11 December 2016

Let the countdown begin

Where will you be at midnight?

On New Year’s Eve, cities across the world pull out all the stops for a spectacular event. Whether you love experiencing new cultures or fancy a taste of the traditional, it’s the perfect time to travel. To offer some inspiration on where you could see in the New Year, here are 10 New Year’s Eve destinations that are trending right now.

1) Dubai, UAE

If you stay home in Dubai, you can be sure of one thing at midnight. The sky lights up with some of the world’s most spectacular fireworks. Just be sure to get there early to ensure a good viewing spot, whether you’re heading for the beach or a rooftop lounge!

2) Cartagena, Colombia

A fabulous meal is a wonderful way to say goodbye to 2016, and foodies can be certain of a mouthwatering feast in Cartagena, the port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Some of the world’s top chefs will be cooking up gourmet spreads.

3) Barcelona, Spain

On New Year’s Eve in Barcelona the city becomes even livelier than it already is – good news if you love to party. Join the crowds on the famous La Rambla and welcome in 2017 under the stars.

4) Reykjavik, Iceland

New Year’s Eve in Iceland’s Reykjavik will welcome in 2017 with fireworks and ten brightly burning bonfires around the city. The tradition dates back to the Middle Ages when fishermen would burn old things to prepare for the New Year.

5) Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese call New Year’s Eve Shogatsu. Traditional activities on New Year's Eve in Tokyo involve visiting a shrine or temple around midnight, and the legendary fireworks can be seen for miles across Tokyo Bay.

6) Atlanta, U.S.

If you’re looking for an epic New Year’s eve, with countless events to choose from, Atlanta, the capital in the U.S. state of Georgia, is the place for you. Join the crowds and head to the Peach Drop. It takes 58 seconds for the peach to descend the tower of lights and arrive at the foot of the tower as the New Year arrives.

7) Santiago, Chile

In Santiago, Chile, people carry suitcases around their block before midnight as it’s supposed to mean that you’ll enjoy a spot of traveI in the coming year. Expect to eat plenty of lentil-based dishes too, as it’s supposed to bring an abundance of things in the New Year.

8) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

As part of the biggest free outdoor New Year’s Eve party in the world, over two million people will gather on Copacabana Beach to watch the breathtaking fireworks display and live music. Care to join them?

9) Chicago, U.S.

There’s no need to spend lots of money to have a good time on NYE in this vibrant U.S. city. Find a spot overlooking the Chicago River to hear live music, watch a giant star make its way up 360 feet into the sky.

10) Vancouver, Canada

Enjoy a beautiful snow-covered New Year’s Eve in Vancouver. Spend the last day of the year skiing, ice skating and sledging with the family, and warm up in the evening by watching the fireworks with a cup of hot chocolate.

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