Each year, we take a look at the best places to visit in the coming year. At the moment, it may seem inconceivable to think of traveling abroad, due to the global pandemic and travel restrictions that have closed the borders of many countries. But now things are looking up for 2021. Now more countries are starting to open their doors. So, pack your bags and your bling, intrepid traveler, and come see how the rest of the world celebrates with a totally epic New Year’s Eve.
1. Costa Rica
As of November 1, Costa Rica has allowed all countries in the world to enter by air, provided they meet the country’s COVID-19 visa and entry requirements. The government of the Republic has facilitated the entry of international tourists and, since October 26, has removed the requirement for RT-PCR tests for the detection of the coronavirus. Neither Costa Ricans nor foreigners will receive medical isolation (or quarantine) orders when entering the country by air. These measures are subject to change and depend on the evolution of the pandemic in Costa Rica and around the world. Here, visitors enjoy lovely tropical beaches, grand adventures, the wonders of nature and scintillating culture – all the necessary components of an ideal vacation or holiday.
- The following requirements remain during the pandemic:
- Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS and available https://salud.go.cr
- It is mandatory that tourists purchase travel insurance, covering their accommodations in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 illness.
- If you do not have international insurance, it is possible to opt for travel insurance from Costa Rican companies approved by SUGESE.
- Foreigners with temporary or permanent residence or temporary category who return to Costa Rica, and who are not up to date with the corresponding payments with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, must purchase a temporary local insurance for 22 days or bring an international insurance that complies with the requirements of a foreign tourist.
- What to Do: Horese back riding, zipline and cable car, hiking, diving, whitewater rafting, kayaking, surfing, wind sports, tubing, golf, stand up padding
- When to Go: May to October
Slovenia is a small country in south-eastern Europe south of Austria. Formerly the constituent republic of Yugoslavia, it is also bordered by Croatia, Hungary and Italy. Slovenia‘s weather is influenced by the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, it has a Mediterranean climate on the coast, and a continental climate in the plateaus and valleys to the east. The main event for New Year’s Eve is celebrated in Ljubljana. Huge crowds gather in the Old Town, numerous events take place, and then incredible fireworks are launched from the Ljubljana Castle Hill. Another special spot to spend New Year’s Eve is Lake Bled, which is really picturesque by itself, but even more beautiful when the whole town is adorned with Christmas decorations and the huge fireworks reflect on the lake.
- What to See: Maribor, Piran, Kranj, Celje, and Novo Mesto, the frescoed renaissance and gothic townhouses in Linhart Square, the Radovljica Manor housing the Museum of Apiculture and the Municipal Museum, the Šivec House Gallery, St. Peter’s Church.
- Where to Eat:
- Gostišče Tulipan: http://wp.me/p3005k-fE
- Gostilna Kunstelj: http://wp.me/p3005k-ev
- Lambergh Chateau and Hotel: http://wp.me/p3005k-db
Recognised globally as the home of Hogmanay Edinburgh annually holds one of the world’s biggest New Year celebrations. While New Year’s Eve is celebrated around the world, the Scots have a long rich heritage associated with this event – and have their own name for it, Hogmanay. Thousands of people descend upon the old streets of central Edinburgh for a massive party of music, revelry and one of the world’s great fireworks displays with famous Edinburgh castle as a backdrop. The local Scottish take New Year so seriously that not only is the 1st January a public holiday but they also take off the 2nd to get over the new years street celebrations.A little closer to home, the Scots are also known to throw a three-day party known as the Hogmanay. It all starts normally on December 30 with the torchlight procession, where thousands of torchbearers light up the streets of the Royal Mile to Calton Hill where the spectacular fireworks display takes place that night. However, due to COVID-19, all postings have been canceled! However, we still recommend Edinburgh as a must visit at this time of year. The city offers a magnificent view of the castle, so why not take a stroll to one of the many restaurants for a quick bite to eat, before celebrating the New Year with your loved ones?
- Things to Do: Wander the streets with the glittering Torchlight Procession.
- Join hands and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ at an authentic street party.
- Attend a classical candlelit concert.
- Celebrate Hogmanay in one of the city’s most spectacular clubs.
- Where to Eat: Bluebird Cafe: 5 Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5HA, UK
- Lucky Yu: 62 Elm Row, Edinburgh EH7 4AQ, UK
- Harmonium: 60 Henderson Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6DE, UK
Ireland, a majestic island situated in the northwestern part of the Europe, celebrates New Year according to Georgian calendar, and thus has January 1 as its New Year Day. It is prominently called as Lá Caille or Lá Bliana Nua by the natives of Ireland. In most parts of Ireland it was essential to start the New Year the way you wanted to continue. It meant following the old adage that cleanliness is next to godliness. With this in mind, families would undertake to clean the house from top to bottom. One of the more moving traditions involved remembering family members who had passed away by setting a place for them at the dinner table and leaving it empty. Sometimes the front door would be left unlatched to symbolise that the family wanted to make it as easy as possible for the spirit of their loved one to return to the family home. One of the more unusual traditions involved banging the walls of the house with bread as a way of chasing away bad luck and evil spirit.
Places to Eat: L’Ecrivain, Patrick Guilbaud, Aniar, Lady Helen
Barbados, an island country in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, located approximately 160 km east of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. For soft sandy beaches, clear warm seas and gentle tropical breezes, look no further than Barbados. But there is so much more to this tropical Caribbean paradise. A busy calendar of events offers everything from world-class sporting events to colorful festivals where the streets come alive in a blaze of color and music. Party with the locals and enjoy a warm welcome, whether you are enjoying an all-inclusive party for Cropover, a thrilling food festival, an exciting game of polo or international cricket. As the birthplace of rum, no visit to Barbados is complete without sampling the golden drink at a historic distillery. And foodies won’t be disappointed, Barbados is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean with good reason, offering everything from beachfront barbecues to fine dining with a unique Caribbean twist.
- You must complete and submit an online immigration/customs form 24 hours prior to travel.
- Travellers from the UK must arrive with a negative PCR test taken by a certified or accredited laboratory within 3 days of arrival.
- On arrival, you will be required to quarantine at government approved facilities, and undertake a further test 4-5 days after the first accepted negative test.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 at any point during your stay in Barbados you will be required to self-isolate until the Barbadian authorities are satisfied you have recovered.
- Where to Stay: Barbados Luxury Escapes, Guest Houses & Apartments, Historic Accomodation
- What to See:
- NATIONAL HEROES GALLERY AND MUSEUM OF PARLIAMENT: Trafalgar Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael: 10a.m to 4p.m, tuesday closed
ANDROMEDA BOTANIC GARDENS: Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Bathsheba St. Joseph; 9 a.m.-4.30 p.m
ISLAND SAFARI: CWTS Complex Lower Estate, St. George; 8a.m to 4.30 p.m
TIAMI CATAMARAN CRUISES: The Shallow Draught, Bridgetown , St. Michael; 8a.m. to 4.30 p.m
For many Sydney peoples, it will be a good year as the iconic New Year’s fireworks display has been given the green light for 2020/2021. The city will ring in the New Year with a shortened 7-minute show, down from its usual 12-minute display. To decrease the crowds, premium viewing spots will be available to frontline workers as a “thank you” for their hard work keeping the state safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. To access any of these viewpoints, which include Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, Sydney Opera House, Campbell’s Cove, and the Cahill Highway, you’ll need a New Years Pass. Besides viewing areas, you can book tables at restaurants with a view and harbor cruises to see the show. If your booking is made at Circular Quay or North Sydney, you will also need a New Years Eve pass. If you are a hotel worker or a resident of these areas, you will also need a New Years Eve pass. ‘a pass.
“The Lord Mayor is encouraging people to watch this year’s display in the comfort of their own home or at a Covid-secure venue.”
- What to See: Harbour Cruise, Camping under the stars, Opera Gala at the Sydney Opera House, Wild NYE at the Taronga Zoo, Picnic at the Royal Botanical Garden
- Where to Eat: The Glenmore Hotel, Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge, City Extra