It’s no secret that the holidays are typically the most expensive time of year to travel, culminating with the biggest celebration, and highest nightly hotel costs, of the season—New Year’s Eve.

The holiday certainly draws crowds in a variety of destinations, but this is especially true for the quintessential New Year’s cities such as New York, San Francisco and Las Vegas. The celebrations may be grand in these locales, but that also means a shortage of rooms and sky-high prices. That got me thinking; how can we ring in the New Year with all the fanfare and fun that top destinations offer, but at a fraction of the price? The answer is to look a little outside the box, and consider places that may not necessarily be top-of-mind.

To help point travelers in the right direction, I brainstormed with other travel insiders at Hotwire about our favorite alternative destinations.  Places that offer a similar, celebratory atmosphere, as the most traveled to New Year’s destinations. However, with the low hotel prices these cities offer, you may find yourself cheering for more than just the arrival of 2014. Here’s to a great New Year’s Eve.