New Years is a different story though. While New Years Eve is generally considered one of the biggest party nights of the year, you know what else it is? It's one of the cheapest nights to travel on the calendar. The insanely expensive Christmas season doesn't have a whole lot of great deals to be found in it, but if you're willing to be on a plane instead of packed on a street with thousands of other people, then you can save quite a bit of money by flying home on December 31st.
Even so, we've tried hanging out for the party. We've been in Las Vegas for New Years. We spent one year in Phoenix, and we've even hung around Southern California longer and tried ringing the New Year in at Disneyland. Being unable to move for almost an hour after midnight because the crowd was too dense is not my favorite Disney memory, and that was before we had kids. We've avoided the big crowds ever since our loyal suitcase pullers arrived on the scene.
|Hey! Lot's of people see things blurry on New Years Eve!|
Hopefully it will be a good experience. I'd love for it to be a stepping stone to some bigger New Years Eve events. The Sydney Harbor, the parliament buildings in London, and even the big ball drop in Times Square, would all be really great ways to bring in a new year. We're going to see if we can handle baby steps first though, so we've booked a hotel a couple of blocks away with a view of the Space Needle. Worst case scenario we can stand in the doorway and watch from there. It might end up being one of those "careful what you wish for" experiences and we'll never hear another complaint about traveling on New Years, or it might be a complete blast and I'll never be allowed to plan late night travel on the last day of the year again. Either way it will give us an answer for the "What did you do for New Years?" question. I just hope this isn't the year people stop asking.
Written by Steve Pratt