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Top 10 Best New Years Eve Destinations and Their Cheaper Alternatives

Updated on October 25, 2010

There are some cities that people tend to flock to every year at New Year’s Eve. That’s because these cities have the best New Year’s eve parties or the best reputation for being a great place to ring in the new year. These destinations are terrific spots to go to if you can afford to do it. However their popularity makes them a little bit pricey. Here’s a look at what the top ten New Year’s destinations tend to be and where you might want to go instead if you’re trying to save money on your trip this year.

1.     New York City. One of the most popular places for people to go for New Year’s Even is Times Square in New York City. They want to be amidst the crowds watching the ball drop down. They want to feel the energy and the fun of the city. If you wish that you could go to New York City to enjoy the crowds and lights and excitement but it’s too expensive then you may want to consider booking a last minute trip to Vegas instead. A lot of the same excitement and energy can be found there and it’s still a popular party place but you’ll get much better deals on your trip than you will if you try to book now for Times Square. Another good spot that makes a nice alternative to New York City is New Orleans. It’s got a different vibe but it’s a good one.

2.     Hawaii. It is not uncommon for people to want to start the new year out right by enjoying a tropical trip to Hawaii. However this isn’t a cheap New Year’s destination. If you want to go to the beach to start the new year then look into more affordable stays in San Diego or Florida.

3.     Sydney. People who want to enjoy a beach vacation might also consider going to Sydney for New Year’s. It’s a great time of year to go since it’s summer Down Under. However it’s also not cheap. Consider going to a South American destination instead. Costa Rica and Brazil are great places to consider ringing in the new year if you’re looking to enjoy a warm destination with a lot of beautiful sights to see.

4.     Niagara Falls. This great park in Canada throws a stunning party every year to help people ring in the New Year. It’s no surprise that outdoor enthusiast and romantic couples want to spend New Year’s even at Niagara Falls. However you can get outdoors and see beautiful bits of nature without trekking to this rather pricey destination. Go to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite or Yellowstone. You’ll still see amazing sights and enjoy some outdoor adventures but it’ll be a more intimate and more affordable affair.

5.     Paris. It’s hard not to want to start the New Year in an amazing destination like Paris. It’s beautiful. It’s filled with hope and excitement. It’s got a lot going on. It’s also quite expensive. Skip Paris and head to a city that is somewhat like it instead. San Francisco and Buenos Aires are two cities that have a lot in common with Paris but tend to be more affordable destinations for people to visit on New Year’s Eve.

6.     London. This city is a great destination for the same reasons that Paris and New York City are great destinations. Unfortunately it’s also one of the most expensive places that you can travel to for New Year’s Eve. What’s a good alternative if you like London? Try somewhere near by that’s a bit off the beaten path, like Ireland, and you may find yourself surprised by how much you truly love this type of alternative New Year’s eve trip.

7.     Reykjavik. This capital of Iceland has gained a lot of popularity in recent years as a terrific destination for people who are interested in an icy New Year. It’s beautiful and magical with its long days and big skies. However it’s not cheap to do New Year’s here. Consider instead going to somewhere in Finland or somewhere in Alaska if you want a wintry New Year to kick things off right in 2010.

8.     Bangkok. This place has gained some serious attention recently as well because they really know how to party it up during this festive time of year. It’s not terribly expensive to travel here either although it may be pricier now than at any other time of the year. It’s worth it to check it out if it sounds appealing to you. What if you can’t afford it? Check out nearby Laos or Cambodia instead. You could even do a Thailand trip for New Year’s Eve but spend the rest of the time in one of these more affordable neighboring areas.

9.     Berlin. Over one million people head to the party at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin each year. It’s wild. It’s fun. It’s exciting. But it’s also not all that cheap and it can be a bit more crowded than you might have bargained for. Germany’s a great place to do New Year’s celebrations but consider Hamburg or Munich instead.

10. Home. A lot of people actually just stay home for New Year’s. There’s not much that’s more affordable than that but it’s not necessarily the most fun way to ring in the new year. What if you want to do something that’s nearly as inexpensive but a little bit more fun? You could spend a night in a neighboring small town or you could go to visit family that lives in an affordable destination. If you do stay home then consider having a big sleepover at your place to make the night more interesting.

It’s not easy trying to figure out where to go for New Year’s Eve. Some of the top spots that people would like to visit just are not affordable at this time of year. There’s no reason that you’ve got to miss out on great New Year’s Eve fun though. Find a cheaper alternative and enjoy a little getaway to start the new year off right!


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  • nettech profile image

    nettech 7 years ago from London (UK)

    I like to go somewhere different and have heard that number 7 (Iceland) is a VERy good place to visit from a lot of friends. A bit too codl for my liking so hopefully that looks like its on the radar.

    Thanks for a great hub Kathryn and happy new year.


  • seyiari profile image

    seyiari 7 years ago

    i think new york is cool to is not a bad choice anyway.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    No. 10 sounds cool to me lol