1.DOMONICAN REPUBLIC – This little Spanish speaking Caribbean country has wonderful beaches and a fascinating culture, and at the beginning of the year, the whale watching off the city of Samana is fantastic.

2.HONG KONG – January’s the time to go and see the fantastic, colorful and slightly surreal lion and dragon dances that you see on TV. Go look at the dances of the five ‘celestial guardians’, including Chinese unicorns.

3.THE PHILLIPINES – Go island hopping in the Philippines’ this is a great weather to soak up some sun. Go snorkeling, get your aches cured by a bubble-blowing witch doctor and make Bambi eyes back at the adorable tarsiers.