Where to Travel to in 2019 According to Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

Pack your bags, babe!

Waiting for a “sign” to book your next holiday? The Chinese New Year (Year of the Pig) on 5 February may just be it. 

If reading up on your monthly star sign is already one of your guilty pleasures, you’ll definitely enjoy learning about your Chinese Astrology sign, based on your year of birth. 

Since these signs are said to give us insight into our traits, personality and characteristics, this year, we’ve asked the travel experts at Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) to suggest the best destinations for 2019 according to each one.

Where to travel to in 2019 according to your Chinese Zodiac sign

The Rat

Year of birth: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

Those born under this sign are believed to be incredibly adaptable, with a quick wit and sharp intellect which makes them well-suited for the fast-paced fields of entrepreneurship and business. Social, creative and charming, rats are also known to have a great sense of humour.


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Go-to destinations: According to Flight Centre, big city and bright lights in hotspots like New York, Tokyo, London, Bangkok and Singapore will appeal to the senses. Rats love being swept up in the goings-on of big city life with high rise buildings, shops, big brand billboards, hidden alleyways with live street buskers and eclectic street art.

Ideal travel companions: Ox, rabbit, dragon. 

The Ox

Year of birth: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.

Although individuals born in the year of the ox are said to be somewhat stubborn by nature, they are also known as being incredibly strong-willed and loyal. They are diligent, determined and incredibly independent.


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Go-to destinations: Off-the-beaten-track destinations are well suited for this sign, as their “bull” determination can get them through the most remote places where English is not the main language. Think intrepid journeys through the remote countrysides of Sri Lanka, Vietnam, India and Cambodia. 

Ideal travel companions: Rat, monkey, rooster.

The Tiger

Year of birth: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Those born in the year of the Tiger are known to be charming and sweet-natured. Tigers are natural born leaders and are highly ambitious. True risk takers, their courage knows no bounds and they can make friends with strangers easily.


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Go-to destinations: As a Tiger, you can pretty much go anywhere, but will easily gravitate towards festival-based holidays around the world where you won’t be afraid to meet people. Sink those canines into Mexico’s Day of the Dead, Oktoberfest in Munich, or the infamous beach parties of Ibiza.

Ideal travel companions: Dragon, horse, pig.

The Rabbit

Year of birth: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023.

People born in the year of the Rabbit enjoy the company of others, especially their family and friends. Sincere and compassionate, they are also highly alert and attentive individuals. Although a bit shy at first, they are easy to get along with.


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Go-to destinations: Family getaways and holidays with groups of friends are how rabbits might prefer to travel. Canal cruises through Europe on self-drive boats or self-catering and all-inclusive beach breaks in Mauritius, or the Seychelles, could prove to be your carrot on a stick. 

Ideal travel companions: Rat, goat, monkey, dog.

The Dragon

Year of birth: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024.

Dragons are incredibly passionate and intelligent individuals. Everything they do is larger than life and their fiery soul makes them natural leaders. Although Dragons can be angered, they don’t necessarily stay that way for very long. They are also incredibly inspired by their own dreams and ambitions. 

Go-to destinations: Dragons will gravitate towards destinations that are intoxicating to the senses. Think places with thought-provoking culture and ancient history like Jordan and Greece, or the ancient wonders of the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu in Peru. 

Ideal travel companions: Rat, tiger, snake.

The Snake

Year of birth:  1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025.

Those born in the year of the Snake are primarily introverted by nature but can be highly enigmatic and charming. They are very hard-working individuals who follow their instincts while making important decisions. Snakes are also known for following their intuition.


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Go-to destinations: Snakes will thrive in calming and peaceful destinations where they can relax and reflect. Flight Centre’s suggests beach destinations like Zanzibar, Phuket or Bali offer just enough sun and sand to warm their skin.    

Ideal travel companions: Dragon, rooster.

The Horse

Year of birth: 1942195419661978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026.   

Horses are independent by nature and love their freedom. They are highly energetic and have a high work ethic. Those born under this sign appreciate travelling and although strong and brave, they can be somewhat impatient.


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Go-to destinations: Expedition cruises through Alaska’s expansive fjords and glaciers or venturing through the untouched wilderness of far-flung countries like New Zealand offer more than enough space for Horses to run wild and free.     

Ideal travel companions: Goat, tiger.

The Goat

Year of birth: 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027.

People born in the year of the goat are gentle, sensitive and loving. Profound thinkers and philosophers, they believe in doing an in-depth analysis before taking action. They are highly creative and intelligent, however, due to over-thinking, they tend to suffer from slights of anxiety.


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Go-to destinations: Goats will enjoy intimate destinations close to nature. Think relaxed holidays in the Med or rather, time spent at a secluded safari lodge in the Kruger, far away from the bustling cities. 

Ideal travel companions: Rabbit, horse, pig.

The Monkey

Year of birth: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2014, 2016, 2028.

Those born under this sign are usually cheeky, confident and have a great sense of humour. They enjoy having fun and are known to be overt individuals with high energy levels. Monkeys are spontaneous fast-movers always up for a good time. 


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Go-to destinations: To revel in their energetic and thrill-seeking nature, monkeys should stick to hip and adventurous locations such as Rio de Janeiro, Las Vegas, Miami, Ibiza or even Namibia for an outdoor adrenaline fix.

Ideal travel companions: Rabbit, ox.

The Rooster

Year of birth: 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2015, 2017, 2029.

Individuals born in the year of the Rooster are practical by nature. Often labelled as perfectionists, they are progressive thinkers and are incredibly observant. They also tend to analyse situations before deciding on a course of action. 


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Go-to destinations:  Roosters will enjoy destinations where restaurants, hotels and well-organised activities are easily accessible. All-inclusive cruise holidays or efficient destinations like Stockholm, Tokyo and Singapore won’t ruffle too many feathers. 

Ideal travel companions: Snake, ox.

The Dog

Year of birth: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2016, 2018, 2030.

Those who belong to this sign are loyal and trustworthy. They work hard to protect those they care about and often put others needs above their own. They can be emotionally sensitive but go to great lengths to help where they can.


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Go-to destinations: Those born under this sign will have their tails wagging throughout small group tour holidays where they can meet new travel companions, but also get to mingle with lively locals in places like Mexico, Morocco, and Cuba. Even overland journeys through Botswana and Zimbabwe could be a real treat.

Ideal travel companions: Rabbit.

The Pig

Year of birth: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031.

Those born under this sign are noted as being great philanthropists and believe in selfless service towards others. Their kindness knows no boundaries. Sweet and emotionally available, they are also highly trustworthy and generous.  


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Go-to destinations: Flight Centre suggests volunteer holidays in places like India, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam which will likely appeal to those born under this sign.

Ideal travel companions: Rabbit, goat, tiger. 

Whether you think the Chinese Astrology rings true or not, we love inspiring our readers to travel. As we enter the Year of the Pig on 5 February, this might be the perfect time to top up the bucket list by booking that well-deserved holiday in 2019.  

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