As a traveling healthcare professional you have a lot of options available for assignments. Having control over where and when you are going to be working is a powerful thing and should always be used to your personal advantage. While it may be too late to hop onto a new travel assignment in time for New Year’s Eve, just bookmark this blog and start planning for next year. Working through the Holiday season can be chaotic, but it can also be financially and personally beneficial. Especially once everyone makes it through Christmas and starts to focus on the end of year celebrations. If you choose the right assignment, you could be in for an incredible New Year’s Eve experience. Let’s take a look at five of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve. (Please keep in mind that these are in no particular order.)
Las Vegas, Nevada. Yes, it is true that entertainment in this city of neon is like New Year’s Eve all year long, but on December 31st, it goes to a whole new level. Do you like block parties? How about a block party with close to 400,000 revelers? That’s what you get in Vegas. The famed Strip is closed off to traffic, and every single casino is part of the festivities. Imagine being there with 400,000 friends and a fireworks show that puts the nightly neon circus to shame. You can’t go wrong planning a trip to Las Vegas to include the end of year festivities.
N’Awlins, Louisiana. Known for Mardi Gras, the folks down on Bourbon Street in New Orleans want you to know that they are equally enamored with throwing a great New Year’s Eve party. If you are lucky enough to be on assignment in the ‘Holy City’ at the end of December, make sure you head down to Jackson Square for the live music and incredible fireworks. And, instead of the typical ball drop at midnight, you can witness a giant fleur de lis slowly descend on a 25-foot pole while the sky above explodes with sound and color.
Portland, Oregon. You read that correctly; Portland knows how to do New Year’s Eve. In a city known for its burgeoning craft brew scene and live music, New Year’s Eve something altogether different. Portlander’s have embraced a “Champagne Ball” featuring 17 bars, themed parties, and dance floors everywhere. An assignment at this time of the year to the great Northwest is one for the ages. And even if you aren’t into getting all dressed up, there are plenty of downtown craft brewpubs that will be celebrating in a more casual way.
Dallas, Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas, and New Year’s Eve is no different. Dallas is a party town no matter what day it is, but they save a little something extra for ringing in the New Year. In Dallas, fireworks at midnight just don’t cut it. Instead, the fireworks displays start around 7 pm and last well past midnight. With restaurants and bars aplenty, there is no shortage of places to hunker down for some great ‘Cue and cold beverages.
Boston, Massachusetts. Called Boston’s First Night, this 40-year tradition has just gotten better with age. Featuring a celebration of artistic performances, Boston focuses their celebration on entertainment and family oriented fun. Historic Copley Square and the Boston Common are the main attractions that draw close to 1 million people into the downtown celebrations. Events include parades, ice sculpture contests, and fireworks beginning at 7 pm. Folks who are lucky enough to be in or near Boston on New Year’s Eve can enjoy the festivities from noon until midnight. After that, there are plenty of local pubs and restaurants that are sure to keep the party going until well into the night.
The above list is only five cities: where are your favorite places to experience New Year’s Eve celebrations? Have you been on assignment in another city for New Years? If so, tell us about it in the comment section below, or join us on our Facebook page and tell us your favorite New Year’s memory.