Where to Travel in 2018 According to Your Chinese Zodiac

By Amanda Little

The Chinese Zodiac follows a 12 year cycle, starting with the Rat, to honor each of the 12 lucky animals. Attributes are assigned to each animal, so find your birth year to discover your animal, then find out where you should travel in 2018!

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Ireland • Dog

1958, 1970, 1982, 1994

This year is the Year of the Dog! Loyal, honest, and amicable, those born in this year are meant for the warm welcome that accompanies a trip to Ireland. Stop in at any of the lively pubs throughout Dublin for a taste of the best Guinness in the world, step lightly as locals dance to live music, and rest easy among a generally friendly crowd! Stop in at castles, wander over beautiful natural scenery, cozy up in charming B&Bs, and seek out ruins hidden between stops. These rovers are meant to roam all over, and this is their year! Live it up, pup.

Bali • Boar

1959, 1971, 1983, 1995

The compassionate and easy-going Boar will find the zen they’ve been looking for in Bali. With the Ubud Food Festival showcasing wonderful Indonesian food, beautiful beaches, serene retreats, and adventures leading through the natural beauty of the archipelago, it’s all too easy for the gentle boar to find enjoyment in this trip. Discover the best of Bali, either in luxury or nature, and the boar will never be bored.

Malta • Rat

1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

The Rat is quick-witted, resourceful, and versatile, allowing it to travel anywhere and find excitement, but in the upcoming year, the Rat should consider Malta. The culturally rich archipelago off the coast of Italy is sure to delight, offering everything from miles of coastline, spectacular fortified cities, subterranean cathedrals, and nightlife complete with clubs and casinos, Malta has something for everyone. The versatile Rat can find something to satisfy all of their many hobbies and tastes, including culinary. The unique fusion of Italian, Mediterranean, North African, and Arab cooking styles make for an adventure in every sense.

Peru • Ox

1961, 1973, 1985, 1997

The decisive and steady Ox can enjoy a trip through Peru at their pace, and still see the highlights the stunning country has to offer. From trekking up to the magnificent Machu Picchu to wandering through Cajamarca, a cultural hotspot known for its stunning baroque churches, the Ox will be fulfilled by such a rich trip. They should definitely make time to stay in the capital of Lima as well, where the bar scene and beach scene collide in a magnificent fusion of local shops and towering skyscrapers.

Brazil • Tiger

1962, 1974, 1986, 1998

The brave Tiger can face the might power of Mother Nature in Brazil, starting with the stunning Iguazu Falls. One born in the year of the tiger is competitive and unpredictable, making Brazil’s jungle environment and high-energy cities a perfect playground. Whether it's trekking through the epic Devil’s Throat cascade, standing under Christ the Redeemer and admiring all of Rio de Janeiro, or dancing the night away in downtown, the self-confident tiger is sure to find their fun.

Austria • Rabbit

1963, 1975, 1987, 1999

The gentle and elegant Rabbit can easily be overwhelmed by the refined culture and magnificence of Vienna, Austria. A country known for classical music, art, architecture, and soaring mountains is the perfect destination for the quiet and patient rabbit. Those born in the rabbit’s year can find beauty in the art-obsessed capital city, the magnificent palace gardens meticulously maintained, and the musical cities that housed many, including Mozart. Be alert Rabbits, for here you will find beauty beyond compare.

Scotland • Dragon

1952, 1964, 1975, 1988

The ambitious and confident Dragon sign will find themselves right at home in the hip city of Edinburgh or the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Those born in the Year of the Dragon can find adventure in exploring the mouthwatering culinary scene booming in this country’s capital, or making their way among the breathtaking scenery that makes the Highlands seem almost otherworldly. The persevering Dragon will not be deterred by the tricky terrain, and will likely find the beauty in all from the Isle of Skye to the ancient Callandish Stones. They may even catch a glimpse of their celebrity cousin, Nessie, at Loch Ness.

Morocco • Snake

1953, 1965, 1977, 1989

Attracting the artistic crowd since the 60s, the snake will find their people in Morocco, a culturally and visually vibrant destination. The Snake is intelligent and confident, and a person born in that year can enjoy the sights and opportunities offered in Morocco, from the hip scene in Marrakesh that includes striking architecture, open-air markets, and elegant art galleries, to the capital Rabat, home to stunning ancient buildings and lovely beaches. The insightful snake could find meaning in the beauty draped over the entire country.

Croatia • Horse

1954, 1966, 1978, 1990

The Horse is well-liked, energetic, and straightforward, making them a perfect fit for the stunning Croatian Islands. They were once difficult to access, either by sluggish ferries or expensive charter yachts, but now UberBOAT is granting easy access to the stunning islands that are filled with beautiful wildlife, stunning natural scenery, charming towns and villages, and endless shorelines. The Horse would find fun and excitement here, among the Jewel of the Adriatic Sea.

Mexico • Goat

1956, 1967, 1979, 1991

Gentle yet stable, those born in the year of the Goat offer genuity to all things they do, and a trip to Mexico can truly broaden their horizons. Despite suffering earthquakes, Mexico City was still named 2018 World Design Capital, the first in the Americas, Oaxaca still remains a dazzling tourist hot spot, and the pull of ancient ruins and glorious beaches is irresistable. Whether you want to lay out under the sun, hike to the tops of temples, live it up in the capital city, or shop through stunning markets, Mexico is the place for you.

Argentina • Monkey

1956, 1968, 1980, 1992

Packed full of amazing sights and adventures, Argentina is the perfect destination for the ambitious and adventurous Monkey. Those born in the year of the monkey will find fun in the magnificent Iguassu Falls and stoic Perito Moreno Glacier, but still have their intelligent side satiated by the rich cultural towns and cities, as well as the rich history ingrained in Buenos Aires. Offering everything from invigorating sport events to eclectic art galleries, Monkeys will find their balance here.

Thailand • Rooster

1957, 1969, 1981, 1993

Eclectic, resourceful, and courageous, the Rooster is a proud and charismatic sign, making Thailand a perfect match for a tenacious traveler. One born in the year of the Rooster will find amazement in the stunning city of Bangkok, laden with temples and growing its already fantastic culinary scene. Breathtaking natural scenery runs through the country, lofty cities offer everything from local living to posh hotels, and a menagerie of restaurants, bars, shops, and clubs offer the social life that the Rooster thrives on. Pack your bags and don’t be chicken, go to Thailand!

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