Guest Writer: Stephanie Maisonneuve
Well, it’s that time of the year again! New Year’s Eve is lurking - a time where we start celebrating and reflecting on the past months and talking new year resolutions…but have you made NYE vacations plans yet? If not, stay calm - there are still several last-minute vacation deals available to you that will not require you to dig deep into your pockets.
Planning an epic New Year’s Eve is obviously not easy. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best places to go this New Year’s Eve, how to keep it cheap, and what to pack for the weather or activities.
Wanna spend your NYE vacation in a country with exceptional landscapes, delicious foods and ancient landmarks…that is also unbelievably cheap? This is definitely the place to be.
Siem Riep, Cambodia is also home to Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat, and the Bayon. You will get to experience all these breathtaking sights without having to go hard on your wallet. A four-star hotel in this area will cost you just $27 per night while the average cost of a meal ranges between $1.50 and $6.00 making this place one of the best and cheapest family getaways for New Year’s Eve.
Of course, if you’re going to travel to Southeast Asia you’ll want to explore more of the region, so we suggest staying at least 10 days and fly to nearby countries such as Thailand for as low as $85. Depending on departure in December, you’ll find flights from the U.S. for less than $1100. But keep your eyes on sites like The Flight Deal and Secret Flying as well, as this time of the year, flight deals start poppin’ up, and you may be able to snag tickets for the low-low.What to pack
December is one of the best times to visit Cambodia as it is much cooler with temperatures averaging 77°F. So you can still bring your flip-flops and shorts, but be sure to carry a shawl to cover up your shoulders when visiting temples and an umbrella for light showers.
From underground DJ shows in warehouses to swanky balls, San Francisco really does have it all for NYE. And there’s also the famous fireworks show held from the Ferry building every 31st December at midnight.
For the best view of these amazing fireworks, you should consider paying for one of the many NYE boat cruises.
Want to party grown and sexy style? You’ll find lots of 21+ parties in posh hotels with separate music rooms to cater to all music heads and the latest dance craze. Most include ball drops at midnight, various dance floors, and drinks. Enjoy reggae rooms and bop your head to 90s hits at the Epic NYE 2019 in Park Central Hotel with tickets starting at $30. However, you choose to jumpstart 2019, be sure to check out party details and dress codes.What to pack
NYE parties call for sparkle and dazzle so carry your flapper dress or suit to help you cruise around the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge, all while enjoying live casino games and music.
When it comes to the best places to go for New Year’s Eve, Hungary might not be the first name that comes to mind. But wait till you hear about the Winter Wonderland Package of NYE weekend that is less than $500 per room, every night, based on double occupancy- one of the best New Year’s Eve hotel packages.
The offer also includes complimentary daily afternoon wine and cheese, hot cocktails in the SkyBar, free Wi-Fi, travel mugs, and access to the spa and yoga classes every morning. Did we mention this was all complimentary?
Getting here? You’ll find flights for less than $800. Sites like Skyscanner and Momondo will keep you updated on the cheapest flights.What to pack
Swimwear - No visit to Budapest is ever complete without a visit to one of its numerous outdoor thermal baths. In fact, you can even bring in the new year with a bath party. But remember, it is still freezing so pack your winter boots when you’re not taking in the healing effects of thermal waters. Oh and thermal baths can wreak havoc on your tresses so make sure to pack The Black Travel Box Conditioner Bar to revitalize your hair for new year's day.
Are you a music lover? If yes, you will definitely fall in love with Nashville on NYE. Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight, a star-studded music event will be the highlight of the night. And even better news, the event will be absolutely free! But if free.99 isn't your thing, check out the Purple Masquerade New Years Eve Concert celebrating the iconic Prince with performances of his greatest hits. General admission is $23, and VIP is $45.
How much of your coins will you have to put out to get there? Flights from all coast to Nashville are currently less than $280. Grab yours before it's too late.What to wear?
Winter weather in Nashville can be extremely cold with wind chills so be sure to bring winter boots, heavy coats, scarves, and sweaters, and keep your skin moisturized with The Black Travel Box Body Balm.
Who says that you have to celebrate NYE at only one location? The cheapest NYE cruise deals are on round-trip Caribbean itineraries departing from Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida, with prices starting at $494 per person. Hit up Mexico, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica and start your 2019 globetrottin’ early.What to pack
You’ll want to pack classy evening attire, a balance of resort wear, and comfortable clothes for adventures ashore.
As you can see, you still have a lot of time to plan for that perfect NYE vacation-all is not lost. Cheers to bringing in 2019 in style!
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