So as 2023 comes to an end… how is everyone celebrating/spending Christmas and New Year this year?
Sadly I am working Christmas Day but I’ve bagged New Year’s Day off so hoping to have some friends over to watch the fireworks across various parts of London from my balcony. And plenty of wine and prosecco of course.
Any positives from 2023? Anything we’re looking forward to in 2024?
I’ll have family around both Christmas Day and Boxing Day so fairly busy; then back to work. I plan to rest NYE/NYD instead.
Really enjoyed my first USA trip earlier this year, can’t believe it’s almost been a year. Still grateful to @simonb for the tip re Melrose Trading Post which had some great finds. Maybe looking to return next year, debating LA or San Fran.
I love the US (to visit) and try to go every year. Usually New York (I have friends there) but this year we did Washington DC and had a great time. Just booked my first First Class plane tickets to NYC for 2024!
It really is special! I liked the true escapism it provides that Europe doesn’t really. Though it’s fairly pricey so not sure I’ll be able to make it a yearly trip.
NYC was on my list originally but after visiting Cali I am a bit worried that NYC would feel too boxed in and busy with no room to stop and breathe. Are my fears unreasonable? I like a city break but big busy cities like London are death.
DC is intriguing though… how long should one look to spend there?
Lastly, first class? How many Avios is that!
Sounds like a great deal, enjoy it, it’s a fantastic view!
I won’t lie - NYC can be intense. It’s very busy. It’s about the same population as London but in half the space, so there is always something going on. I love it, but the first time I went it was very busy and I was a little overwhelmed.
We were there for… 4 days I think? It’s one of the more walkable cities in the US, and basically houses all of their history and politics. Has some rough areas being both full of rich privileged folk and very poor unprivileged folk but again I have friends out there (I lived in the US for a year as a student) so it’s helpful to have that.
Shockingly less than business class! It’s just way more in taxes. 68k Avios (with a voucher that’s for two) with £549 fee vs business which is 80k Avios with £175 fee.
I am also in the working on Xmas day crew. New years, haven’t found anyone doing anything - lack of active friends doesn’t help - so I’ll probably be spending it alone. It’s been a rough year so I won’t be sad to see it go.
As it is traditional, I’m going to go watch 1957 Christmas Carol with my dad on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day we’ll just have a bit of food. New Year’s Eve for the last couple of years I’ve been round to house of mine however I’ve fallen out with them mate so I won’t be going down there this year