Where (and when) to travel based on your 2018 Chinese horoscope

New year, new travels! Question is: what does your horoscope have to say about it? Hotels.com partnered with Hong Kong-based Feng Shui and Chinese astrology consultant Master Kelvin Poon to reveal his travel recommendations according to every sign’s 2018 Chinese horoscope, and we strapped in for the ride.

Who knows – the best moments of 2018 may depend on where you go, when and which animal (sign) accompanies you.

Read also: 8 travel resolutions for 2018

Rat

Busan, South Korea

The bad news? You’ll encounter the unlucky Hui Qi star this year. The “good” news? You can avoid negative energy by booking really nice villas.

Recommended destination: South Korea

Recommended travel months: April, August, December

How to improve your luck: Check into a villa or hotel that comes with a gym or pool. Check out some of our favourite #vacationgoal pools!

Ox

The Great Wall of China in Beijing

You will have above-average luck this year – yay, Ox! Consider boosting your luck even further by heading north from June through August to places like Beijing, Harbin and even Russia to catch the World Cup.

Recommended destinations: Beijing, Harbin, Russia

Recommended travel month: June, July, August

How to improve your luck: Look for stays that include personal butler services

Tiger

Da Nang, Vietnam

Big news, Tiger – there’s a good chance of getting a promotion this year! Plan a celebration in advance by picking a resort destination. Southeast Asia is a favourable region, so consider booking a spa resort in Thailand or Da Nang.

Recommended destination: Thailand, Da Nang (Vietnam)

Recommended travel month: June

How to improve your luck:  Try booking a room on a higher floor, or a villa located high up, say clifftop

Rabbit

Dubai

Your Zodiac is in union with Tai Sui (Presiding God of the Year), meaning you will likely meet a benefactor this year who will give you a hand when you encounter a challenge. However, you will also have a minor unlucky star working against your wealth. To ensure a balance, go ahead and splurge a little more to reward yourself – ahem, luxury travel!

Recommended travel destinations: Central Europe, Dubai

Recommended travel months: March, October

How to improve your luck: Stay close to Michelin-starred restaurants!

Dragon

Province of Matera, Italy

Your wealth will be impacted this year as your Zodiac clashes with Tai Sui (Presiding God of the Year). Embrace this destiny by going on a European shopping spree. After all, it’s better to spend money on something you love rather than lose money over something you don’t! Paris and Italy are good options.

Recommended destinations: Europe (Italy, Paris, France)

Recommended travel months: April, October

How to improve your luck: Stay close to the city centre for plenty of shopping opportunities!

Snake

Maldives

Hong Luan (Lucky Star) shines upon your Zodiac this year. Coupled snakes will have a great year together, so why not make the most of it and travel to the Maldives? It’s the most romantic place there is!

Recommended destination: Maldives

Recommended travel month: May

How to improve your luck: Participate in more water activities, or simply relax at a spa

Horse

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Thanks to the Lucky Star, you have the best luck in wealth this year! Be sure to splurge on yourself because great opportunities await you this year.

Recommended destination: Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Recommended travel months: February, October

How to improve your luck: Choose a villa with elegant and beautifully designed rooms

Goat

Morschach, Switzerland

Good on you, Goat – you will have the protection of a lucky star to turn any calamities into blessings this year. Consider trying out extreme sports or more adventurous activities on your holidays!

Recommended destinations: Switzerland, Canada

Recommended travel months: November, December

How to improve your luck: Check into a villa located near a ski area

Monkey

Uluwatu, Bali

Yikes, it looks like you’ll be prone to emotional fluctuations this year, so seek out crowded places to cheer yourself up!

Recommended destinations: Phuket, Bali

Recommended travel months: April, December

How to improve your luck: Spend more time on beaches soaking up the sun

Rooster

Jiufen, Taiwan

You have mediocre luck this year, but you can boost your luck by heading East to places such as Tokyo and Taiwan.

Recommended destinations: Tokyo, Taiwan

Recommended travel months: February, March, April

How to improve your luck: Consider checking into a resort hotel chain

Dog

Phoenix Island, Sanya, China

As your Zodiac offends Tai Sui (Presiding God of the Year), it is recommended that you spend all your holidays abroad. If you haven’t got too many free days to spare, take short-haul trips to nearby destinations.

Recommended destinations: Taiwan, Sanya, Vietnam

Recommended travel periods: April, September, October

How to improve your luck: Check into a villa or hotel that comes with a gym or pool

Pig

Jasper National Park, Jasper, Canada

2018 marks the year of romance for you. Whether you’re looking to woo or be wooed, choosing a villa with good scenery will certainly help. You can’t go wrong with a hip resort or restaurant.

Recommended destinations: United States, Canada

Recommended travel months: February, March, July, November

Travel tips to improve your luck: Consider booking a villa with exquisite sea views and premium restaurants

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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