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The 9 Best New Year’s Eve Parties on the Planet

By: Natalie Austin, TWIP

New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the most anticipated nights of the year and New York isn’t the only city that knows how to do it right. Cities around the globe offer experiences unique to their location and can provide for some of the year’s most unforgettable moments. Here are the top New Year’s celebrations around the globe.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbor

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Situated on a gorgeous harbor, Sydney offers a New Year’s Eve for those who are looking to spend it nautically. As one of the first capital cities to ring in the New Year, Sydney does this holiday the best. Complete with waterfront restaurants for lavish dinners, lighted boat parades, and yacht parties, to view a most spectacular fireworks show.

Bratislava, Slovakia

Slovakia

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If you’re looking for an unpretentious and quaint affair, Bratislava, Slovakia is the perfect party destination for New Year’s. The soiree hosts around 10,000 people each year with open air dance parties, a fireworks show over the Danube River, and local bands and dance groups to entertain. Old Town is divided into a “concert zone” and a “party zone” so goers can choose their desired atmosphere, or get a taste of both.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio

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Bringing the Carnival flavor with traditional costumes and dance performances, New Year’s Eve comes in as a close second in Brazil’s most vibrant city. Each year the Copacabana Beach is lined with music installations and drum spectaculars, with patrons decked out in white, symbolizing luck in the coming year. At the end of the evening, it is traditional for locals to cleanse themselves in the ocean and cast flowers into the water with the belief that if they don’t return, your wishes for the new year will be granted.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin

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With the reputation as one best nightlife cities in Europe, it is no wonder why Berlin makes this list. Countless clubs throughout the city host parties lasting through the night, some lasting for over 12 hours. Over one million people flock to Berlin to fill “party mile” through the city, lined with food and drink tents, music stages and of course a breathtaking fireworks show.

Hong Kong, China  

Hong Kong

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China is famous for some of the most unique and bizarre New Year’s traditions, which is why it is a perfect place to welcome the new year. With extravagant parties along the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon or bars in the Lan Kwai Fong district, Hong Kong knows just how to throw a NYE blowout. You can even watch a replica Times Square Ball Drop in the city center. Just like other New Year’s traditions, the firework show is a must-see and can be watched by boat in the Victoria Harbor.

Valparaiso, Chile

Chile

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One of the most extravagant New Year’s celebrations on the planet is no other than the cultural capital of Chile, Valparaiso. This three-day festival hosts a world renowned fireworks show, with fireworks launched from 17 different points along the coast.  Parties are hosted along the beach to take in the show and most of them go until the sun comes up.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland

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Another smaller scale NYE can be celebrated in the exotic Reykjavik, a large community party thrown by locals. Beginning at 6pm, bonfires are held throughout the city to symbolize the burning away of the year’s troubles. Gatherings a complete with heaving drinking, folk songs and people dressed as elves and trolls. The party goes through 5am, when locals line up for hotdogs and then head to the hot springs to warm up from an evening outside.  Despite being a frigid location, Reykjavik is the perfect destination to really party like a local this holiday.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland

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Edinburgh is hands down one of New Year Eve’s best destination as it is home to a remarkable three-day festival. The event kicks off with a torchlight procession, followed by city-wide festivities like outdoor concerts and a traditional Celtic party. While fireworks show is a standard NYE tradition, this display takes place with the magnificent Edinburgh Castle as its backdrop. On New Year’s day, Holyrood Park hosts a competitive dog sledding race and the River Forth hosts an ice-cold water plunge.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna

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Vienna is home to both sophisticated events and smaller scale parties, providing a little something for everything on NYE. Those who love the finer things can attend one of its many balls where guests are dressed to the nines. For those who prefer a more local experience, head to the city center, Silvesterpfad for traditional hot mulled wine and toffee apples. Visitors can also opt for a dinner party cruise along the Danube River.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Jenny Feng, contributing writer at The Outbound Collective.

Current city: Home is Calgary, Canada

Age: 27

Total countries visited: 23

What makes you interesting: The diverse life experiences I have accumulated. I grew up and spent my childhood in China and lived in Canada since my early teens. I built a career in corporate banking in the last five years which I’m extremely proud of. I recently left banking to work on a new project (in stealth mode). Instagram has been a wonderful creative outlet for me the last year. I have traveled to five different continents (6th in 2 weeks!). I’m an adrenaline junkie and have done everything from skydiving in Dubai to cage diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa. I love house music. I love geopolitics. I love meeting new people from all walks of life. I ran a full marathon in Spain in 2012. I have always believed in giving back to the community, making a difference, and have always been involved with different charity organizations since university. I live for new experiences!

What brands do you love: Google – I admire companies with such incredible innovation and creative capabilities, and their power to change and disrupt the world as we know it.

Where are you the most authentic you: Anywhere and everywhere – because why would you ever be someone else?!

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Egypt (check), Dubai (check), Philippines (check), Machu Picchu, Kenya, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Antarctica, and hopefully as close to 195 countries as possible!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Don’t take everything at face value, and don’t believe everything you see or hear. Go experience for yourself.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: Travel has made me more humble as a human being, more understanding of our differences, and more grateful for this interesting little journey we call life!

Next travel destination: Sydney and Cairns, Australia, and moving to Cairns this winter!

TWIPPERS OF THE WEEK

Twippers of the Week: Noemi and Joël from The Highlife Couple!

Current city: At the moment we are back in our hometown called Aarau, it is situated between Zurich and Bern, Switzerland.

Age: We both are 23 years old.

Total countries visited: As we both started to travel at a young age, we already discovered 40 countries.

What makes you interesting: As a young and active couple we are trying to inspire others to go out and see the world.

What brands do you love: We recently bought the new GH5 camera from Panasonic and we absolutely love it. It takes amazing pictures and even greater slow motion footage.

What does “Travel” mean to you: Traveling means to us that we get the opportunity to escape our normal eight-to-five life by get lost somewhere new.

What item will you never leave home without: Our gear bag with our GH5, Mavic Pro and our beloved Zhiyun Crane stabilizer.

Most magical place on earth: For us it is probably Byron Bay, New South Wales Australia. We do have a deep connection to this town because we spent our first weekend trip there as a couple.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Since we are real foodies the first thing we usually do is trying the local foods.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: When we visited the sacred tree temple in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. We learned so much about Buddhism and the Sri Lankan culture.

What is your most favorite travel memory: This was definitely on our road trip to the Ayers Rock. We were camping in the Australian Outback, just with our sleeping bags. We were actually so scared to fall asleep because of the wild animals that we spent the whole night counting shooting stars instead of sleeping. Although we did not get a lot of sleep, it turned into one of the most beautiful nights ever.

Next travel destination: Calp, Spain

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Bjorn Gent from Gent on the Loose!

Current city: I’m currently in Halmstad, Sweden. It’s the town I grew up in and my wife and I just got married here.

Age: 27

Total countries visited: 72

What makes you interesting: I once won an Orienteering Cup without even running. I simply was the only one who read the map right. Other than my flawless navigational skills, I also happen to speak five and a half languages.

What brands do you love: I absolutely admire the work Daniel Wellington have done with their product and their marketing. It’s a social media sensation and I’m very happy to have played a little part in it. As I’m working remotely, I love my @thefreedesk – a super beautiful portable desk that makes it possible for a 2m tall person like me to stand up while working. Everyone should try working while standing up – you will get so productive!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: Even though people grow up in different places in this world, they are very similar to each other. They might have been brought up with different cultures and political perspectives, but you can always find a common denominator with everyone. Building relationships isn’t hard if you focus on things that bring you together instead of pointing out differences.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: Waking up early and getting that perfect sunrise shot! My wife doesn’t enjoy it as much though.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: I have always aimed for the stars. I’ve always wanted to surpass myself and I’ve always pictured myself as an underdog. Travel has made me appreciate everything I have much more. It’s a true privilege to be able to afford good standards, and see and learn from so many countries. I’ve always been good with building relationships with people from different cultures and I think traveling has helped me even more to find a common denominator with everyone I meet by being more familiar with their backgrounds and cultures.

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: Everything I need. I never travel with checked bags. Ever. My carry on is enough for my camera and clothes for 8-10 days. You can always fix laundry along the way and it’s much cheaper than to check a bag or risk it getting lost in the handling. The only downside to this is that people on Instagram think I wear the same clothes all the time.

Best thing you have bought during your travels: The best thing about only flying with a carry-on is that there isn’t much space to buy unnecessary things. So the money can be spent on more travels instead.

If you wash up on a deserted island with your luggage in hand, what’s the one thing you’re thanking God you packed: A knife, but that’s highly unlikely as I only travel with a carry on.

Next travel destination: Me and my wife @dentistontheloose are going on a monthlong honeymoon in October. We’re going to spend most of our time in Australia but we’ll also have the chance to explore Malaysia more thoroughly. We can’t wait!

 

Twipper of the Month – July 2017

Twipper of the Month – July 2017: Dave Anderson from Jones Around The World!

This California native has been on the move since 2011 in search of beaches, music festivals and cold beer, but one thing is for sure, you will never find Dave without his camera. After his first trip to Europe, Dave knew he found his life’s passion. After a semester abroad in Rome, he became an international travel guide in Europe, lived in the Netherlands and Asia while acquiring his master’s degree online, and then spent a year Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. Dave is back to a Nomadic lifestyle and photographing music festivals wherever he goes. What makes this traveler interesting? He has lived in 6 countries by the age of 28 and loves learning new languages. If you ask him what travel has learned from traveling, he would say, “Money isn’t everything, and you should never give up on your dreams.” It’s his dream and passion for travel and music which makes Dave out Twipper of the Month for July.

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