A New Year’s vacation is a great way to bring in a fresh start to a new year. Champagne, fireworks, sparkly confetti…need we say more? Yes. Let this thought marinate: New Year’s Eve is not a kid friendly holiday. Meaning, cities roll out their most festive events catered to an adult crowd. Ohhh yeah! Great news for us fun and happenin’ folks. But because New Year’s vacays are fun and popular, they’re also a little tricky to plan. So while it may be a little too late for 2011, it’s totally okay to start thinking 2012!
– Flights to popular destinations often book up months in advance so start planning at least six months before departure. If you’re thinking about a cruise or ski trip, book at least nine months ahead of time.
– Because it can be tricky shopping around Christmas, purchase the bulk of your attire ahead of time. If you’re going to a warm destination, shop in the summer. If you’re headed to a cold spot, look for bargains around Thanksgiving.
And consider two of our favorite New Year’s Eve destinations:
Forget Bourbon Street, it’s full of tourists and not a true representation of the New Orleans spirit. So head to where the NOLA locals party, Frenchmen Street. Expect a laid back atmosphere, but definitely not lacking on fun. You’ll be dancing in the street to impromptu brass band before you know it.
The Sunset Strip gets just a little bit more rambunctious around New Year’s. Yes, it’s possible. And the best part? The strip turns into a pedestrian only zone and the city allows drinking in the street. You can read between the lines here. This trip is not for the faint at heart, much more suited for hearty partiers. So you can’t say that we didn’t warn you!