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Where I’m from NYE was celebrated with the customary singing of Auld Lan’s Ayne, and people gifting lumps of coal. This is a fine way of celebrating, no doubt, but NYE happens to be a big event worldwide. Here are a few ideas of where to visit this year.
Let’s be honest; why not go to Hawaii anytime of the year? It is simply stunning, the beaches are to die for. For a picturesque, chilled New Year’s Eve why not grab a bottle of bubbly, head to a beach, lay back and get lost in the stars. One of the most beautiful and secluded beaches to visit is Kauapea beach on the island of Kauai. Obviously there are plenty of beach parties to attend too, if you want to get your dancing shoes on. Failing that, you can always gate crash Ben Stiller’s NYE bash (like my friend did one year… he said it was pretty fun). It is also the last major location to welcome in the New Year so if 2013 was your year; you can hang on to it for a little longer.
More inspiration: Island hopping in Hawaii
Las Vegas is synonymous with debauchery, glitz and revelry – so if that’s your idea of a good time why not visit one of the world’s renowned party hotspots for the ultimate NYE night of hedonistic partying? It is worth being in Las Vegas for the fireworks alone, the notorious ‘Strip’ becomes pedestrianized on the 31st, and this year fireworks will be jetted into the night via the roofs of numerous hotels. The casinos will be buzzing and of course international stars will be performing in various locations. Some highlights this year include Bruno Mars, John Legend and you can also party with Paris Hilton for a mere $200…. So what are you waiting for?
More inspiration: Las Vegas
Berlin is renowned for being a wacky, artsy, hipster kind of place, so what better way to start off your celebrations than watching a pancake race? After the excitement of seeing people (in fancy dress) flip their way through the streets it will be time to consider what to do for the event itself. Berlin has numerous parties that offer the obligatory countdown, but sometimes it’s nice to be in the thick of things. Berlin's biggest party takes place at the Brandenburg Gate, where thousands of revellers will be gathered for the fireworks. Keep yourself warm with a traditional glass of Glühwein (mulled wine) and clink glasses with the locals.
More inspiration: Berlin nightlife