Lydia Bright set for Thai New Year

Lydia Bright is embarking on a five-week tour of Asia with her sister and the pair will be ringing in the New Year on a beach

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Lydia Bright at premiere

Lydia Bright

Lydia Bright will be spending New Year's Eve in Thailand.

The former 'The Only Way Is Essex' star is embarking on a five-week humanitarian trip around Asia with her sister Georgia and will be bringing in the start of 2014 away from the drama in Essex.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, she said: "New Year's Eve I'm actually away in Thailand. I'm going travelling for five weeks. It's always been something I've wanted to do, but I started on 'TOWIE' so young that I never had chance to. Now's my time to get a taste for it.

"I'm going with my sister, we'll have our backpacks on. We're travelling to Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. We're going to go work in orphanages, animal sanctuaries, party and have fun."

Since starring on the hit reality TV show from 2010 to 2012, the 22-year-old star has kept busy launching two successful businesses - she started up her own fashion label and becoming the co-owner of boutique Bella Sorella with her sister - but admitted she needs some time to relax and enjoy herself away from work.

She said: "I didn't go on one holiday this year and I just feel like now this has all been wrapped up after my design season. My shop is always really quiet in January, as every retail outlet is, I've got no buying to do and media is usually a bit quiet so I thought, 'I'm going travelling!' "

Lydia plans to let her hair down more in 2014 and says her New Year's resolution is to act her age.

Lydia added: "I'm so grateful of how far I've come but I'm only 22 and sometimes I forget that, I've got two businesses, I've got so many responsibilities, a house, I grew up a lot quicker than most of my friends.

"I think sometimes I do miss out on my youth. My New Year's resolution this year is [to have fun]."

The Lydia Rose Bright SS14 collection launches at Lipstick Boutique in January 2014.

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