Top 5 offbeat destinations to visit in the New Year

Top 5 offbeat destinations to visit in the New Year


The countdown to New Year’s Eve has nearly begun and so has the preparation of New Year travel plans. While the usual suspects such as romantic Paris, historic Rome, and exciting Las Vegas always make their way into most travel lists, maybe it is time to explore the road less travelled. If you’re wondering where to spend New Year’s Eve, here’s a look at our top 5 off-beat travel destinations that we highly recommend you consider. 

Antarctica

Lands of pristine beauty, breathtaking wildlife and inestimable importance in an environmental and historical sense, travelling to the base of the globe, Antarctica, is a long-held dream for most people. To wake in the remote, tranquil land is an experience you will never forget, and certainly one to experience in the New Year. 

The Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast is a land of vast white icescapes, towering peaks and a maze of protected channels, home to an abundance of wildlife with vast colonies of penguins, seals and pods of whales. Every day in Antarctica is a feast for the senses, as you savour a rare chance to witness a part of the world few have stepped foot upon. 
Scenic Eclipse in Antarctica

South Korea

The less explored East Asian destination of South Korea harbours incredible hidden jewels waiting to be discovered in the New Year. Despite a difficult past, today South Korea is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. Beyond its lively high-tech cities, the country is teeming with natural and manmade wonders, including volcanic craters, lava caves, picturesque waterfalls, ancient fortresses, and even dinosaur fossils.

With autumn turning its tree-lined boulevards into canary yellow dampung-gil (paths of autumn foliage), and spring enveloping the country in pink cherry blossoms, it is almost impossible to take a bad travel photograph in South Korea. In winter, you wouldn’t have to travel far to experience a white Christmas, and you certainly wouldn’t have to wonder where to spend New Year’s Eve.
Discover South Korea

Myanmar

Jaw-dropping temples, delicate artwork and a transcendent spirituality are but a few of the many beautiful things you’ll find as you journey through this once hidden nation. Get in touch with your spiritual side in the ancient capital of Sagaing where hundreds of painted pagodas and monasteries await. Bagan will take your breath away with the sheer breadth of its temple complexes and spending time among them is a moment you’ll always treasure. Yangon, the largest city of the country, offers up many surprises including a thriving arts scene and the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. 

Only recently opened to Western travellers, this land of deep spirituality and spectacular treasures will entrance and delight. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Myanmar and enlightenment will be yours.
Cruise through Myanmar

Oman

The emerging destination of Oman is one of intriguing cultures, stunning natural beauty and history. Feast your eyes on the ripples of gold of Wahiba Sands that seem to kiss the skies at the horizon, and take in the sight of the emerald green waters of the Bimah sinkhole. The barren and rocky Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape punctuated with green swathes of date palm plantations. Oman is blessed with countless natural wonders for you to explore in the New Year.

Amongst its manmade wonders, Muscat's Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is famous for its magnificent carpet which held the title for the largest single-piece carpet in the world until recently. Also take notice of the splendid chandeliers and the intricate tile work. Explore Oman’s rich heritage and experience the nation’s heart-warming hospitality. Often overshadowed by its opulent neighbour, Oman has been quietly harbouring an oasis of wonder that deserves to be explored in the exciting New Year. 
Visit Oman

Iceland

If you’re wondering where to spend New Year’s Eve and what to do when the clock strikes twelve, soaking in the midnight sun in the land of fire and ice sounds like a pretty good idea. An exciting addition to your travel bucket-list for 2020, Iceland is full of breathtaking wonders. Strikingly beautiful and packed with an endless list of natural attractions, Iceland is a land of extremes. Its coastlines are fringed with rugged fjords, its interior speckled with lava fields, bubbling mud pools, an erupting geyser, active volcanoes and larger-than-life glaciers.

Immerse yourself in the distinctive Icelandic culture, taste unique local cuisine, soothe your body and mind in geothermal waters while being surrounded by a field of black lava, and delight in the sheer abundance of other-worldly sights. Iceland’s magical thrall will have you spellbound in no time.
Explore Iceland
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