10 Extraordinary Destinations To Spend Your New Year's Eve At

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Venice, Sydney, Vegas, or any other place! Take your pick.

It's that time of the year again when your extensive travel research is going to be integral in deciding whether your 2018 will start with a dud or a bang! As a way of ensuring that it's the latter, I have put together a list below of 10 extraordinary destinations to spend your New Year's Eve.

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Check out the list below and zero in already, for there's only a month left now:

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Photo of Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Prateek Dham

Brazil is the ultimate destination that ticks off both those check-boxes, and if it's the capital city of Brazil, everything multiplies manifold in terms of the fun quotient. Everywhere you go on the New Year’s Eve, you'll be welcomed by football fanatics and nubile beauties. This is the place where the world-renowned Rio Carnival happens, so you know that the party never stops here.

Ideal for: All-guy groups

Must do while here: Marvel at the Christ the Redeemer statue. Play football with the local kids, they're always welcoming.

Where to stay: Stay at Hotel Tijuca for just ₹2,600 per person per night

Read more about Rio de Janeiro.

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Photo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia by Prateek Dham

Sydney promises you the first tryst with the New Year from amongst the rest of the destinations in this list. It is far unlike anything else in the world. Being incredibly wild yet effortlessly urban at the same time, Sydney is the unofficial capital of Australia in every sense of the word. With plenty of national parks all around the city, it is an ideal place to spend the New Year's Eve with your family.

Ideal for: Families

Must do while here: Attend an opera play at the Sydney Opera House. You must witness the iconic New Year fireworks on the Harbour Bridge.

Where to stay: Stay at APX Paramatta, a fantastic serviced apartment that will accommodate your entire family at ₹13,600 per night

Read more about Sydney.

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Photo of London, United Kingdom by Prateek Dham

There are only a handful of cities in the world that are universally acknowledged as a must-visit for all types of travellers. London is right up there on that list. With a perfect blend of history and modernity, the capital of England has all the right reasons to top your New Year's wish list. This multicultural city remains one of the world's most cosmopolitan and diverse destinations with plenty of variety in food, fashion and music on offer.

Ideal for: Everyone

Must do while here: Wait for the Big Ben to strike 12 to welcome the New Year of 2018; it will be followed by beautiful fireworks all across the sky. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

Where to stay: Stay at Homestay Monica Kingsbury for ₹5,000 per night for your entire family

Read more about London.

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Photo of Las Vegas, NV, United States by Prateek Dham

The original "Sin City" is a common dream destination among all guy groups of the world. We've all grown up watching and hearing so much about the casinos and nightlife in Vegas that whenever all of us have sufficiently deep pockets, the first thing we ever think of is going to Vegas, baby! Just roll the dice till it's the first sunrise of 2018!

Ideal for: All-guy groups

Must do while here: Get sloshed and get broke at the Bellagio casino. Visit the Las Vegas Strip and experience heaven on earth.

Where to stay: Stay at the incredible Courtyard by Marriott for just ₹9,000 per night

Read more about Las Vegas.

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Photo of Paris, France by Prateek Dham

This is the city of love, arts and culture. You'd be lying if you said Paris is not on your bucket list of dream destinations. With iconic architectures, eclectic cuisines, trend-setting boutiques and artistic masterpieces almost everywhere, Paris is one of the most instantly recognisable cities in the world. Most poets in the world have already written a lot to extol the French capital; just do yourself a favour and spend a memorable New Year's eve here with the one you love!

Ideal for: Couples

Must do while here: Visit the Eiffel Tower and get yourself clicked in front of it with New Year firecrackers in the background. Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris is an exotic gothic church and will be fascinating for both believers and non-believers.

Where to stay: Stay at the budget serviced apartment Studio Near Montmartre for ₹5,000 a night

Read more about Paris.

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Photo of Hong Kong by Prateek Dham

In most pictures the iconic skyline is a giveaway of Hong Kong, but the surprising fact is that nearly three-fourths of the city is made up of mountains and country parks that house some of the rarest species of flora and fauna. Hong Kong is a beautiful melange of world's diverse cuisines, be it Cantonese, French, Japanese or Sichuanese; it is expected in a place that worships the God of Cookery. You should visit this Asian gem with your entire family and soak in the rich culture during the New Year sojourn.

Ideal for: Families

Must do while here: Visit the iconic Disney Land. Prostrate in front of Tian Tan Buddha, the landmark statue of the founder of Buddhism atop a hill.

Where to stay: Stay at amazing Concerto Inn for just ₹7,000 per night

Read more about Hong Kong.

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Photo of Amsterdam, Netherlands by Prateek Dham

Go watch the cult Kangana Ranaut-starrer Queen once again and you would know why Amsterdam is on the list. There's so much that you and your gang can do in Amsterdam, and if all of you have a thing for art then it'll be a paradise for you. You can't walk on the street without stumbling upon a modern masterpiece of art. You can boat around aimlessly in Amstel river till the night dawns and then go out partying again at the advent of the New Year. And there are cycles on rent too, for approximately ₹400 a day!

Ideal for: All-guy or all-girl groups

Must do while here: Admire art at the Van Gogh Museum. Drink and watch movies in the open-air theatre at Vondelpark.

Where to stay: Stay at easyHotel Amsterdam Arena Boulevard for just ₹16,000 a night

Read more about Amsterdam.

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Photo of Venice, Italy by Prateek Dham

Anytime is a good time to visit Venice, but New Year's is the best time. The winter at this time accentuates the beauty of "The Floating City" even further. It's a dream come true for art lovers since it's a gorgeous mix of old Venetian and modern Italian architecture. The resulting epic grandeur is accentuated by the signature Grand Canal waterway through the city, culminating fittingly at the Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco. You need to visit it to believe it.

Ideal for: Couples and families

Must do while here: Get around the city in a gondola. Go on a wine tour.

Where to stay: Stay on the luxury Yatch Diva for just ₹10,000 per night

Read more about Venice.

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Photo of Bangkok Thailand by Prateek Dham

Ah, this is the Indian man's favourite destination. Your cousin or distant uncle must have told you how "funtastic" Bangkok is, and they weren't kidding. The place is a melange of beautiful beaches and ancient Hindu temples, and the people are really hospitable all over. The best part is, tickets are cheap! So if you're looking to experience the first sunrise of New Year's in another country, Bangkok is the perfect choice!

Ideal for: Friends or families

Must do while here: Go monastery hopping. Visit the Khaosan Road to experience the outrageous nightlife.

Where to stay: Stay at Lost & Found Bed & Breakfast for under ₹3,000 per night

Read more about Bangkok.

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Photo of Dubai - United Arab Emirates by Prateek Dham

Dubai is about splurging and the high life. The city is a melange of futuristic ambitions and strict traditions, but regardless it is hard not to get inspired by Dubai's indefatigable fervour. With nightclubs located on audaciously tall skyscrapers or boldly designed man-made islands, you can easily expect your New Year to be incredible. The nightlife is replete with perfect options for every budget and age group, but what Dubai is really renowned for world over is its insane shopping festivals. Expect Dubai to transform your life in 2018!

Ideal for: Families or friends

Must do while here: If you're there with your loved one, the first thing you should experience is the Dhow Cruise Dinner. Visit Burj Khalifa's 124th floor – the highest observational deck of the building.

Where to stay: Stay at budget Queens Hotel for just ₹8,500 per night

Read more about Dubai.

That's it folks! Start making your New Year plans already. If you are not a JetPrivilege member, click here to enrol and earn JPMiles for all your hotel stays. And if you are already a JetPrivilege member, #DontStopCollecting JPMiles!

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