A new year always brings new changes, and why not shake things up right at the beginning with a change in scenery? Here are the top ten travel destinations to ring in the New Year.
If one night of fun just isn’t enough to satisfy you, then Edinburgh is your perfect New Years destination. They host a four day festival leading up to the New Year, replete with a party in the street, parades, fireworks, and dance performances. On New Years Day you can top off your experience with a jump in the frigid waters of the River Forth.
New Orleans, USA
The party capital of the U.S. refuses to be outdone on New Year’s Eve. The revelry starts well before the sun goes down, as New Orleans has laws that allow bars to serve liquor twenty-four seven. There’s a dazzling fireworks display to ring in the New Year, so make sure your vision hasn’t gone too blurry by then to enjoy it. If drunken revelry isn’t quite your thing, never fear. You can still enjoy all the cultural delights New Orleans has to offer earlier in the evening and then retire to a rented balcony to people-watch for the rest of the night. It’s better than any late night special.
This beautiful city combines old world charm and new world glamour into a one of a kind experience for the New Year. Stroll along the cobblestone streets or bundle up in a horse drawn carriage before ducking into a medieval style house for an elegant dinner. When it’s nearer to midnight you can gather near the base of the mountain as skiers perform a torch lit routine choreographed to music that aligns perfectly with the fireworks display overhead.
The City of Lights is one of the most magical places to ring in the New Year. The possibilities are nearly limitless. For the most visually impressive display head down to the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower for a stunning light show counting down to midnight. For something off the beaten path head north towards Pigalle for a wild romp in the Moulin Rouge. You can also try the Saint Michel district for some excellent bar hopping on the big night.
Ko Phangan, Thailand
Beware; this New Year’s Eve party is not for the faint of heart. On the legendary Sunrise Beach you can experience the Full Moon Party, an indescribable romp filled with alcohol, flames, dancing, and general hedonism. Keep in mind that this level of debauchery often lends itself to crime so try and keep your wits about you. Leave all valuables at home and try to find somewhere safe and close by to sleep- there are always a few auto accidents during and after the Full Moon Party.
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City is a great place to ring in the New Year, whether you’re looking for an all-night party or a chilled-out good time. Head to the Zocalo with eggshells filled with confetti for a street festival that lasts into the wee hours. Or, if that’s not really your scene you can enjoy a more upscale atmosphere in the chic La Condesa district.
This small town in Rhode Island may seem like an unlikely choice for this list, but its arts-centric New Years celebration makes it a haven for creative types. If you start to feel burned out from the many performances you can duck into a local joint for a more relaxed New Years’ experience.
If you’re looking for something a little… eccentric, try Reykjavik for your New Years travels. With a day that lasts only four hours, your nightlife experience will be considerably longer. During the festivities it’s not uncommon to see locals dressed up as trolls, witches, fairies, and other magical creatures. And as far as light shows go, you just can’t beat the Northern Lights.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is all about extravagance, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. They light up the tallest tower in the world with the most expensive pyrotechnic show in the world, and the result is mind blowing. Everything in this city is dripping with luxury, so expect to spend a pretty large chunk of change for this epic experience.
New Years in London isn’t all tea and crumpets; those Brits sure know how to put on a show. If you’re lucky enough you’ll be able to book a cruise on the Thames or a seat on the London eye to witness the light show at midnight. If not, there are plenty of nightlife pockets around town to keep you partying through the night.