The holiday season has come to an end, and most people are now returning home to hunker down for the long winter. That’s exactly what makes January such a great time to travel. Airlines call the post–New Year’s slump a “dead zone” and offer their absolute lowest prices of the year to entice folks to take a trip. Meanwhile, hotels will offer some of their most attractive off-season prices this month, making January the time to travel for budget-minded vacationers. From an enormous Chinese ice kingdom to an eccentric American island, we’ve got seven ideas of how to kick off the New Year in style.