While it’s possible that every New Year’s Eve will be a fun night you’ll never forget, it’s easy for the night to get away from you. And there are some activities that are guaranteed to be a bad time. Check out what not to do this December 31 to guarantee that you start off the new year right:
Be Alone, Scrolling Through Social Media
Spending the holiday season all alone can be whatever you want to make of it, but one way that you’ll surely bum yourself out is by being online, scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, and seeing all the ways people are enjoying themselves together. If you are home by yourself this New Year’s, order yourself a pizza, binge-watch something new on Netflix, and stay far, far away from your laptop.
Dine Out Without Reservations
New Year’s Eve is one of the top five busiest nights for restaurants (and the second busiest for bars), so the good places are going to have their reservations snatched up weeks — if not months — in advance. Even if you’re not sure about your New Year’s Eve plans until late in the month, make a reservation wherever you’re able to. Otherwise, you can expect to wait for hours for a table or get turned away back into the cold December night.
Drink Yourself Into Oblivion
It should go without saying, but don’t drink so much on New Year’s Eve that you’re blacked out or passed out before it’s even midnight. Nobody wants to ring in the new year by puking or by taking care of a puking friend. So drink responsibly, pace yourself, and fun will still be had even if you aren’t roaring drunk.
New York City’s Time Square
Times Square in New York City, with its cheerful crowds, big-name musical guests, and that famous crystal ball, looks like the place for New Year’s Eve. However, the reality of spending this holiday down on Broadway is a little different. It’s cold outside, there are no public bathrooms, nearby restaurants charge insane amounts for food, and once you’re in Times Square, you have to stay there. This is one of those things that’s better to watch from the comfort of your living room.
Spend the Night With People You Don’t Like
Whether or not you like New Year’s Eve, it is a holiday. Why spend it with people you don’t care about? Sometimes, not going to any party is better than spending a night with “friends” you don’t get along with. Enjoy your New Year’s Eve, even if it means staying in with a small group of family, going to bed early, or going out to meet new people at a bar.