VIP Backpacker’s top 10 destinations for 2014

A new year means new travel plans. And with that in mind here’s a summary of our top 10 list of destinations to consider in 2014 covering everything from the beach locations of Australia to Europe’s ancient cities and the best party action around the world in 2014. To view the list in full click here to see the latest newsletter.

Whitehaven beachWhitsundays, AustraliaBy Joanne LaneMACKAY

Mackay makes for an excellent base for excursions out to the superb Whitsundays, fabulous island and reef cruises, the wonders of Cape Hillsborough National Park, tours through Eungella Forest and an array of other adventure activities on sea and land. Located on Queensland’s central coast, it has also avoided the big tourism hits of places such as Airlie Beach nearby despite its superb access to the aforementioned attractions. The Bluewater 20km trail is something else worth checking out – dedicated pedestrian paths and bikeways connecting various attractions. The annual Festival of Arts in July is also worth planning for with cheese tasting, live jazz, dance, music and other performances. The River Sessions Festival is held in June.

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Perth easily gives Sydney a run for its money with its seaside location, great weather and relaxed manner. Not only is it appealing place to live for locals but a fantastic place for a working holiday or at least a holiday. The city also borders the Swan River adding a further attraction to cosmopolitan centres such as Fremantle, the wonders of Cottesloe beach, excellent local markets, the beauty of Kings Park and Boanic Gardens or wine tasting in the nearby Swan River area.

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FRANZ JOSEF, NEW ZEALANDFranz Josef GlacierSouth Island, New Zealand

Located on the west coast of the south island of New Zealand, Franz Josef is a must stop off in this part of the country. This area is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site park with a whopping great 12 km glacier, plus the 20km Fox Glacier just 20km away to the south. The village of Franz Josef is just 10km from the face of the glacier and has a busy heliport offering walking tours and even heli skiing on the glacier. Most tourists book into guided walks on the glacier – an incredible experience.

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10 hot New Year’s Eve party spots

Want some inspiration for a New Year’s Eve location this year?

Look no further than our December newsletter, out now and packed with details about the places, traditions and fun that takes place in 10 locations around the year come December 31.

Here’s an excerpt:


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For perhaps the best firework show come New Years Eve, head to Sydney!  It’s summer time in Australia meaning you can actually enjoy being outside, without freezing, into the wee hours of the night! Sydney is a great party city and knows how to enjoy itself. Stake out a good spot by the harbour for your fireworks viewing and have a great time.

The alternative to the harbour is of course the action down at Bondi Beach where big name DJs consistently turn up for all the action on the beach.

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For highlights of places like New York, Cardiff, London, Vancouver and more check out the complete list here… then pack your party shoes and dresses and celebrate!


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5 places to ham it up on New Year’s Eve

Fireworks and confetti signal the New Year in Times Square, New York. Pic: AP.

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s time to make some serious plans about what you’re going to do. It’s not too late to plan out an end of year bash to remember. So pack your confetti and consider these five locations … and remember they are all cities where we have VIP accommodation!

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and New Year from the VIP Backpackers Blog!

1. New York City, USA
There’s plenty going on in the Big Apple come New Year’s Eve – you could do the midnight run through Central Park or see the classic Ball Drop in Time’s Square with a million other revelers. Simply being in New York at this time is party enough so get over there now while there’s still time!
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