This is an event which happens once a year. An event everyone celebrates what they achieved in the last year and to celebrate the exciting times ahead. Each year I set a New Year’s resolution of seeing and experiencing new places. A good way to achieve this is by celebrating in a new place. Below are a few suggestions for those last minute plans.
You may be wondering where Kiritimati Island is and why this should be a place to celebrate in. Well it is located in the centre of the Pacific Ocean and is the first place to see midnight roll around. You have to plan your trip well as flights come infrequently, about once a week. You can either fly from Fiji or Hawaii. The island used to be a testing area for the Atom Bomb but has now been turned into a wildlife sanctuary.
Times Square, New York
Join in with the other million or so people at Times Square in New York and count the New Years in with the drop of the ball. The streets are closed to traffic allowing pedestrians to take over the infamous landmark. There are live TV broadcasts, fireworks and a huge party atmosphere.
Edinburgh has designated a festival to welcome the New Year in. Hogmanay runs a few days before and on the 31st. It is a time for celebration in a magical scene. The Royal mile leads up to the castle which is lit up by fireworks as the clock strikes 12. This is all weather dependent though as some years fireworks have been cancelled. Never the less though, the 100,000 other people will ensure you have a great time. Book your tickets early and your accommodation even earlier.
The iconic bridge is lit up in the array of fireworks. There are many vantage points situated throughout the harbour but the best view is from the hill above the Opera House. Be prepared to arrive at 9AM to reserve some of the best seats in city.
Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro
Brazilians are known for their wild partying and what better place to experience this than right on the hottest beach in Brazil. The shoreline is packed solid with revellers waiting for the coastal waters to appear on fire as the fireworks are released. The party doesn’t stop after the fireworks have finished. Prepare to party until sunrise and even later!
Want to celebrate the New Year twice?
Head to the border of Queensland and New South Wales to have double the celebration. Due to daylight savings time, New South Wales will welcome the New Year one hour before its northern counterpart, Queensland.
Last place to celebrate
Technically Baker Island is one of the last places in the world to celebrate the New Year, however the island remains uninhabited. So your best bet is to head to American Samoa. Although located only 80 km’s from Samoa, American Samoa is on the right side of the Date Line and therefore will celebrate New Year’s 23 hours later than its neighbour.
Let us know where you will be celebrating this year. Leave a comment on Facebook or contact me.