Which?, the independent consumer body, has named Dubai as its top pick for a January 2013 break. The organisation has released a list of holiday destinations recommended for each month of the year. The list included some classic suggestions such as the colourful display of autumn leaves in New England, USA in October, plus some lesser known suggestions such as historic sightseeing in Rajasthan, India in November.
As well as being based on factors like climate and event calenders, Which? is said to have drawn on tourist boards and its own research such as airline reviews and holiday company surveys. Dubai claimed the January accolade for its warm temperatures and also for the famous shopping festival which this year began on 3rd January and will continue for a month.
The list went on to suggest Venice for February when it's carnival season and Reykjavik in March for a good chance to see the Northern Lights. To catch some sunshine ahead of the peak summer season, Spain's Alicante region was the pick for April, the Greek islands for May, and a 'staycation' to enjoy the festivals of Britain's own Peak District in June.
The Which? researchers went on to highlight east Africa as the hotspot for July – the month to witness the yearly wildebeest migration in countries like Kenya or Tanzania. Further endorsements went to Marseille in the south of France for August and whale-watching in Hermanus, South Africa in September. Finally the Caribbean was deemed the best place for an end of year holiday, with December temperatures reaching 28°.