Looking your next holiday?

12 February 2018

Looking your next holiday? Take this as a “sign”

Waiting for a “sign” to book your next trip? The fast-approaching Chinese New Year on 16 February may just be it.

If reading your monthly star sign is already one of your guilty pleasures, you’ll enjoy learning about your Chinese Astrology sign and get inspired for your next holiday.

“According to Chinese Astrology (Sheng Xiao) we are about to enter the Year of the Dog this February, which marks the start of the Chinese New Year, says Nicky Potgieter, Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) Leisure Marketing Leader.

“Based on our birth year, these signs are said to give us insight into our traits, personality and characteristics. We love inspiring people to travel and whether you think it’s true or not, your Chinese sign could give you the inspiration you need to decide where to travel to next and with whom.”

The Rat

Year of birth: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

Those born under this sign are believed to be incredibly adaptable, with a quick wit and sharp intellect which makes them well-suited for the fast-paced the fields of entrepreneurship and business. Social, creative and charming, rats are also known to have a great sense of humor.

Best destinations: Big city and bright lights in hotspots like New York, Tokyo, London, Bangkok and Singapore will appeal to your senses. Rats love being swept up in the goings-on of big city life with high rise buildings, shops, big brand billboards, hidden alleyways with live street buskers and eclectic street art.

Best travel companions: Ox, rabbit, dragon.

The Ox

Year of birth: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.

Although individuals born in the year of the ox are said to be somewhat stubborn by nature, they are also known as being incredibly strong-willed and loyal. They are diligent and determined and incredibly independent.

Best destinations: Off-the-beaten-track destinations are well suited for this sign, as their “bull” determination can get them through the most remote places where English is not the main language. Think intrepid journeys through the countryside of Vietnam, India and Cambodia.

Best travel companions: Rat, monkey, rooster.


The Tiger

Year of birth: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Those born in the year of the Tiger are known to be charming and sweet-natured. Tigers are natural born leaders and are highly ambitious. True risk takers, their courage knows no bounds and they can easily make friends with strangers.

Best destinations: As a Tiger, you can pretty much go anywhere, but could easily gravitate towards festival-based holidays around the world where you won't be afraid to meet people. Sink those canines into Mexico’s Day of the Dead, Oktoberfest in Munich, or the infamous beach parties of Ibiza.

Best travel companions: Dragon, horse, pig.


The Rabbit

Year of birth: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023.

People born in the year of the Rabbit enjoy the company of others, especially their family and friends. Sincere and compassionate, they are also highly alert and attentive individuals. Although a bit shy at first, they are easy to get along with.

Best destinations: Family getaways and holidays with groups of friends are how rabbits might prefer to travel. Canal cruises through Europe on self-drive boats or self-catering beach breaks in Mauritius could prove to be your carrot on a stick.

Best travel companions: Rat, goat, monkey, dog.


The Dragon

Year of birth: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024.

Dragons are incredibly passionate and intelligent individuals. Everything they do is larger than life and their fiery soul makes them natural leaders. Although Dragons can be angered, they don't necessarily stay that way for very long. They are also incredibly inspired by their own dreams and ambitions.

Best destinations: Dragons will gravitate towards destinations that are intoxicating to the senses. Think places with thought-provoking culture and history like Rome and Athens, or the ancient wonders of the Great Wall, Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu.

Best travel companions: Rat, tiger, snake.


The Snake

Year of birth:  1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025.

Those born in the year of the Snake are primarily introverted by nature but can be highly enigmatic and charming. They are very hard-working individuals who follow their instincts while making important decisions. Snakes are also known for following their intuition.

Best destinations: Snakes will thrive in calming and peaceful destinations where they can relax and reflect. Beach-based destinations like Zanzibar, Phuket or Bali offer just enough sun and sand to warm their scales.   

Best travel companions: Dragon, rooster.


The Horse

Year of birth:  1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025.

Horses are independent by nature and love their freedom. They are highly energetic, and practice a positive work ethic. Those born under this sign appreciate traveling and although strong and brave, they can be somewhat impatient.

Best destinations: Expedition cruises through Alaska’s expansive fjords and glaciers, or venturing through the untouched wilderness of New Zealand offers more than enough space for Horses to run wild and free.    

Best travel companions: Goat, tiger.


The Goat

Year of birth: 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027.

People born in the year of the goat are gentle, sensitive and loving. Profound thinkers and philosophers, they believe in doing an in-depth analysis before taking action. They are highly creative and intelligent, however due to over-thinking, they tend to suffer from slights of anxiety.

Best destinations: Goats will enjoy intimate destinations close to nature. Think relaxed cruises through the Mediterranean Ocean or the South Pacific, or rather, time spent in at a secluded safari lodge in the Kruger, far from the bustling cities.

Best travel companions: Rabbit, horse, pig.


The Monkey

Year of birth: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2014, 2016, 2028.

Those born under this sign are usually chirpy, confident and have a great sense of humor. They enjoy having fun and are known to overt individuals with high energy levels. Monkeys are spontaneous fast-movers always up for a good time.

Best destinations: To truly revel in your energetic and thrill-seeking nature, try on-the-go locations such as Rio de Janeiro, Las Vegas, Miami, Ibiza or even Namibia for an outdoor adrenaline fix.

Best travel companions: Rabbit, ox.


The Rooster

Year of birth: 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2015, 2017, 2029.

Individuals born in the year of the Rooster are practical by nature. Often labelled as perfectionists, they are progressive thinkers and are incredibly observant. They also tend to analyse situations before deciding on a course of action.

Best destinations:  Roosters will enjoy destinations where restaurants, hotels and well-organised activities are easily accessible. All-inclusive cruise holidays or efficient cities like Stockholm, Reykjavik and Singapore won't be ruffle too many feathers.

Best travel companions: Snake, ox.


The Dog

Year of birth: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2016, 2018, 2030.

Those who belong to this zodiac sign are loyal and trustworthy. They work hard to protect those they care about and often put others needs above their own. They can be emotionally sensitive but go to great lengths to help where they can.

Best destinations: Those born under this sign will have their tails wagging throughout small group holidays where they can meet new travel companions, but also get to mingle with the locals in places like Mexico, Morocco, Cuba. Even overlanding journeys through Botswana and Zambia will be a real treat.

Best travel companions: Rabbit.


The Pig

Year of birth: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031.

Those born under this sign are noted as being great philanthropists and believe in selfless service towards others. Their kindness knows no boundaries. Sweet and emotionally available, they are also highly trustworthy and generous. 

Best destinations: Holidays in places like India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam that involve volunteer work, or giving back to the community will likely appeal to those born under this sign.

Best travel companions: Rabbit, goat, tiger.