To go out, or not to go out? That is the question.
Well, that's the question for me on NYE anyways. Fight the crowds, traffic, weather and drunks to attempt to have a good time 'out on the town'? Or stay at home, keep it low key, maybe have a few friends over, watch the fireworks/ball drop on TV, have some champaign and then call it an early one...
Whatever you choose, both ways can actually be a great time, if you do it right.
IF YOU GO OUT
Be Smart About Transportation. Don't take your own vehicle, if you plan to drink. And really it's likely not worth it anyways, as there will be buzzed/drunk people on the roads anyhow. Best to get a cab. Or better yet, just get an Uber to and from. Plus, getting chauffered around town will make it like more of a special night out anyways.
Have A Plan. One of the worst things that typically happens to me on NYE night's out is that you just wing it and end up somewhere you simply do not want to be when midnight rolls around. (like a little too drunk at that dive bar, surrounded by a bunch of people you couldn't care less about). Doesn't mean you need a hardcore schedule. But I have learned it's better to at least know where you want to be, when the ball drops.
Realize tomorrow will still happen, no matter how drunk you get. Seriously. Just because you have a free pass to be intoxicated in public, and have fun and all that, doesn't mean you won't have to still pay for your actions. Be responsible and know your limits. DYIs, PIs and the like are serious, and no single night of "fun" is ever worth the impact it will have on your life in the following year to come.
All that being said, NYE is a great time to find really unique events that will only happen once a year (or maybe once ever) in your city. Look for that underground surprise band playing at some "undisclosed" location, or the hotel that drops 50,000 balloons in its main lobby, or.. whatever. Go for something unique and memorable. Step outside your comfort zone even.
IF YOU STAY HOME
Congratulations. You have just successfully eliminated 80% of all the worry and stress and danger of going out to try and have a good time for NYE. And that's all well and good, just make sure you still make a night of it, at least.
Have friends and family over. For a few drinks, or many drinks if you have enough space for folks to sleep, can be really fun. Even if you aren't going out, you can still dress up like you are as well. Doesn't have to be low key.
But if you stay low key, NYE is a great time to reflect on the following year, and to truly think about what the next year will have in store for you, and how best you want to tackle all of that. Lame as it may sound, I hold true its most memorable to make bold resolutions aloud to everyone. If anything, it just might shame you into making them actually happen.
Either way you choose,
Enjoy the last day of the year. It really is an occasion worth pausing all of life's struggles and stresses over, and just taking the day (or at least the evening and early morning thereafter) to reflect and to recharge your goals for the new year to come. Stay safe out there no matter which route you go, and seriously, just enjoy the night! Leave a comment below if you get into anything truly unique and worthwhile.