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“Happy New Year!!!”
A time to laugh.
A time to cry.
A time to celebrate and be merry.
Whether you pull out that tux and ballroom gown, put on a backpack and explore a remote location, or throw on some jeans and hit the party scene—the new year brings the joy of the unknown and a chance to wipe the slate clean from the previous year.
The mammoth celebrations in the holiday hotspots of Dubai and Sydney get all the glory in Asia and Oceania. Millions of people, bright lights, booming fireworks…
And as the old saying goes, “Go big or home”…right?
When contemplating holiday hotspots in Asia and Oceania, I challenge you to look beyond these two behemoth bonanzas.
Instead…head to a couple of places that may be smaller in size, but are BIG in excitement and entertainment!
Christmas celebrations are in full swing in Goa during the holiday season. The true treat; however, is to experience one Goa’s many New Year’s Eve parties. In fact, some would argue that the beaches of Goa are the best places in the entire world to bring in a new year.
If you want to party like an animal (but not spend money like one), you can be beastly on a budget at the popular JUNGLE hostel. Or you can experience the serenity of South Goa and be truly spoiled along the private beachfront of The Lalit Resort. The major appeal of Goa; however, is that it has something for everyone. The “Rome of the East” can be a place for awesome parties, adventurous outdoor activities, or a simple slow-walk through the city while taking in its rich, cultural heritage.
Rainforests, waterfalls, hidden beaches, culture, caves, canopies, markets, coral reefs and true Polynesian authenticity are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ways of enjoying these two Islands.
Why combine both Samoa and American Samoa into the same trip? Well, if you’ve ever had a New Year’s Eve experience that didn’t quite go as planned and you were bummed about waiting 365 days for a shot at redemption—these islands offer the perfect solution. Located just 100 miles apart, there is a whopping 25-hour time difference between Samoa and American Samoa.
What does that mean?
Begin by ringing in the new year in Samoa, then hop a flight over to American Samoa and experience the déjà vu of celebrating the SAME new year all over again!