Poor New Year’s Eve. While people will climb all over each other to proclaim their love for Christmas or Halloween, mention NYE and most people respond with a drawn-out tirade about “crowds” and “amateur hour,” ending with “I’m probably just going to stay home.” But they never do.
Because New Year’s Eve, if done right, is a lot of fun. And every year we try and find a way to make it more enjoyable. So now that we’ve all admitted we’re doing something for NYE, perhaps it’s time to find a destination that will bring a good party without any of the price gouging and stumbling idiots we find at home. A place where we can experience this global celebration with another culture — or at least with a drag queen getting lowered from the side of a building instead of a crystal ball. From the tundras of Alaska to the desert palms of Aruba, here are seven places with phenomenal NYE parties you’ve probably never thought to visit.