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10 Perfect Ideas for a New Year Getaway

My favorite way to celebrate the new year is to travel somewhere fun that I’ve never been to before.

Whether you want to party hard or rest and relax, keep reading for 10 ideas perfect for a New Year getaway.

Colorado, USA

Are you a fan of skiing or snowboarding? Colorado is definitely an adrenaline junkie’s dream end of year getaway.

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DUDE! Colorado is the perfect spot for adrenaline-junkies looking for a fun-filled trip before the new year.

There are plenty of ski towns to choose from in Colorado that are known for excellent skiing and snowboarding.

Try Aspen, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, or Vail.

BONUS: Some Colorado ski resorts have natural hot springs that you can soak in après-ski!

Costa Rica

Head out on an eco-adventure in Costa Rica, an incredibly environmentally friendly and adventurous choice for an end of the year vacation.

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Let loose in Costa Rica.

If you’re looking for something more low-key, consider a yoga or wellness retreat, eco-spa, or just chilling at a beach villa.

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Hogmanay just might be one of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations in the world.

Join what is perhaps the biggest and most well-known New Year’s Eve celebration in the world, Hogmanay, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Full of fun and wacky traditions, head here if you’re looking for cultural enrichment and new experiences.

Hawaii, USA

Embrace the outdoors in sunny Hawaii; surfing, hiking, sunbathing, sailing, ziplining, and more.

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Just LOOK at that water!

A little sun, sea, and sand sounds like a great plan for a new year’s getaway, doesn’t it?.

Check out my post on what to do in Hawaii for more ideas on what to do while you’re there.

Caribbean cruise

Can’t choose an island to stay put for the week? Consider going on a Caribbean cruise.

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Visit several destinations in 1 trip thanks to a cruise.

Disney Cruise Lines has a few fun options, as do other popular cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Princess Cruises.

For more cruise ideas, check out my post on the best types of cruises to consider.

New York City, NY, USA

Watch the ball drop in Times Square in the heart of New York City with thousands of other people.

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One of the biggest bucket list NYE destinations in the USA – New York City.

Spend the rest of your vacation shopping, visiting museums, and dining at New York’s finest restaurants.

Paris, France

Ring in the new year under the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or fireworks over the Arc de Triomphe. What a romantic vacation idea!

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One of my favorite New Year’s Eve trips to date has been Paris, France.

Check out my post on romantic things to do in Paris for more ideas on how to amp up the romance on this trip!

Puerto Rico

Explore pristine beaches, chase waterfalls, kayak through glowing water, and explore the old towns in gorgeous Puerto Rico.

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One of my favorite Caribbean getaways – Puerto Rico!

Puerto Rico is a great option for east coasters who don’t want to spend too much of their end of the year vacation in a plane.

Plus, Puerto Rico is home to 3 of the world’s bioluminescent bays, all of which allow visitors.


Take a moment to explore the town or city you adore. Visit the museums you’ve been meaning to see, try a new restaurant, brew a cup of tea, and read a book.

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Staycation, all I ever wanted.

Take advantage of the time off to get things done that you didn’t achieve earlier in the year. Not a bad way to spend the remainder of the year, TBH.

Sydney, Australia

Ring in the new year down under with warm weather and fireworks over Sydney Harbor.

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Be amongst the first to ring in the new year in Sydney, Australia.

Spend the rest of your year learning to surf, drinking flat whites, and checking out the Skywalk (360° views of Sydney!).

Where are you headed for your New Year getaway ?

Let me know in the comments below where your favorite end-of-the-year vacation spot is!

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