Where Will The World Take Me For New Year?


Image Credit: Ryazan from Two Monkeys Travel Group

When I worked in retail my ideal way to spend a New Years Eve was at home, a massive take-away order placed, a few movies on, a couple of drinks and a relax knowing I didn’t have to wake up early on 1st January. But ever since coming out of retail my ideals have changed. At any other time of the year when there’s a bank holiday I’ll be jumping on the first plane I can find to get out of the country so why should New Year be any different? Especially when if I want the three days of between Christmas and New Year they have to come from my own measly holiday allowance (I’m actually working one day this year which will be tough.)

Last year because of the way the days fell I had an entire week to kill so joined a tour to Morocco with Exodus which you can read about here. Now my thoughts turn to this New Year. As I’m working 28th December this leaves me with five days (29th-2nd) as work starts again on Tuesday 3rd, and I’m trying to come up with ideas of what to do. As it’s just five days I’m kind of restricted to Europe due to traveling times and costs so here is what I have come up with.


I have been wanting to go Iceland for ages now and New Year is a great opportunity to potentially see the Northern Lights alongside relaxing in some thermal pools, going whale watching and enjoying the colder weather. I picked up a First Choice book on Iceland as a whim and the prices are a lot more reasonable than I thought (although I’m not sure about single supplements).


I have only been to the city once and that was just overnight so I have pretty much not done anything in the city. I’d love to visit Anne Franks house, visit their iconic Sex Museum, go to Van Gogh’s house and explore the art galleries around. Realistically I think I could do most things in 2-3 days so I’d either do a shorter trip here or bypass another city as well. My only thing holding me back from this option is I’d love to go in Spring during tulip season, but that could always be a second trip.


Part of me feels that I want a relaxing holiday and the Canary Islands are one of the warmest places to be in Europe during the winter as they’re close to Northern Africa. With plenty to do during the day and enough sunshine to sunbathe in I’m debating doing something altogether more relaxing than any holiday I’ve had in a while. Imagine how many books I’d get through?!

Have you thought about your plans for New Year?
November 11, 2016
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  • Reply Leah Shafik

    We have never been away for new year, in fact I just love to be in the bath on New Years eve but the places you have chosen sound wonderful…especially Iceland..so many of my friends have been and they love it! x

    November 13, 2016 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Hannah Latoya Bond

    I went to New York a while back for New Years Eve. It was a great trip, especially when midnight came along x

    November 13, 2016 at 4:06 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I really want to do New York for new year but having gone in July this year I thought perhaps next year 🙂 x

      November 14, 2016 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Life of Amy

    I have absolutely no plans for the new year yet…. other than I would love to become a vegetarian and I need a holiday! Somewhere hot really!

    November 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply sarah Lea

    Great list of places. Lazarote is beautiful. I’d LOVE to visit Iceland. It’s top of my list, such a beautiful, unique country! I haven’t thought about any plans for the new year as of yet. xx

    November 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    Wow that photo is fantastic. I would love to go to Amsterdam I spent part of a day there a while back but i’d love longer to explore.

    November 13, 2016 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Gem

    I would go for Iceland or Amsterdam – both are on my bucket list!

    November 15, 2016 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Purely Amy

    I haven’t even considered next year, still panicking about this one! I’d absolutely love to go to New Zealand or to the Himalayas in China!

    November 15, 2016 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Natasha Mairs

    I love Gran Caneria in the Canery islands, so out of these three, I would choose Lanzarote. I hate the cold, so the warmer the better

    November 17, 2016 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I’ve always wanted to be in London for New Years Eve, I think that would be so fab. The Northern lights would be amazing. Hope you have a great time which ever you choose!

    November 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Considering I live just a few minutes from London I’ve never been in for New Year. The crowds just don’t appeal for me, but then again I’d love to do both Edinburgh and New York and I expect they’d be crazy busy too x

      November 17, 2016 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Jayne

    I’d be torn between Lanzarote, which I absolutely love and Iceland, as we have always wanted to go see the northern lights. I hope you have an amazing time, whatever you choose! x

    November 17, 2016 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Sharon aftertheplayground

    I’d go for Lanzarote. I have been to Iceland and it was fascinating and beautiful but was, of course, grey and cold. Lanzarote was fascinating, beautiful and warm! No contest!!

    November 17, 2016 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran

    I would LOVE to go to Iceland at some point. I don’t mind the cold.

    November 17, 2016 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Jazmin Williams

    Love this! I’m going to be home and hopefully with some friends for NYE. I’d love to go to Disneyland for one New Year, though – it’s supposed to be amazing!

    November 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Rachel George

    My New Year plans are much like every other night of the year – get the boy to bed, chill, hope the boy isn’t woken by fireworks and sleep. I shall travel through other people’s stories for now!

    November 18, 2016 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I’d love to go travelling for New Year, alas, my budget dictates I will be sitting at home watching Jools Holland with some bubbly like every other year, lol! Iceland is on my bucket list too.

    November 19, 2016 at 6:59 am
  • Reply Anosa

    I was actually just looking at the deals this morning so I can see if I can go somewhere for the next year. Iceland is top of my list too

    November 19, 2016 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply kerry norris

    We’re having it at home this year as my family are over from Australia. I’m desperate to go to Iceland so maybe go there x

    November 19, 2016 at 11:47 pm
  • Reply Lubka Henry

    This is a cool post. I remember one year my husband and I found a really good offer for NY in Lanzarote. Whilst all our neighbours were getting ready for a party, we headed to the airport. It was amazing to spent NY in a warm place with a beach!

    November 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Stella Kashmoney

    Not really but I think I will be in London for the new year.

    November 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply lianne

    I would love to be in NY one day for NYE… one day! This year will just be at home with the little ones 🙂

    November 21, 2016 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Bex Smith

    I’ll be staying in this year as itll be 3 weeks from my due date

    November 21, 2016 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Rachel Nicole

    I love these types of posts! I’m going to make one for myself as I’m hoping to travel quite a lot next year. Iceland is on my list too, it sounds amazing! xo


    November 21, 2016 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    Iceland is so on my to visit list, it looks incredible.

    November 22, 2016 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Jess | The Indigo Hours

    I’d love to visit Iceland, it looks beautiful! A friend of mine went earlier in the year and his photos made me so jealous, haha! Hope you manage to get a lovely New Year’s break in 🙂

    November 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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