Like many major holidays,\r\nNew Year's Day is a popular time to travel. Those in search of unique ways to bid\r\nfarewell to 2015 will find no shortage of festive events around the world.\r\nHowever, there are also drawbacks to traveling in late December and early\r\nJanuary. Higher rates and closed attractions can make a New Year's Day trip\r\nless convenient than traveling at other times during the winter season. Before\r\nbooking your travel over the holiday, consider the pros and cons to decide if\r\nit's the best option for you.\r\n\r\nThe Pros\r\n\r\n1. You Can Enjoy Unique\r\nExperiences\r\n\r\nNew Year's Eve is a great\r\ntime to find unique, once-a-year experiences taking place across the globe. For\r\nthose seeking a fun, energetic atmosphere, New York, Sydney or Las Vegas may fit the bill. And a quirkier way to ring in the new year can be found in Key West, where revelers\r\nwatch a giant, red high-heeled shoe drop at midnight while enjoying the warm\r\nFlorida weather.\r\n\r\nHowever, these fun and\r\nfeisty celebrations aren't for everyone. For those who would prefer a quiet\r\nstart to 2016, a beach vacation might be the best choice. The Hawaiian Islands\r\nexperience beautiful weather year-round and are a reasonable six-hour flight\r\nfrom most major airports along the West Coast. Meanwhile, those living on the\r\nEast Coast should consider a Caribbean escape for a relaxing start to the new\r\nyear.\r\n\r\n2. The Convenience Factor\r\n\r\nWith New Year's Day falling\r\non a Friday this year, many of us will be able to enjoy the long weekend\r\nwithout asking for additional time away from work. And if you have vacation\r\ntime to spare, you can take off the Thursday before or the Monday after New\r\nYear's Day for an extended four-day getaway.\r\n\r\n3. You Can Escape Cold Winter Weather\r\n\r\nDepending on where you want\r\nto travel, a New Year's getaway can help you escape harsh winter weather. And early\r\nJanuary is a great time to take a break from frigid temperatures before bracing\r\nyourself for the final few months of winter. Even if you're not planning to\r\nescape to a warm-weather destination, visiting a new place can provide a\r\ndifferent kind of reprieve and a fresh perspective. And after the hectic holiday\r\nseason, a trip in late December or early January can give travelers a chance to\r\nrelax and recharge.\r\n\r\nThe Cons\r\n\r\n1. Expect Some Attractions\r\nto Be Closed for the Holidays \r\n\r\nWhile many businesses will\r\nremain open for New Year's Day, expect popular museums, restaurants and shops\r\nto close their doors on major holidays. So, if you decide to explore a new\r\ndestination on New Year's Day, be sure to plan ahead and map out your itinerary\r\naccordingly. Popular spots, such as Las Vegas, tend to be less impacted by limited\r\nholiday hours than businesses in smaller towns or off-the-beaten-path\r\ndestinations. However, travelers shouldn't assume that an attraction or\r\nbusiness will be open just because it's well-known and frequented by tourists.\r\nFor instance, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will be closed on Jan. 1, 2016. Make sure to call ahead to know\r\nwhen visiting hours will be during the holidays before planning your trip. \r\n\r\n2. Lodging and\r\nTransportation Costs \r\n\r\nAlthough New Year's isn't\r\nquite as hectic as Christmas, it is still a popular time to travel. And that\r\nmeans airfares and hotel rates are likely to be higher, especially for popular holiday destinations like New York and London. If you want to stretch your\r\nvacation dollars further, travel a few weeks later in January or February for off-season\r\nperks like better rates and fewer crowds. And when booking your flight, be sure\r\nto use the airline's "flexible dates" search function to secure the best rates.