Happy Chinese New Year! It’s that time of the year which we are rolling our sleeves up and planning our travels for the rest of the year. KAYAK has whipped up another travel guide, with our exclusive advice of when to travel based on your Chinese Horoscope. Without further ado, here is our guide to the best months to travel in 2019! And if you’re looking for the best destinations based on your sign, we’ve got that too!
Pig (2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959)
Best months to travel: Any month other than May-June
Summer’s in full swing! While it’s generally good for Pigs to travel frequently, this year your horoscope says you’d be best off postponing your travels a bit. How about a visit to tropical Fiji in July? It’s dry season and the water is at its clearest. The Fijian archipelago is one of the best places to dive in the world, surrounded by beautiful reefs which are home to around 1,000 species of fish; but on a clear day, a simple snorkel is just as good.
Rat (2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948)
Best months to travel: November, December
Those born in the year of the Rat should plan to travel in the months of November and December. Although December is a popular month for travel, November, while a bit unconventional, is also a great month for a trip somewhere sunny to enjoy some nice weather before the crowds hit.
Morocco is a charming destination, with warm weather lasting into the wintertime. The vibrant city of Essaouira, with its colourful markets and mosques, and Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa, are two go-to places to explore over the holidays.
Ox (2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949)
Best months to travel: March – December
Oxen are made to work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a break. There are plenty of regional destinations perfect for a trip – Thailand is perfect for sun-seekers, or if you’re looking for somewhere new, what about a visit to Langkawi, where luxury resorts nestle amongst thick foliage? Langkawi’s dry season holds court between December and April, so head there before the rain starts to pour.
Tiger (2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950)
Best months to travel: January to March, September to December
Tigers should plan their travel between September and April. Don’t be afraid to travel long distances! South America might be a new experience, but cosmopolitan Bueno Aires would be a splendid option for travellers of all stripes, especially during the Argentine spring from September to November.
Rabbit (2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951)
Best months to travel: Any month other than June-August
After the hot summer ends, it’s prime time for the Rabbit to go on a trip. Our tip? Go in September, when crowds are fewer, temperatures are a bit milder, and there are cosy chills in the evenings. Chiang Mai, with its lovely architecture set amidst a stunning natural backdrop, is the perfect place to escape from the city and take an exhilarating adventure. Plus, it’s just a hop away!
Dragon (2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952)
Best months to travel: Any month other than July-August
For the energetic Dragon, the Coachella Music Festival in California is a must-go. Not only is it the place to be seen in April, it’s also a good opportunity to tack on a little jaunt to retro party playground Palm Springs.
Snake (2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953)
Best months to travel: Any month other than September-December
The tail-end of autumn promises warm, travel-friendly weather, flower blooms, and top-down road trips. Basically, it’s the perfect time to shake off any lingering winter frost and get out of town. Bali is a year-round destination but for the travellers seeking a peaceful holiday on the Island of Gods, go there in May where you can avoid the crowds and take advantage of quieter beaches as well as lower hotel rates.
Horse (2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954)
Best months to travel: Any month other than September-December
Horses can cover great distances, so take advantage and take an unforgettable trip to Peru to see Machu Picchu! There’s a reason Machu Picchu is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the world. Set among the clouds, high in the Peruvian mountains, the old Inca city is awe-inspiring. Meanwhile, the Peruvian capital, Lima, is a delicious mix of colonial and South American culture that is also well worth a visit. In midsummer, the weather is dry and the light is perfect. Pencil it in for June?
Sheep (2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955)
Best months to travel: Any month of the year
This year, it’s best to for Sheep to rest and let your mind relax. Don’t stress yourself with holiday planning – how about a trip to Adelaide during the springtime? Take the chance to escape for a few days and indulge in the wide boulevards, skies, and spaces of South Australia.
Monkey (2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956)
Best months to travel: Any month other than October-February
Monkeys should feel safe – Southwest is the only destination to avoid this year. That means Java’s off limits, but you can still hang out in Hong Kong, jet to Japan, take a trip to Thailand or even tag along with your snakey friends and set your sights on Bali.
Rooster (2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957)
Best months to travel: Any month other than November-December
Although any time of year is a fine time to visit the picturesque city of Melbourne, the Australian autumn (March to May) is the best time, courtesy of the pleasant weather. Friends born in the year of Rooster can explore Melbourne on foot or on a bike and enjoy picnics, barbeques, and more in any of the beautiful parks!
Dog (2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958)
Best months to travel: Any month!
As we finally bid goodbye to those January blues, you might start thinking about a weekend away from home. Dogs are particularly lucky this year, so reward yourself with a relaxing trip to the sun, sea, and sands of paradisiacal Zanzibar. In February you can enjoy warm days while the water is at its clearest, making it a fabulous spot for keen snorkellers and divers.
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*Note: These rates are based on search queries made on kayak.sg on 8 January 2019 The prices are quoted in SGD. Flight prices are based on results for a return economy flight search. Hotel prices are for double occupancy and include taxes and fees. Prices are subject to change, may vary, or no longer be available.