With the Lunar New Year (this year is the year of the Rooster), Expedia wanted to know where the mystical energies are pointing travellers this year. So rub your hands and see where the winds are pointing for good fengshui and luck on your holidays in 2017. From roosters to dragons, here’s some inspiration to plan travels with luck on side. 2017 looks set to be an exciting and adventurous year. Do or do not, there is no try.
Your inclination to always be around busy environments will draw you to places with lots of people even on your holidays. Those born in the year of the rat should kick back on the scenic beaches of the Canary Islands in the day for a breathtaking setting between volcanic plateaus and wild caves in the day, and enjoy food and Lanzarote wine in a chiringuito, a restaurant specialised in fish and seafood when night falls.
If you have the luxury of time, meet and mingle with other travellers on an island-hopping itinerary in the amazing culturally rich Caribbean Islands. Put your rat versatility to the test here, discovering the melting pot of African and European cultures and languages.
More of a city person? Then you’ll find Toronto’s frenetic vibe welcoming. Canada’s largest city, found perched on the shores of Lake Ontario, is not only full of cultural attractions, it also has a beautiful outdoors to explore and lots of festivals year-round.
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Cow, Dragon or Monkey
The industrious ox with your steady demeanor leads you toward lively Las Vegas and Brazil this year. Or on a different tempo, those born in the year of the ox may visit Cambodia where you have a sense of the real treasure of humanity.
Brazil is home to affectionate people, impressive scenery and beautiful beaches. Here, ‘hips don’t lie’ might not be true when the samba music comes on the Brazilians bewitch you with their amazing dance culture. Brazil is also home to the largest rainforest on earth. Definitely a country you would want to explore at length, given your determined mindset.
Cambodia, in contrast, is more conservative in their culture. Get close and personal with the locals and discover the impressive temples of Angkor classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco in 1992.
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Rat, Snake or Rooster
Brave, unpredictable and self-confident. In 2017, those born in the year of the tiger should satisfy their thirst for adventure by hiking the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, a beautiful mountain range with rich, varied and wild nature. Or take a leap into the crystal clear waters of Thailand for scuba diving or snorkelling, mainly around the islands off the south coast, such as Kho Phi Phi and wilder Ko Chang or Koh Libong, a small paradise for snorkelling.
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Horse or Dog
Never quite the mainstream traveler, you always manage to find the joy in the unexpected. Be mesmerised by walking along the Loire and cross the Valley of the Kings to discover the history of France through its most beautiful architectural jewels, or plunge into the mysterious universe of Prague made of alchemy between art and architecture.
Who knows? A quick recharge in Copenhagen which houses a rich cultural and artistic including street-art may also be all you need before hopping into your next endeavour!
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Goat, Dog or Pig
For the intelligent and ambitious dragons, 2017 is the year to stand in the middle of New York’s Times Square and marvel at the fast-paced world spinning around it. There’s so much about New York that sparks the creativity in you. Explore its modern art, history or endless entertainment. In a city that houses a million dreams, this is where you will thrive.
For the artistic dragons who appreciate the finer art of classical European architecture, Italy is a wonderful choice for a holiday in 2017. Have a taste of the Italian life in hidden gems of Italy, like the colorful seaside town of Portovenere in Liguria, or the elegant and multi-cultural town of Trieste near the border with Slovenia.
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Rat, Monkey or Rooster
Being the lithe snake that you are, your flexible-style planning makes you the perfect visitor on the artistic streets of Vienna. No country will daunt the intelligent, communicative you – you only have to ask to get.
For those born in the year of snake craving a bit more excitement this year, give Berlin a shot. Resolutely modern and cosmopolitan, the German capital is in perpetual movement. Loyal to its underground reputation, the city has well integrated its artistic treasures and historical monuments into the urban landscape for educational or even interactive visits.
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Cow or Rooster
Horses are known to be active, energetic and adventurous. From its valleys to its coffee fields, exploring Colombia will prove to be worth your time. Besides its inviting local culture, there’s lots of things to do in Colombia between its rolling mountains, beautiful shoreline and UNESCO world heritage sites.
Looking for fast trotting action instead? Head to Mexico City and get your rumba moves on. Peru also has plenty to keep your feet busy. Wonderful food, rich culture that stretches far back in history, and beautiful nature in a climate so different to Europe’s.
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Tiger, Goat or Dog
Goats appreciate destinations with great wide scenery. If you’re looking for a sight to behold, travel to Athens. Its 7 hills offer breathtaking views: the Acropolis is the best known with a 360° view of the city, while the Lycabettus is the most beautiful panoramic view of the Greek capital as far as Piraeus. In Asia, visit Victoria Peak in Hong Kong and take in its breathtaking view, with plenty of things to do on holiday and also fun outdoor activities to try out.
If you’re into architecture and design, then journey to Glasgow and bask in the history of its arts and culture.
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Rabbit, Horse or Pig
Charm your way through in Maldives, where luxury comes in an extremely tempting package. You need only look at the luxury over-water villas in the Maldives to believe.
We know you can get restless, so get your get your fill of adventure in faraway Vancouver this year. In this Canadian city, you can paraglide, bungee jump or heli-ski your way through the great Vancouver plains.
If you’re more in favour of an Southeast Asian trip, those born in the year of monkey can get up to a little mischief in Bangkok. There’s always something to do in Bangkok, so even a weekend can be packed full of fun.
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Rat or Dragon
It’s YOUR year, so you deserve to be rewarded for your hard work! Roosters should travel to Bali in 2017 to get your ohm on.
Or set out to discover fjords and do whale watching in Norway. Visiting a fjord awakens the senses especially by advancing in the middle of the mountains with dizzying slopes. Norway is one of the favourite spots for whale watching from November to March. Bonus, taste juices extracted from all possible berries: blueberries, cranberries, currants … not to mention raspberries and strawberries.
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Ox, Dragon or Snake
Loyal as a dog, aren’t you? Plan an extended road trip with your steadfast friends to exciting destinations with great terrains. In 2017, put your pin in the map on Kenya, Mexico or Cape Verde.
Whether you go on a safari tour in Kenya, explode your senses tasting Mexican food or hit the authentic animated villages of Cape Verde, anywhere is fun as long as you’re with the people you can count on!
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Tiger, Rabbit or Horse
Contrary to popular belief, pigs aren’t lazy! In fact, you’re rather easygoing and generous. Grab a couple of companions and head to the cities of Spain for a gastronomical feast in 2017.
Or if you prefer a laidback vibe, Ibiza is a popular choice. Good food, lovely beaches and private villas — all the makings of a relaxing holiday.
If you’re looking to try something different this year, let exploring the lesser-known spots of the UK. There’s so much to explore here, between a rich history evident in grand architecture, to rolling hills with lots of farm animals, and classic art forms that have entertained for centuries.
Zodiac Travel Buddies: Rabbit or Goat