January. Oh, January.

For many people, January is the worst month of the year. Christmas – and all the fun that goes with it – is well and truly over and you crash back to reality with a bang. Back to work, back to routine and back to the monotony of everyday life. It’s cold outside, it’s oppressively dark and your bank balance probably hates you a little bit after all that Christmas splurging.

But that’s why I think January is the best time to book travel, or at least to plan travel. Why? Because it gives you something to look forward to. And who doesn’t want something to look forward to at this rubbish time of year?

Why? Because it gives you something to look forward to. And who doesn’t want something to look forward to at this rubbish time of year?
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Thinking of exotic beaches, far-flung places and new experiences really can brighten your mood. Planning a trip to somewhere sunny will inevitably have you day-dreaming about feeling the sun on your face and the lightness that goes with being away from the responsibilities of home life. 

Planning a trip to somewhere sunny will mean you can focus on that rather than the cold, wet weather that’s outside currently. The weather in Scotland has been totally drab recently, so any mental escape from that is welcome! 

There are also some really great travel deals out there in January, as companies want you to splash your cash with them at this time of year. Many airlines are offering discounts of up to 20% and there are loads of hotel sales too. This means you can take advantage of the offers and bag a discount on a trip somewhere. 

It doesn’t have to be a trip to the other side of the world. It can be as simple as a short break in a nearby city, or a few days away in a destination you already know and love. Even just having a night or two away from home to look forward to can be exactly the thing you need to get through January without having a meltdown. 

Planning, researching and booking trips will also give you something to do in January, a month that can be typically rather boring. Lots of people don’t have much cash to spare or are feeling lethargic after the festive season and aren’t doing much. You can plan trips and holidays from the comfort and warmth of your couch, avoiding the cold weather and filling your time with something a little more productive than Netflix and social media scrolling.

Lots of people don’t have cash to spare or are feeling lethargic after the festive season and aren’t doing much. You can plan trips and holidays from the comfort and warmth of your couch, avoiding the cold weather and filling your time with something a little more productive than Netflix and social media scrolling.
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As I write this post we’re less than a week into January and I’ve already been researching a trip to India for 2019 (yes, I like to be organised!), been searching for hotels in Scotland for a little mini-break within the next few weeks and looking at potential places to go later this year.

Planning, drawing and organising trips for the next few weeks and months has undoubtedly lifted my mood so far this month. I’m focusing more on the exciting places I’m going in the near future and less on the rain that’s currently battering the window next to me and, for me, that’s totally worth it.

When do you think the best time to book travel is?