Astrological adventures: where to travel based on your zodiac sign
Adventurous Aries? Voyaging Virgo? Globetrotting Gemini? Whether you find western astrology to be just a bit of fun or something more serious, it can be amusing to see what the planets say about your personality. In turn, you might just find that your astrological placements provide a useful gauge for many life choices – including where to travel.
We’ve scoured the zodiac, and Planet Earth, and come up with suggestions for where to go based on your astrological sign.
Western astrology is based on the constellations that fall along the celestial ecliptic – that is, the apparent path of the sun around the earth’s sphere. Though the recommendations below are based largely on your sun sign (your big-picture sign – the constellation that the sun was visibly positioned in front of at the moment of your birth), it’s important to note that there is more to astrology. You should also check your moon sign (said to influence your inner/emotional life) and your rising or ascendant sign (the constellation that was appearing over the horizon at the time and place of your birth) – which is believed to influence how you appear outwardly to others.
Aries – sunny SoCal, USA
♈ March 21 – April 19
As the first sign in the zodiac, you are the astrological young-at-heart Aries. You are pioneering, spontaneous and a burst of sunshine. You know how to get the party started and like to be challenged. For your perfect getaway, head to Southern California, where you can bask in the sunny glow. Hire a car, put the top down and live your most glamorous life cruising the Sunset Strip, clubbing with LA’s prettiest, or soaking up the rays in chilled-out San Diego. Get your hit of much-needed action by signing up for a surfing lesson or follow your strong spontaneous side and drive to Las Vegas just for the hell of it. It’s the Aries way.
Alternative getaway: Australia is huge and diverse and just as adventurous. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for that all-important dose of adrenaline, or road-trip across the Red Centre, where you’ll feel right at home – after all, your ruling planet is Mars.
Taurus – Tuscany, Italy
♉ April 20 – May 20
No one understands how to enjoy the earth’s finest pleasures better than you, dear Taurus. Your constellation may be the bull, but your ruling planet is Venus and you are easy to seduce with fine tastes and sophisticated, beautiful surroundings. Head to Italy – Tuscany specifically – where you can cosy up in a rustic villa, crack open a bottle of fine Chianti and simply take in the perfect views. Make sure to plan a day to see some of humanity’s most elegant artworks – Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus hangs at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, for a start.
Alternative getaway: Napa Valley will also leave you full and happy with its exquisite New World wine, local galleries and gourmet food. Nab a table at the French Laundry at least a month in advance, and plan a relaxing hike through the vineyards the next day to soothe body and mind.
Gemini – twin cities
♊ May 21 – June 20
As the sign dominated by the twin constellation, you are known for having multiple personalities, Gemini. We know it’s just because you love meeting people, communicating and sharing ideas, and since you’re a mutable sign, you are prone to change (often, your mind). Your ruling planet is white-hot Mercury, which zips around the sun faster than any other planet, so it’s important for you to visit somewhere that stimulates your ever-ticking brain and offers something to fit your dualistic, fluctuating nature. Might we suggest a twin-city getaway? Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are sure to keep your insatiable curiosity fed – Tel Aviv’s buzzing nightlife and glitzy dining scene will fill your need for the fast-paced life, and when your quieter, more inquisitive twin comes out, you can soak up Jerusalem’s vast history and cultural mix.
Alternative getaway: Only 2½ hours’ drive apart, Vancouver and Seattle are another perfect twin-city mix for you. What could be more stimulating than visiting two countries in one day? This pair has so much going on you’ll never get bored. Move from great coffee to cosmopolitan views to isolated islands to creative cocktails – even by the minute, if you want.
Cancer – South of France
♋ June 21 – July 22
Kind Cancer, you really get what ‘slow travel’ means. Cancer’s constellation is the crab and you’re ruled by the emotional moon, meaning you are most comfortable in your shell and like to feel at home wherever you are. That means having a few creature comforts and a very easy-going pace to your trip: tasty food, a thoughtful museum, maybe a cooking course. We think you should spend some time in the south of France, where the relaxed energy will revive you. Snag a cosy rental apartment (hotels are far too impersonal for you) in Aix-en-Provence, where you can wander the leafy boulevards, stop for an espresso or a glass of Provençal rosé, then meander through one of France’s oldest art museums – the Musée Granet – to fill your culture cup.
Alternative getaway: Charleston, South Carolina is the sort of small-but-cosmopolitan city that will appeal to Crabs. There is a growing unpretentious food scene for you to splurge on, lots of history to learn about and plenty of antiques shops to snoop around in for something fine, old and, most importantly, meaningful to bring home.
Leo – Argentina
♌ July 23 – August 22
Leos – the lions of the zodiac – are ruled by the sun and tend to light up dance floors and gatherings with their warm energy. It’s true that many Leos love the spotlight, but we know you are also big softies who crave true romance, childlike adventure and good energy. Travel is in your blood and you need to go somewhere that will produce great stories to tell for years to come. Somewhere that has it all: Argentina. The blazing Buenos Aires nights will give you plenty of opportunities to get up to no good, and you can indulge your passionate, fiery personality with lavish steaks and wine, then hit the beach for a party like no other or maybe an amorous interlude with a mysterious stranger. You do nothing by halves, so plan a hiking trip in Patagonia to find those epic views you crave... and yourself, of course.
Alternative getaway: Hong Kong is an energetic, exciting mix for Leos, who love a little bit of everything. You’ll be sampling dumplings and dim sum on every corner, stumbling in and out of cool bars, practising self-care with a high-rise spa treatment and spinning around the harbour’s quieter beaches for some all-important alone-time.
Virgo – Malaysia
♍ August 23 – September 22
Virgo’s sign is the virgin, but really, you are a practical creator ruled by the asteroid Chiron (in Greek mythology, Chiron was a healing centaur wounded by one of Hercules’s arrows). You are exacting and value organisation, clarity, luxury and well-being. Though sometimes you come across as picky, you are in fact a sign that constantly thinks about how to perfect things and are a natural-born helper. In many ways, you live to fix, and by that count, Virgo, we reckon you need a little healing time for yourself on a spa retreat. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Perak, Malaysia offers opulent relaxation, with plenty of trickling streams, neatly arranged zen gardens, private plunge pools and stone massages on speed dial.
Alternative getaway: If your soul is calling for a little more than just spa treatments, head for serene Santa Fe, New Mexico, where upscale restaurants, plush-but-unique hotels and crystal-clear mountain air are sure to satiate your maiden sensibilities. And we know you’ll still want that hit of luxuriating, so book yourself for an afternoon at Japanese-style spa, Ten Thousand Waves.
Libra – Istanbul, Turkey
♎ September 23 – October 22
The most balanced sign in the zodiac is Libra, whose name in Latin and constellation are weighing scales. Libras are the fair judges of the world who value balance, peace and harmony, and because you are also ruled by Venus, you’re hopeless romantics who can’t help but love beautiful things. As an intellectual air sign, you’re great philosophisers and thinkers and appreciate anything that’s thoughtful and well-made. With such a need for symmetry in your life, we think you should head to the very centre of the world: Istanbul, a city that straddles two continents. In Istanbul, you won’t have to choose between Asia and Europe (we know you hate picking sides); you’ll get them both in one, or stay completely centred by taking a boat trip down the mighty Bosphorus, which divides the city and the two continents.
Alternative getaway: Peacemaker Libras will also appreciate Prague, where one of the most famously non-violent transfers of power ever took place – the Velvet Revolution. Sign yourself up for a walking tour of Prague’s architecture (it’s a huge mix, so no need to choose a favourite style) and then debrief it all with a travel companion or new friend in one of the city’s many intellectuals’ cafes.
Scorpio – Johannesburg, South Africa
♏ October 23 – November 21
Brave, deep, dark and enigmatic, scorpions are drawn to the mysterious and like to push boundaries. Your ruling planet is Pluto – arguably not a planet at all, far away, difficult to see and composed largely of ice and rock – but if you manage to get up close, also beautiful, just like you, Scorpio. Though you’re curious about everywhere and can find the art in almost anything, we think you will appreciate somewhere that, like you, has the power to survive and thrive through difficult times. And like you, Johannesburg is a city with a rich personality and scars that only make it stronger. We know you feel a lot, though you keep a hard shell that covers your obvious emotions; you’ll relate to Jo’burg’s turbulent history and the city’s magnificent ability to hold itself up amidst times of great and deep divide.
Alternative getaway: Explore your love of the dark of night and your curiosity about the occult in simmering New Orleans. There are plenty of voodoo rituals to witness, shadowy corners to lurk in (your favourite pose) and bright bars to bask in if you decide to show that elusive and addictive Scorpio magnetism.
Sagittarius – South America (all of it)
♐ November 22 – December 21
One word for you Sagittarius: expansiveness. You’re ruled by the biggest planet in the solar system – Jupiter, a world associated with bounty, blind optimism and reach. Sagittarius is symbolised by the archer constellation and you are known wanderers – the natural travellers of the zodiac. As truth-seekers, you are prone to fly off to find yourself when any mood at all strikes. We know you’re restless and love the wild things, whether that means camping under the stars, swimming in pristine lakes, exploring gritty urban scenes or all of the above. A short city-break just won’t do for you, so that’s why we think you should set off on the adventure of a lifetime by backpacking around South America. With a whole continent at your disposal and plenty of passionate culture to fuel your fire-sign personality, you just might find the fountain of youth you always seem to be searching for.
Alternative getaway: King-god Jupiter’s most sacred animal was the eagle, so voyage into the wilds of Mongolia to stay with the last remaining eagle hunters, who commune with these magnificent birds for their livelihood. Staying in a traditional ger and living the nomadic lifestyle is about as restlessly Sagittarian a travel goal as we can imagine.
Capricorn – Taiwan
♑ December 22 – January 19
As the most ambitious, driven and hard-working sign in the zodiac, Capricorns deserve a holiday more than any other. And yet you won’t be satisfied with just any old vacation. You desire to go somewhere important, to learn all of the things you can about the world and to remain efficient in the going. You’re ruled by Saturn, a god who ushered in a golden age on earth and was celebrated through feasting and revelry, meaning you also know how to have a good time. So, we’re sending you to Taiwan, where the work-hard/play-hard ethic has long held sway. You will marvel at Taiwan’s clean, efficient public transport, its fiercely freedom-loving attitude and its verve for getting things done. But when work clocks off here, there are all-night markets to eat your way through, temples to lose yourself in and beaches to linger on.
Alternative getaway: As driven as you are, Capricorn, you’ll appreciate a feeling of success from your travels, and you also tend to be a completionist. Taking a pilgrimage, such as walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, will give you that sense of accomplishment, and may also encourage you to explore your spirituality and follow your heart – something you can always use a little more of in your life.
Aquarius – Detroit, USA
♒ January 20 – February 18
Oh, Aquarius, you love to act the rebel, but we know you’re a true humanitarian who’s constantly seeking all that is innovative, avant-garde and experimental. You root for underdogs and you value freedom, counterculture and, frankly, a little bit of the weird in life. We think you’ll dig Detroit: America’s greatest comeback kid, a place full of creative people employing DIY spirit to revive their city from economic peril. We suggest taking a tour of the on-the-rebound ruined Packard Plant to get a sense of just where Detroit’s coming from, and then hop from the hip-to-hipper stalls at Eastern Market looking for an eccentric souvenir to take home. And since we know you love music, don’t miss the Motown Historical Museum, where the likes of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye all got their start.
Alternative getaway: It’s important, Aquarius, for you to feel you’re making a difference. You also love getting off the beaten track (read: non-conformist), so you could also head to Kyrgyzstan, where you can lose yourself in the remote Tian Shan mountains and avail of the strong network of community-based tourism organisations to arrange homestays and excursions like walnut-picking and horse riding, ensuring your money is flowing into the local economy for the greater good.
Pisces – The Himalaya
♓ February 19 – March 20
Dreamy Pisces, you rarely come down to earth and may not even be from this planet, but you are the healer and the lover of the zodiac. You’re also an old soul, a spiritual seeker, a romantic. You need downtime, gentle air and somewhere free of crowds. Short of sending you into outer space (where your mind mainly seems to stray anyway), we suggest you ascend to the roof of the world. Tibet is vast, exceptionally beautiful, brimming with spirituality and quiet – all things you value in life and travel. Your sign is symbolised by the fish constellation, and many Pisceans are revived by water, so aim for one of Tibet’s sacred lakes, such as Nam-tso or Yamdrok-tso, where you can gaze at turquoise waves, go for a swim, and then drift from monastery to monastery, meditating, learning and practising compassion for all humankind, just as you are meant to do.
Alternative getaway: With your highly intuitive (even psychic) nature, you gravitate towards the supernatural. On the Pampa Colorada in Peru are a series of strange and unexplained ancient geoglyphs: the Nazca Lines. These giant images of animals and insects are only visible from high above. Who made these glyphs and why? Was it aliens or an ancient fertility cult? The lines’ origins haven’t yet been explained, but you will certainly feel at home pondering all this – and ultimately the purpose of human existence – in the far western Peruvian desert.
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