How to Plan an Epic (and Safe) New Year’s Eve Getaway: A Real Traveler’s Guide

Planning an extraordinary yet prudent New Year’s Eve getaway requires forethought and consideration: an unforgettable experience needs more than arbitrarily selecting a destination from a list of trendy countries and cities.

In this article, you will find valuable insights for planning an enjoyable, affordable, and safe New Year’s holiday. 

New Year's Eve Getaway

Choosing Your Destination 

Before falling head over the first picture of a dreamy holiday destination on Instagram or Pinterest, here’s what you should consider.

  • Money and vacation days are crucial factors, especially if an Aspen-like destination catches your attention. Certain holiday areas may exceed reasonable budgets.
  • You’ll likely need to hunt for flight and hotel deals. Be proactive: sign up for price drop alerts, monitor sales, and pounce on promotions. A little strategic planning could unlock big savings.
  • No matter where you celebrate, investigate local events. How can you ring in 2024 with memories? Look for epic fireworks shows, electric parades, and parties: find that unforgettable scene.
  • What’s the COVID situation in the desired destination? Are cases low? Are sensible safety protocols in place? Are there any other safety concerns (like political unrest or natural risks) you should be aware of? This info is crucial.

Planning Your Itinerary

Once you’ve picked your spot, it’s tempting to jam-pack every day with activities. However, it’s advisable to craft an itinerary that mixes must-do events with relaxing days as well as leave some space in your schedule for random discoveries and invitations. 

Make sure to build your plans around whatever epic NYE events or parties your destination offers. That’s the highlight. The rest of the time is for exploring, eating, drinking, and relaxing: give yourself permission to just be.

Booking Accommodations 

Now comes one of the most critical steps – securing a place to stay. Here are some useful tips to do it right.

  • Start browsing hotel and rental options way in advance, like 4 to 6 months for popular NYE destinations. 
  • Weigh factors like location, price, and amenities. Does it have the vibe you want? Read reviews from other travelers to inform your choice.
  • If joining massive crowds for NYE, pick a place within walking distance of the action. Partying and then schlepping across town for hours is zero fun when it’s packed.

Transport Considerations

Figuring out how you’ll get to and explore your destination is key. 

  • For long journeys, give yourself flexibility by pricing out flights vs. train travel.
  • For road tripping, make sure your car is in tip-top shape before hitting the road. 
  • If flying and renting a car, check rental car insurance and book both ways ahead of time for NYE. For getting around, public transit can be an affordable, eco-friendly option over expensive cabs. 

As Justin Crabbe, CEO of private jet charter company Jettly, points out: “Most countries have an exceptionally good public transport system including trains, automobiles, and air.

So, you can be sure to find a reliable public transport system if your budget doesn’t allow you to hire private means.”

Safety Precautions 

Adventure with caution: staying safe ensures you return home with great memories versus regrets. 

  • Get travel insurance in case plans go awry. It’s worth every penny for peace of mind.
  • Research visa and vaccine requirements for your destination so you have everything covered.
  • Make copies of important documents in case of emergency or theft. Share your itinerary with trusted family/friends.
  • Follow local COVID-19 and safety protocols. Avoid moving alone at night. Don’t accept sketchy party favors from strangers. 
  • Choose hotels or rental homes that implement modern security measures (e.g.,  security cameras, access control measures and effective alarm systems.)
  • Leave your home safe by taking steps such as covering furniture and unplugging electronics as well as locking windows and doors.

Packing Essentials 

Make a detailed packing list and repeatedly check it in the days leading up to departure so you don’t forget necessities.

Must-haves include weather-appropriate clothes, medications, chargers, a first aid kit, extra masks and sanitizers. And don’t forget your passport.

When needed, bring a foldable tote in case you need extra room coming home for souvenirs. 

Enjoying the Moment

When your extraordinary NYE getaway finally arrives, let everything else fade away. 

Wholeheartedly embrace every magical moment: dance until dawn, make new friends from around the world, and be open to unexpected moments of joy and laughter.

Celebrate being fully present. Let the new year arrive not with FOMO and stress but with lightness and gratitude. These moments shape your life.

Final Thoughts

Planning a great New Year’s Eve getaway requires travelers to consider several key factors. 

These range from choosing the right destination to crafting an ideal itinerary, as well as booking accommodations, arranging transport and taking safety precautions. The ultimate aim is to ring in the New Year with joy, wonder, and gratitude, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.