In 2018, we’ve worked on our earnestness. We’ve reminded each other that it is okay, and in fact usually very necessary and good, to care about stuff. Thus, we will not be closing out this year by saying that New Year’s Eve is overrated. New Year’s Eve is not overrated -- saying “New Year’s Eve is overrated” is overrated. Yes, fine, you don’t want to pay a horrific cover charge to wedge yourself in a confined space with hundreds of strangers, only to have to pee at 11:36pm. This is why most sensible people avoid New York, London, Paris, Sydney, Hong Kong, and any other uber-famous New Year’s Eve parties they show on those around-the-world montages. Those are meant to be enjoyed the same way as late-season NFL games: on a big screen, at home.
So you need an alternative. Vegas, Miami, and New Orleans all go off, but unfortunately, too many of you have already figured that out. If you’re looking to ring in 2019 with some travel, and you want a great party that you don’t have to share with the whole world just yet, we suggest these 12 places. May your New Year be better than the old one.