New Year’s Eve seems to be one of those holidays we know is coming — it’s literally the same time every year — but tend to ignore until it’s right around the corner. Blame the all-encompassing Christmas holiday and the busyness of the season, but, regardless, New Year’s Eve plans can sometimes fall by the wayside.
Get a jump on this year, even if it’s only a couple weeks in advance, and plan a celebratory vacation. Whether you love the holiday or it’s just another day, it’s a great time to take advantage of the low-traffic airports and less-traveled destinations. Bring the kids or get away just the two of you, but be sure to consider a few things before planning.
Plan to be Flexible
The more flexible you can be about your trip, including the destination and accommodations, the better. Cities will be pretty packed with tourists and parties in hotels and bars, so unless you enjoy the crowds and last-minute hiked rates, steer clear. Consider some rural options, like a scenic location with mild temperatures for nature-filled hikes and peace and quiet, or some off-beat destinations you’ve been meaning to visit, but haven’t had the chance.
Plan for Weather
While narrowing down your destination options, consider the weather. While it’s merely a suggestion and not a guarantee, it will be helpful to know what you’re getting in for in a new destination this time of year. If you plan to drive, camp or spend time outside, make sure you’re prepared for the chance of snow.
Plan for a Quick Trip
New Year’s Eve and Day is all of a few hours long, so don’t go crazy packing and cramming in activities. If you do want to make a trip out of it, consider the possibility tours and activities may be closed for the holiday, so plan accordingly. If you’re bringing the family, check out local activities and attractions. Whether a simple sledding hill and holiday markets remaining from the Christmas season, it’s a great way to entertain the kids while feeling like a local in a new locale.
Consider the Perks
Scout deals online for home shares like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey, or check out available hotels and bundles with Hotels.com, Priceline, Expedia, Kayak and the slew of others. There may be new promotions and rates for those traveling over the holiday.
Kick off the New Year in a new way — with a family trip under your belt, enjoying quality time, new experiences and making memories to last longer than the year ahead.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Zermatt’s colorful ski boutique-lined Bahnhofstrasse, stylish apartment-style lodgings of every description and views of the Matterhorn from every angle make up one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations — and it certainly does not hurt that it is proclaimed the “world’s best ski resort” by organizations like SnowOnline.com year after year. During the warmer months, meanwhile, you will see many family groups with kids strolling the shopping streets (sometimes alongside a herd of about 50 free-range Valais Blackneck goats around 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), enjoying fondue and pizza at nearby cafés, and taking advantage of the many hiking and bike trails.
San Diego is a great destination for families looking for fun no matter what time of year it is, but this fall, there is plenty to do for everyone — even when you have a budget. Thanks to year-round sunshine, the best way to explore this city is by heading outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather.
By Hainan Airlines
The movies and cruise vacations actually have a lot in common: fascinating ports of call, making friends with interesting people, new sensory experiences, the constant change of scenery. When you think about it, it’s no surprise many classic comedies and romances are set aboard cruise ships, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, Royal Wedding (1951), An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant, the more recent and kid-friendly Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and the long-running television series Love Boat.