New Year’s comes but once a year. In the spirit of resolutions and new beginnings, what better way to usher in a fresh calendar year than by slotting in that first vacation? As the year transitions, seize the opportunity for an eye-opening trip out of the country—perhaps to Mykonos, Goa, or Copenhagen. Wherever you feel pulled to travel, Travel + Leisure’s rich photo galleries and detail-packed stories are sure to inspire your next New Year’s trip.
New Year’s travel can take many different forms, though a few predictable elements remain: fireworks, parties in the street, and plenty of live music. As you plan your big end-of-year trip, head back here for the best hotel deals and New Year’s Eve parties to make that midnight countdown extra special.
For a romantic escape, there’s nothing like strolling the canals of Amsterdam or Venice. If you’re after an active winter break, swanky Aspen, where you’ll find snowshoe hikes and sledding hills, comes fully alive during high season. And in cities like Chicago, New Year’s Eve signals a time for fare-free rides on public transportation, as well as fireworks displays and even holiday-themed zoo exhibits.
Our resolution at Travel + Leisure is to inspire your greatest celebration yet. Visit Latin America’s biggest New Year’s Eve spectacle, or ride the wave of festivity with a bonfire in Reykjavík. By the time New Year’s Day rolls around, you’ll be grateful to have enjoyed your holiday in a different part of the world.
At the tail end of the holiday season, you may be looking to save money on that big New Year’s trip. Not to worry. Travel + Leisure’s dedicated team of editors seeks out the best travel deals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and beyond. From off-season rates to under-the-radar boutique hotels, you’ll find an exotic, affordable trip to kick off the New Year. Want a private terrace suite on the Caribbean? After a complimentary upgrade at check-in? Follow our expert tips to the season’s best end-of-year travel deals.