For Filipinos, welcoming the new year is not just any celebration. Following superstitions, reuniting with families, eating good food, and the like are elements of every Filipino New Year’s Eve. One can say that it’s a mix of tradition and modern trends, which makes it all the more unique. Even so, there may be times when you’d want to ring in the new year at a different place with your family. After all, there’s nothing wrong with a little change of scenery every now and then.
So, if you are thinking of flying off your family to another country next time to celebrate, here are some of the great cities to travel to for a good kind of different New Year’s Eve:
Sydney is one of the first countries to welcome the new year. Unlike other countries who celebrate with the cold, Australia’s summer season is just starting. The city holds a must see celebration because of how it lights up its harbour with dazzling lights. With the Opera House and Harbour Bridge serving as a backdrop, the festivities will surely leave you feeling optimistic for the incoming new year.
The Hong Kong Island is quite famous for its dramatic skyline. Thus, it’s no wonder that it’s also a sight to see during the new year. A wonderful fireworks display along the Victoria Harbor mesmerizes with how it illuminates and sets the mood at the marina. To catch sight of the spectacle, people often make a reservation in hotels with great views. If you want to welcome the new year at another country, consider Hong Kong! It’s just a few hours away by plane from the Philippines. Perfect for Filipinos craving for a new sight.
With Dubai boasting the world’s tallest building, celebrations have become grander. If you’re planning to welcome the new year in the City of Gold then you’re in for a good time. This year, New Year fireworks at the Burj Khalifa is set to return due to public demand. Last year, 2018 was ushered in by a light show instead of the famous fireworks display.
Head on to one of the oldest of the world’s great cities, Britain’s largest metropolis – London. Be sure to pack warm though, as it can get very cold. Prepare your snuggliest sweater and toughest coats to combat the chills and enjoy welcoming a new year. Purchase your tickets early for the official viewing area to avoid getting run out. There are still places where you can view the fireworks for free, but to be sure, get there as early as you can. Expect the crowd, thus, it is advisable to keep your children close should you decide to bring them.
Rio de Janeiro
If you want a total opposite from the cold in London, head on to the warm and sunny beaches of Rio de Janeiro, specifically at Copacabana Beach. New Year’s Eve is considered the second biggest party in this seaside city. Next to the worldwide famous festival Carnival, their new year’s celebration or locally called Reveillon is one for the books. Be part of the millions who gather to witness a different kind of fireworks display.
New York’s iconic and famous ball drop is a must see during new year celebrations. It has been an ongoing tradition since 1907 when it made its debut. The only time it stopped was during World War II. After it ended, the ball drop tradition resumed. However, since it is an event one must witness, millions of people flock Times Square. So if you’re not up to big crowds, better opt out of it. Don’t feel too bad though as there are still tons of options like watching the fireworks at Grand Army Plaza or attending the NYE party of a known casino near JFK airport.
Travelling with your family to spend the new year in another country is an experience that all will remember. Learning about other cultures and traditions during one of the most celebrated days of the year is an amazing way to bond with family. During your trip, however, make sure to secure all family members. Not only with regards to their things, but also their safety. A travel insurance with the Philippines’ leading non-life insurance company can give the protection your family needs. Malayan Travel Master is sure to make you ready for any incidents as to not derail any plans you’ve made – making the trip most memorable to you and your family.