Whether you like fireworks, partying or you just want to escape the crowds and hassle, there are even so many beach and island escapes.

From Europe, to Asia, Oceania to Latin America - the hard part is deciding where to go. 

To help you to decide where to go we have put together a list of recommended cities and countries which we rate as the top places to see in the New Year.

You really need to experience one of these destinations and New Years parties at least once in your life.


1. Sydney, Australia

For possibly the greatest and most famous fireworks display in the world we recommend travelling to Australia's East Coast and basing yourself in Sydney.

Head to the popular Rocks area and watch the amazing fireworks light up the sky over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

On New Years day you can head to the beach to join thousands of others enjoying the start of a new year. If the idea of living in Australia for a longer period check our our working holiday seasonal-jobs-working-holidays in Australia.


2. Thailand

Thailand beach party

Not many destinations compare to Thailand and with a wide choice of cities, islands, beaches this is a great place to watch the New Year in.

You could stay in the huge bustling capital city of Bangkok, plan a unqiue and alternative experience by volunteering with elephants in Chiang Mai or travel to one of the beautiful islands of Thailand.

One top recommendation is to plan a trip to the island of Koh Pha Ngan which is home to the the legendary monthly full moon party. Aim to arrive a earlier to take in the atmopshere and pure serenity of island life. Book accommodation in-advance too.


3. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh NYE fireworks

For a traditional New Years Eve join around 100,000 revellers on the streets of Edinburgh - the capital of Scotland.

This is one of the most recognisable places to see in the New Year, you've probably seen the street parties, festivals and locals and tourists all singing Auld Lang Syne which is traditionally sung to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight.

There is also an impressive fireworks display and live music. Be sure to wrap up warm though, Edinburgh is freezing during this time of year.


4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Copacabana beach football

December and January are in the middle of summer in Brazil and its a great opportunity to mix with millions of locals by heading to beach front in Rio De Janerio.

Try to blend in with the locals by wearing white and enjoying the party of all parties on the iconic Copacabana Beach. Brazilians wear white clothing as it is said to be bring good luck for the year ahead.

Expecy a lively atmosphere, loud samba music and a spectacular fireworks display. This will be a night you will never forget!

If you want to combine experiences view rewarding volunteer projects in Brazil where you can help communities and wildlife.


5. Berlin, Germany


Of course there are tons of amazing cities you could spend the 31st December celebrating, yes special mentions to London and Paris, but you really need to consider Berlin.

During the day there are lots of events and activities like the annual pancake race - Berliner Silvesterlauf which is fun to watch. As night draws closer you can be part of one of the worlds biggest parties which takes places at the Brandenburg Gate.

If you have more time and a flexible schedule you could visit Germany as part of an overland tour in Europe, we have epic adventures which will ignite your wanderlust.


6. New York City, USA

Times square night

If you have ever watched New Years Eve celebrations on the television you will have probably seen New Yorkers packed into Times Square which is one of the most famous places in the world.

Expect a friendly atmosphere with thousands of people lining the streets of one of the best cities in the world. 

If you would like to spend being more than just a tourist check out options for work and travel in the United States.


7. Fiji

Fiji beach

Do you fancy getting away from it all? Why not book a flight to and spend a relaxing New Years Eve in Fiji.

If seeing in New Year's Eve in a warm climate with lots of sunshine and relaxation then its hard to beat Fiji. With beautiful beaches, friendly locals, tasty food and also great value for money accommodation, you won't want to leave.

If this sounds like the perfect idea why not also search scuba diving courses in Fiji and maximise your time in this paradise.


Plan Your NYE Getaway

If you don't want to be bored at home this festive season hopefully our list has given you some inspiration for places to go and see in the New Year.

Where you go really comes down to your interests, how much time you have and also what budget you have available. We understand flying half way around the world during the holiday season can be expensive, but you can probably also find fun New Year's Eve ideas closer to home too.

If would like to be travelling during the New Year break search tours abroad - there are group trips to destinations all around the world. See new places, make new friends and create special memories.