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After thousands of stories and countless countries in 2013, we're more than ready to begin a fresh year. To launch into 2014, we're making a few resolutions. Travel resolutions. It goes beyond losing weight or promising to do our laundry more frequently; these tackle how we interact with the world.
What are you resolving to do with your travels in 2014? Share in the comments!
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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just days away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around San Francisco to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
It seems like the best places to ring in the New Year are cities on the water, because after all—that’s a great place to check out the fireworks as the countdown reaches midnight. Over in San Francisco there’s plenty of different ways to celebrate the beginning of 2014, and none of them involve crowding around a ball the drops from the top of building.
For those looking for some music to welcome the New Year there’s always what’s going on over at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. Moby is in town for one night only, and he’s starting things up on December 31 and he’s not stopping until well into January 1. Tickets start at $200 per person for general admission, but that does include a premium hosted bar between 9pm and 2am.
If you’re going with a bunch of friends—or your grandma—you can buy things in sets of four for just $150 per person. There’s views of the Golden Gate Bridge, promises of live art installations, and over 60 bartenders to ensure your cup is filled at all times.
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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around Miami to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
With sunshine, sand, and stunning surroundings Miami is a great place to ring in the New Year. They certainly have something for everyone, as it’s a perfect place to do your thing among the beautiful people at various clubs, hotels, and bars. At the same time they have plenty of traditional stuff to do, as it’s easy to find some fireworks along the water.
For those looking for more of a club scene to welcome 2014 you can pretty much just make your way along the main strip in South Beach, and you’ll see plenty of options. At Nikki Beach Miami they’re celebrating with what they’re calling Glitz and Glam, and it can all be yours for just $100 per person. That includes private fireworks at midnight, a champagne toast, and a chance to overpay for drinks all night long—we kid, we kid. Other nightclub options include an open bar over at SET for $150 per person including three hours of open bar, and W Hotel South Beach is doing stuff at both of their clubs Wet and Wall—with the fun at the latter location going on to 5am.
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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but New Year's celebrations can be so delightful! And since you've got a place to goTimes Squarelet's go, let's go, let's go! Okay now ignore that attempt at rewriting the song "Let It Snow" and pay attention, because we're about to give you the lowdown on crossing New Year's in Times Square off your bucket list.
Many people, as we've come to discover, just flock to Times Square all willy-nilly for the ball drop, mistakenly thinking they'll have things like tons of port-a-potties or food vendors. Not true. It's a rugged experience, and you've got to prepare for it and know the rules. Aside from no alcohol allowed, there are five major guidelines to having a great time at the ball drop and still getting a view of the action.
The Five Rules for Going to The New Year's Ball Drop in Times Square...
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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around Los Angeles to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
With sprawling suburbs and events in each, there’s plenty of spots to ring in the New Year around LA. That makes it difficult to just pick that one perfect spot to welcome 2014, as there are several different firework displays from which to choose.
You could always climb aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach for one last (fake) cruise to end 2013. There will be different ports of call—in theory—and upon the arrival at each port the ship’s horn will blow as an announcement is made to welcome guests to the next stop on their journey. Signature cocktails are available to get you in the mood for your visits to India, Brazil, and New York City before the fireworks. Boarding passes start at just $99.
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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.
It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in Chicago to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
The Second City knows how to ring in the New Year, and with the lakefront as a backdrop it’s a great spot to launch some fireworks into the sky. Navy Pier is where you'll want to be at midnight, but we’d probably recommend getting there a little bit earlier than that—of course you need time to scope out the best spot.
It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in Boston to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
In a city on the water it’s always a safe bet that some fireworks will be on hand to celebrate a big occasion, and that’s the case over in Boston. The city does the fireworks thing each and every year on New Year’s Eve, as they look to welcome in another 365 days with a bang.
2014 will be no different, and now’s the time to start planning where you’ll check out the pyrotechnic display. Boston Common, Memorial Drive, and Boston Harbor are all great places to check out the display, but of course there’s an official way to welcome 2014 as well.
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Our travel plans will soon bring us to Thailand and not just to sample various noodle recipes or tour some temples. While all that's on the plan, the real focus for travel to Thailand during this time of the year is the celebration of one of the most festive times of year in Thailand: Songkran, Thai New Year.
Chiang Mai is on our itinerary since we've heard it's the epicenter for all things Songkran. Traditionally, throwing water on friends, family and passers-by is considered the best part of the festivities. Originally done to cleanse Buddha statues, the drenchings during the holiday require some advance preparation for travelers.
A past look at Wisconsin's cheese drop...
Everyone knows about that ball drop in Times Square to celebrate the New Year, but there’s even better stuff falling from the sky around the country. If New York City is out of range this year, there might just be something a little more unique to welcome in 2012 close to home especially if you enjoying flying food. Here’s three options and celebrations that might just be a little more interesting:
· Watermelon Drop - Knox County, Indiana:
The skies over Knox County in Indiana will be crowded in just about a week, as it’s almost time for the annual New Year’s Eve watermelon drop. The area celebrates the local cash crop by raising an 18-foot 500-pound watermelon into the sky, and then once it’s at the top, 13 watermelons will be dropped to welcome in 2013. The fun starts at 9pm as locals and tourists alike are welcome to join together at the Riverfront Pavilion for music, food, beer, wine, and plenty of noisemakers—they’ve even got t-shirts to celebrate the big night.
A new year is about to hit and with it usual comes the start to a fresh year of travels. The winter months may mean you're prepping to jet off to warmer climes and, when you do, check your refrigerator first. Are there still perfectly good fridge and pantry items left? Donate them to a local organization who'll feed it to people who aren't fortunate enough to be off on a big trip.
In large cities, Food Banks will happily accept individual donations while, in small cities, you'll have to give your local soup kitchen a call. In New York City, where residents are constantly impulse-buying yummies at Duane Reade without remembering that they're jetting off on a business trip the next day, the Food Bank of NYC has clearly outlined rules for such donations:
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Not our map, but a sample
Does that seem like a lot? It is or it isn't depending on how much you yourself fly, but this number, our personal 2012 total for miles flown, represents a year of new adventures.
The number comes courtesy of the free website FlightMemory.com, where anyone is welcome to sign up for an account to then enter travel itineraries for detailed stats. We recommend getting on that now, before 2013 plans command your attention from the fun of 2012.
Miles tracking on FlightMemory is as involved as you want it to be; ranging from the basics (airports, dates, airline, flight number) to the advanced (airplane type, registration, seat number and class), all resulting in sweet, sweet statistics to
brag about share at the dining room table or at the airline lounge bar. Our particular favorites are how many times we've circumnavigated the Earth (4.51x), total different airports (28) and average flight length (2,294 mi, 4:39 h).