The January holiday destination guide

Now Christmas is over, we need something else to look forward to, asap. In collaboration with our travel partner, Virgin Holidays, we are going to be bringing you a monthly destination guide with inspo and ideas for your next getaway. Where to go, what to pack and what to do. We’ve got it covered. Read on for our blues-busting pick of the month, Barbados.


The month: January

The first and worst of the year, there’s never been a better excuse to go on holiday than January. How to start this year off right? Avoid blue Monday altogether and jet off somewhere sunnier. January blues, who?

The destination: Barbados

Fed up with the not so great British weather? Escape to the island of eternal sunshine. The perfect January holiday destination has to be Barbados. A tropical island located in the Caribbean region of North America, Barbados is famous for its white sands, clear waters and year-round hot weather.

Click here to browse Virgin Holidays in Barbados.

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The day out: Swim with turtles

Travel is all about who you go with and who you meet. So, make some underwater pals this month on a guided turtle boat tour. If you can drag yourself away from the pool…

For more ideas, check out Virgin’s Things to Do guide here.

The outfit:

Nothing says holiday like a pair of espadrilles. The ultimate day to night heel, these tan leather wedges are all you need to pack in order to step up every outfit in your suitcase. We think they look best with an airy blouse and a curve-creating, denim A-line skirt. Pair the ensemble with some timeless tortoiseshell accessories and a cross-body bag and you’re ready for any adventure in paradise.

Shop the look: Red Herring – Cat-eye sunglasses, Principles – Statement oval earrings,
Miss Selfridge – Monochrome tie front blouseWarehouse – Denim A-line skirtJ by Jasper Conran – ‘Richmond’ saddle bagDune – Tan leather ‘Kestrel’ wedge espadrilles.

The swimwear:

Get spotted in this J by Jasper Conran oversized polka dot bikini. This flattering shade of navy will help your first tan of the year start to pop, and a high waist brief will forgive and flatter all manner of all-inclusive buffet sins.

Click here to shop all swimwear. 


The sleepwear:

These silky smooth No.1 by Jenny Packham pyjamas are light enough to keep you cool on those hot summer nights, and so pretty you’ll be wearing them down to breakfast.

Click here to shop all sleepwear.


The accessory:

When it comes to tropical destinations, you’re never fully packed without a beach bag. This straw bucket bag from Phase Eight is the ideal size for all your poolside essentials.

The travel arrangements:

Sun. Sea. Sand. Sale. Play more, spend less in the Virgin Holidays Sale. Click here for amazing deals. 

The luggage:

Start the paradise vibes as soon as possible with this Tripp luggage range in clear water blue.

Click here to shop all luggage. 

The don’t-forgets:

In all the excitement of booking your perfect January escape, it can be easy to forget the essentials.

Debenhams travel insurance will help cover you against the unexpected from as little as £9*. It’s customisable too so you can tailor your cover to your trip. Click here to learn more.

Avoid nasty card charges and worries of overspending by buying your currency before you travel. You can click and collect foreign currency orders from over 100 Travel Money bureaus in our stores across the UK, and if you spend more than £50, we’ll treat you to a ‘£5 off £20 spend in store’ voucher to help with those final holiday purchases.

If by some miracle you don’t spend it all, you can even load your leftover currency onto a Debenhams gift card and we’ll give you 20% extra free!

For the Ts and Cs and to buy now, click here.



Want more inspiration and guidance? Click here to find your nearest in-store Virgin Holiday desk. While you’re there, don’t forget our personal shoppers are on hand to solve your packing dilemmas too. Happy holidays!

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