How you start your year may or may not affect the rest of the 364 days but it surely does dictate the spirit in which you start off the New Year. You could be in bed reading a book if that’s your thing or you could be globetrotting and waking up to marvellous views, unforgettable experiences, and amid the company of people with whom you share lifetime connections. If you are the latter kind, we have got a few unrivalled options for you to wake up in Jan 1, 2020. By Shubhanjana Das

  1. Moscow

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What follows fireworks at Red Square and wow-worthy street performances at Central Moscow? A relaxed morning at the Sokolniki Park! Spend the New Year’s first day at the Muzeon park of Arts, a stunning open-air museum right across Gorky Park, enjoying breakfast while taking in the view from Patriarchy Bridge. You could even sit down for a small, cute Russian picnic brunch at Hermitage Garden. The New Year’s Eve celebrations in this winter wonderland lead to a peaceful, all-absorbing Jan 1st, making it the ideal way to kickstart your year.

  1. Seychelles

Ditch the more popular destination of Maldives for a wintry welcome to the pristine and alluring vistas of islands, peaks, and beaches in Seychelles. You can go island hopping, or even indulge in scuba diving to feed your adrenaline. You can even choose to snorkel and explore life under water, or simply laze around in the country’s white sand beaches. If you want to start your New Year on an even more memorable note, cruise rides are also an option you could consider.

  1. Bruges

If you’re travelling with beau for New Year’s, Bruges should be among your the top three options. One of the most beautiful canal cities in the world, Bruges is perfect for that romantic getaway. This western European land is known for its colonial structures, old-world charm, nostalgia, and its Lake of Love. Go on vintage horse rides before having dinner in a quaint little restaurant for the perfectly romantic start to the New Year.

  1. Cambodia

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Cambodia is an absolute delight for every nature lover. Brimming with opportunities to customise your New Year’s holiday just how you want it, the nation is replete with photo-ops for your Instagram feed. With the perfect weather which is neither cold nor hot, Cambodia’s beaches, centuries-old temples, and the breathtaking landscapes, are hard to describe in words. Our advice? Go see it in person!

  1. Nicaragua

A lofty tropical getaway, Nicaragua’s virgin beaches, imposing volcanic peaks, lush forests are enough reasons for you to wake up here on the first day of the New Year. When here, experience a culture far removed from yours, witness a rather unexplored territory and interact with the warm and welcoming Nicaraguan people. The balance of nature and human connect here in Nicaragua is just perfect.

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