallees, France

Les Trois Vallees, France

Reputed to be the world’s largest ski area, France’s Les Trois Vallees includes the famed ski resorts of Val Thorens, Meribel and Courchevel to name a few. With 170 lifts criss-crossing the valleys and exceptionally cosy chalets, this is THE place to ski in Europe.

Iceland

Iceland

The best time to catch a glimpse of Mother Nature’s fascinating show is during the winter months. The nights are long and dark, which is necessary for the aurora borealis to be viewed completely. It's a surreal experience and definitely one to tick off that bucket list!

Myanmar

Myanmar

Still slightly under the radar Myanmar delights with its authenticity, people and unique landscapes. From the surreal Bagan temples and tranquil Inle Lake to bustling Yangon and coastal Ngapali, visit this country before it’s overrun by mass tourism.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a country for every type of traveller. Honeymooners love romantic Hill Country with tea plantations dotted throughout the misty countryside; amilies love the southern coast with its whale watching, beaches and private villas; and those looking to explore head up north and to the east coast, areas that have just recently opened to tourism. It's one of Lightfoot's most requested destinations!

Patagonia, Chile

Patagonia, Chile

In Chilean Patagonia, nature takes centre stage. The Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most spectacular sites on the planet with soaring snow-capped peaks, translucent glaciers and turquoise mountain lakes. Wildlife enthusiasts will love the Patagonian condors and guanaco, or local llamas.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is home to iconic Table Mountain, penguin-inhabited beaches, striking urban landscapes and history galore. A trip to the city wouldn’t be complete without driving along the nearby Garden Route through the country’s wine region and along its stunning coastline. Add in a visit to Kruger National Park for the full safari experience.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Bay of Islands and Northlands feature New Zealand’s best beaches and most undeveloped islands. Whether you choose to explore the region by foot or by air (helicopter tours are particularly spectacular here), you will be amazed at how the breath-taking scenery unfolds in front of you.

Laos

Laos

Southeast Asia’s only landlocked country, Laos is full of natural beauty, colonial heritage, deeply traditional roots, and is somewhat quieter than its more touristy neighbours. Full of wonderful gems such as the Si Phan Don (4,000 islands), Pak Ou caves and the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang, where the daily giving of alms to orange-robed monks is not to be missed.

Antarctica

Antarctica

Brace yourself for the trip of a lifetime! There’s no place quite like Antarctica, where the vast white wilderness and range of animals that call it home will simply astound you. Sail to the bottom of the world aboard an ice-breaking luxury vessel.

Tanzania

Tanzania

Start off your holiday in Tanzania with a superb safari, move on to scale Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak – then relax on the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar. A perfect mix of wildlife, adventure, sun and sand.