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chinese zodiacWith Chinese New Year coming up on Sunday, I was once again reminded of my “other” zodiac sign — the Rat. In checking out what being a Rat says about my personality, I was struck by how much of the description also translated into how I like to travel.

Rats, according to ChinaHighlights.com, are versatile, curious and quick to adapt to a new environment, and while this description is meant to be applied to a Rat’s attitude to life in general, in my case it also says a lot about my travel preferences. I am driven to visit new places, like a huge variety of travel styles and am generally quick to adapt to any destination I’m visiting.

So I began to wonder: is this true of the other 11 signs, as well? As I began to read the personality descriptions of each sign, I could easily see how they could be applied to a person’s travel style.

And so, in honor of Chinese New Year, I’ve put together a completely unscientific list of Chinese Zodiac travel personalities. Have fun with it!

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Rat (Birth Years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) Because people under the sign of the Rat are resourceful and versatile, they enjoy the challenge of travel and are more likely than others to just pick up and go. No packaged tours for Rats. They prefer to plan (or not plan!) their own journeys and, driven by a strong curiosity, seek out new places even when visiting a destination they’ve been to before.

Ox (Birth Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) With a strong attachment to their home country, people under the sign of the Ox enjoy exploring the travel possibilities of their native lands. And as family-oriented folk, they are partial to vacations with their spouses and children. Oxen also prefer planned travel with detailed itineraries to simply winging it and are less likely to travel last minute.

Tiger (Birth Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) Brave and competitive, people under the sign of the Tiger like to stand out from the crowd, so they seek out bragging-rights destinations when traveling. Tigers are often the first of their friends to visit a destination, usually some place slightly off the beaten path. Tigers also take great pride in traveling with few plans in place, enjoying the challenge of figuring it all out as they go.

Rabbit (Birth Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) People under the sign of the Rabbit are often described as artistic, so travel to places known for art, cooking and fashion appeal to them. Rabbits also tend to be quieter and more serene than other signs, so they enjoy trips in which quiet time is purposely built in.

Dragon (Birth Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) Courageous and tenacious by nature, people under the sign of the Dragon particularly like active travel, often in the form of extreme adventure (think bungee jumping and mountain trekking) as they seek out the next thrill. But Dragons have little patience for cultural expectations, so they should avoid countries in which dress codes and humble behavior are expected.

Snake (Birth Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013) Because they are private but also enjoy keeping up with the Jonses, people who fall under the sign of the Snake search for understated yet upscale travel. Snakes prefer Four Seasons to the W, Abercrombie & Kent to Globus and Crystal Cruises to Royal Caribbean. As intellectuals, Snakes also enjoy learning about their destinations and, if given the chance to attend a lecture during their travels, will jump at the opportunity.

Horse (Birth Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002) Because people under the sign of the Horse love to be part of the herd, they seek busy destinations like cities and party resorts, and they’re much more interested in escorted touring than others. “The more the merrier” is a sentiment Horses have taken to heart, and nothing pleases them more than a friends’ getaway or multigenerational vacation with the extended family.

Goat (Birth Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003) Often described as mild-mannered and shy, people who fall under the sign of the Goat like to travel solidly on the beaten path. Goats are just as happy to travel alone as they are in a group (so long as someone else is the leader), and they enjoy destinations that provide food for thought. Goats also are partial to first-class travel options.

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Monkey (Birth Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004) Intelligent, curious and mischievous, people who fall under the sign of the Monkey want to dig into a city’s unknown history, see what’s hidden in the back room of the popular museum and get past the “Restricted Access” sign. Monkeys, therefore, seek out behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive access opportunities when traveling. Additionally, their destination choices trend toward cities, as their interests are too varied for a non-urban environment.

Rooster (Birth Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) Frequently described as showoffs, people who fall under the sign of the Rooster enjoy traveling in groups, either with friends or with an escorted group tour, so that they can put themselves at the center of attention. Though Roosters aren’t picky about their travel destination, they prefer to visit places in which they can remain well-groomed and show off their duds — whether it’s the latest cocktail dress or best climbing gear.

Dog (Birth Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006) With fiercely people-oriented personalities, people who fall under the sign of the Dog prefer to travel with others, and especially with close family or friends. Dogs mostly don’t care where they go so long as their spouses, best friends or children are with them.

Pig (Birth Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007) Because people under the sign of the Pig tend to be sympathetic and generous by nature, volutourism opportunities appeal to them. Additionally, in general terms, Pigs tend to remain calm when facing difficult situations, so travel to developing countries in which tourism infrastructures are less modern is easier for Pigs than for people under other signs.

Do you fit your zodiac sign’s travel style? Tell us how similar or how different you are to our predictions.

– written by Dori Saltzman

8 Responses to “What Your Chinese Zodiac Sign Says About Your Travel Personality”

  1. Tanya says:

    My Zodiac Travel Sign is Dog it fits me to a t. Every year a take a cruise and I always take members of my familt with me. The last couple of years I started creating cruise events on facebooks and opening it up to all my friends and family who want to travel also.

  2. Brendan says:

    Ha! This is great. I am a Goat and it was pretty much right on except for, I like to get off the beaten path rather than stay on. I do like solid travel and can go with or without people. Perfect.

  3. Janet says:

    I am definitely the Snake sign. First class, elegant, but NO logos or other similar “statements”. True cashmere wraps to sleep in; silk skirts and comfy ballet slippers on the plane.

    Intellectual pursuits are always a part of travelling. I’ve even discovered great books and new authors by searching out indie bookstores and libraries for author appearances.

    Choosing the right book to entertain yourself on a long flight can lead to very interesting conversations and new acquaintances, too.

  4. Marjorie says:

    Fits me to a tea.

    I am a pig and have been to developing countries and volunteered.


    And do stay completely calm no matter what.

  5. Jill says:

    My zodiac sign is Dragon, but the description Rabbit suits me more. I’m definitely artistic and I do need to work in quiet times during my travels. And bungee jumping is not on my bucket list.

  6. Judith says:

    I was born in the year of the Goat. However, I am not shy. I do enjoy solo travel, although I prefer to make my own plans. This is also true when traveling with others. While I do enjoy first class treatment, I am never above back-packing it. So, for me….it’s a toss up!

  7. Erica says:

    Well that was nice and creepy. I’m dog, hubby is pig. WEIRD.

  8. Fran says:

    I was born in late 1946 and definitely am not a travel dog. I research extensively, am happy to travel alone, especially once I’ve been to a place and know the ropes. I prefer historical sites and museums and landscapes to interacting with people. I’d rather sit in the back corner and watch the people going about their business than talk to them.

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