Can’t figure out the next destination to visit with your family? Turn to the Chinese zodiac to plan your next family vacation!
The zodiac can be a fun way to look for new experiences. We turn to our star charts when we think of our love life, career growth, and even our health, but turning to the zodiac when it comes to travel is a fun way to pick new destinations to explore.
If you’re always on a hunt for new destinations to explore with your family, oftentimes it can become tough to discover new places that suit everyone’s preferences. Some may like the peace and quiet, while others may be adventure travellers looking to explore new destinations. So, if you’re looking to plan family vacations in the near future, this time, turn to the Chinese zodiac for some inspiration!
Family vacations based on your Chinese zodiac
The Rat – Corbett National Park (India), Greece
Those born into the Rat sign are witty, charming and quick on their feet. Needless, you may want to go for a vacation to a place that lets you explore the wilderness and soak in the beautiful views. You may also want to travel to a place that is full of history to satiate your hunger for knowledge.
With family, you need to keep in mind that all of your traits are different, even if one or more of you belong to the same sign. So, opt for a destination that offers you both – adventure and leisure. This way, everyone can have fun together as a family while having their own experiences. For a short vacation in India, visit Corbett, wherein those looking for adventure can go tiger-spotting in the forest, while those looking for leisure can sit back and relax at the hotel. Internationally, travel to Greece, which has beautiful monuments for adventurers and quaint cafes with beautiful views for those wanting to sit back and soak in the sun.
The Ox – Ooty (India), Cambodia
The people born into the year of the Ox, as per the Chinese zodiac, are determined, diligent and dependable. You’re also a nature lover, given that your sign is an agricultural animal. So, an ideal vacation for you is one that brings you closer to nature.
However, while you may prefer a relaxing vacation by the sea or quiet time spent at a homestay in the middle of nowhere, your family may want some adventure. So, if planning to travel in India, head to destinations such as Ooty and Bhimtal, which offer you a relaxing getaway close to nature, while your family goes on long walks exploring the region. Internationally, head to the Maldives, where you can sit by the sea as your family goes diving, or go to Cambodia, wherein you’ll feel close to nature as you and your family explore the temples, structures, and more.
The Tiger – Sikkim (India), Dubai
You’re the ever-confident risk-taker and thrive with meaningful conversations with strangers. While travelling solo may be the best (or at least, the most ideal) option for you, family vacations are also not impossible.
If you have family members who are also born in the year of the Tiger, then there’s nothing stopping you from going on your next adventure. But if your family members’ Chinese zodiac signs are different, they may prefer vacations that are closer to nature or more laidback. In India, head to the northeastern states such as Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and more, wherein you can explore the region and your family can soak in the abundant beauty of nature. Internationally, travel to Dubai, which, with its desert safaris, spas and exquisite restaurants, will satiate everyone’s needs!
The Rabbit – Nainital (India), France
Rabbit signs are quiet, sociable, skillful, and have excellent taste. You like being around friends and family, and thus destinations, where you can do fun activities, are a must when planning family vacations.
So, if you’re a Rabbit looking to plan a family vacation, we suggest heading to the hills in India such as Nainital, wherein you can spend evenings indulging in music and dances by the bonfire. Internationally, plan a long vacation to France, wherein you can explore to your heart’s (or your family’s heart’s) content, explore the finer things such as wines and cheese, and make it a fun experience for all!
The Dragon – Bandhavgarh National Park (India), Sri Lanka
Those born into the Dragon signs are ambitious, intelligent, and natural leaders. No wonder, you attract people wherever you go and are one to stand out — be it in a crowd or with family.
People who are Dragons according to the Chinese zodiac are those who will look for adventure and nature on their travels. Thus, a trek is a great option for you, especially if your family is as adventurous as you are! If not, book a wildlife retreat in places such as Kanha and Bandhavgarh, where you can explore and enjoy the adventures while your family can sit back and relax in the resort and enjoy the comforts there. Internationally, look for destinations such as Sri Lanka, which have something to offer to everyone who’s visiting.
The Snake – Lakshadweep (India), Thailand
Those born into the snake are intuitive, wise, and exude a general sense of calm. You’re also a planner, and thus, family vacations with you mean pre-booked tours with cancellable tickets, in case your schedule changes, and making sure everyone has a good time.
So, if you are looking to plan a family vacation, choose a destination that lets you unwind and keep your mind off things as you enjoy. In India, choose an island such as Lakshadweep or beachy destination such as Diu, where everyone in the family can get some mindful calm and adventure. Internationally, choose a destination like Thailand, wherein you can easily plan your days and activities based on everyone’s preferences. You can also book a Europe tour via a guide or an agency.
The Horse – Goa (India), Qatar
Those born into the Horse sign are confident, energetic and independent, and are also nature lovers. You love being in crowds and attending events and concerts. So, the ideal destinations for you are those cities that have fun events happening.
So, if you’re a Horse as per the Chinese zodiac, we’ll recommend a vacation to Jaipur around the time of the Jaipur Literature Festival, or to Goa around the time IFFI (International Film Festival of India) happens. This way, you can enjoy the meaningful events as your family explores – either with you or separately – and you get the best of all worlds. Internationally, visit Qatar this year during the FIFA World Cup.
The Goat – Rajasthan (India), Turkey
You are someone who likes to go with the flow and is quite accommodating of the needs of your companions. This makes you a great travel buddy, as you will go on all kinds of trips — be it adventurous or leisurely sojourns.
As a Goat, you will be at ease no matter where you are, though you do like destinations with a rich culture and history. In India, opt for places in Rajasthan or visit the Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar, as these are places that are adventurous, close to nature, and have a rich past. Internationally, visit Turkey for its vibrant culture, cuisine, and architecture, where you’ll find some delectable food and relaxation spots that will please everyone.
The Monkey – Nashik (India), Mauritius
Those born in the year of the Monkey, as per the Chinese Zodiac, are said to be witty and curious by nature. You love being the centre of attention, and will never say no to exotic locations and luxury experiences.
So, what is better than a family vacation to a destination that allows you to do so? Unwind in the lap of luxury at a resort in the Maldives or in Mauritius, wherein you can be close to nature and indulge in some fun experiences. In India, visit a resort in Nashik or stay at a palace in Rajasthan to get a feeling of royal life!
The Rooster – Gwalior (India), Thailand
You’re confident and outgoing, and love to explore every inch of the destination that you’re visiting. You’re also brave and daring, which is somewhat a contrast to your organised nature. So, for you, travel means exploration, but it may not be the same for those around you.
When travelling short distances, say for the weekend, choose a smaller town or city such as Mandawa or Gwalior, which lets you explore the entire destination in just a day or two. With your family, these make for great destinations as the adventure lovers will be happy to hit the road, while those looking for some history will be marvelled at the old-time havelis and palaces that you get to see in these destinations. Internationally, visit Namibia to explore and learn more about nature, or hit up the Thailand beaches for some relaxation and fun.
The Dog – Chennai (India), Europe
Fiercely loyal with a great sense of right and wrong, those who belong to this Chinese zodiac are dependable and trustworthy. As travellers, you work hard to treat yourself to long vacations as a reward, and thus, you want to enjoy every moment.
If you’re travelling with family, visit Europe, as the vast outdoors makes for a great journey to be experienced with loved ones. In India, visit cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Chennai wherein you can see some great architectural structures, enjoy nature in its various forms, and indulge in delicious cuisine.
The Pig – Chandigarh (India), Mexico
You’re generous, down-to-earth and compassionate, and are often indulgent. Thus, trips for you mean places that everyone enjoys, and you’re also someone who likes to travel with your loved ones.
So, if you belong to this Chinese zodiac and are looking to plan a family vacation, the best way to do so is to choose a place that will suit everyone’s needs. Opt for a destination that offers the beauty of nature, a bit of history and some road travel. Chandigarh and Morni Hills are a great combination, as they let you explore the gardens, cuisine and more while bringing you closer to nature. Internationally, visit Mexico for its rich, vibrant culture, delectable street food and the history the country has!
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