January may be the perfect time to start making travel plans for the year ahead – but it’s also a wonderful month to put them into action.
Why wait to soak up some vitamin D in Guatemala or the Philippines, shuck oysters in South Carolina, tackle a frosty Great Wall of China or hit the slopes in Iran? Start 2016 the right way with these suggestions from our travel experts.
For sunshine, diving, beaches and festivals – or a combination of all of these – make for Cebu in January. The weather at this time is relatively cool and dry (no promises), but with average highs of around 30°C, that’s warm enough for most travellers to enjoy this central hub in the Visayas.
Laze on white-sand beaches, dive with thresher sharks off Malapascua Island, witness the amazing sardine run of Moalboal, or explore the history, museums and nightlife of Cebu City. Stick around for the third Sunday of the month to see the costumes, music and dancing of the mighty Sinulog Festival, when Cebu City hosts pilgrims from all over the country.