Few months spark a yearning for somewhere brighter and hotter than the European take on January sun.
With the decorations down, the Christmas tree shedding its last needles in the street and drizzle streaking the windows, the mental image of swaying palm trees and whooshing waves is never more potent.
Happily, the Caribbean is waiting to help, clad in its best high-season apparel. Of course, high season can mean high prices, and a squeeze on availability. But if Jamaica is sold out, there are less obvious and more cost-effective places for January sun – from the shores of Africa to the tropical edge of Thailand.
To find more great destinations for December, or for other months of the year, try The Heatseeker, our interactive online tool, or browse our collection of the best last minute holidays and winter sun getaways.
Here is our round-up of where to go for January sun.