Ringing in 2019: Airbnb reveals New Year’s hot spots

New Year's Eve
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This New Year’s Eve, Airbnb travellers from around the globe are ringing in the New Year in a vast array of destinations and cultures such as Cartagena, Colombia; Krakow, Poland; Chiang Mai, Thailand; New Orleans and more.

Below are our 20 most trending NYE destinations based on growth in bookings from last year:

1. Mexico City, Mexico (117%)
2. London, England (95%)
3. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (92%)
4. Tulum, Mexico (78%)
5. Miami, FL (76%)
6. Kissimmee, FL (73%)
7. New Orleans, LA (72%)
8. San Diego, CA (72%)
9. Cartagena, Colombia (71%)
10. Chiang Mai, Thailand (70%)
11. Gold Coast, Australia (67%)
12. Orlando, FL (64%)
13. Brussels, Belgium (61%)
14. Tel Aviv, Israel (59%)
15. Phuket, Thailand (57%)
16. Los Angeles, CA (56%)
17. Seoul, South Korea (55%)
18. Bali, Indonesia (54%)
19. Kraków, Poland (52%)
20. Bangkok, Thailand (51%)

While there are some common elements of New Year’s celebrations that bring people together – fireworks, music, festivities – if you plan on venturing to any of Airbnb’s locales, Airbnb asked some of its hosts to share their distinctly unique traditions that will help guests really commence 2019 like a local.

“Every [New Year’s Eve] night, while the twelve strikes of bells mark the end of the year, we make 12 wishes for the next year. [For every] one wish, [we eat] one grape until we eat the 12!”

Host Abril, Walk Condesa & Roma from Exclusive Penthouse Apartment

“I celebrate NYE in a typical British pub – mine is a 17th century coach house in rural England! Midnight comes way too quickly and the next thing it’s time to cross arms and hold hands, form that huge circle and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (the Scottish song about old times sake) until we can hear Big Ben strike the bells – it’s an eerie sound that commands attention, and gets it.

Some silence falls until we get really close to the last bell strike and then it’s all hugs and kisses to friends and strangers alike wishing them all the best for the forthcoming year!”

Host Joanna, Unwind Under the Pergola of a Bright Garden Flat

“Since Thailand is a Buddhist country, we hold ceremonial events in temple where the citizens will pray with the monks over the new year’s night.

We chant a series of Buddhist scriptures for prosperity and health for the next year to come, as well as, recognizing things we may have hurt or killed in the past. Some family will spend the evening at home counting cash overnight for wealth and prosperity!”

Host Mo, Baan Sri Dha – Luxury 3Bed in Town

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