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Ever wondered why some destinations just feel right? Maybe you discover a new snack or unearth a vintage jacket at the local market before bar hopping your way into the early hours (I’m looking at you, Mexico City). Or perhaps a hike through the jungle followed by a dip at a deserted beach is more your style (hello, Indonesia!).
Whatever you’re into, your travel preferences probably have more than a little to do with your personality. And for astrology lovers, the movement of celestial bodies can tell us how your personal preferences and character traits might manifest in different places. So, if you want to take your star sign into account when planning your next vacation, we’ve put together a couple of ideas to get you started.
As a fire sign you like to keep things interesting, and there’s no better place to do that than in Madagascar. Known for its wide array of rare flora and fauna, this small African nation punches way above its size as a travel destination. Only half an hour from the coastal city of Morondava, the Avenue of Baobabs is—perhaps unsurprisingly—the most accessible place to see the eponymous African baobab trees in all their centuries-old majesty. Take a day trip from Morondava or incorporate the Avenue of Baobabs into a larger tour of the island.
WIth luxury resorts and iconic pink-sand beaches, Seychelles is a popular destination where celebrities go to see and be seen. Leos will fit right in among the natural wonders of this tropical paradise, where you can spoil yourself with scuba diving or snorkeling during the day and fine dining at night. And for those short on time, a tour from Mahe will allow you to experience St. Anne Marine Park along with smaller islands such as Moyenne, Curieuse, and St. Pierre.
The fast-paced days and neon nights of Japan’s capital are no match for an Aries. From the world’s most hectic intersection (the famous Shibuya Crossing) to historic temples, you’ll never be bored in Tokyo. Anime lovers and gamers shouldn’t miss Akihabara with its maid cafés and arcades, while the truffle-infused ramen at Tsuta is a total crowd pleaser. Explore food, fashion, and futuristic technology in the city, then add on a day trip to Mt. Fuji to burn some more of your endless energy.
Related: How to Choose a Mt. Fuji Tour
A visit to Venice, with its narrow streets and labyrinthine waterways, feels like getting lost in a daydream—otherwise known as “just an average day as a Pisces.” Here, watch the sunset from the belltower of the Basilica di San Marco or take a gondola ride through the charming backstreets of the city, then take a tour to the islands of Murano and Burano to learn more about Venetian art and culture. Either way, you’ll reach whole new levels of delicious nostalgia in this romantic destination.
As the place that birthed Rihanna, Barbados is undoubtedly the coolest of the Caribbean islands. It offers water signs like Scorpios the opportunity to snorkel and swim in its sparkling blue waters, as well as to discover the capital Bridgetown’s vibrant rum shops and street food stalls. Cruise the West Coast on a catamaran and swim with sea turtles, or simply enjoy your daiquiri on the beach while silently judging your fellow holiday makers’ sartorial choices.
The slow pace of life in Nova Scotia will help thoughtful Cancerians feel comfortable while out of their natural habitat. You’ll pick up on the laidback and friendly attitude of the locals and have plenty of time to get to know the rugged natural landscapes of this remote part of the world. Once you’ve wandered through the down-to-earth city of Halifax, take the Cabot Trail through Cape Breton Highlands National Park for unsurpassable views, or learn about the island’s maritime history at Hall’s Harbour.
The Celts, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthinagians, Romans, and Moors all left their mark on Lisbon. A tapestry of cultures and influences, Lisbon is a city that rewards patience—and luckily, Capricorns have plenty of it. This steady earth sign likes to take their time uncovering the mysteries of their surroundings, and Lisbon’s monasteries, markets, and monuments won’t disappoint. If you’ve got enough time, you can even join a tour to nearby Sintra and bask in the contradictions of its 19th-century architecture.
Brisbane is a clean, modern city known for its parks, small bars, and galleries, with the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art or QAGOMA taking pride of place on the river foreshore. Virgos will especially appreciate the logical nature of Fortitude Valley, the city’s nightlife district, which was Australia’s first dedicated nightlife precinct and is designed to support live music. For the full Brisbane experience, book a kayaking tour of Moreton Island and take a river cruise to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary during your stay.
For Taureans, relaxation is the ultimate goal and the towering limestone peaks and aquamarine waters of Halong Bay more than deliver. A 3-night, all-inclusive tour will allow you plenty of time to enjoy the islands, beaches, and caves dotted around the bay. Sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful here, so make sure your cabin has uninterrupted views. (If you’re looking to splurge, there are also scenic flights available.) Most tours depart from Hanoi, although there are also plenty of options in Halong City.
Despite centuries of investigation, Cairo and its nearby pyramids retain their sense of mystery. As an Aquarius, your mind will be absorbed by the antiquities of the Egyptian Museum and your senses stimulated by the city’s mosques and bazaars. You should spend a night in Giza, too, so you can wake up to a view of the pyramids and beat the crowds to the site. Day tours to Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city, are also available from Cairo.
Covered with tropical rainforest and ringed by dramatic cliffs, Kauai is a nature-lover’s paradise in the Hawaiian archipelago. Your visit to Kauai will leave you feeling balanced and in tune with your surroundings, thanks to the plethora of outdoor activities and welcoming resorts on the island. Libras will be drawn to the white-sand beaches and lush hiking trails, where humans have existed in harmony with nature for hundreds of years. Get the most out of your trip with a snorkeling tour, sunset cruise, or helicopter flight over the island.
Related: A Sustainable Travel Guide to Hawaii
The historic temples, museums, and buzzing night markets of Taipei will keep even a Gemini on their toes. The famous braised pork rice and beef noodles are a must for foodies, as well as the original bubble tea (boba) which was invented in Taiwan in the 1980s. The efficient public transport system means you’ll be able to pack even more sightseeing into each day—and tours of the national parks of northern Taiwan depart regularly, covering highlights such as Sun Moon Lake and Tarako Gorge.