Travel Experts share their favourite New Year’s Eve Destinations
We decided to contact a few travel bloggers and ask them about their favourite New Year’s Eve destinations.
Barry from Tools of Travel
I’ve spent New Year’s Eve at some remarkable places such as Sydney, Edinburgh, and Siem Reap. Yet one of my most memorable was Taiwan at the Taipei 101 building. The Taipei 101 firework display is the pinnacle of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Taipei. Until 2010 Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world and has a remarkable 101 floors above ground and 5 floors below. The 101 building has been celebrating NYE in style with its spectacular fireworks show since its creation in 2004. Further away areas like Elephant Mountain and Tiger Mountain in Xinyi District’s Sishou offer great viewing spots. Also the Xianjiyan Hiking Trail and the Zhinan scenic spot offer picturesque places to enjoy the display from a distance. During NYE the vibe simply incredible and unlike nothing I’ve never witnessed. Things were just simply alive everywhere. Hundreds of thousands of people turned up for the event and thestreet was alive. Yet surprisingly amongst all these people it was still possible to find a good vantage point to view the show. After the midnight countdown the fireworks display begins and all those nearby and from a far are treated to one of a kind firework display.
Valter and Guilia from Tourists by chance
Luke Marlin from Backstreet Nomad
Taoufiq Haesen from Memories Of Morocco
Koh Tao, Thailand
Koh Tao, a laid back island in Thailand, and not too crowded. It’s a great place to party on the beach, and watch fireworks over the sea and celebrate New Year’s Eve. You’ll meet a lot of backpackers who have also decided to escape their home country over the holidays. It’s also one of the best places to go diving in Thailand.
New Years Eve in Reykjavik is something special; almost every single citizen takes part in lighting up the sky at midnight, creating a legendary, almost war-like, firework display. In Iceland fireworks are sold by the National Association for Search and Rescue, so nobody feels guilty in spending a lot of money (sometimes a few thousand dollars!) to buy fireworks to support this much needed, voluntary association. The evening usually starts with a festive family dinner, followed by a trip to the local bonfire which are held in every neighborhood in Reykjavik. At 22:30 the streets go empty as everyone watches the “Áramótaskaup”, an annual New Year’s Eve comedy show that makes fun of the major events and news of the past year. After that it’s time to put on your protective googles and some warm clothes and start bombing! Alternatively you can just stand by with a glass of champagne and watch as 500 tons of fireworks light up the sky!
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