Where to Travel Based on Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

By Megan Millisky

January 25th begins the Year of the Rat! Cities all over the world ring in the Chinese New Year with huge festivals. The streets come alive with giant puppets, singing, dancing, and marching through the streets. These celebrations stem back to ancient Chinese mythology, which inspired the traditions of the Lunar New Year.

Legend has it that there was a Jade Emperor who ruled over the gods. He held a race to determine which animals would earn a place on the calendar. With the Rat securing the first position in the zodiac, each of the 12 winners is said to represent unique traits of your character. Use your birth year to find your animal, then see what city you should race to in the lucky Year of the Rat!


1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

The Rat is full of energy and ready to pounce on any opportunity when one arises. Rats are quick thinkers, resourceful, and thrifty. They don’t mind last-minute travel changes and always want to be engaged in activities. The lucky direction for this sign points northwest to Athens, Greece. There, travelers will find ancient monuments, interesting museums, and bright blue water, which makes Athens a superb vacation spot! Rats, this is your year so add a stamp to your passport with a Grecian getaway.


1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

People born in the Year of the Ox tend to be strong and determined. Oxes like to have a detailed itinerary when traveling. They aren’t easily deterred - rain, car trouble, getting lost? An Ox will push through. Their lucky direction is north, so they should experience Reykjavik, Iceland! It’s home to some of nature’s most beautiful elements. They'll gaze upon the Northern Lights, explore an ice cave, or discover local architecture!


1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Tiger signs are brave, confident, and impulsive. They can be a great travel partner and excel at thinking on their feet! Their lucky direction is East, so travel should be to gorgeous, exciting Delhi, India! This is ideal for indulging an adventurous side with a rickshaw ride or diving into some extra spicy cuisine. They can shop in a buzzing marketplace, explore ancient mythology, and take a picture of the Taj Mahal.


1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Zodiacal Rabbits tend to be quiet, gentle, and skillful. These signs are social and should definitely travel with a group of friends. Though hesitant to try new things, they're responsible travelers who plans ahead and thoroughly research their trips. Rabbits should follow their lucky direction north to Killarney, Ireland! They'll love to drive the green Ring of Kerry, grab a pint in a friendly pub, and explore old castles!


1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Dragon zodiacs are great solo travelers! They are courageous, risk-takers, and unafraid of a challenge. Dragons can be hot-headed, and like to be the leader of their group. Dragons, grab your vacation by the horns and travel northeast to Barcelona! One of Spain's favorite cities, Barcelona is full of artsy architecture, delicious Spanish food, and live music.


1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Those born in the year of the Snake are intuitive and wise. Snakes have high standards and can get easily stressed out. These signs are good travel companions in a big group. The Snake's lucky sign sends them southwest to Cairo, Egypt! They'll never forget a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza, a boat ride down the Nile River, or a stroll through the bustling streets of this incredible city!


1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Horses are natural-born adventurers! Full of energy, their attitude towards travel is infectious - they can inspire their friends to go just about anywhere with them. Horses are always eager to see what’s just beyond the next bend. Lucky directions for Horses are east and west, so they should stay near the warmth of the Equator with a journey to San Jose, Costa Rica! This jungle paradise has zip-lining, snorkeling, and fascinating local wildlife.


1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Goats are friendly, creative, and persistent. With a passion for group travel, these signs don’t like to be the center of attention. Goats love to spend money and look fashionable, so remind them to bring extra money for trendy souvenirs! Their creative spirit will thrive if they travel north to Munich, Germany. There, they can tour royal palaces, visit woodworking markets, and enjoy an afternoon at a Biergarten!


1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Curious, clever, and a quick learner, a Monkey is great at thinking on their feet and can always get the group out of a jam. Their lucky direction, northwest, points to Canada this year! They'll experience the vacation of their dreams as they explore the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Parkwhere they'll spot wildlife, stay in a cozy lodge, and spend their days hiking to new heights!


1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Roosters love to explore new cultures. Resourceful, fearless, and the life of the party, Roosters are adventurous travelers. They love to document their travels with selfies and plenty of pictures! A Rooster's lucky direction aims southeast towards Bangkok, Thailand. They can practice their bargaining skills in a floating market and learn about the Buddhist temples. Roosters will thrive on the fun night-life atmosphere!


1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Dog signs are kind, patient, and cautious. Though pessimistic if things don’t go their way, a Dog's stubborn side means they persist at finding that hidden trail or getting into an exhibit right before closing. Dog signs, you’re ready for an adventure, and you’ll find it in Cape Town, South Africa! This fabulous escape is known for its spectacular music scene, pulse-pounding safaris, and scenic coast.


1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

People born in the Year of the Pig are generous, compassionate, and calm. They’re easygoing; traveling with them is a breeze. Pig signs are goal-oriented, so they should pick a few great sites and explore them all day! A Pig's lucky direction is east toward Osaka, Japan. Pigs can pamper themselves with a soak in hot spring, ride the bullet train, or attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony!

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