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There's Still Time to Travel to the First Place to Ring in the New Year 2014

Where: Kiribati
December 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

As this year comes to a close and a final bit of Christmas shopping is on most people's minds, where to spend New Year's Eve might just slip through the cracks. Wouldn't it be cool to be among the first people to ring in 2014? With just a mere flight to Kiribati, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, that dream can come true.

As a tiny nation of islands bordered by very little other than the lapping waves of the warm tropical waters and the International Date Line, the I-Kiribati are the first to celebrate the coming of a new year. In total, the 33 islands (of which 21 are inhabited) consist of a majority of reef atolls and one sand island, so not only will you be the first to celebrate the new year, but you'll do it in paradise.

If your ears have perked up, note that while Kiribati is definitely worth a once-in-a-lifetime visit, it's not going to be really easy to get there. Your best bet is to head down to neighboring Fiji and hop on a Fiji Airways flight from Nadi to Bonriki International Airport, which is considered the gateway to the rest of the nation's islands.

Pack light (literally, as it's going to be in the 90s), and prepare yourself for the sticker shock of the airfare. It's $690 USD roundtrip from Nadi to Kiribati, leaving on December 29, and that doesn't include the flight from LA.

Even if you can't head to this remote destination for the new year, don't knock it down too far on your bucket list; Kiribati is one of ten nations most susceptible to the effects of global warming. The island chain sits at an average of 2 meters below sea-level and is quite vulnerable to rising sea waters.

[Photo: KevGuy4101/Flickr]

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