Sunday 25 June 2017

Dublin named one of world's Top 10 trending New Year's Eve destinations

'Travel Hacker Guide'

New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Forget Christmas. Dublin has just been tipped as one of the best places on earth to ring out 2016.

The city has seen a 65pc increase in flight searches compared to New Year's Eve last year according to travel search engine Kayak.com.

"Shouting 'Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhuit!' ('Happy New Year' in Gaelic) becomes even more difficult after you've had a few Guinness," it adds.

Kayak.com's 10 on-trend cities for New Year's Travel

  1. Reykjavik, Iceland
  2. Sydney, Australia
  3. Nashville,  USA
  4. Auckland, New Zealand
  5. San Salvador, El Salvador
  6. Dublin, Ireland
  7. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  8. Lima, Peru
  9. Guadalajara, Mexico
  10. Minneapolis, USA

In recent years, Dublin has expanded its celebrations into the New Year's Festival (nyfdublin.com), which runs from December 30 to January 1.

2016 highlights include Luminosity's 3D light projections, the 3 Countdown Concert (headlined by Walking on Cars), city walks and pop-up events, a New Year's Day concert and treasure hunts for adults and kids in Temple Bar.

New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
New Year's Eve in Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Condé Nast Traveler is just one of the international publications picking up on Kayak.com's guide, tipping a stroll in the Creative Quarter, the Bar with No Name and... erm, a road trip to the Cliffs of Moher as reasons to visit.

This August, readers of the influential travel publication voted Dublin the world's third friendliest city, after Charleston and Sydney.

See Kayak.com's full Travel Hacker Guide here.

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