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6 Last-Minute, Unbeatable Travel Destinations to ring in the New Year 2020

The year is about to end, how has it been? If your year flew by and you felt, you didn’t manage to complete what you set out to do. That’s alright. We can’t change how our year went but we can certainly end it on a high note somewhere special. It gives us a sensational feeling as it’s the dawning of a new year.  

But the question is, where? Everywhere will be packed, it’ll be expensive and what are the highlights anyway? We’ve compiled our list of 2020 New Year’s getaway, each having its own unique points. Let’s get to it:

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

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The main attraction is the Scottish capital’s famed three-day Hogmanay extravaganza kicks off on 30 December. It starts with a Viking-style torchlight procession along the Royal Mile. New Year’s Eve features Concert in the Gardens which is perfect for gig-goers to catch a great view of the midnight fireworks over Edinburgh Castle. Live music, traditional fancy-dress dip in the freezing Firth of Forth. More details about the extravaganza here.

Stay at The Balmoral or Eden Locke

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

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The Aussies really know how to put on a firework masterpiece, millions gather along the foreshore and on boats to catch this stunning 15-minute breath-taking view. If boats aren’t your cup of tea, you could reserve an outside table along one of the waterfront restaurants. BEST. SEATS. IN. THE. HOUSE.

Stay at The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney or Paramount House Hotel

BARCELONA, SPAIN

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This city of night owls kick start the party at about 11 pm. The crowd gather at Plaça d’Espanya to watch the midnight pyrotechnics on Montjuïc, the hill just above. In addition, we know how the Spanish love to dance, a couple of yards away is Poble Espanyol. It is a massive dance party held at the open-air architectural museum. The party is said to last up till 6am!

Stay at Soho House Barcelona or roof terrace

LISBON, PORTUGAL

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Europe’s new capital of cool is at Praça do Comércio, the main square right on the Tagus River. As typical as things get in Portugal, the fiesta runs late. Live music starts at around 10 pm and continues after the fireworks at midnight. Get ready for a night (or day) or dancing and drinking with the locals.

Stay at Verride Palácio Santa Catarina or Alma Lusa Baixa/Chiado

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

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Does midsummer New Year sound good to you? We know your inner party animal will appreciate as the locals take to the beach. A whopping two million people gather on the 2.5-mile-long Copacabana for samba, Champagne and fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Since it’ll be super busy, remember to grab a spot from 10 pm onwards and to wear white on NYE as it is said to bring luck for the New Year.

Stay at Belmond Copacabana Palace or Mama Ruisa

BANGKOK, THAILAND

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One of Asia’s top picks for best nightlife cities: vibrant and roaring is Bangkok. Central World Plaza is one of the main gathering spots to celebrate the New Year, many describe it as magical. Next in line would be Asiatique shopping and entertainment area along the Chao Phraya River. If things get too much, there’s always heading to a temple for some downtime… like at Wat Pho with its reclining Buddha.

Stay at Shangri-La Hotel or The Peninsula Hotel

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Wherever your flights take you, keep your spirits high (both kinds) and be ready for an amazing New Year ahead.
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