Search for the sunshine: top hot holiday destinations

After weeks of seasonal festivities, parties galore and endless merriment throughout Christmas and New Year, January can seem like the longest month of the year.

And as the diets start, gym memberships commence and resolutions are elected, there is no better time to escape for some much needed sunshine and start the year of 2013 as you mean to go on -–  whether lying on the soft sands of Panama's famous beaches or exploring Victoria Falls in Zambia.

Nothing is more appealing than the glowing rays of sun Down Under in Queensland, Australia and the crystal clear waters of the Tahitian Islands. From Tenerife to BrazilHELLO! Online explores the best hot travel destinations to visit in the New Year. With sea and sun by your side and the prospect of discovery at your fingertips, January just got better...