10 Cheap Places to Travel for New Year’s Eve

By Alice Ross | DESTINATIONS

Jan 02

Want to have a blast for New Year’s Eve in a foreign location but don’t want to blow your budget? Fortunately, it’s possible to find cheap places to travel for New Years! And the first thing to do is to find those places.

Whether you want to party or looking for a romantic getaway with your significant other, New Years is one of the best times of the year. So, as much as possible, it’s good to make plans on what you’re going to do on this day. Here are some good New Year’s Day destinations for those who are on a budget.

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1. Berlin, Germany

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If you want to spend your NYE getaway on a budget, Berlin could be a perfect destination for you. The capital city of Germany is already known as one of the liveliest cities in Europe and the best time to see it is during New Year’s Day.

Drinks here are also ridiculously cheap, so if you want to drink and party, it’s the best place to be. In order to get things going, you can simply join Brandenburg Gate’s official New Year’s celebration and enjoy the fireworks at Victory Column as the clock hits 12. 

2. Lisbon, Portugal

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If you’re looking for a place that looks incredi​​ble to the eyes, then Lisbon would be a great choice. You can get started with a couple of shots of ginja before laying down the Cais de Sodre’s waterfront.

It is a perfect place to enjoy a spectacular visual feast of fireworks and sample the local’s favorite – the roasted chestnuts. After that, you can go to Bairro Alto to party in some of the biggest nightclubs in the city.

If you love to enjoy music in your celebration, then make sure to check out the Oasis Backpackers Hostel Lisbon or the Music Hall Lisbon Hostel to meet and party with your fellow travelers.

3. Prague, Czech Republic

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Another place in Europe to enjoy a party is in the historic streets of Prague. This place is filled with partygoers from different parts of the world also wanting to party as you do. The best places to check out are the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Make sure to watch out of how much you’re drinking as fireworks may fly off from anywhere.

4. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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This famous Croatian city has become one of the most popular destinations to celebrate New Year’s Eve, especially from those who are on a tight budget. Make sure to check out the Stradun district where you can find some of the best bars and restaurants. This is also where you will find some of the most iconic places in the city.

This is especially the place to be if you’re looking to spend the last day of the year with your kids. When the clock hits 10:30 PM, the traditional Children’s New Year’s Eve party begins. This part features a performance from famous local artists. With live music performances and orchestras, this is also a haven for music lovers.

5. Reykjavik, Iceland

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Looking for something more authentic? Then Reykjavik could be the perfect location for you. In terms of New Year’s Eve experience, locals will surely show you how to get it done right.

Without state-run celebrations going on, the locals take control, and more than 200,000 people go out to the streets 30 minutes before the, fortified with fireworks. Starting with some loud bangs, the party lasts until the sun rises for some. Some people continuing the fun with private parties and events spring all over the city.

6. Vienna, Austria

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Another great option if you’re looking for cheap places to travel for New Years in Vienna! As a German-speaking country, instead of having a typical firework-filled New Year’s Day, you’re likely to experience a party as you’ve never experienced before.

Go directly to the Old City that’s totally turned into a huge party zone, the center of which you can call New Year’s Eve Trail – full of parties, music, and of course, food to satisfy your taste bud. If you are planning to celebrate New Year’s Day with your romantic partner, then it’s definitely one of the b​​est places.

7. Bratislava, Slovakia

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Bratislava is probably not a place you would expect to be on this list. However, if you’re looking for a cheap place to spend New Year’s Eve in with your family, especially if you’re with children, then this is a place to be.

This amazing city has a lot to offer, especially on the last day of the year. The spectacular medieval town of the city becomes a big party and events suitable for families who want to celebrate. With a variety of traditional to modern activities available, the streets brighten up with colorful singing and dancing of people. But if don’t neglect this even if you’re not celebrating with your family, it’s also a good place to party or adults.

8. Goa, India

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Looking for somewhere warmer? Or maybe a little bit more hippie? Goa in India is a good place to go. This is a great place for solo travelers to meet other solo travelers looking for companions to celebrate this special day with.

Goa is a small state located in the southern part of the country with over a dozen different laid-back beach towns, each of which caters to its own groups of travelers. Goa certainly beats all other cities in India in terms of partying. Party is a synonym to Goa. Incorporate the zeal of New Year and you’re getting yourself an epic experience. A wild New Year party in Goa is one of the best experiences you can have to start your year right.

9. Phuket, Thailand

Another great Asian destination for celebrating New Year’s Day is Phuket in Thailand. This beach destination features well more than 1,000 resorts and hotels for you to stay during this special day. It also has a walking street filled with bars, clubs, and restaurants showing crazy shows for everyone to enjoy.

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Phuket has long been a candidate for one of the best spots for partying in Thailand. Bangla Road is one of people’s favorite with its exciting club scene and its closeness to one of the prettiest beaches in the country. 

That being said, my personal favorite would be Surin Beach. This place has been a popular New Year’s Day destination for those who are looking for a nonstop party. Along with Surin Beach, the whole island is basically turned into a party zone during this day, with people having fun, spectacular fireworks, beach barbecues, live music, and delicious food served in many restaurants.

10. Bali, Indonesia

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With sunshine all year round, great waves, colorful culture, and some of the best parties you’ll ever find, Bali is definitely one of the best cheap places to travel for New Year’s Day celebration. Dance until the sun rises and hits the golden sand of beautiful beaches or simply enjoy the beautiful fireworks illuminating the sky. Bali is definitely an ultimate destination for this particular day.

However, because Bali is located in the Southern Hemisphere, expect a little bit of rain during this month. But then again, the rain normally doesn’t last very long, so you can surely enjoy your stay here overall.

This list only has some of the best cheap places to travel for New Year’s Day – there surely are more! So, if you know other places that should be included in this article, make sure to let us know in the comment below! If you find this helpful and if you’re planning to spend your holiday in any of these places, then make sure to share this article on your social media page and tag your family or friends! 

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    About the Author

    Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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