22/01/2014 11:25 GMT | Updated 24/03/2014 05:59 GMT

TEFL Destinations and Surprising New Year Traditions

Dreary weather, lack of job opportunities and long office hours are driving thousands of Brits to move abroad every year. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is becoming a very popular way to take the plunge and move abroad and start an exciting new career in the sun while inspiring others to learn English. Whether you're a professional who fancies a career change or a recent graduate with no idea what their next step should be, TEFL is an amazing experience that is bound to be the experience of a lifetime!

Since it's the start of a New Year we thought we would enlighten you to what we consider to be the top 10 weird and wonderful New Year traditions celebrated in our most popular TEFL destinations.

It will come as no surprise that people all over the world stay up late to bring in the New Year at midnight on the 31st December with hope for health, happiness and prosperity for the year to come. However, the way this occasion is celebrated varies greatly between TEFL destinations and some are certainly more bizarre than others!

As a keen traveller myself, I particularly like the sound of the Colombian tradition of carrying an empty suitcase around to ensure you have a year filled with exciting travels. I may have to give this one a go next year! And who wouldn't be tempted by the prospect of a romantic New Year's group kiss in San Marco square, Venice!

So, if you find yourself in one of our top TEFL destinations next New Year, be sure to celebrate with the locals and embrace these strange traditions!

Happy travelling everyone and make the most of 2014!