For those of us in the northern hemisphere, January means cold. Cold temperatures, snow, and icy conditions keep most people inside.
However, there are some people who love winter hiking and exploration. In the winter, outdoor explorers have fewer people and less crowds to contend with, often cheaper travel rates (unless you’re traveling to ski resorts), and increased solitude and quiet. After the stress of the holiday season, it can be good to get outside and spend some time in fresh air, avoiding being cooped up inside.