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The Most Interesting New Year’s Parties Worldwide

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It’s time to party like it’s 2015! Feeling adventurous this year and looking for some of the best parties in the world to ring in the New Year?

Kiribati: 

Be among the first in the world to ring in the new year at the first landmass on the international date line. This small island isn’t known for much outside of its unique position as the first, but for bragging rights alone, Kiribati gets an honorable mention here.

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Samoa:

Along the same vein as Kiribati, American Samoa might be an interesting place to welcome the New Year if you are a believer in the adage “save the best for last.” The island is the last inhabited place on Earth to see the end of a given day, including New Year’s Eve.

New York City: 

The traditional idea of New Years in New York City is in Times Square, watching the ball drop. What most viewers don’t know is those standing in the crowd, usually freezing in the New York winter air, have been standing there to secure their place for upwards of 15 hours before the ball drops. Local stores won’t allow anyone to use their bathrooms, lest they be totally destroyed by midnight. This leads to a memorably uncomfortable way to ring in the New Year. I grew up in New York City and I’m about to share my (probably illegal) secret with you: Half an hour past midnight, when the NYPD is ushering revelers out of the area in order to allow the Sanitation Department into the area to clean the confetti, sneak against the tide of partiers and take a run around Times Square. It’s empty, full of confetti, and absolutely magical. I’ve done it several years, each time flirting with NYPD officers to get my way past checkpoints (good luck doing that gentlemen). This is me in 2006 taking in the view:

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And with a friend and some nice NYPD officers who let us past in order to get the shot (not to mention the experience):

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Budapest:

Ever been to a rave in a bathhouse? If not, this party in Budapest is one of the most interesting places you could possibly spend New Year’s Eve. I spent my 23rd birthday at a rave here – it’s definitely an experience. Stay out of the water – it can get gross. Bring some friends and party in the middle of winter in your bathing suit.

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Belgium:

The Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium is one of the most incredible town squares in Europe. It gets packed for New Years, with surrounding bars competing for business with rock-bottom beer prices. If a European holiday is in your future, this is one of the best places to spend the night. If you’re willing to spend the cash, you can buy a pass to visit all the best parties in the city.

Thailand:

One of the best parties outside of an urban area is on a beach in Thailand called Kho Pha Ngan, where revelers party into the sunrise hours in the sand.

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