The year 2014 is drawing to a close, a year full of experiences, faraway destinations and passengers of all descriptions. As a flight attendant I have the privilege of welcoming in the New Year in a foreign country. Last year, for example, I celebrated New Year’s Eve together with thousands of other people in New York. Where I’ll be this year at the same time remains to be seen – I am on “reserved duty” and will only find out the last minute where I’ll be flying to.
But I am not the only one to be celebrating the turn of the year away from home. Many of you will be taking the opportunity to spend the free weekend on holiday. For those who haven’t yet decided, I have compiled a list of my favourite places in which to spend New Year’s.
Istanbul: The city on the Bosporus pulsates! In the district of Beyoglu, bars, clubs and concert venues stand side by side. If you prefer a quieter scene, reserve a table in a classy restaurant with a view of the Galata Bridge.
Geneva: Switzerland at its most appealing. With public transport you can be in the mountains to join the entire family in a cosy chalet. Spend the day outdoors and forget the troubles of the past year while skiing or snowboarding. A cheese fondue dinner warms the body and spirit. What a wonderful way to start off the New Year!
Barcelona: Hot rhythms, fiery sangria and an entire city in a party mood. New Year’s in Barcelona is a genuine experience! Before the big party gets rolling, be sure to spend some time sightseeing during the day. Gaudi’s architecture has a fairy-tale quality to it. The old town is sensational for shopping and dining.
If you love celebrating New Year’s and on January 2 already find yourself looking forward a year ahead to the next festivities, then Chinese New Year on February 19 will fit the bill nicely. Consider Shanghai, with its extensive expat community and elegant rooftop bars.
By the way, if you happen to be flying on December 31 instead of partying on the ground, you can ring in the New Year during your flight. SWISS flights are well supplied with Champagne and Prosecco to ensure that your transition into 2015 is a memorable occasion.
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