The new year is a time for new beginnings, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a visit to an exotic destination.
One of the greatest things about traveling is learning about new cultures, their traditions and customs. Here are some fun places to spend New Year’s Eve.
The holiday season and ringing in the new year is a good time to participate in some fun experiences with new friends, no matter where you are.
Each country will have it’s own unique and perhaps quirky customs that will give you great travel stories.
If you’re up for a memorable and different New Year’s celebration, consider taking a trip to one of these cities.
Fun places to spend New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is considered one of Japan’s most important holidays.
Take part in the traditional visit to a Hatsumode shrine and buy a couple lucky charms for good luck.
You can also visit a Buddhist temple. Traditionally, a bell is rung 108 times to help cleanse listeners from their worldly desires.
Eat long soba noodles for a long life or dance the night away in the Roppongi district.
It’s well known for its nightlife. Communing with Nature in a Kimono
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Celebrating News Year’s Eve in Rio can be a lifetime experience.
Locals and visitors from around the world cluster along the beach to listen and dance to live music.
You will be able to view miles of fireworks across the beaches.
Dressing in white is a must. Adding a little green gives you good health. Yellow gives you money. An red will bring you passion and romance!
Locals carry flower offerings and cast them into the sea at midnight thanking Yemanja for a prosperous year.
Many of the beachfront restaurants stay open late.
Be sure to eat seven raisins by midnight, and keep the seeds in your wallet for a prosperous new year.
What better way to spend New Year’s Eve than cruising the romantic rivers of Venice.
Italy tends to make food a huge part of any celebration.
Their new year’s festivities are no different.
Restaurant tables are packed with tremendous feasts that traditionally last from 9:00 p.m. until midnight.
Don’t have a loved one to kiss at midnight?
Head to St. Mark’s Square for fireworks, music, a group toast and the traditional group kiss.
One of the more fun places to spend new year’s is Germany.
The Germans love a New Year’s party and throw the biggest celebration in all of Europe.
Start your night by making some traditional Speckdicken and share it with the neighbors.
Or eat a tiny marzipan pig for good luck.
Head to the Brandenburg Gate for the main celebration.
Enjoy the live music, toast with a glass of Sekt, and enjoy the midnight fireworks.
People know Berlin for it’s busy nightlife, and New Year’s eve is no different.
Most clubs, hotels and restaurants have special events that will carry on till dawn.
One of the world’s biggest celebrations is found in Sydney Harbour with firework displays like no other.
Celebrations in Australia extend for six days.
They include family meetings, a visit to church and even Aboriginal rites meant to cleanse each city of evil spirits.
Join the Sydney New Year beach party: camp with your friends, build a bonfire and enjoy Sydney Harbor light up with it’s world class fireworks.
You can also enjoy the views from the many restaurants, lounges and the Sydney Opera House.