Travelling during New Years

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1. Posted by Fredenfaerch (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Dear all

I am considering traveling during the Christmas holidays and celebrating New Years abroad. However, I am not quite certain yet. Do any of you have any experience traveling during New Years? If that's so, why is it good to travel during New Years compared to any other time of the year? Why going abroad during that period? And additionally, where should I go?

Any recommendation and advice is highly appreciated, thank you.

Best regards

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2094 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi Frederik and welcome to the forum.

It’s a bit of an odd question to ask why it's a good time to travel - any time is good if you are free of work and other commitments.

For flights on some routes it can be a peak / expensive time.

Re Where - this is a global forum, maybe you can narrow it down by explaining how long you want to travel for, where in the world you're starting from, and what sort of thing you want to see and do?

3. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1106 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

What is your goal? Travel to getaway from Christmas or to experience Christmas celebrations in another country?

4. Posted by Fredenfaerch (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Well Basically, i'm just looking for inspiration, because i've gone through some things that make me wanna travel during this period. Therefore, I have no specifics of where to go and I am not really that experienced with travelling tbh. So i'm pretty open to anything. My point of depature is Denmark.

Just looking for inspiration :-)

5. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1106 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

The period you want to travel in can be quite hectic so it might be overwhelming for someone who hasn't much experience with travel. Perhaps you should look for a destination within Europe. You must know at least what you would want from your trip? Are you into wilderness or cityscapes? Do you want something action pack or more of a do as little as possible holiday? Are you into culture or party?

6. Posted by littlesam1 (Budding Member 99 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

It sounds like you have personal reasons to want to be away over New Years. If that's what you need for your own reasons then I say go for it. I have traveled just before the holidays and visited some of the European Christmas markets and loved the experience. It might be a bit more expensive over the holidays and on to New Years but it will be worth it if it's something you need to do.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1796 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I have traveled over Christmas and New Years and the US Thanksgiving. But I am not particularly sentimental about any of those holidays. Not like my departed brother-in-law who was superstitious that whoever he was with at midnight would be who he was with for the next year. I went to his funeral which was after Christmas in 2017 and coming home on New Years day we were going through a green light when someone ran the red and that totaled our car (we weren't hurt). I can say without fear of contradiction that it is hard to get a rental car on New Years Day.

Doing the party thing at New Years is basically long past for Bob and me - I can't remember the last time we went to a celebration on New Years or even stayed up until midnight. So if this is something that you wish to do, I'd pick a destination where you could do that solo without feeling weird. The only place I can think of off hand is NYC, but I am sure there are other places. On the last holidays, we were on a cruise and they had New Years celebrations on board.

Things are likely to be more expensive around New Years because more people have holidays (especially from school) at that time but I wouldn't worry too much about that. WHen we traveled on the holiday (for instance on THanksgiving) the plane loads were lighter and it was easier to get a ticket. People probably want to be home for Christmas so they travel before the 25th - it might be easier to get a ticket on the 25th.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Sep-2019, 17:12 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

8. Posted by Dymphna (Respected Member 223 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Depends upon where you want to go. If you are going into a Christmas/New Year's location, it will be very crowded. But there are some areas that actually get quiet at that time. I went to religious sites, and they were very quiet. (Lourdes, Never, ...) You need to be sure you have your trains preplanned as all of the trains shut down on New Years Eve in France. They did go again on New Years, but for the evening the trains shut down on us. I like traveling at that time.

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1654 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Visiting the Christmas markets is great fun. Strasbourg is my personal favorite. Everyone is happy and there is a lot to do. People are out shopping so there are a lot of folks alone doing their shopping. I'm not a great New Year celebrator but enjoy a concert if there is one nearby. There are always lots of concerts and parties if you enjoy that sort of thing. Many require booking in advance so check ahead of time. Large cities will have more things to do and smaller towns will be more relaxing.

If you don't mind a bit of cold weather, late December is a great time to travel in Europe and if you are from Denmark, that should be fairly reasonable in cost. If you're looking for warm weather, you will have to pay more so it depends on what you want and what you an afford.

If you want to meet people, going alone is a good way to do it. A single person is easy to approach. When you are part of a couple or a group, people tend to assume you don't want to be bothered.

Whatever you choose to do, have a great holiday.

10. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

The only Christmas I've had away from the UK (family) was with my ex-wife in Munich.
We still had a strong relationship then and I thoroughly enjoyed that time (more than I usually do at that time of year). However Christmas can be difficult in a country that celebrates it when you're not with family or a partner. Not from a religious perspective, but from an 'almost everything is closed and empty' perspective.
So if you really want to be 'solo' I'd suggest you travel to a country which doesn't celebrate it, somewhere like Morocco If you don't want a long haul flight.
Obviously there are lots of long haul flight destinations but you could spend more time in the air than on the ground.
You haven't really said what you mean by travelling over the 'holiday', so I'll ask 'do you mean flying on the 24th and returning on the 1st or can you start earlier and end later?'. Either way you'll probably pay a premium for flights...

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Sep-2019, 22:55 GMT by Andrew Mack ]