My best friend and I are traveling through Europe in Dec. and Jan. Any advice or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
Also if you want to have a beer while we are there I would love to meet new people.
We fly into Amsterdam Dec. 12th and fly out of Rome on Jan 19th.
I know we want to spend Christmas in London (where at we dont know yet any thoughts? Any good cooks ;-)?)
I want to be in Scotland for New Years. (Thats where the Party's at right?)
I'm from Slovenia! Though it might seem a bit far away from UK it is not. Easy jet and Ryan Air make it really cheap. We have good beer) lots of nice pubs, everybody speaks english.
Winters are cold but nice, some people say that some parts of Slovenia are like a story picture in the winter but if it is too cold, you can always warm up in spas that are all over the country... so check it out
Do your homework BEFORE you go to Scotland for New Year. I know several people that have been very disappointed when they went up there for Hogmanay. The reason being that, yes, the country is full of parties, but they tend to take place in private homes. Not in the pubs.
In fact, I've actually heard that a lot of pubs close soon after 12, to let their staff get away to their own parties.
I'm sure you'll find nightlife, but only like you'd find anywhere else in the world, so what's the point? If you want to go to a proper Scottish Hogmanay - make some Scottish friends...fast!
The other thing to bear in mind is if you go to the Edinburgh Street party for Hogmany, it is (officially) a ticketed event, and they tend to sell out a fair bit in advance, and also weatehr is cahngeable - Last year, New Year was cancelled....
Thanks for all your info!
Any suggestions on Where we should spend new years?
I would love to visit Slovenia but I dont think it is going to be possible this trip.
How about Ireland? Anything going on for New Years over there?
there's usually a fair amount going on over here (in ireland). haven't seen details of anything specific yet, but it's usually a pretty good night in any of the various bars and nightclubs around dublin. I've been down to galway a couple of times for new years as well, and it's been great. really beautiful down there, and a great party city.
if you make it over this far, i'm always game for a couple of beers...
As other posters have indicated, plan well in advance for Hogmanay in Scotland. Accommodation (certainly in Edinburgh) is booked up months in advance. The party is a ticket affair, and most of the parties in the pubs in or near the centre are ticket only affairs. I went a few years ago and was lucky to get into a pub at about six in the evening - we were about the last ones in before they closed the door.
If ypu make it as far as London, send me a message and I'll try and meet up for a beer - work, finances and the girlfriend permitting.
I have a three day pass for new years this year, and I'm looking to have a New Year's that I'll remember until a week AFTER I die. I'm stationed in Kosovo, but I have no idea where to go, I've heard Budapest, Ibiza, Malta, Milan, Barcelona, and several others.
I'm looking not only for the BIGGEST party town, but the WILDEST party I can find. Any help you all can provide me would be GREATLY appreciated, as I'll never be able to afford to come back over on your side of the "pond", I want to make my time here memorable.