Top 10 International Destinations With Cheap Plane Tickets For January 2023

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2023 is fast approaching and vacation time is about to reset. Travelers eager to start the year off with a trip out of the country will be pleased to know that there are several options that won’t break the bank. After all, most wallets will suffer during the holiday season. Fortunately, Price line combed through its booking data to find the top 10 international destinations with affordable return flights for this month of January, and travelers won’t be disappointed with the results.

Those looking to escape the winter chill will be happy to know they can do so on a budget in January, as many destinations enjoy glorious winter weather. Read on to find the most affordable destinations for next month:

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico beach view at sunset with people walking and birds flying, January destination

10) Barcelona, ​​Spain

Although not the warmest destination on this list, Barcelona has a very mild winter. Temperatures range from a low of 44°F to 57°F. Most visitors won’t need to bust out the heavy parka, but should still plan for colder weather. The average round-trip airfare to Barcelona is $625.24 for travel in January, making it a profitable European winter destination. Be sure to visit the iconic Basílica de la Sagrada Familia, which will certainly be much less crowded than in summer.

Basilica Familia in Barcelona with a pond in the foreground, trees in the middle and a cathedral as the main site, January destination

9) San Jose, Costa Rica

January is the perfect time to visit San Jose, Costa Rica, as the weather is perfect for escaping the winter cold without overheating. January temperatures in San Jose range between 20°C and 23°C, which is the perfect time to explore Arenal Volcano, a popular day trip from San Jose. The average round-trip airfare to San Jose in January is $613.11.

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Arenal volcano view near san jose costa rica destination january

8) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is the ideal destination in January. Spend the day soaking up the sun by the pool before cooling off for a nice dinner in cooler weather. Do not hesitate to bring a light jacket. During the day, temperatures can reach a comfortable 80°F, while the evening can drop as low as 62°F. Puerto Vallarta really offers the best of both worlds, allowing a bathing suit during the day and a sports coat or light sweater in the evening. The average round-trip airfare to Puerto Vallarta in January is $573.37.

People walking along the beach in puerto vallarta, mexico

7) Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara is another Mexican destination that offers favorable weather in January, with lows around 43°F and highs around 23°C. As the second largest city in Mexico, Guadalajara sees a lot of tourists during the summer. This makes January a great time to visit its beautiful historic downtown before discovering the nearby magical town of Tequila. The average round-trip airfare to Guadalajara in January is $554.38.

Cathedral in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico

6) Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City is the largest city in the country and is extremely popular destination for digital nomads. However, that doesn’t mean the everyday traveler shouldn’t visit the city. Brimming with history and UNESCO sites around the city, Mexico City is the perfect destination for travelers who want to explore art, architecture, history, and music without sacrificing comfort or convenience. The weather in Mexico City in January is comfortable, with highs around 22°C and lows around 41°C. Plus, visiting in January means travelers are far less likely to encounter crowds at popular tourist attractions. The average round-trip airfare to Mexico City in January is $542.62.

Mexico City, Palacio de Bellas Artes or Palace of Fine Arts

5) Los Cabos, Mexico

Beautiful beaches, picture-perfect scenery, and incredible high-end all-inclusive packages keep visitors coming back to Los Cabos year after year, and January is no exception. With evening highs of around 80°F and lows of around 61°F, travelers can enjoy the warmth of the day and the cool, welcoming night breeze. Every day you feel refreshed and Los Cabos is the perfect place to call home for a week or two in January. The average round-trip airfare to Los Cabos in January is $528.14.

Cruise ship approaching Los Cabos on the Pacific coast of Mexico

4) Cancun, Mexico

No list of affordable international destinations to fly to would be complete without Cancun. As one of the most highly connected airports in the world, it is not surprising that it is also one of the cheapest flights. Filled with all-inclusive resort options, stunning beaches and incredible nightlife, it’s no wonder Cancun has broken record after record this year. Cancun experiences slightly warmer weather than most of its Mexican counterparts, with highs around 82°F and lows around 67°F, making it the perfect January beach getaway. The average round-trip airfare to Los Cabos in January is $507.93.

Aerial view of Cancun Hotel Zone

3) Montego Bay, Jamaica

Those looking to escape the cold need look no further than Montego Bay, Jamaica. With January highs of around 28°C and lows of around 22°C, Montego Bay is the perfect place to soak up the sun with a drink in hand on a gorgeous white-sand beach. Despite the recent statement of a state of emergency, tourists visiting a Montego Bay resort need not worry. Sticking to resort areas and reputable tour operators will ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable. The average round-trip airfare to Montego Bay in January is $489.65.

People enjoy Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay Jamaica on a sunny day.

2) Medellin, Colombia

As Colombia risks loss of popularity with American tourists due to crime, most travelers enjoy the country without a problem. However, every traveler should make the most informed decision possible before deciding whether or not to visit. That being said, Medellin has become a trendy destination for digital nomads, backpackers and everyday tourists. The weather is also quite favorable in January, with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. The average round-trip airfare to Medellin in January is $482.80.

Poor neighborhood of Medellin, regional capital of Antioquia in Colombia, South America

1) Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

If heat is what you are looking for, Santo Domingo has it. With average January highs of 85°F and lows of 68°F, you’ll have no trouble escaping the winter chill for a while. Although not as popular as neighboring Punta Cana, Santo Domingo held its own during the summer, ranking as one of the 10 most popular neighborhoods for Airbnb guests last summer. Home to some of the earliest buildings in the New World, Santo Domingo’s colonial downtown is a UNESCO site not to be missed. The average round-trip airfare to Medellin in January is $443.76.

Statue outside the Catedral Primada de America, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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