Gazing skyward can be like traveling. The heavens are mysterious, expansive, and full of wonder. For astrologers, the sky is filled with signposts, and it’s all thanks to the zodiac.
Most of us know our sun signs—that’s which zodiac constellation the sun was in when we were born. That’s why we read horoscopes, a personal forecast based on cosmic movements. But what about our travel horoscope? Can we determine the best destinations and timing for travel based on the zodiac signs?
Why yes, we can. According to Astrologer Kyle Thomas, the planets, sun, and moon can all factor into travel horoscopes. And 2020 promises to be an excellent year for travel. Thomas explains that with Jupiter in Capricorn throughout 2020, we can expect a bit of luck and maybe even miracles as we explore natural landscapes (like a goat, the symbol of Capricorn). Better still, international explorations are calling through early 2020 with Mars, the planet of energy, in Sagittarius. By year’s end, “Mars will be in Aries, which will definitely make very hot destinations the most desirable,” says Thomas.
Here’s more zodiac travel insight for each specific sun sign.
Aries (March 21 to April 19), Spain
The country where Flamenco began is a dreamy destination for Aries. “Spain is filled with vibrant colors and experiences,” says Thomas. “Aries possesses a great deal of energy and enthusiasm, and craves festivities.” While Barcelona and Madrid are fine cities for culture and gastronomy, find even more flavor in sunny Seville. At the city’s Flamenco Dance Museum, Aries can revel in emotive music, costumes, and dance performances, and even join and dance or music classes.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20), France
“As a zodiac sign that favors the senses and pleasure, Taurus will feel most alive in France,” says Thomas, adding that the beauty and romance in Paris will invite bulls to feel right at home. Reserve time for romantic strolls and leisurely dining at charming brasseries where you can sit for hours sipping drinks and discussing art. Seek out accommodations in charming Montmartre, perhaps at Maison Souquet, where each suite is lushly designed with silky textiles and other boudoir-appropriate touches.
Gemini (May 21 to June 21), Brazil
Gemini is among the more adventurous zodiac signs. So, Thomas points Gemini travelers to Brazil, a destination filled with hidden wonders that can keep the astrological twins’ minds abuzz. “Gemini is a zodiac sign always craving spontaneity and is curious about the world.” Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant choice for its culinary temptations and Carnival spirit. But a Gemini will be inspired by the colors and quirks of the Santa Teresa hilltop district, where artists lend their talents to enrich the local flair.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22), New Zealand
“As a water sign, Cancers love to be near the ocean or lakes,” says Thomas. “With so much natural beauty in New Zealand, Cancers will remember this vacation for the rest of their lives.” Indeed, with 9,300 miles of coastline, this Pacific nation is perfect for beach bums. Best destinations for Cancers are on the North Island, where a home base in Auckland allows for day-tripping to Coromandel Forest Park (about a two-hour drive). The park fills out a peninsula home to Hahei Beach with reefs made for diving and snorkeling, and Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own heated mineral pool in the sand.
Leo (July 23 to August 22), Greece
The fire in every Leo leads to serious travel love. “Leos crave expression, inspiration, and creativity, and Greece holds plenty of passion,” says Thomas, alluding to the country’s cultural and social legacy. History fans can’t go wrong with Athens, one of the world’s great cities, or any of its enchanted Aegean islands. But further south on the Peloponnese coast is Monemvasia, where an ancient castle and cobblestone streets echo the town’s medieval roots, and where poets and artists find solace in the Greek sun.
Virgo (August 23 to September 22), California
“As an Earth sign, Virgos love to embrace nature and enjoy a planned-out journey,” Thomas says. “California offers an opportunity to travel along the coast or within the state to keep them always moving to the next location.” Road-tripping through the Golden State is a no-brainer since travelers can roll from mountains to the ocean, or from desert to metropolis all in a day. One of the best journeys is a day trip across Sonoma County, starting in the historic town of Sonoma, then traveling westward through wine country for a walk at the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, and winding down with a Pacific sunset at Bodega Bay.
Libra (September 23 to October 22), Quebec, Canada
Travel astrology points Libras toward a location that promises “steady fun and recreation.” This air sign loves to socialize and enjoy the nightlife, and Montreal, Quebec, is a culturally rich city filled with stimuli. Libras can balance out their scales with outdoor recreation in Mount Royal or the Botanical Garden. Indoor time is well spent catching Canada’s premier drag stars at the famous Cabaret Mado, or dining at a great Montreal restaurant like Candide, with changing monthly prix-fixe dining menus.
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21), Egypt
“As a zodiac sign that’s most connected to mystery and magic, Egypt’s ancient history will bewitch a Scorpio and ignite their fascination with the supernatural,” Thomas reports. Naturally, Scorpions will find fascination in the magnificent pyramids of Giza. About an hour south of Cairo and Giza, however, curious minds can ponder the lesser-known (and less-visited) pyramids known as Bent, Black, and Stepped. At the Red (or North) pyramid in Dahshur, inquisitive Scorpios can even slip inside its passageways to absorb the mystique of its inner chambers.
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21), South Africa
“Sagittarius is known for their wanderlust and need to explore—so South Africa will light up their hearts,” says Thomas. It’s true, South Africa has so many wonderful travel options, from short or extended safaris to beautiful beaches to unforgettable wine-country excursions. And while a Cape Town visit is essential, Johannesburg has emerged lately as one of the world’s most exciting cities. There, fiery Sag globetrotters may leap at the chance to try bungee jumping from a catwalk 100 meters high at the twin cooling towers–turned–adventure park known as Soweto Towers.
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19), Iceland
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of ice—fitting for a zodiac sign aligned with the start of winter. So nomadic goats will do well in Iceland, where nature reigns. Capricorns can explore the nation’s waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs, and sea cliffs all while viewing wildlife from whales and seals to puffins and Arctic foxes. Most tours launch from Reykjavik, so choose a reliable company like Pink Iceland, Intrepid Travel, or G Adventures, to show you the best of Iceland’s extraordinary landscapes.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18), Japan
“Aquarius is the most forward-thinking zodiac sign, and is always about the next technological advancement,” Thomas reports. So, it’s no surprise that he says, “Japan will captivate every Aquarius.” Few cities seem so futuristic as Tokyo, the world’s largest metropolis. There, progressive-minded Aquarian adventurers can dive deep into the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation that is Miraikan. Parked on the man-made island of Odaiba, it’s the place to discover feats of human engineering, the future of robots, and the essence of the universe.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20), Puerto Rico
The Caribbean offers all travelers a bit of breezy pleasure, but according to Thomas, “As a water sign, Pisces are one with the sea.” The best city for Pisces is someplace with plenty of open air and swimming beaches, complemented by music and pockets of romance—and San Juan, Puerto Rico is just the spot. In Condado Beach just east of Old San Juan, the fish sign can linger under palm trees and catch gorgeous waves all day long.
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Kyle Thomas is a globally recognized popular-culture astrologer who has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Elite Daily, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, YahooNews, MSN, and more. Learn more about his readings at KyleThomasAstrology.com, and find him on Instagram @MrKyleThomas.