Celebrating NYE Abroad

Planning on celebrating New Year’s Eve in another country? So far I’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Oslo and most recently, Christchurch. It’s something David and I enjoy doing but there are few things you need to consider before you go ahead and book your holiday. Here are my top tips for celebrating the start of a new year in another country.

A freezing, foggy NYE night in Oslo

Everything will cost more at NYE
From flights to accommodation, everything costs more around public holidays in every country so be prepared to pay quite a lot extra. We found Christchurch was actually quite affordable compared to New Zealand’s other cities and that’s why we chose to base ourselves there. It was a similar case in Norway where we found the cheapest place for us to be on New Year’s Eve was Oslo.

Fireworks in Oslo

You might need to book tickets in advance
The cities we’ve celebrated NYE in have been much smaller than Sydney and other major cities around the world. We didn’t have to worry about buying tickets to particular events, rather we found the free community fireworks and celebrated with the locals. Be sure to find out where the locals go if you’re looking for something on the cheap. Otherwise, be sure to book your tickets in advance!

Celebrating NYE in Christchurch

Book in advance
As with any major public holiday, flights and accommodation books out well in advance. If you book early enough, you may be able to snag early bird sales as well. Just be sure to do your research and book somewhere you know you’re going to be able to celebrate the turn of the year.

People let of their own fireworks in Oslo, Norway

Be savvy about your accommodation
You don’t want to have to drive back to your hotel at 1am in the morning after spending the whole night out, nor do you want to be kept awake until sunrise New Year’s Day because you’re spending the night in a room above party central. Do your research and find the perfect hotel for you. We find it’s best to stay in a hotel or motel within walking distance from the main fireworks displays because we like to head home after that.

Where will you be welcoming in the New Year? Let me know in the comments below!


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