Whether you're a horoscope devotee or not, there's something alluring about zodiac predictions. The idea that the stars could hold the answer to our future can offer much-needed reassurance, especially in today's chaotic world.
We've let zodiac signs guide our decorating choices, relationship compatibility, and engagement ring style, but what about vacation destinations? Finding a travel destination in tune with your personality is the key to taking the perfect restorative break. While a girls' getaway to Tulum might be a good fit for social Geminis, Sagittarians likely yawn at the idea, preferring an adventure to the lush rainforests of Madagascar.
Below, we decode the typical traits associated with each of the 12 zodiac signs and share the ultimate travel locale to suit your personality.
Who: Pisces (February 20 to March 20) are naturally artistic and intuitive. They love the idea of escaping reality and exploring the globe. Pisces crave alone time to reflect and stay in touch with their emotions.
Where: Marrakech, Morocco, is calling! You'll feel as if you've stepped into another world when you wander the winding alleyways filled with merchants selling fragrant spices, fresh olives, and hand-painted ceramic wares. Be sure to visit Majorelle Garden, a 12-acre botanical garden owned by famed fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, for a quiet moment of solitude in the heart of the city.
Who: Aries (March 21 to April 20) are known for being courageous, energetic, and impulsive. They love physical challenges and spending time outdoors.
Where: California's Yosemite National Park is a nature lover's playground. Hire a car and drive through Mammoth Lakes to see the spectacular park entrance. Be sure to stay for more than a weekend to explore the trails and spot wildlife, like black bears and woodpeckers. If you're a seasoned hiker, apply for a permit in advance to do the iconic Half Dome day hike.
Who: Taurus (April 21 to May 21) are true romantics at heart. On weekends, they love to unwind by cooking, gardening, and spending time with loved ones.
Where: Granada beckons. The Spanish city is a cultural hub that boasts delectable tapas and streets pulsing with music. Add the Alhambra Palace to your must-see list; the stunning fortress features lacy Islamic archways and a gorgeous manicured garden that sprawls for miles.
Who: Geminis (May 22 to June 21) love company. Curious and talkative, they're a social bunch who are also quick learners and love to explore new places, especially if they're only a short flight away.
Where: With its soft sand beaches and azure waves, Tulum, Mexico, is always a good idea and a perfect destination to see with friends. Indulge your curious side by exploring the Mayan ruins in Tulum National Park.
Who: Cancers (June 22 to July 22) are artistic and highly imaginative. Close friendships are important to them, and they love catching up over a good meal.
Where: Lisbon, Portugal, is your ideal next destination. Art aficionados will love the vibrant street art scene, while foodies can flock to Time Out Mercado da Ribeira, a gourmet food hall where the country's most talented chefs serve up culinary delights. Don't miss the creamy Portuguese tarts—they're worth the long line.
Who: Leos (July 23 to August 21) love to go on vacation. They're less inclined to travel far but are happy to splash out and indulge their love for the arts and their theatrical side.
Where: London and New York often top the list of amazing performance cities, but theater buffs should add Chicago to their flight-alert list. Take a look at the traveling Broadway shows playing at the Goodman and Chicago theaters, or for a comedy scene, visit Second City, whose alums include Tina Fey and Steve Carell.
Who: Virgos (August 22 to September 23) rarely take a break, so a relaxing vacation destination is paramount. They love nature, healthy food, and cleanliness.
Where: Consider Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. The quaint town is quintessentially Swiss, with wood cabins, red Swiss flag bunting, and colorful window boxes. Jump on the funicular to Jungfrau, one of the most accessible mountains in the Bernese Alps. On a clear day, you can see as far as Germany and France.
Who: Libras (September 24 to October 23) are intellectual, fair-minded, and diplomatic. They like to share experiences with others, appreciate natural beauty, and settle down with a good book.
Where: Australia's Harbor City combines sparkling world-class beaches with an amazing restaurant scene and plenty of natural attractions. Take your pick of picturesque beaches to throw down a towel and read a book—Tamarama, Balmoral, and Gordon's Bay are our favorites. Venture out of town for a weekend trip to the Blue Mountains for awe-inspiring natural rock formations and dense bushland.
Who: Scorpios (October 24 to November 22) are brave, passionate, and honest. They're natural-born leaders who rarely take a break.
Where: Take a moment to relax in Burano, Italy. The vibrant city is filled with waterfront buildings painted in rainbow hues. You'll get on with the passionate Italian people, and if you feel the urge to flex your mind, download an Italian language app and try to order your next pasta in the local tongue.
Who: Curious and energetic, Sagittarians (November 23 to December 22) are adventure seekers who crave freedom.
Where: Madagascar, an island off the coast of Africa, has a unique mix of attractions for those who look beyond busy capital cities for vacation. From the lush rainforests to the white beaches and colorful coral reefs, Madagascar houses thousands of animal species that you won't find anywhere else in the world.
Who: Capricorns (December 23 to January 20) are family oriented. They're practical and often serious, with a lot of discipline.
Where: Test your disciplined nature at Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Located in Alberta, the park has subalpine forests and an immense ice field, perfect for those determined to push their physical limits or take the family on an outdoor escape.
Who: Aquarians (January 21 to February 19) fight boredom at all costs. They seek out original adventures and love being independent.
Where: Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is an island in the Persian Gulf. You'll never have to worry about boredom during a trip to Abu Dhabi thanks to an itinerary packed with sailing, historic sights, shopping, and desert safaris.
Next up: The number one stress reliever for each zodiac sign.
This story was published in November 2016 and updated in May 2018.