For most of us (dry) January is a long, and let’s be honest, pretty dreary month in the UK. The festivities – complete with cosy onesies, Baileys at 11am and mid afternoon naps ­– are now a distant memory and the combination of feverish detoxing, drained finances thanks to that over zealous, last minute Christmas shopping spree, and a distinct lack of sunshine can all add up to feeling a bit ‘meh’.  The best tonic? (no, this has nothing to do with gin), book a holiday…NOW. It’s the quickest, sure-fire way to putting a smile on your face, and it’ll have you meeting whatever winter throws at you head on. Not sure where to go? Luckily for you, Travelzoo, the UK’s top travel and entertainment deals provider, has unveiled its Hot Travel Picks section, which collates some of 2014’s hottest destinations. So, if you’re looking for a well-priced, great getaway look no further…

Caribbean Cruising

With a variety of new ships taking to the water in 2014, it is estimated that the Caribbean cruise market will have an influx of 8,500 additional cabins. Along with continued discounts across the industry, Travelzoo is offering a seven-night cruise to Florida and the Bahamas including flights to New York and transfers starting from only £979 per person. Click here for a weather update in Florida and the Bahamas.

Greek Islands

Greece’s government is investing heavily in tourism infrastructure including airports, roads and ports making it easier for travellers to enjoy the beautiful mainland and its surrounding islands. TUI is predicting a 10% rise in package holidays to the destination and accordingly, is adjusting the company’s growth plans to accommodate this rise. Travelzoo is offering savings of £340 per person on week-long trips to Mykonos; staying in a luxury hotel on a half board basis with a sea-view suite and flights from just £599. For a 14-day weather forecast in Mykonos, click here.


The tourist board is encouraging football fans travelling to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup to enjoy a stop-over in Miami and with a host of new hotels opening in 2014, Travelzoo predicts Miami will be the place to holiday in 2014. A five-night break staying at a deluxe South Beach hotel with flights start from £795 which includes a saving of £300 per person. What does Miami’s weather have in store for you? Click here to find out.


An increase of flights to Riga over the last few years has brought more competitive fares for travellers looking to explore the capital city of Latvia. Coupled with a short haul flying time of two and a half hours and that the city will be the European Capital of Culture in 2014, Travelzoo has tipped Riga as ‘hot’ for next year. A four-night break including flights, a city tour and a bottle of Latvian liqueur called Riga Balsam starts from £180 per person which includes a saving of 35 per cent. July is the hottest and sunniest month in Riga, for more weather info, click here.

Sri Lanka

Visitor figures have been on the up since the end of the civil war in 2009 and in January 2013 alone a staggering 97,411 international visitors visited Sri Lanka, which was a 13 per cent increase on 2012. British Airways now flies from London to (currently warm and sunny) Colombo three times a week and accordingly, the number of operators offering holidays to the destination has increased. Travelzoo has deals which save £300 per person on a 12-night tour of the country which includes several attractions such as Dambulla Rock Temple and Peradeniya’s botanical gardens and a four-night stay at an all-inclusive beach resort. Packages start from £1,279 per person and include flights.

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