What do you get when travel magazine editors dabble in astrology? This exciting, enlightening, and totally subjective destination forecast for the New Year. If you’re like us, your 2019 resolutions include traveling more, going somewhere new, or returning to an old favorite. (We see you, Paris.) Let these travel-themed horoscopes inspire your wanderlust – you might find somewhere new to add to your list.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
As an Earth sign, you’re a bit more grounded and practical than your peers. Some may even call your travel style a bit rigid, but there’s nothing wrong with that – embrace your love of a schedule! Go big on a private guided tour of Australia: Artisans of Leisure’s new 12-day, food- and wine-themed jaunt across the continent includes stops in Melbourne, Perth, and the Yarra Valley, McLaren Vale, and Margaret River wine regions.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
A service-focused trip with a tour operator such as ME to WE will let you flex your humanitarian skills – you love feeling independent and making a difference. Head to Ecuador for nine-day stay at the Minga Lodge in the Amazon rain forest – you’ll take jungle field trips, meet with local farmers and students, and help out on a sustainable development project, from building houses to setting up classrooms.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Pisces tend to be intuitive, emotional, and artistic. Book it to Paris and get lost on winding cobblestoned boulevards in the Marais, pick up a book at Shakespeare & Company and spend hours reading and people-watching on the Seine, and visit some of the world’s most impressive art museums. (Dealing with crowds to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa in The Louvre may stress you out; ask your travel advisor how you can get after-hours access.)
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Always down for an adventure and not afraid to take risks, you’re definitely ready to get out of your comfort zone this year. Go do something heart-racing in New Zealand: Bungee jump at the world’s first commercial operation in Queenstown, or rent a car in Auckland and take a spontaneous road trip through the North Island.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
If it feels like friends and family members are always trying to plan getaways with you, it probably has something to do with your reliable and generous nature. Two options: Celebrate that and book a group spa getaway, or finally do something just for you this year and make it a solo retreat. Either way, head to Arizona: The 16-room Mii amo in Sedona embraces its home within a spiritual vortex, and the 158-room Canyon Ranch, Tucson is one of the OG getaways for renewal and wellbeing.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Curiosity fuels your wanderlust – you love learning and meeting new people when you travel. You’re also usually the first among friends and family to explore an emerging or remote destination. That’ll be no different in 2019 if you head to Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom known for its monasteries, dramatic landscapes, and incredibly friendly locals. The new Six Senses Bhutan comprises five lodges across the country, so you can see a little bit of almost everything in one two-week adventure.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
The water sign within you is calling, and it’s time to take a cruise. Bonus: The cruise industry’s trend of longer port calls lets you embrace your spontaneous side, too. For example, on Azamara Club Cruises’ ten-day, Venice-to-Athens sailing on the 684-passenger Azamara Pursuit, overnight stays in Venice and Dubrovnik allow for late-night dinners and whatever else strikes your fancy.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
It doesn’t matter if you’re sightseeing, skiing, or shopping – you’ve got all of the energy for it. You’re also your family’s bonafide pack leader, so everyone is looking for you to set the travel agenda for the year. Head to Japan: We know you’ve always wanted to arrange a family photo shoot while the cherry blossoms are blooming in spring. With Tokyo gearing up to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, it’s an exciting time to visit.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Don’t let anyone tell you that your attention to detail is obsessive – you’re a perfectionist, and your travel partners should be thankful for that. Take the reins on planning a villa stay in Tuscany with friends and family this summer. Luxury Retreats’ eight-bedroom stone farmhouse in Chianti is a solid option; just remember to not be too fussy if your cousin skips out on that group cooking class.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Everybody’s going on and on about the joys of solo travel, but that may sound like a horrible idea to you, which is totally fine. You crave balance and companionship, and we say a weekend in Napa Valley with your partner is a fine solution for that. Stay at the 85-room Meadowood Napa Valley, and sip cabernet sauvignon on sunny vineyard tours, spring for a couple’s massage, and splurge on the elaborate, locally inspired tasting menu at the hotel’s eponymous, three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Hey there, you passionate jetsetter: It’s time to tango. Fly south to Buenos Aires, home of the world’s most emotive dance. Take in Rojo, the sultry tango show at the 88-room Faena Hotel Buenos Aires, then let your Virtuoso travel advisor arrange a private tango lesson for two. Your persistence will help you get into some of the city’s most popular late-night spots, such as Florería Atlántico, a secret speakeasy hidden in the back of a flower shop in the Retiro neighborhood.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
A genuine wanderer, happiness is your No. 1 mission when you travel. It’s hard not to smile on a game drive in Botswana while learning about on-site tour connection Wilderness Safaris Bostwana‘s Rhino Reintroduction Project and other conservation efforts. A ten-day Okavango Delta safari with the outfitter will be a treat for the optimist in you. Don’t let your impatient side show, though: Sometimes the best moments in the wild require a little waiting.