Less conventional ways to spend New Year's Eve
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For many college students, New Year’s Eve is a reason to party and hit the clubs.

However, not everyone enjoys spending the night in a loud club, paying for expensive drinks and getting jostled by strangers.

Not to mention surviving impossible queues to get into the club, and dealing with traffic and parking issues on the busiest night of the year!

This is why plenty of people think NYE is overrated, as there is the promise of having a blast, but often it ends up not quite as fun as you thought it would be.

If you prefer a different sort of New Year’s Eve this time around, here are some fun and unconventional ideas to ring in the new year that you don’t need a fancy new outfit for.

Camping under the stars

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If it’s feasible, why not get away from the crowds and spend the New Year surrounded by beautiful and lush nature? It can be romantic with a loved one, fun with friends, and relaxing on your own (provided it’s safe!).

Some parks also have fireworks at the stroke of midnight, so you’ll still get to catch them. For an unforgettable New Year’s Eve with fresh air and gorgeous scenery, plan a camping trip and be one with nature.

Go for a holiday

There’s nothing quite like waking up in a new place on New Year’s eve (and then on New Year’s day!). While heading to the big cities can be expensive during this time, consider a trip somewhere new that you’ve never been before.

If you’re on a budget, you can travel by train or book an Airbnb. It doesn’t need to be a pricey holiday to be a memorable one.

No matter where you go, even if its a small town, a quiet resort, or crashing on your cousin’s couch, you’ll be able to experience New Year’s an entirely different way.

Plus, you’ll get to collect a new travel experience and maybe cross it off your bucket list. So consider planning a fun getaway this New Year’s!

Movie night

Chances are, the cinemas won’t be as packed on New Year’s eve as normal weekend nights, queues for popcorn and drinks will be shorter, and you’ll get to enjoy your movie in peace.

If you want a low-key New Year’s eve, why not check out a movie? You can catch a midnight movie at your local cinema, or a classic at an old-school theater if you live in places like London or New York.

If you don’t feel like heading out, have a movie night at home. Make your own popcorn and snacks, choose a movie you’ve been dying to watch, and relax!

It could be the perfect downtime you’ve been craving for, or a chance to spend some quality time with a friend or loved one.

Go bowling

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There are many bowling alleys which are open past midnight on New Year’s Eve, and there are usually special deals and countdown celebrations going on as well.

For an unusual and fun New Year’s eve celebration, grab some buddies and hit the lanes! You get to avoid the clubbing crowd yet still get to have some fun and relax with your friends.

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