A year ago, scoring a special trip to celebrate the dawning of 2000 seemed as remote as snagging a ticket to the Super Bowl. But with the turning of the year only two weeks away, the field is remarkably wide open--and finding a seat for celebrating Y2K in style may not even cost as much as you feared.
The biggest reason for the turnaround: The exorbitantly priced, high-glitz, high-concept New Year's packages crafted by tour organizers scared a lot of people off. Even high rollers concluded that it was preferable to sip champagne in their living rooms than pay $75,000 to circle the globe on the Concorde or $699 for dinner at New York's Tavern on the Green. The prospect of being far away while Y2K hell was breaking loose back at the office also dampened plans. According to a survey by the Travel Industry Association of America, 61 percent of Americans have opted to celebrate this New Year's at home.
As a result, if you want to travel for the New Year, deals and opportunities abound. You can still welcome the year 2000 in New York, London, Paris, a warm island or even a regional spa or resort, and pay prices not dramatically higher than usual.
Inside, we report on dozens of live, available, mostly affordable options. The biggest obstacle we encountered was making late December airline reservations, particularly on domestic flights. Our advice: Travel by car whenever possible. If you must fly, try to get off the ground by Dec. 30, and be sure to confirm your reservations. Or consider booking packages that include air travel.