A group of us book a youth hostel type place in the lakes and all go away. We have a mix of singles, couples and families as everyone invites their friends. Could you ask around and do something with others where everyone goes together?
Previously done Airbnb but found it to be much more expensive than we wanted really.
I have the same problem most years (friends are busy with their families etc). So this year I'm going to Suffolk to stay in a lovely AirBNB. Peace and quiet, lots of fresh country air, beach walks, woodlands, bliss! (and excellent local food and drink).
But it depends what you like.....city or country etc etc.
My favourite New Year alone was riding a motorbike through Ho Chi Minh.
So many options! What's your budget, how many days and what are you looking to do (or not do!)?
Dublin is officially one of the top five friendliest cities in the world! Last year Dublin’s New Year’s Festival started on December 30 with a poetry slam, live performances and the spectacular Luminosity light show with aerial and aquatic performers (running for all three nights). It appears that it's starting on 31st this year. On NYE there's the light procession and famous 3Countdown Concert. On New Years Day itself there are more events at the castle, most of which have a sporty theme. Also several pop up events around the rest of the city.
Dublin Castle will be transformed into the NYF Food Village for these three days so with artisan food and lots of free entertainment. The Dublin Discovery Trail is also a fantastic option if it is your first visit to Dublin it allows you to explore the best of the city in two days.
The towns and villages of Dublin Bay are just a short distance away by DART train, so you can mix city break with a breathtakingly beautiful beach walk in Howth, a reviving hike up Killiney Hill, and cosying up for a fireside pint in a traditional pub in Dun Laoghaire.