One of the more interesting methods of travel is to take advantage of holiday travel – especially on New Year’s Eve. Given that the New Year is welcomed across the world over the scattered course of one night, it makes for a harmonious occasion to join others in hopefulness and positivity, while appreciating what has gone past and anticipate what is to come.
As we see 2018 upon the horizon, we plot our ambitions to hunt down this year and focus on our goals, is it really too early to plan where we’ll be one year from today? Where would you like to welcome the New Year? Where will you celebrate the ringing in of 2019? It’s never too early to plan ahead, so here’s our top ten list to lend a hand!
New York, New York
You simply can’t begin any New Year’s Eve list without the American New Year’s capitol – New York City. The Big Apple is simply so big, so grand, and the energy in Times Square remains nearly impossible to match. As stereotypical as it may seem, New York remains a place you simply have to experience New Year’s Eve.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that New Year’s Eve can be enjoyed throughout many locations that are much more enjoyable and comfortable than Times Square. In fact, most desirable locations in Times Square require you to stay in the location, sometimes for hours, forgoing even restroom breaks. Instead, try a view of the city from Central Park or even along the Hudson River.
Reykjavik is a great spot for New Year’s Eve for several reasons. It’s absolutely gorgeous, as everyone knows, but high-time for the Northern Lights is September through March, making New Year’s Eve the dead-center location to experience not only the fireworks of ringing in the New Year, but the fireworks of the celestial light-show at it’s absolute finest.
Orlando offers much to do year-round, but when you have Florida weather mixed with Disney resources (i.e: money), it’s frankly very hard to go wrong on New Year’s Eve. No one does over-the-top quite like Disney, and greeting a brand new year is a great occasion if you want to be visually stunned.
You don’t have to have kids to enjoy Disney, either. There’s plenty of entertainment for New Year’s revelers of the adult sort, including the many bars and clubs along City Walk, or even enjoying one of the massive block parties in downtown Orlando, further away from the parks.
London has numerous locations that give a wonderful vantage point of the various lightshows and fireworks around the city, including various tower heights and areas near bridges where your perspective is unmatched. Additionally, it’s quite surreal seeing the New Year’s fireworks exploding behind Big Ben on the grandest night of the year.
It’s hard to pick a bad spot to do anything in London, but especially on New Year’s Eve. Virtually anywhere along the Thames River is ideal, but you can also have a great time in secondary locations such as East London’s business and financial district.
The City of Lights is a no-brainer for a lot of events, but where else would you want to be while bringing in a New Year with new goals and plans? It is, after all, the City of Lights. Who does lights better? Amazing displays can be seen along the Champs-Elysees, and no landmark lights up quite as magnificently as the Eiffel Tower on New Year’s Eve.
Wherever you want to go in Paris, get there early and plan ahead, as it remains one of the most flocked-to locations on New Year’s Eve in the entire world.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Copacabana Beach is the place to be in Rio on December 31st, without question. Almost no location parties like Brazil, and combining the greatest party day with one of the world’s let-loose destinations is a recipe for incredible fun. If you can swing the extra cash, stay in the Copacabana Place.
The Brazilian culture is on full display on Copacabana, with live music, parties, great food, and a seemingly endless throng of tourist and locals mixing alike.
Sydney being a charming and beautiful large city with wonderful people is a great start to any holiday, but it’s also unique given that it’s one of the first major cities to experience the New Year due to it’s eastern location along the timezone schedule. The Australians do it right and add a touch of caring class, with tonight’s celebration in Sydney taking time to honor David Bowie and Prince.
Scotland is a great place to be for just about anything, but the sheer age of the city, a city that seems to mark time just by it’s very existence, is quite empowering. Add in the atmosphere – joyful, drunk, fun and reveling – and Edinburgh is like spending New Year’s Eve inside of a time capsule that spans across the centuries.
Japanese culture really does big, bold and grand when they want to do big, bold and grand. Given the size and height of Tokyo, the skyscrapers climbing high into an ever-expanding city, the scenery of the lightshow is simply incredible. Tokyo is a great place to spend New Years Day due to extensive traditions, such as Hatsumode, the year’s first visit to a shrine or temple.
If you’re a beach-person living in the U.S., you simply have to experience New Year’s Eve in South Florida. While we’ve listed Miami, it’s really up to a matter of opinion on whether you would rather be in Miami or Fort Lauderdale. If you’re looking for a South Beach party and to get a little reckless, travel the 25 miles south to Miami. If you’re looking to have a good time in a luxury-yacht haven, but not get too crazy, you’ll have a wonderful time in Fort Lauderdale!
No matter where you live, either by car, plane or train, you’re sure to live within a short distance of one of these locations. If you can, check out one of these locations for a memorable New Year’s Eve!