Blue Monday 2023: Travel deals in January, escape to the sun and beat the blues

From the all-inclusive hotels of Punta Cana to the white sand beaches of Cancún, these are the creative destinations we cannot wait to visit this January


As winter gets colder and bleak, the winter blues can creep up on us faster than we care to admit. But, instead of feeling low, use this time to supercharge your creative inspiration and start the year off with a bang. Make sure the only winter blues you feel are those of the turquoise ocean or the revitalizing waters of a luxury spa. With so many travel deals in January to choose from, you won’t be short of destinations to visit. But, in case you need some recommendations, here are the winter sun hotspots that should be on your list. After all, there are so many ways to paint your Monday blue. Choose between Caribbean blue or Pacific Blue and turn the saddest day of the year into a happy holiday memory. 

What is Blue Monday?

We all know that January is not the happiest of months. But, did you know that it is actually scientifically proven to be the month with the saddest day of the entire year? In 2005, Psychologist Cliff Arnall uncovered a mathematical formula that takes into account debt levels, climate, and the time that passed since Christmas day. This formula calculated that the saddest day of the year was in fact on the third Monday after the new year. This date soon became nicknamed Blue Monday. Yet, it doesn’t have to be this way. Browse the travel deals in January and make this day the happiest day of your year.     

Say goodbye to the winter blues with cheap trips in January

If you are creative or happen to work in a creative industry, the winter can sometimes feel like a never-ending barren wasteland, void of all innovation and inspiration. Yet, it doesn’t have to be this way. If you are lucky you can score some last-minute travel deals in January and use your vacation to take yourself away from the gloomy mid-winter weather. Let the paper-white beaches of Punta Cana fill your mind with inspiration or if you are looking for places bursting with color uncover the fascinating world of the Mayans while soaking up the Mexican Caribbean sunshine. Sounds tempting? We think so too. Here are the hotel deals in January to keep your eyes peeled for.

The warm white sand of Tulum’s beaches is the ideal place to indulge in some restorative rest

Blue Monday January holidays to the Riviera Maya

January may be bearable if it is spent staring into the Caribbean Ocean. The Mexican Caribbean may not seem like a likely spot for artistic souls to hang out but its relaxed vibe and warm temperatures make it a very tempting place to be. Base yourself in one of the luxury Riviera Maya all-inclusive hotels for the ultimate relaxing vacation experience. And, if you really want to banish the winter blues, indulge in the offers for spa breaks - January is the best month for this, letting you start the year afresh. Once your stresses and strains have melted away, venture onto the streets where brightly colored street art murals act as the backdrop to the burgeoning art scene. Don’t forget to stop and taste the delicious street food offerings that can be found on every corner - it is authentic Mexican food at its best. 

Yet, to understand the Riviera Maya it is important to appreciate its roots

Yet, to understand the Riviera Maya it is important to appreciate its roots. The ancient Mayan civilization provides a rabbit warren of visual delights that will keep your mind engaged for hours. Settlements like Chichen Itza are a great starting point for uncovering the mysterious world of the Mayans. Fast forward to today and seaside towns like Tulum have become bohemian hotspots and a must-visit if you are interested in visiting upmarket galleries, sunbathing on secluded sandy shorelines and sipping margaritas with an international crowd of artists.

The Mayan civilization has left behind fascinating artefacts to discover while visiting the Riviera Maya

Travel deals in January make visiting Aruba a no-brainer

There is nothing like an Aruba sunset to soothe a tired soul. But, don’t just take our word for it, make the most of travel deals in January and discover it for yourself. Restore your body and mind while sunbathing on picturesque beaches and enjoy being pampered by the luxury hotels as you indulge in the best all-inclusive vacations in January. However, you don’t have to venture too far to discover Aruba’s art scene. While it may not be as vibrant as other Caribbean islands, Aruba’s art scene is formed by local artisans keen to share their unique dose of island charm.

It is impossible to feel blue when faced with the colorful creations on show at art markets like Korteweg Art Fair. Pick up a few souvenirs for friends and family or even just expand your personal art collection. Dive deeper into the Aruban cultural scene with a trip to Etnia Nativa, a museum for local culture and art, and then to lift the spirits further, enjoy a stroll through the brightly colored streets. If you are staying in Palm Beach, venture off on an adventure to San Nicolas, the sunrise city, for a taste of authentic Aruba. Here you can experience the soul of the Aruban art scene which comes alive with Latin rhythms, art, and spontaneous dance performances that are supercharged with positive vibes. It is impossible to have a bad day on this island.

Now is the time to look for January vacation deals in Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic is famous for endless sunshine, paradise beaches, and rum. So, it is no surprise that it has ended up on our Blue Monday hotlist. There are no bad days in this slice of paradise. Yet, it is also the birthplace of fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, singer Juan Luis Guerra, and painter Olivia Peguero, to name a few. This Caribbean Island is a melting pot of cultures, most notably Spanish, French and Haitian and it is perhaps this culture clash that is responsible for the outpouring of creative talent here. If you are experiencing the winter blues and are in need of a pick-me-up, get browsing cheap vacations in January and hop on a plane to Punta Cana. 

The relaxing sound of the crystal clear ocean lapping against the coconut coast will melt away any stresses

The relaxing sound of the crystal clear ocean lapping against the Coconut Coast (the nickname fondly given to Punta Cana) will melt away any stresses. And when you are not busy enjoying the adrenaline rush of windsurfing, ziplining, or kayaking, exploring the island’s creative scene is a fantastic way to integrate with local life. Look at the January hotel offers and book into one of Punta Cana’s top all-inclusive hotels to use as your base. From here, venture to Taino Shop in Uvero Alto, a luxurious neighborhood in northern Punta Cana. Here you will find high-end souvenirs ranging from locally produced art to precious gemstones. Then as night falls, retreat back to the resort to enjoy a sundowner to the soundtrack of gentle Latin tunes as you relax and settle into your all-inclusive vacation in January.

When it comes to beating the winter blues, nothing beats a Punta Cana sunset

Boost your mood with Spa hotel January deals to Los Cabos, Mexico

It is impossible to feel sad when surrounded by Pacific Ocean blue. Nestled away on the Mexican Pacific coast lies Los Cabos, an idyllic beachside resort. While the resort is famous for spring break travel, you can still enjoy travel deals in January and vacation on the white sandy shoreline. Lovers of watersports adore this town and if the winter blues have been getting you down, a quick splash in the Sea of Cortés will be enough to re-energize you, setting you up to enjoy a tropical winter sun getaway.

While Los Cabos is famous for the beach and January hotel breaks, there is also a lively art scene to be found in San José. The Barceló Gran Faro Los Cabos offers the best of both worlds providing endless hours of relaxation on the golden sand beach while being just a stone’s throw away from the picturesque colonial city of San José. Spend an evening strolling through the city’s colorful streets and exploring the gallery district. Here you can visit one-of-a-kind art galleries that house the work of artists such as Frank Arnold, an abstract painter and sculptor, as well as discover a range of jewelry and crafts from Mexican and international artists. Don’t forget to stop by one of the town’s bars such as the Baja Brewing Company to raise a toast to your warm, sunny January.

The blue of the Los Cabos Ocean is the only blue we want to feel this winter

Browse January vacation packages to Cancun and enjoy winter in the sun

One of the best things about the new year is the hotel January sale and if you are lucky, you may even find travel deals in January to Cancún. Check into one of Cancún’s all-inclusive hotels and restock your levels of vitamin D while lounging on the 13 miles of white sand beach. Let your creative imagination run wild while you explore the incredible coral reefs that surround the paper-white shoreline and if you are fond of scuba diving, you can even visit an underwater art gallery. If dry land is more your thing, then stroll around the city streets of the residential development off Avenida Bonampak in downtown Cancún and take in the sky-high street art murals that have been painted onto buildings by local artists. Fans of Frida Kahlo will enjoy a trip to the Frida Kahlo Riviera Maya Museum which houses exhibits and curiosities from the life of the great Mexican artist.

Cancun tends to be one of the best travel deals in January and let’s not forget that Mexican food, music and culture are food for the soul. Simply spending time unwinding amidst the colorful vibrancy of Mexican daily life will be enough to banish the winter blues. Mexican handicrafts are packed with folklore and tradition and make wonderful souvenirs to bring back to loved ones. Pack your suitcase full and decorate your living space with them as a reminder of your warm January travels.