I have to admit, I am not a winter fan as I was born in July, so the sun is my life, lol!
I have never been skiing, I am not allowed anyway due to a bad back accident many years ago! However, if I were to go to the mountains in winter, I will enjoy a cup of mould wine by the fire while looking at the snowy slopes!
January is that month of the year when you want to go somewhere far from home...preferably in the sun for me!
But why is January said to be the longest month of the year? Well, research says is because the days are cold, short and dreary; also everybody is still in the Christmassy spirit, and it feels sad to realise is all gone and it will be another year until next Christmas, hence the January blues and Blue Monday; also most companies pay their employees before the holidays in December, so it feels like January is dragging as you spent most of your money in December already!
Of course, there is 'Veganuary' and 'Dry January' - I haven't done any btw!
I feel that January is a depressing month, no matter what anyone will tell you, and I feel that we shouldn't punish ourselves so soon in the year! I mean, if you want a glass of wine with a good steak...have it and don't feel guilty about it! For me, Vegans are amazing! I could never eat tofu and soy, I don't like them! I think we should eat what makes us happy, what makes our hearts sing! In regards to stopping drinking, please do if you drink too much! But if you are like me, enjoying the occasional glass of wine, there is no need! Again, I admire people that have quit drinking alcohol for any reason! I strongly believe that January should be the month that we nurture and love our bodies and fill them with good food and whatever else will get us through to February!
However, there are positives about January too, depending on where you live and what you do! For example, there is a rally in Monte Carlo; there is The Arctic lights festival in Norway and in Amsterdam; London and Paris are best visiting now as the flight & hotels rates will be the lowest; and of course, there is Spain and Portugal with about 15 degrees in the day time, beautiful beaches and old towns to visit guaranteed to put a smile on your face and send depression away.
If like me, you are not travelling in January because of work, or for the lack of funds, you can always plan something local, a 2-night stay in your own country, either a spa getaway or just a relaxing few days in the countryside or by the seaside. We have a Bournemouth trip planned for the beginning of February and I cannot wait! Will tell you all about it in one of my next blogs.
And there is always the couch, the warm, comfortable, cosy couch, where we can just relax with a cuppa and our favourite show!
So whatever you chose to do in January, stay warm!
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Cristina is a food photographer, food stylist, and recipe developer, loves travelling and spending time with friends.