15 ideas for 2015’s NYE dreamers

Aurora Lapland in November

New Years Eve is never what it’s cracked up to be. Yet, most of us feel horrible if we don’t do something. Anything, really! Most of my friends are married with kids or working during the big event, and the rest of them don’t exactly live nearby. I guess the fear of ending up like Carrie in Sex & The City on New Years Eve, alone, wearing a much too comfy pajama and a pink sequin beanie while watching sad romcoms made me wonder –what other invitations have I already received that seemed impossible initially but might actually work out, and which other possibilities might there be out there?

In a perfect world, if we could step into 2015 as a new beginning with whom and wherever we wanted to, would you choose to cozy up at home, or go extravaganza somewhere foreign?

Maybe a few of you are in the same undecided state of mind at this point when it comes to New Years Eve 2015.
Feel free to let these 15 ideas inspire you to BeLeave in something that may or may not be totally unrealistic or out of the ordinary for you. If nothing else, it’s allowed to dream, right?!

 

The countdown for New Years Eve has begun! Ready to BeLeave?

15 impulsive ideas for 2015’s undecided dreamers

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1

FINLAND
The tranquil illumination. Aurora borealis seen through a glass igloo with heated floors and zebra-print bedding. Out of this world experience. During winter time the arctic resort also gives visitors the opportunity of experiencing safaris on your favourite means of transportation: snowmobile, skies, sleigh ride with huskies or go exploring with the Sami people and their reindeers -who said Sven and Kristoff?

Igloos view from air Kakslauttanen. Image curtesy Kakslauttanen.

Igloos view from air Kakslauttanen. Image curtesy Kakslauttanen.

2

BRAZIL
The white dress… and the white bikini. White is the base outfit for anyone coming in for New Year’s Eve in Rio, but some believe spicing it up with another color of undergarment will bring you luck in the following year. No matter the meaning of the color you are wearing, jumping over 7 waves is one of many traditions that basically gives you an excuse to jump into the water before midnight.

3

SOUTH AFRICA
Braii the night away. Feel the beat of the drum (or DJ) at Die Strandlooeper. Located right on the beach and just one hour away from Cape Town, the amazing laidback restaurant kindly states: “Informal beachwear is the order of the day – no high heels!!”

Strandloper, South Africa. Image courtesy Strandloper by Maurits Vermeulen under CC BY-SA 2.0

Braai at the Strandloper, South Africa. Image courtesy Strandloper by Maurits Vermeulen under CC BY-SA 2.0

4

CHINA
Rooftop romance and dancing under the gentle fireworks of cherry tree blossoms. Dec 31-Jan1 is not celebrated to the same extent in China as in many other places; enjoying a New Years of your own liking in a different place, or coming back for the Chinese New Years extravaganza might be an experience.

Asian Temple by Kevin Gan under CC BY 2.0

Rooftop romance. Asian Temple by Kevin Gan under CC BY 2.0

5

MALDIVES
Animalistic fireworks glowing in the water! Some plankton glow in the dark. “Bioluminescence”: “bio,” meaning life, and “lumin,” meaning light. The phenomenon can be seen in quite a few places, but supposedly it’s magnificent in the Maldives.

6

CANADA
After-skiing and rustic log cabin coziness in Whistler with old and new friends. Whistler Village is a cosy place to be. Lot’s of good food, rustic small bars and positive people around.

7

SWEDEN
Elsa for a day: Rule an ice castle and have snowball fights with someone you love. Afterwards, join the celebrations, escape into the wild or snuggle up and make New Year’s resolutions.

Ice Hotel Suit @ Jukkasjärvi by bjaglin under CC BY 2.0

ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi. Ice Hotel Suit by bjaglin under CC BY 2.0

8

AUSTRIA
Nothing wrong with concert classics in Vienna, and, not least, the red Pretty Woman dress! Das Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker is a spectacular tradition, and the nature of country is majestic.

9

ICELAND
Champagne sipping while indulging in crystal blue hot springs. The Blue Lagoon’s geothermal seawater is named one of National Geographic’s ’25 Wonders of the World’ and certainly makes a picture perfect setting for a peaceful New Years Day.

10

SCOTLAND
Weird Phantom of the Opera-like masquerade and dancing in a haunted castle. If you celebrate hogmanay in Scotland you can listen to traditional ceilidh music, go to a ball and sample the finest whisky! You even get to enjoy the festivities until 3rd January. Beware of bagpipes and kilts.

11

UGANDA

Just looking  someone strong and muscular with long arms? Gorilla trekking in Uganda is maybe a good option and said to be worth a visit. The Male gorillas are two times the size of the females, and may weigh 350 -500 pounds and grow to 6 ft tall. Season is perfect.

12

NEW ZEALAND
Watch nature’s real life fireworks sparkle like stars in the form of magical glowworms as you enjoy a boat ride inside the dreamy limestone formation caves. Arachnocampa luminosa (glow worms) and are around the size of an average mosquito. The species is found exclusively in New Zealand.

13

THAILAND

Watch your lantern float gracefully through the sky, carrying hand-written wishes for the New Year. The fairy-light lanterns can be seen on several occasions including New Years Eve. Thailand has three national New Year’s celebrations per year; the western New Year in January, the Chinese New Year in January/February the Thai New Year (Songkran) in April.

14

ARGENTINA
Tango through Argentine red wine and rhythm. Experience one of the many shows or explore new moves yourself.

15

GERMANY
Explore or restore an abandoned ballroom. Would gladly work Christmas and New Years for an opportunity like this. Which New Years Eve would you not care to miss? Could we be inspired by various traditions and places and make something completely new, creative and different?

Other ideas…?

Which experience would you recommend?

Where do YOU want to go?

4 Comments

  • aurélien says:

    nice to met you at l isle sur sorgue,enjoy it whith my poor english….

    the stone man^^

    • Michelle Maris Langkilde says:

      Aurélien! Mais non, je me en excuse. Même si mon nom est le français, me engager mal en français. Je apprécie vos efforts!
      And I look forward to seeing the artwork you’ve created in stone :)

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