What your Chinese zodiac sign means for your travel plans in 2018

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If you’re so inclined, you can factor in your Chinese zodiac predictions for the year when planning your next getaway. Source: Maxim VDN/Unsplash

THE CHINESE zodiac is said to be able to predict your fortune in virtually every aspect of life, from your personal finances to your career path and relationships, romantic or otherwise.

It works on a 12-year rotation, with one animal assigned to its own year, and forecasts often include readings for the month or for the year ahead.

Those who subscribe to the belief would look up these predictions ahead of the Lunar New Year, oftentimes using them as a guide to make key decisions. Interestingly, the Chinese zodiac also offers forecasts on matters like the best vacation destinations those in your animal sign should consider when planning a holiday.

According to experienced Fengshui Master Seldan Lim, the year you are born can dictate where you should go on holiday and who you’d most enjoy it with.

So, if you’re born in the year of…

The Dog

Birth years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042…

Head to Kalimantan in Indonesia to soak up the cultural wonders. You could easily spend entire days here, simply strolling around stunning heritage sights and getting to know the way of the ancient native head-hunters who once called this beautiful place home.

Travel with friends who were born in the year of the Tiger, Rabbit or Horse for the best, stress-free and memorable trip.

The Pig 

Birth years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043…

If you were born in the Year of the Pig, the chances are you’re a foodie, and where better to indulge in culinary travel than in South China?

The home of dim sum and traditional Chinese cooking, Guangzhou is the ideal city to try some of China’s most scrumptious dishes.

Travel to Guangzhou with a Rabbit and Tiger. The mix of tameness and furiousness along with your intelligence makes a perfect group.

The Rat

Birth years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032… 

According to Master Seldan, 2018 has some exciting destinations for you in store, including a trip across the pond to Manhattan, New York. The Big Apple is a place full of frivolity and fun, promising to keep you stimulated, day and night.

Grab a hotdog from world-famous street vendors and head down to Broadway to catch a show, before gazing up at the screens that light up Times Square.

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Travel with a Dragon to keep you safe and away from danger.

The Ox 

Birth years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033…

It can often be hard for you to switch off, so take 2018 as the opportunity to plan a trip where you can be pampered and looked after for a change.

Because you’re an outdoorsy person, explorable destinations that best suit your personality. Why not head to a luxury safari in South Africa where you can admire wild animals while you soak in a bathtub?

Travel with a Rat, Snake or Rooster to take the weight out of planning and to enjoy a focused, yet fun getaway.

 The Tiger 

Birth years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034…

Why not escape to a new city for a break teeming with adventures around every corner? Tokyo, Japan, holds the key to making brilliant memories.

From sensational cuisine, ranging from fine dining fresh sushi to some of Asia’s most famous street vendors and chic and traditional markets, every part of this energetic city promises to keep all your senses sated and satisfied.

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Travel with the noble Horse or gallant dog to ensure you never miss a trick while away. 

The Rabbit

Birth years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023… 

You’re all about experiences that open up your mind, so head over to the land of sausage, beer, and lederhosen.

Explore Germany’s serene landscapes and marvel at the castles that have stood the test of time. Germany is also steeped in rich history, so take the time to visit museums and memorials in its capital city, Berlin.

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Travel with a Pig as they can lead the way in the times you just want to take a back seat and admire your surroundings.

The Dragon

Birth years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024…

Probably the most iconic of all the Chinese zodiac signs, the Dragon is visionary and ambitious.

Visit the Malaysian city of Malacca for exceptional food, nature trails, and whizzy trishaws. Malacca is culturally significant because of its rich ethnic diversity that resides here.

Baba-Nyonya and Peranakan eclectically blend cultures and customs to form the most delicious dishes, traditions, customs and eye-catching fashions.

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Travel with a Rat and enjoy the endless wit and its spirited nature.

The Snake

Birth years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037…

Your elegant and wise personality, and lust for the finer things make Colombia the perfect vacation spot.

Emerald mining and some of the world’s finest coffee plantations mean you can sit back and admire your dazzling precious gems while sipping on the freshest coffee around.

Take your creative side for a whirl in local markets and indulge in the traditional culture that Colombians are so proud of.

Travel with a rooster as they’ll keep you focused.

The Horse 

Birth years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026…

Your valiance, enthusiasm, and passion will gallop you to Seoul, South Korea for crunchy kimchi delights.

You’re also known for pushing your limits so why not try the spicy kimchi pizza or hot stew, to see if you can handle the heat like a local.

There is also fantastic shopping in Seoul, so why not treat yourself to a vacation souvenir or a whole new wardrobe?

Travel with a tiger so you never have to feel like you’re going too fast for your companion to keep up with.

The Goat

Birth years: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027…

You’re all about the luxury lifestyle, so where better to vacation than Hong Kong or Macau?

Hong Kong is known for its super sales and ever-changing trends, and just off the coast is the luxury island of Macau where you can relax, while adorning your new garments.

Travel with a Rabbit, so your personalities can sync for a relaxing, laid-back trip.

The Monkey

Birth years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…

Kick back and relax with a sweet, fresh coconut on the beaches of Phuket, Thailand. Monkeys are notoriously hard workers and tend not to take breaks in the middle of a busy schedule, so this paradise location should cater to all your relaxation needs.

The salty sea breeze perfectly complements the stunning views of jagged rock formations and crystal waters.

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Travel with a Dragon to get the most out of your experience.

The Rooster

Birth years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029…

It was all about the rooster in 2017, but as you pass over the zodiac torch you can have some time to indulge in what makes you happy, and this year predicting adventure!

Why not take a trip to the base camp of Mount Everest in Nepal and explore all the experiences the country has to offer along the way? The Himalayan mountains are calling your name. Cock-a-doodle-DO IT!

Travel with an Ox or Dragon for safety and security, they will also give you strength in times of weariness.