How to Plan the Ultimate New Year’s Getaway

Far more than an arbitrary date on the calendar, New Years offers us a brief moment to fondly bid farewell to the past, while confidently looking forward to what lies ahead. And one of the most wonderful ways to celebrate the upcoming year is to plan an exciting trip that will help inspire good fortune and happy returns in the days to come. Here are a few suggestions to help you choose the ultimate getaway.
THINK BACK

When deciding on a New Years getaway, think for a moment about which celebrations from the past still bring a smile to your face when you recall them today. Was there something unique about those trips that continues to inspire you? Taking stock of your previous favorites can help you choose where to visit this year. 

THINK BIG

Since the perfect New Years can set the tone for the next 12 months, take the plunge and plan a lavish getaway to someplace you’ve always dreamed of visiting. 

For some, that might mean Sydney, Australia, where a nighttime harbor cruise offers a stunning 360-degree fireworks display. For others, a trip to Hong Kong for a New Year’s party atop one of the city’s gleaming skyscrapers is in order. Either way, this year’s celebration is sure to be one you’ll carry with you for the entire year… and beyond.

THINK WARM 

Who says January has to be chilly? If you’d prefer not to have to bundle up this New Year’s Eve, then a luxurious getaway to a comfortable climate might be just what you’re looking for.

With winter highs around 90°F, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, offers balmy beaches and warm waterfalls to help you celebrate New Years in style. Approximately 1,200 miles north in beautiful Cancún, Mexico, January temperatures average in the mid-70s, making this Caribbean paradise an ideal spot to toast the New Year.  

THINK ROMANTIC

Celebrating New Years with someone you love is a tradition near and dear to everyone’s heart. So make your midnight kiss an unforgettable moment with a getaway to Paris, France. Whether you’re gliding along the Seine or marveling at one of the city’s many lavish fireworks displays, few destinations are more romantic. 

Or perhaps Venice, Italy, is your idea of a passionate getaway. Pausing hand-in-hand to admire a radiant sunset over the Giudecca Canal, or declaring your feelings in the bell tower of St. Mark’s Campanile, are sure to inspire a year’s worth of romance. 

THINK FAMILY

Ringing in the New Year with your children strengthens bonds, teaches tradition and creates lifelong memories for everyone. So plan your getaway in a vacation spot that specializes in family fun.

In Oahu, Hawaii, you and the kids can wish each other happy New Year while snorkeling in the beautiful Hanauma Bay state park. Or take a canoe tour of the island before enjoying a delicious beach luau on the sunny North Shore. If amusement parks are more to your family’s liking, then a New Years getaway to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is a trip you’ll be talking about for years to come. 

THINK HISTORIC 

New Years is a way to mark the passage of time in our lives. After all, the traditional song “Auld Lang Syne” literally translates to “Times Gone By.”

And what better way is there to celebrate the occasion than in a city like Athens, Greece, where the past is more than just a distant echo. Each year, a glorious fireworks display shimmers high above the ancient Acropolis, dazzling thousands of visitors. Or why not join the 1 million revelers who gather annually in New York’s Times Square for the most historic New Years party in the world. 

THINK FIREWORKS

The custom of fireworks on New Year’s Eve dates back to ancient times, when thunderous noise and flashes of light were thought to bring good luck by frightening evil spirits away. Today, nothing symbolizes the holiday better than a gorgeous fireworks display.

For those who crave light and color, the fireworks show in London, England, is a must-see. Celebrated along the River Thames, in the shadow of the London Eye ferris wheel, this miraculous program is set to the echoing chimes of Big Ben. But for the true aficionado, the fireworks that light up the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai are, quite simply, the ultimate audiovisual display on Earth.


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