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Discover the trending destinations for New Year’s Eve for US travellers

Whether you want to go where the party is or get far away from the crowds, Kayak has released its latest Travel Hacker Guide, revealing the destinations travellers are hoping to spend New Year’s Eve. These are the top 10 destinations with the greatest year-on-year increase in searches for American and Canadian travellers hoping to ring in 2018 some place special.

Guadalajara, Mexico

Overhead of Liberty Market (Mercado Libertad) in Guadalajara. Image by Margie Politzer/Getty Images

The city of Guadalajara may be inland from popular beach spots like Puerto Vallarta, but Mexico’s second largest city is famous for one thing that might take your New Year’s celebrations to the next level – tequila.

Kingston, Jamaica

Coronation Market in Kingston, Jamaica. Image by Sam Diephuis/Getty Images

Kingston boasts the beautiful Blue Mountains and the ocean, so visitors can escape the winter and hit the beach – enjoying the kind of celebrations that only Jamaica can provide.

Mexico City, Mexico

Fantastic view Mexico City’s downtown at twilight. The nightlife of the city can be seen around the Palacio de Bellas Artes building in foreground. Image by Torresigner/Getty Images

Mexico City is a bustling option for travellers who want to start their year somewhere warmer, but still soak up all the culture that the country’s capital has to offer.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Homes in Amsterdam. Image by Jean-Pierre Lescourret/Getty Images

Amsterdam may be known around the world as a party destination, but there’s so much more to the canal-lined city. A wealth of culture and an amazing dining scene means you can accomplish so much more than just a New Year’s party.

Lisbon, Portugal

Glazed tiles in the Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira. Portugal, 17th century in Lisbon. Image by DEA / W. BUSS/Getty Images

There’s no doubt that Lisbon is one of the most up-and-coming destinations in the world, and with good reason. Sunny weather, gorgeous winding cobbled lanes and plenty of amazing restaurants to try has many people considering a winter break there.

Barcelona, Spain

The ceiling of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Image by Luisito Echave/Getty Images

Barcelona is sure to entice travellers looking to spend their New Year’s holiday soaking up sun, culture and all the amazing cuisine they can stomach.

Paris, France

People dine at a cafe on Rue Mouffetard in Paris, a popular street lined with cafes, bars, souvenir shops, and an open-air market. Image by Dennis K. Johnson/Getty Images

Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world – and with good reason. The City of Lights is famous for its romance and ambience and will lure in many travellers who want to see in the New Year there.

Madrid, Spain

Spain, Madrid. Interior of La Catedral cafe restaurant. Image by Matteo Colombo/Getty Images

The Spanish capital is a bustling spot to soak up culture and cuisine – but it is well known for being home to a slew of amazing cocktail bars and nightclubs that will keep you out all night.

Montreal, Canada

Rue Garnier, Montreal, Canada Image by Pierre Philippe Brunet/Getty Images

While Montreal won’t take you away from the cold, it more than makes up for it with an incredible mix of cultures, where you can feel like you’ve wandered into one of Europe’s hottest capitals without ever leaving the continent.

Athens, Greece

Eating at a restaurant in Athens. Image by Ashok Sinha/Getty Images

Spend the first days of 2018 in one of the world’s most historic spot, ringing in the New Year in a city that’s been around for more than 5000 years.