February 23, 2017
| Updated April 8, 2020
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The perfect destination
Picking a vacation destination can be as simple as throwing a dart at a map of the globe or jumping on the next great deal that an airline has to offer. But if you're looking for something a little more, let's say, unconventional, try choosing your next winning destination based on your Zodiac sign.
Astrological personality traits can make or break a dream vacation. For example, what if you’re a well-organized Virgo traveling with a dreamy Gemini? Or heading on getaway with the two most stubborn signs—Leo and Taurus—and no one will budge on where to rent a villa? Or consider the Pisces who is yearning to wile away vacation days daydreaming near the water, but is stuck traveling with a Leo who is more concerned with snapping selfies?
We're here to help. This travel guide can help find the perfect destination for each astrological sign. Even if you don’t believe in astrology, we may offer some new ideas for your next vacation.
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Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)
Vacations that combine family and fun are a great fit for Capricorns, who are reserved, but love having people around. Capricorns’ ambitious and disciplined demeanor can also make volunteer vacations that balance relaxation with giving back a great option for these serious thinkers who long for deep connections.
This air sign is known for its independence and single-mindedness about their preferences in life and in vacations. That can mean repeat visits to a favorite lodge or beach hotel, a beloved city they return to again and again, or finding an off-the-beaten path natural wonder that appeals to their originality and inventiveness.
Ideal vacation: Brazil’s Iguaçu Falls; Bolivian salt flats; Northern Lights spotting in Finland; museum tours of Madrid or London
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Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Pisces’ escapist tendencies make vacation mandatory. This mutable water sign is dreamy by nature and thrives in beautiful destinations that are far away from everything, but their own imagination. Choose a destination that has natural wonders as well as cultural offerings (Pisces can get bored easily), but make sure to leave plenty of room in the itinerary for daydreaming.
Ideal vacation: Meditation retreat in the Berkshires; overwater bungalow in Fiji; or Plitvice Lakes in Croatia; Maui
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Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Aries are an independent, energetic bunch who won’t be happy spending their precious vacation days on a week sitting poolside at Club Med. Instead they prefer to be constantly on the move with a drive for the next adventure and a new tale to tell.
Ideal Vacation: A tour of the villages on Bulgaria’s Black Sea; a guided tour to North Korea; the thousands of temples in Myanmar’s valley of Bagan; or a solo adventure to Guatemala’s Tikal
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
While the Taurus is known for being warmhearted and loving, they also love to self-indulge and there’s no better time to do that than on vacation. Splurge on a luxury hotel in a relaxing destination to maximize your winter break and let the patient and placid side of the Taurus personality shine through.
Air signs are known for being adaptable to almost any situation they are thrown into and thrive in new situations. That flexibility, though, can mean they bore easily, especially when they aren’t challenged. When it comes to vacations, Geminis should be kept hopping—whether that’s from island to island or from one cultural site to another. That’s why big cities filled with new experiences or multiple destinations in one trip are perfect for the Gemini traveler.
Ideal vacation: Island hopping in Croatia or a long weekend in big city like Berlin or Rome
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Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Family vacations or getaways with close friends can be ideal for these water signs, who can use the opportunity to show off their nurturing tendencies and take care of everyone. If a family get-together isn’t in the cards, escape to a cozy bed and breakfast in a small city.
Ideal vacation: Rent a lake-side Italian villa with friends, take a family trip to Maine’s vacationland, or retreat to a lodge in the Pacific Northwest (or Wyoming) woods
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Leo (July 23 - August 22)
These lions are known for their fiery energy and flair for the dramatic. Leos love to be where the action is—the biggest party, the most fun, the most drool-worthy setting—and ideally as the center of attention. When it comes to choosing a vacation spot, think FOMO-inspiring trips that will look great on Instagram and sound even better on paper.
Ideal vacation: New York City, yachting in the South of France, hitting the clubs in Los Angeles, or party hopping in Ibiza
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Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Virgos love a detailed itinerary, tend to research all the best spots far in advance, and may be ready to share their Google maps marked with all of the best restaurants, markets, and coffee shops. Use those perfectionist tendencies to your travel advantage by arranging cooking classes, mapping out bike tours, or perfecting your lasso technique at a high-end dude ranch.
Libras love tranquility and have a penchant for the romantic and charming. The perfect vacations for Libras include itineraries that balance peace and variety. Look for destinations that have both quiet corners as well as shops, restaurants, and cultural sights for when a more gregarious mood strikes.
Ideal vacation: Yoga retreat in Mexico, renting a cottage in the Cotswolds of England, or a peaceful coastal retreat like Edgartown in Martha’s Vineyard
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Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)
Scorpio’s intense nature means that to truly unwind, they’ll need to unplug to recharge. While Scorpios love the chance to commune with nature, they may not want to rough it and pack all their belongings into the woods—even though they have the determination to make it happen. Instead, pair nature with modern conveniences by finding a forest lodge somewhere deep in a National Park, or rent an Airbnb near a lake.
In astrology, the Sagittarius is depicted as a centaur, armed with a bow and ready for the hunt. As a traveler this means always seeking the new and the now, whether that means bunking down for weeks with a far-flung population or seeking out an under-the-radar, untouched destination.
Ideal vacation: Istanbul’s Blue Mosque; Mongolia; Taos, New Mexico; or Iceland’s eastern fjords