HT, the January term also had an advantage for me.
My senior honors thesis was a 'nationwide' survey of college students (done face-to-face); since most schools are September to December, then January to April, my January tour worked a lot better than May!
Since my blessed parents were willing to send me to Europe that January, when I chose the survey instead they rented me an RV. When it totally froze up after 3 days, I came back and used motels the rest of the month. Fortunately, back then, Motel 6 really DID charge $6 a night! My 'nationwide' survey never went west of Texas, but did hit most of the south, midwest, and east.
Statistics and research methodology eventually became my specialty, and I was rather embarassed about how biased and shoddy my thesis was, but it WAS a learning experience. And, after all, that IS the point of it!