The Best Places To Visit In 2018 According To Your Chinese Zodiac
This weekend there will be celebrations around the world, ringing in the new lunar year. If you're anything like us, that means you'll be dreaming up incredible trips to go on in the year ahead, so we've turned to Expedia to give us the low-down on where to visit in the Year of the Dog, according to our Chinese zodiac...
Born in the Year of the Dog
2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Head to: Kyoto, Kalimantan
With 2018 being the year of man’s best friend (though some may argue that cats are a good alternative), it’s time to hustle up your best pals for a well-deserved getaway to keep your spirits high!
Sample the freshest sushi and sashimi in the Land of the Rising Sun. Ignite your inner culture vulture and fly from Singapore to Kyoto, Japan, the formal capital city where you can wander among historic temples and castles set amidst lush greenery.
Or, set your sights on Kalimantan, the Indonesian side of Borneo. Famous for their native headhunters of the past, Kalimantan today is a breathtaking destination that’s home to world renowned heritage sites, islands, and national parks where you can spend days on end just exploring the scenic surroundings. Destinations to visit in Kalimantan include Balikpapan (city and launchpad to dive sites), Maratau Island (clear waters and sea turtles), Banjarmasin (cultural city facing Gunung Meraratus), Pontianak (city, not the hantu). After all your adventures, treat your taste buds to the sumptuous and authentic local Kalimantan cuisine.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Tiger, Rabbit or Horse
Born in the Year of the Rat
2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Head to: New York, Brazil
The Rat is known to be very aware and alert of its surroundings. In the new year, how about letting your hair down and relax a little? Your fengshui seems to be leading you to some exciting destinations quite different to Singapore.
Check out Manhattan, New York, home to iconic places such as Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Centre, and the Carnegie Hall, and equally well known as a global financial hub. Catch a performance or two, sink your teeth into a piping hot taco from a street-side vendor, and be swept away by the vibrant city’s pulsating vibe.
For soccer fans, soak in colourful Brazil carnivals in Salvador, Bahia, Recife, and learn to salsa while you’re at it. Fancy a break from the city? Retreat to the Amazon Rain Forests, or visit the majestic Iguaçu Falls, where the natural wonders of Mother Nature will not fail to amaze you.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Ox, Dragon or Monkey
Born in the Year of the Ox
2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Head to: South Africa, Tanzania, Cambodia
You’re the sign that puts 200% into what you’re doing, so for you, taking a break requires some effort.
Ever wondered how animals survive in the wild? Visit a safari in South Africa, and observe the big five and their friends up close. Who knows, you may gleam some wisdom from the wild ones. But don’t get too close — we want you to have good fortune…
Like a little sparkle in your life? Consider a trip to Tanzania, Madagascar, which produces some of the world’s finest stones such as rubies and blue sapphires.
Continue with the gemstone trails to Cambodia, where zircon is popular. It is still an affordable stone to collect, before the deposits run out. It’s recommended to visit this historic city now before it becomes too commercialized.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Rat, Snake or Rooster
Born in the Year of the Tiger
2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Head to: Tokyo, Jakarta
For you Tigers, bravely venture beyond what’s tried and comfortable. Break new ground. If you’ve always been a beach person, why not plan an escape to a new city? Cities are great for baring your teeth and unleashing your wild side.
For starters, the cosmopolitan vibes of Tokyo, Japan and Jakarta, Indonesia are good bets. It may not be off the beaten track, but these cities always keep things fresh and there’s always more to uncover.
Experience the unique offerings of each city and the sheer variety of dining and entertainment options available. From Shibuya’s chic boutiques touting streetwear and limited edition sneakers, to the traditional markets of Jakarta which sell everything from fabrics, to accessories, to traditional artworks.
The Tiger’s confident and charming personality will see you making new friends in your journey. So don’t be shy, and ask for recommendations to the hidden pathways to see the local side of these popular cities.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Horse or Dog
Born in the Year of the Rabbit
2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Head to: Germany, Shanghai
Friendly and sociable, Rabbits are independent travelers who relish experiences that open their minds.
In 2018, jet off to marvel at Germany’s stunning landscape and castles, and admire the expansive forests that pepper the country. For those who are born after the Berlin wall was demolished (in 1989), it may be hard to imagine a time when the country was separated by the historic wall. Learn about the rich history and its development into the country’s culture today.
As you continue eastward, get acquainted with the charms of old Shanghai, China. It is now one of the most modern cities in the world, with skyscrapers juxtaposed against old tea houses. Take a visual snapshot of the cultural contrast between old and new in person, before the heritage architecture completely disappears.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Goat, Dog or Pig
Born in the Year of the Dragon
2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Head to: San Francisco, Malacca
Known to be visionary and ambitious, Dragons are also kind-hearted and willing to lend a hand to those who need their help. The more enterprising Dragons may seek leisure and business in new lands that inspire them, such as San Francisco, California.
Apart from its famous orange exports, California also has some of the best grapes that nature could offer. Another draw: the presence of the tech industry giants which have based their headquarters here, which surely deserves a spot on the itinerary.
Malacca has one of the best-preserved heritage areas of the Peranakan Nonya culture. Jump on the food, nature, and architecture trails that reflect the cultural fusion between the diverse ethnic groups here.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Rat, Monkey or Rooster
Born in the Year of the Snake
2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Head to: Colombia, Edinburgh
Those born under the sign of the Snake are generally elegant and wise, with a fondness for the finer things in life.
Go farther to the exotic Colombia and curate the best emerald precious gems for your growing collection. It’s also the perfect place to indulge in the coffee region. Colombia is one of the largest producers of the world’s coffee supply thanks to its ideal climate conditions. If we’re being honest though, Colombia might just make the cut because – Netflix's Narcos. You can visit Medellin!
With their sensitive creative souls, Snakes are also fond of historical places steeped in art and culture, so Europe would be a great holiday destination. Whenever the United Kingdom is mentioned, visuals of ancient castles come to mind. Edinburgh, Scotland is also a history buff’s dream come true, with the stunning highlands, mysterious dungeons, bagpipes, and plenty of heritage museums to keep you happily occupied.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Ox or Rooster
Born in the Year of the Horse
2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Head to: Seoul, Bali
Gallop your way into Seoul, South Korea with its many attractions.
Independent and passionate, Horses have an appetite for excitement. Taste the hot and spicy kimchi, a staple dish at most traditional restaurants, or you can even join a class and get your hands spicy making this the national dish. Try the kimchi pizza and many variations of this versatile ingredient, such as kimchi pancake, kimchi dumplings, and kimchi stew. During winter, there’s nothing more comforting than slurping a bowl of the spicy soup.
Horses are known pushing their limits ever so often. But you also need to relax. So take the chance to unwind with an easy relaxing beach getaway. Pamper yourself with the renowned Balinese hospitality in one of the top holiday destinations. Hop on a flight to Bali to enjoy the famous Balinese massages and spas, art markets, and rejuvenating ocean views… there’s lots to do in Bali. Bring the balance back to your body and mind with an essential escape from the hustle and bustle.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Tiger, Goat or Dog
Born in the Year of the Goat
2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Head to: Hong Kong, Sydney, Taipei
Softhearted and elegant, Goats have a love for luxury, which makes a jaunt to the shopping haven that’s Hong Kong a source of joy. The best time to visit is during the summer sales in August. Hong Kong is one of those places Singaporeans return to over and over. It is easy enough to visit over a weekend anyway. So even if you’ve been, that’s not a reason to pass up a holiday Hong Kong in 2018!
If you’ve time, take another hour’s journey to Macau or Taipei where you can indulge in more local food and shopping.
The winds are also blowing in the other direction to Sydney, Australia. Journey Down Under and catch a play at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Enjoy the melting pot of cultures in Australia through its food and the arts.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Rabbit, Horse or Pig
Born in the Year of the Monkey
2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Head to: Phuket, Italy
After a hectic work spell, Monkeys would do good to kick back and enjoy a sweet coconut on one of Asia’s best beaches.
Lounge at the beachfront in Phuket or any of the famous beach destinations in Thailand. The combination of endless ocean views and salty sea breeze is bound to invigorate any weary soul.
Travelling monkeys that are total foodies can consider booking a trip to Italy, home of the legendary 3Ps – pastas, pizzas, and pastries. Enjoy feasting on the mix of fresh local produce and rich flavours, and be sure to slot in a vineyard visit and check out the annual Tomatoes festival.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Rat or Dragon
Born in the Year of the Rooster
2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Head to: Melbourne, Nepal
For 2018, as you pass the baton to the Dog, make exciting travel plans to mark the year with awesome memories.
If you’ve ever considered setting foot on Mount Everest, make this your year of adventure by training for base camp. When you’re ready, challenge your limits with an exploration in Nepal, where the Himalayan mountains await.
If you’ve followed the 2017 guide and visited Adelaide last year, there’s more to see further along the map this year. Experience Melbourne and catch a glimpse of The Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road. Marvel at the spectacular beauty of Mother Nature and how it can withstand the ravages of time. Melbourne has a bit of city, a bit of nature and it’s so hip it hurts, so millenials, this should top your list.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Ox, Dragon or Snake
Born in the Year of the Pig
2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
Head to: Taiwan, Guangzhou
Many of your ancestors are linked to Guangzhou, Southern China, where the most obvious influences on modern living are the methods of cooking and seasoning.
Dim sum is a hot favourite in this city, although that’s hardly all that’s on offer at this coastal area where a hive of activities keeps the local economy bustling. That means shopping treats galore are waiting!
Next in the stars for you, is Taiwan. Try Kaohsiung, which used to be an industrial city, and has now transformed into a modern metropolis.
Your best Zodiac travel buddies: Rabbit or Goat