Best at New Year: Celebrations around the world

How does the UK celebrate New Year? Some people choose a sophisticated meal, others take to the bars and clubs, and some invite their whole family round for a cosy night in and fireworks in the back garden. Being the curious souls that we are here at Best at Travel though, we decided we wanted to know more.  So, we’re running a competition collecting photos from people around the country to see how the population gets down every December 31st! Head over to our Best at New Year competition page to share yours pics and be in with a chance of winning a holiday to Dubai.

Ever wondered how your New Year compares with the rest of the world? Read on for a glimpse into New Year in eight excellent destinations:

After an afternoon parade and carnival in Puputan Badung Square, get ready to dance the night away on Kuta Beach with thousands of other revellers!  There are some spectacular fireworks at midnight, and a great choice of cafés and restaurants open until the wee hours. Travelling to Bali won’t disappoint!

Dubai certainly knows how to party, and has a great variety of spots to choose from. Head to Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and The Palm Jumeirah for some of the most astonishing fireworks displays and huge crowds. The atmosphere will be electric, and we recommend that you book a long enough stay in Dubai to leave enough time to explore. 

Recently voted the world’s friendliest destination, Mauritius is a great place for live music. Listen out for upbeat pop, reggae and sega music being played on the beach and on the streets. Be warned though if you choose to travel to Mauritius in January you may get caught in a festive thunderstorm!

There’s no question – the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan is a must-see. Have a chilled out meal and a few drinks, and try to get to the party close to midnight, as it will go on well into the next afternoon! You could even dive into the ocean for the first dip of the year if you choose to travel to Thailand.

It’s the best time of year for a holiday in Barbados, as January is one of the driest months! Spend New Year’s Eve (known here as Old Year’s Night) exploring fun street shows and tasting delicious Bajan delicacies. Then, give your sun-starved skin a treat and watch the sun rise on the beach with the locals on New Year’s Day.

It’s got to be Walt Disney World! Make sure you arrive bright and early and with enough energy to spend a full day at the theme park. Grab a guide of timings when you enter – there are lots of shows on throughout the day, plus some spectacular fireworks at midnight. Plan ahead for this trip, as it’s one of the park’s busiest times of year.

Choose from a variety of parties when you stay in Cancun, but you must see in the new year with grapes. As the countdown begins, eat 12 grapes and make a wish for each one. Each grape represents a month – a sweet grape means it’ll be good month, a sour grape means it will be bad. There are several other traditions to discover too, so get to know the locals!

halaveli_resort_water_villasThe Maldives:
When you travel to The Maldives, you’ll be in another great spot for music; simply take to the streets to find drummers, musicians, singers and dancers! If you choose to stay at the Constance Halaveli Resort, you can attend the New Year’s Eve Maldives 2015 Gala Dinner, which is always a huge event. Watch chefs prepare fresh food on the beach and then dine under the moonlight.

Have you got a favourite spot for celebrating on New Year’s Eve? Tell us in the comments!

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