imagesCAYSD08RWhat’s your sign? That may be easy for you to answer, but do you know what your Chinese Zodiac sign is? Chinese New Year celebrations begin Feb. 10th, welcoming in the Year of the Snake running until Jan. 30, 2014.  Discover where to travel during the this Chinese New Year with vacation destinations for each zodiac sign.

Know Your Animal Sign  The Chinese calendar follows a twelve-year lunar cycle, with each year symbolized by an animal. According to Chinese belief, the year you are born determines your animal sign and, as a result, your core personality and destiny. Travel experts delved into this world of astrology by consulting with the Shēngxiào (Chinese Zodiac) to come up with the top vacation destinations for each zodiac Sign. (To find your corresponding birth year + sign look below*)   

Personality Traits/Best Travel Destinations 

rat 3The Rat Determined, ambitious and charming, rats can be among the most successful members of society. Clever and hard-working types, they often do well in business and are able to indulge in the types of high-octane vacations that some of the other signs can only dream about. On the other hand, they’re known for being good savers; consequently, while they have the means, they may go for destinations that offer good value for their money. These go-getters love to burn off energy so activity-inspired vacations will appeal to them. Spa breaks, giving them a chance to regroup and plot their next move, are popular too. A brave and pioneering sign, Rats are often the first ones to head to a newly-opened-up destination. Best destinations for the Rat: New York, Dubai or Rome for no-expense-spared city breaks. Barbados, Fiji or French Polynesia for indulgent vacations. Burma if the Rat feels like charting new territory. Spain and Sri Lanka if the Rat wants good value for the cost.

ox 3 The Ox  Think about the animal, and you have a good idea about those born in the Year of the Ox. Strong, hard-working, dependable and practical, they like routine. Ox vacationers value the “known” in a destination and will return year after year, often with family in tow, to the same resort. Family and the home are very important to Oxen and they’ll often choose to vacation at home or wherever their family members live. Best destinations for the Ox: The Bahamas, Spain, Portugal and France for guaranteed sun. Mountainous destinations for fitness vacations such as the Highlands of Scotland, parts of Ireland, the Swiss Alps, Canadian Rockies or even Himalayas. Orlando, Fla., for the theme parks and beaches. Voluntourism and vacations where they can learn a new skill or practice a hobby are also popular with the Ox.

T tiger draw he Tiger  Tigers are the risk-takers of the zodiac. They dazzle with their sense of adventure, love of a challenge and sparkling, extroverted personality. They’re friendly and warm types, quick to make friends while traveling (they’re great at gap years and round-the-world trips) and their lucky sign means that even if they hit a bump in the road, they always land on their feet. They don’t like to plan vacations too far in advance; they’ll find a cheap flight, grab a toothbrush and their passport and dash. Best destinations for the Tiger: New York, Bangkok, Dubai, Barcelona, London for city breaks. Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia for backpacking. Bhutan or Nepal for mountain-eering. Iceland and Patagonia for sheer adventure.

rabbit 5The Rabbit  Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, the Rabbit is a youthful sign. Rabbits have tons of energy and, the Chinese say, enjoy lucky lives. Their attractiveness and good nature mean they get along well with lots of different types of people. Often shy and sensitive you’ll find many creative types who are Rabbits. Solitary trips where they can melt into the background – browsing the flea markets of Morocco or Istanbul – appeal to their love of different cultures. Best destinations for the Rabbit: Cities with lots of history and culture such as Boston, Charleston, S.C., Chicago,Rome, London, Paris, Prague and Athens for short breaks. Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal and Laos for longer, backpacking trips. Haridwar and Rishikesh in India to get in touch with their spiritual side.

dragon 3The Dragon  The only mythological sign in the Chinese Zodiac, those born under this sign are as powerful and charismatic as you can imagine. Dragons are a law unto themselves. They can be forceful but they’re very lovable. You’ll often find that the richest and most successful men and women are Dragons (such as Bruce Lee, Liam Neeson, Pele, Salvador Dali and Martin Luther King). Best destinations for the Dragon: A safari in Kenya or Namibia, mountain climbing in Nepal, or scaling Mount Everest on the China/Nepal border. Staying at an Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland or Quebec, Canada. For city breaks, Venice for the Carnival, New Orleans for Mardi Gras or Up Helly Aa in Shetland, Scotland, for the fire festivals.

snake 3The Snake  Snakes are wise and mysterious types. Detached and shrewd, they like to hang back until a destination is established. And when they do vacation, they prefer sophisticated company and elegant surroundings. Lazing in the hot sun is a favorite pastime too so ritzy, beach destinations will be in high demand. Best destinations for the Snake: Las Vegas for the opulent hotels and high-class entertainment, a Grand Tour of Europe’s most refined cities such as Vienna, Prague or Florence. Seoul for Gangnam-Style glamor. St. Vincent or Palm Beach, Fla., for a luxurious resort vacation.

The Next Six Signs Include: Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. To find out where you should travel this Chinese New Year based on your sign, visit’s Top Vacation Destinations for Each Zodiac Sign at

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* To find your corresponding birth year + sign Zodiac