It’s certainly amazing to celebrate New Year’s Eve by watching the fireworks over Sydney Harbour from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, witnessing the ball drop in New York’s Times Square or waltzing down the Champs-Elysees in Paris – but here at Flight Centre, we thought we’d put together some more unusual ideas to celebrate the past and the future.
Here are our more unusual New Year’s Eve travel destinations.
Short of heading to the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, consider flying to Auckland, New Zealand to be one of the first people to celebrate midnight December 31. While your friends are waiting for the New Year to begin, you’ll already be toasting to success. Once you’ve woken on New Year’s Day, take a sky jump from the city’s famed Sky Tower.
Dubbed Hogmanay, which translates to ‘last day of the year,’ this party in Scotland’s capital generally attracts around 80,000 revellers. A torch procession heralds the proceedings on December 30 and over the following couple of days live bands entertain the crowds. There’s a spectacular fireworks display above Edinburgh Castle on the big night.
While New Year resolutions can be cool, perhaps this year you might like to consult the Delphi Oracle, an ancient Greek tradition. After admiring the ruins of Delphi, spend New Year’s Eve in the country’s modern capital, Athens and celebrating the future Hellenic style.
Steep Point, Western Australia
As the sun sets in the west, consider travelling to Steep Point, the most westerly point of Australia to watch the sun gracefully descend on 2012. There’s a fantastic camping spot at the destination, which is around 800 kilometres north of Perth. Fishing is also recommended.
Koh Phangan, Thailand
On an island known for its full moon parties, Koh Phangan would have to be party central for new year’s eve. Every year, around 50,000 travellers descend on the Thai island for nothing but revelry and merrymaking.
Machu Picchu, Peru
If partying isn’t your thing, leave civilisation behind and trek the famed Inca trail through the Andes Mountains in Peru. Start the four-day trek on December 29 so that you’ll finish the hike by watching the sunrise on a new year over the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu.
The calendar we follow was first introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. In honour of this monumental decision, travellers might like to head to Italy’s capital and party it up with the Romans.
Perhaps you think that 2012 was a great year and you’re in no rush to head into 2013. In which case, you can delay the change of year as much as possible by jetting into Honolulu, Hawaii, one of the last regions to flip over the calendar. On January 1, relax on the iconic Waikiki Beach.