As­tro­log­i­cal ad­ven­tures: Where to travel based on your zo­diac sign

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Ad­ven­tur­ous Aries? Voy­ag­ing Virgo? Glo­be­trot­ting Gem­ini? Whether you find western as­trol­ogy to be just a bit of fun or some­thing more se­ri­ous, it can be amus­ing to see what the plan­ets say about your per­son­al­ity. In turn, you might just find that your as­tro­log­i­cal place­ments pro­vide a use­ful gauge for many life choices - in­clud­ing where to travel. We’ve scoured the zo­diac, and Planet Earth, and come up with sug­ges­tions for where to go based on your as­tro­log­i­cal sign.

Aries - sunny SoCal, USA March 21 - April 19

As the first sign in the zo­diac, you are the as­tro­log­i­cal young-at-heart Aries. You are pi­o­neer­ing, spon­ta­neous and a burst of sun­shine. You know how to get the party started and like to be chal­lenged. For your per­fect get­away, head to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where you can bask in the sunny glow. Hire a car, put the top down and live your most glam­orous life cruis­ing the Sun­set Strip, club­bing with LA’s pret­ti­est, or soak­ing up the rays in chilled-out San Diego. Get your hit of much­needed ac­tion by sign­ing up for a surf­ing les­son or fol­low your strong spon­ta­neous side and drive to Las Ve­gas just for the hell of it. It’s the Aries way.

Tau­rus - Tus­cany, Italy April 20 - May 20

No one un­der­stands how to en­joy the earth’s finest plea­sures bet­ter than you, dear Tau­rus. Your con­stel­la­tion may be the bull, but your rul­ing planet is Venus and you are easy to se­duce with fine tastes and so­phis­ti­cated, beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings. Head to Italy Tus­cany specif­i­cally - where you can cozy up in a rus­tic villa, crack open a bot­tle of fine Chi­anti and sim­ply take in the per­fect views. Make sure to plan a day to see some of hu­man­ity’s most el­e­gant art­works Bot­ti­celli’s The Birth of Venus hangs at the Uf­fizi Gallery in Florence, for a start.

Gem­ini - twin cities May 21 - June 20

As the sign dom­i­nated by the twin con­stel­la­tion, you are known for hav­ing mul­ti­ple per­son­al­i­ties, Gem­ini. We know it’s just be­cause you love meet­ing peo­ple, com­mu­ni­cat­ing and shar­ing ideas, and since you’re a mu­ta­ble sign, you are prone to change (of­ten, your mind). Your rul­ing planet is white-hot Mer­cury, which zips around the sun faster than any other planet, so it’s im­por­tant for you to visit some­where that stim­u­lates your ever-tick­ing brain and of­fers some­thing to fit your du­al­is­tic, fluc­tu­at­ing na­ture.

Can­cer - South of France

June 21 - July 22

Kind Can­cer, you re­ally get what ‘slow travel’ means. Can­cer’s con­stel­la­tion is the crab and you’re ruled by the emo­tional moon, mean­ing you are most com­fort­able in your shell and like to feel at home wher­ever you are. That means hav­ing a few crea­ture com­forts and a very easy-go­ing pace to your trip: tasty food, a thought­ful mu­seum, maybe a cook­ing course. We think you should spend some time in the south of France, where the re­laxed en­ergy will re­vive you. Snag a cozy rental apart­ment (ho­tels are far too im­per­sonal for you) in Aix-en-Provence, where you can wan­der the leafy boule­vards, stop for an es­presso or a glass of Proven­cal rose, then me­an­der through one of France’s old­est art mu­se­ums - the Musee Granet - to fill your cul­ture cup.

Leo - Ar­gentina July 23 - Au­gust 22

Leos - the li­ons of the zo­diac - are ruled by the sun and tend to light up dance floors and gath­er­ings with their warm en­ergy. It’s true that many Leos love the spot­light, but we know you are also big soft­ies who crave true ro­mance, child­like ad­ven­ture and good en­ergy. Travel is in your blood and you need to go some­where that will pro­duce great sto­ries to tell for years to come. Some­where that has it all: Ar­gentina. The blaz­ing Buenos Aires nights will give you plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get up to no good, and you can in­dulge your pas­sion­ate, fiery per­son­al­ity with lav­ish steaks and wine, then hit the beach for a party like no other or maybe an amorous in­ter­lude with a mys­te­ri­ous stranger. You do noth­ing by halves, so plan a hik­ing trip in Patag­o­nia to find those epic views you crave... and your­self, of course.

Virgo - Malaysia Au­gust 23 - Septem­ber 22

Virgo’s sign is the vir­gin, but re­ally, you are a prac­ti­cal cre­ator ruled by the as­teroid Ch­i­ron (in Greek mythol­ogy, Ch­i­ron was a heal­ing cen­taur wounded by one of Her­cules’s ar­rows). You are ex­act­ing and value or­ga­ni­za­tion, clar­ity, lux­ury and well­be­ing. Though some­times you come across as picky, you are in fact a sign that con­stantly thinks about how to per­fect things and are a nat­u­ral-born helper. In many ways, you live to fix, and by that count, Virgo, we reckon you need a lit­tle heal­ing time for your­self on a spa re­treat. The Ban­jaran Hot­springs Re­treat in Perak, Malaysia of­fers op­u­lent re­lax­ation, with plenty of trick­ling streams, neatly ar­ranged zen gar­dens, pri­vate plunge pools and stone mas­sages on speed dial.

Li­bra - Is­tan­bul, Tur­key Septem­ber 23 - Oc­to­ber 22

The most bal­anced sign in the zo­diac is Li­bra, whose name in Latin and con­stel­la­tion are weigh­ing scales. Li­bras are the fair judges of the world who value bal­ance, peace and har­mony, and be­cause you are also ruled by Venus, you’re hope­less ro­man­tics who can’t help but love beau­ti­ful things. As an in­tel­lec­tual air sign, you’re great phi­los­o­phiz­ers and thinkers and ap­pre­ci­ate any­thing that’s thought­ful and well-made. With such a need for sym­me­try in your life, we think you should head to the very cen­tre of the world: Is­tan­bul, a city that strad­dles two con­ti­nents. In Is­tan­bul, you won’t have to choose be­tween Asia and Europe (we know you hate pick­ing sides); you’ll get them both in one, or stay com­pletely cen­tered by tak­ing a boat trip down the mighty Bospho­rus, which di­vides the city and the two con­ti­nents.

Scor­pio - Johannesburg, South Africa

Oc­to­ber 23 - Novem­ber 21

Brave, deep, dark and enig­matic, scor­pi­ons are drawn to the mys­te­ri­ous and like to push bound­aries. Your rul­ing planet is Pluto - ar­guably not a planet at all, far away, dif­fi­cult to see and com­posed largely of ice and rock - but if you man­age to get up close, also beau­ti­ful, just like you, Scor­pio. Though you’re cu­ri­ous about ev­ery­where and can find the art in al­most any­thing, we think you will ap­pre­ci­ate some­where that, like you, has the power to sur­vive and thrive through dif­fi­cult times. And like you, Johannesburg is a city with a rich per­son­al­ity and scars that only make it stronger. We know you feel a lot, though you keep a hard shell that cov­ers your ob­vi­ous emo­tions; you’ll re­late to Jo’burg’s tur­bu­lent his­tory and the city’s mag­nif­i­cent abil­ity to hold it­self up amidst times of great and deep di­vide.

Sagit­tar­ius - South Amer­ica (all of it)

Novem­ber 22 - De­cem­ber 21

One word for you Sagit­tar­ius: ex­pan­sive­ness. You’re ruled by the big­gest planet in the so­lar sys­tem - Jupiter, a world as­so­ci­ated with bounty, blind op­ti­mism and reach. Sagit­tar­ius is sym­bol­ized by the archer con­stel­la­tion and you are known wan­der­ers - the nat­u­ral trav­el­ers of the zo­diac. As truth-seek­ers, you are prone to fly off to find your­self when any mood at all strikes. We know you’re rest­less and love the wild things, whether that means camp­ing un­der the stars, swim­ming in pris­tine lakes, ex­plor­ing gritty ur­ban scenes or all of the above. A short city-break just won’t do for you, so that’s why we think you should set off on the ad­ven­ture of a life­time by back­pack­ing around South Amer­ica. With a whole con­ti­nent at your dis­posal and plenty of pas­sion­ate cul­ture to fuel your fire-sign per­son­al­ity, you just might find the foun­tain of youth you al­ways seem to be search­ing for.

Capri­corn - Tai­wan De­cem­ber 22 - Jan­uary 19

As the most am­bi­tious, driven and hard­work­ing sign in the zo­diac, Capri­corns de­serve a hol­i­day more than any other. And yet you won’t be sat­is­fied with just any old va­ca­tion. You de­sire to go some­where im­por­tant, to learn all of the things you can about the world and to re­main ef­fi­cient in the go­ing. You’re ruled by Saturn, a god who ush­ered in a golden age on earth and was cel­e­brated through feast­ing and revelry, mean­ing you also know how to have a good time. So, we’re send­ing you to Tai­wan, where the workhard/play-hard ethic has long held sway. You will mar­vel at Tai­wan’s clean, ef­fi­cient pub­lic trans­port, its fiercely free­dom-lov­ing at­ti­tude and its verve for get­ting things done. But when work clocks off here, there are all-night mar­kets to eat your way through, tem­ples to lose your­self in and beaches to linger on.

Aquar­ius - De­troit, USA Jan­uary 20 - Fe­bru­ary 18

Oh, Aquar­ius, you love to act the rebel, but we know you’re a true hu­man­i­tar­ian who’s con­stantly seek­ing all that is in­no­va­tive, avant-garde and ex­per­i­men­tal. You root for un­der­dogs and you value free­dom, coun­ter­cul­ture and, frankly, a lit­tle bit of the weird in life. We think you’ll dig De­troit: Amer­ica’s great­est come­back kid, a place full of cre­ative peo­ple em­ploy­ing DIY spirit to re­vive their city from eco­nomic peril. We sug­gest tak­ing a tour of the on-the-re­bound ru­ined Packard Plant to get a sense of just where De­troit’s com­ing from, and then hop from the hip-to-hip­per stalls at East­ern Mar­ket look­ing for an ec­cen­tric sou­venir to take home. And since we know you love mu­sic, don’t miss the Mo­town His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum, where the likes of Ste­vie Won­der, Di­ana Ross and Marvin Gaye all got their start.

Pisces - The Hi­malaya Fe­bru­ary 19 - March 20

Dreamy Pisces, you rarely come down to earth and may not even be from this planet, but you are the healer and the lover of the zo­diac. You’re also an old soul, a spir­i­tual seeker, a ro­man­tic. You need down­time, gen­tle air and some­where free of crowds. Short of send­ing you into outer space (where your mind mainly seems to stray any­way), we sug­gest you as­cend to the roof of the world. Ti­bet is vast, ex­cep­tion­ally beau­ti­ful, brim­ming with spir­i­tu­al­ity and quiet - all things you value in life and travel. Your sign is sym­bol­ized by the fish con­stel­la­tion, and many Pis­ceans are re­vived by wa­ter, so aim for one of Ti­bet’s sa­cred lakes, such as Nam-tsoor Yam­drok-tso, where you can gaze at turquoise waves, go for a swim, and then drift from monastery to monastery, med­i­tat­ing, learn­ing and prac­tic­ing com­pas­sion for all hu­mankind, just as you are meant to do. —-www.lone­ly­

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