Travelers escape the winter blues with trip planning

For travelers feeling the winter blues, they’re not alone. Last year, just behind the summer months of June, July and August, January was the busiest month for Airbnb searches as guests sought to escape the winter doldrums through travel planning1

To brighten up the gloomiest month of the year with some travel inspiration, we’ve handpicked a collection of colorful homes around the world that boast one common feature: a captivating blue motif. From a ‘livid blue’ manor house to a ‘majorelle blue’ riad, this selection of homes in various shades of blue has the power to brighten up the gloomiest of Januarys.

18th-Century Estate with Pool (Ducey-les-Chéris, France)

A blue entryway with double doors and a gold mirror and resting bench.

The entrance hallway of this 18th century Normandy manor is painted in ‘livid blue’, a bluish gray color that perfectly complements the historic home that comes with its own private estate.

Charming Apartment on Bustling Street (South Yarra, Australia)

A blue painted living room with a breakfast table and flowers.

This newly styled urban haven is the perfect blend of comfort and style, featuring local artwork, a bold blue living room and carefully curated objet d’art in various shades of our favorite color.

Sea View Apartment (Capri, Italy)

A white room with a blue murphy bed and blue tiled floor and a white high top table with seating.

The color capri is named after the shade of the Mediterranean Sea around the island of the same name. Staying in this hidden gem with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Naples is a relaxing immersion in Capri blue.

Room in a Riad with a Pool (Marrakesh, Morocco)

A white bedroom featuring a bed with blue linens and a miniature blue coffee table in front of it, set with tea and cakes for two.

‘Majorelle blue’ is the deep shade of cobalt blue associated with Marrakesh. Situated in the heart of Medina, this room in a Riad embraces the traditional color with flair, perfectly blending Moroccan decor with modern comfort. 

Restored Farmhouse (Shandaken, NY, United States)

A blue shingled house at the base of a forest with hydrangeas and lush greenery surrounding its large property.

This traditional farmhouse stands out boldly in blue at the base of Shandaken Wild Forest. Originally built in 1900, the house has been meticulously restored to maintain the character of a traditional Catskills Farmhouse.

Modern Apartment with Mountain Views (Cape Town, South Africa)

A minimalist kitchen with blue cabinetry and kitchen island siding.

With its white spaces and sky-blue kitchen, this stylish apartment offers spectacular views of Table Mountain.

Zen Cabin in the Forest (Durango, CO, United States)

A cobalt blue cabin with white trimming and a front deck with white adirondack chairs nestled amongst pine trees.

With activities like rafting, climbing and skiing on its doorstep, this cozy blue cabin is an ideal haven for a January detox getaway.

Extravagant Tiny Home (Cape Charles, VA, United States)

A bright blue tiny home with turqouise trim and a small front porch and flower planters out front.

This 1930s tiny house couldn’t be bluer – inside and out, the prominent use of blue is a nod to its maritime setting, in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay.

Little Finca Near Lake Yahuarcocha (Ibarra, Ecuador)

A bright blue finca home with views of the water surrounded by green and lush greenery.

Perched on a hillside rolling down to the shores of Lake Yahuarcocha in Ecuador, this boldly colored finca offers guests breathtaking views and the opportunity to escape the winter blues in the Ecuadorian highlands.

Cottage with Wellness Area (Hveragerði, Iceland)

A light blue tiny home with a wood-fired sauna on the side of the house.

This charming turquoise cottage is a true haven for wellness enthusiasts: not only is it located in a town with geothermal springs, it boasts its own blues-banishing wellness area with a wood-fired sauna, hot tub and outdoor shower.

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1In fourth position (after the summer months of June, July and August). January was the busiest month for searches on Airbnb last year.