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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 Month – October 2017

Twipper of the Month – October 2017: Gareth Leonard from Tourist 2 Townie!

Like many travelers featured on TWIP, Gareth realized he wasn’t living the authentic life he always dreamed about. After graduation, he became the Director of Marketing for a startup and helped the business grow into a multimillion dollar company. In October 2009, after many long hours and living someone else’s dream, Gareth found himself at a crossroads between a career in business or pursuing something he truly loved to do. Since his study abroad in London during his junior year of college, Gareth realized he wanted to travel differently by moving away from guided tour groups and get to know foreign communities on a more authentic and intimate level. He decided to drop everything and booked a one-way ticket to Buenos Aires, Argentina where he learned Spanish and bartended at a local brewery. From there Gareth created a five-year plan and a list of goals for each country he visits along the way. From learning, how to salsa dance in Colombia to living with monkeys in Ecuador, Gareth is on a mission to get out of his comfort zone and be more than just a tourist. Why? Gareth wants to be that local who has their own seat at the bar and has unlimited knowledgeable about where he lives. Through his videos and blog posts, he not only educates his followers but travels deeper and truly understands a place through the people and their culture. It’s because of this passion that we named Gareth as our Twipper of the Month for October!

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: Pia Kabitzsch from Wander Loove!

Current city: I am currently living in beautiful Munich, Germany but I’m going to move to Lund, Sweden this August.

Age: 25

Total countries visited: Wow! I’ve been to 29 countries.

What makes you interesting: I’m a very positive, passionate and adventurous person. I believe that you can achieve almost everything when you just stop talking about it and start doing/working for it. Make it happen!

What brands do you love: I used to care about brands but this has changed. I think money is way better invested in traveling and good coffee than in expensive designer clothes. But I must admit that I am really loving my hiking boots and my back pack from Jack Wolfskin, and my Nikon camera.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels:  I’ve got to get to know myself quite well while traveling and discovered what I want in life which is traveling the world while inspiring and encouraging people to live out their dreams and believe in themselves.

What item will you never leave home without: My passport, my camera and my phone. Google Maps and I are in a committed relationship. If I must narrow it down to one item, I would probably choose my passport. You just never know when you will book a spontaneous trip leaving the very next day.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: I love to explore new places by foot, get to know the locals, their food (the coffee culture) and traditions. I also really enjoy meeting travellers from all over the world and exchanging experiences with them. Of course, I love taking pictures and sharing “goosebumps moments” with my followers.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling: That would probably be a about 65/70-year-old lady. We called her “turtle lady” since she looked a little bit like a turtle and, seemed to be very wise and experienced. I met her while staying in a hostel in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She was traveling the world for at least six months by herself and always stays with locals or in hostels.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada for sure! The landscape must be beyond beautiful. I’m already getting goose bumps by just looking at pictures.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: This would probably be the Himalaya and Antarctica. I must say that I am proud of every single place I’ve traveled to since I’ve made it happen all by myself and that just feels so good!

Next travel destination: Iceland in less than a month. I’m beyond excited!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Michael Huxley from Bemused Backpacker!

Current city: UK

Age: 38

Total countries visited: Over 100

What makes you interesting: The places I’ve been to and the things I have done there.

What brands do you love: I’m not really a brand person. If the kit is good and it works for me when traveling, I like it. If not I don’t.

What does “Travel” mean to you: It means filling my life with meaningful moments, experiences, sights and sounds, so when I reach the end and my life starts flashing in front of me, it’s worth watching.

What are your travel rituals: I think if I had any it would be heading to find the nearest and best street food whenever I arrive in a new destination.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Experiences, no question. Budgeting is really important, especially if you are traveling long term, but there is no point in traveling all over the world if you have to miss out on the once in a lifetime experiences just to save some money. I also have no problem upgrading to flashpacker status and getting a private room whenever I feel the need.

It’s your first day arriving in a country with a language so foreign it might as well be gibberish, how do you plan to get by: Easy, I learn as much of the basics as I can, hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and then use a lot of smiles and hand gestures. I have found that if you make the effort, polite and friendly, locals appreciate it and return the favor. When that happens language barriers break down pretty quickly.

Describe the last time you tried something new: Someone dared me to eat Balut (bird embryo) in the Philippines. Not my finest moment.

What are the top reasons should someone travel with you: I tend to know where all the best street food spots are in most places, and as a qualified nurse I generally have a first-aid kit with me which can come in handy,

Next travel destination: Southeast Asia.

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