Jet into the New Year: 7 travel ideas for New Year’s Eve

When cooking up ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve, add an overseas trip to the wish list. Combining your Christmas holidays with a destination New Year’s Eve celebration is one way to end (and start) the year on a good note.

From ringing in the New Year amid the skyscrapers of the Big Apple to easing into 2017 at a tropical resort in Fiji, here are seven New Year’s getaways to consider.

Watch the ball drop in NYC

New Year’s Eve in New York rates as one of the most sought-after experiences for Aussie travellers. When looking for the best New Year’s Eve parties in the world, Manhattan can’t be beaten.

After you’ve crammed into Times Square to watch the iconic ball drop at 12, hit one of New York’s hip bars to celebrate the start of the year with a martini in hand. Get maximum mileage from the experience and send a digital postcard to your envious friends back home.

Live it up in London

Whether you choose to spend your night sinking pints in a gastropub, watching the fireworks from the South Bank or fine dining at a Michelin-star restaurant, London is a top destination to spend New Year’s Eve.

When considering what to do on New Year’s Eve, London has plenty of great options for families too, with the New Year’s Day parade through Central London suitable for kids of all ages, even hard-to-impress teens.

Party on a Bali beach

Planning Christmas holidays in Bali to coincide with New Year’s Eve is a stroke of genius. Rather than wondering what to do on New Year’s Eve, plan to hang at a Bali beach club with all your entertainment, food and drink options sorted. With killer views of the Indian Ocean, cool DJs and plenty of cocktails, the Potato Head Beach Club is known for putting on some of the best New Year’s parties in Asia.

Fly away to Fiji

For a more subdued destination, steal away to a resort in Fiji and ease into the New Year. A great option for families and couples over the Christmas holidays, Fiji resorts offer a tropical getaway far from the big-city crowds on New Year’s Eve. Most resorts offer entertainment programs filled with traditional dance and special cuisine, making Fiji one of the more chilled ideas for New Year’s Eve.

A mission to New Zealand

Wine lovers will adore the idea of ringing in the New Year at New Zealand’s oldest winery. Established in 1851, Mission Estate is considered the birthplace of New Zealand wine and offers an annual New Year’s party like no other. Guests are treated to a four-course meal, music and, of course, some of the best wines in the region.

Dance with Lady Luck in Las Vegas

The famed Las Vegas strip is closed to traffic on New Year’s Eve, turning the centre of Sin City into one gigantic block party. Whether you choose to see a show, watch the impressive fireworks display or hit the clubs, be sure to book well ahead as accommodation can book out on this night of nights.

Take a Singapore city break

Singapore is a top destination for travellers keen on celebrating New Year’s Eve somewhere different. The ultra-modern Marina Bay Sands offers one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in town, with deluxe accommodation, fine dining, entertainment and fireworks viewing all from one prestigious location.

Before you go

Whether it’s New Year’s Eve in New York or Christmas holidays in Bali, travel insurance is essential. Buy it before you go and travel free from worry.

Work out how much money you’ve got to play with by using our handy currency converter and sort out other travel essentials online before you jet off.