Why is it, whenever New Year approaches, we are reminded of the quickness of time passing? 'I can remember last New Year as if it was yesterday,' we say, as another year comes to a close. With so much going on over the summer, and of course the chaotic build-up to Christmas, it can be all to easy to find the occasion has crept up on you. As such, many with aspirations of leaving their home pressures behind for a few days find themselves suddenly at a loss when pondering last-minute budget deals.
It is an increasingly popular trend throughout the UK for residents to spend both Christmas and New Year away from home: as you would expect then, booking early is recommended. Your first port of call should be HomeAway, where you’ll find an impressive array of affordable rental accommodations across the globe. Struggling for a destination? Take a look at our suggestions to get you started.
Question: have you considered the possibility of staying within the UK's own fair shores? After all, there’s plenty going on in the United Kingdom to make your New Year memorable. The street celebration in Edinburgh is the place for party animals, with a glut of international musicians gracing the stage well beyond midnight. The Cornish town of Newquay is another popular haunt for fun-seekers, with residents and visitors donning costumes to usher in the New Year. If you’d prefer a quieter, family-orientated affair, the idyllic Lake District may be ideal.
Winter means skiing, and there are few destinations in Europe more tailor-made for the activity than Austria. Shooting the pistes by day, curling up in a toasty cabin by night; it could scarcely be more clichéd, but there's good reason why so many people ring in New Year this way. Ischgl is a fine place to experience the best of both worlds, with the option of blissful tranquillity available, and sophisticated yet reasonably priced party culture also on offer.
Winter wonderlands are all fine and dandy, but many Brits prefer their holidays away from the biting cold. When travelling on a tight budget, Cyprus is one of your best chances of finding December sunshine, with climates almost perpetually agreeable throughout the year. The party resort of Ayia Napa is the obvious destination for a raucous time, but capital city Nicosia and Limassol offer something in the way of mellower celebrations. Protaras is a tourist hub on the island, esteemed for its pleasant beaches and resort atmosphere.
Cheap, vibrant and dynamic, Barcelona is amongst the crème de la crème of budget New Year’s Eve celebrations. There is no official event, but the throngs amass on the Placa Catalunya as the clock strikes twelve nonetheless, creating a uniquely vivacious atmosphere. As when visiting Las Ramblas at any time of the year, remember to keep your wits about you at all times. The great news: this infamous street will allow you to keep the party going until the first sunrise of the brand-new year.
Would you rather shun the New Year's parties for something more relaxed? Bordeaux might be the place for you. This city in the south-west of France is sublime during the holiday period: sprawling yet charming, and blessed with fantastic architecture and cultural treasures. The elite of Europe can be found at the boat parties about the harbour, but the more casual tourist can enjoy a laid-back experience in the multitude of quaint bars and restaurants that populate the city centre.