Not even the stars could have predicted the terrible year that 2020 coughed up for travel.
When I wrote this column last year, who would have predicted that international borders would slam shut and that most people wouldn’t be able to travel too far from home?
Luckily it doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that there won’t be many international travel options open in the first half of this year, but hopefully the vaccine starts to take effect and we can get back on our way to moving around the globe.
So, in the hope of faring better than we did last year, YourLifeChoices presents your ideal travel destination by your star sign.
Capricorn (22 December-19 January)
Capricorns are ambitious and are typically reserved but love being sociable. They are also responsible and have good self-control. We reckon this might be the year to test that self-control, however, with a trip to the Spanish town of San Sebastian. This famous tourist destination is one of the most stunning places I have ever visited, and assuming travel is back to normal in time for the European summer, this town will again be packed with tourists, giving you plenty of opportunity to socialise.
Aquarius (20 January-18 February)
Known for independence and single-mindedness, Aquarians are more likely to visit a place they’ve been to before. That said, the best time for you to travel is early in the year and with international borders closed we reckon Melbourne might be a great place for you to visit this year. And for those Aquarians that already live in this great city, this might mean another quiet year on the travel front for you. Or you might like to take up the opportunity you probably missed last year and visit London.
Pisces (19 February-20 March)
Pisces are escapists who enjoy being far away from everything. You can’t get much further away from Australia than Estonia and it isn’t a country affected by mass tourism, which seems particularly suited to Pisceans. It is a great country for getting back to nature, and if you want to get really far away from everything there are more than 1500 islands you can visit.
Aries (21 March-19 April)
Independent, energetic and unable to sit for long periods, Aries also need to be on the move. We reckon this might be a year to stay close to home, so we are recommending West Papua in Indonesia. There are a number of areas for excellent diving opportunities where you can explore World War II wrecks or stunning coral reefs. The Raja Ampat Islands are home to 75 per cent of the world’s coral species and when the tides are lowest you can see the coral reefs without diving.
Taurus (20 April-20 May)
Reliable, practical, patient and responsible. If that doesn’t describe every Canadian I have ever met I don’t know what does! They are also the personality traits of Taureans, so I reckon a trip to Toronto would be just the shot in 2021.
Gemini (21 May-20 June)
Geminis are adaptable, curious and can fit into any scenario in which they find themselves. On the flipside (as the Gemini sign suggests) they can become bored quite easily. Thailand is one of the most visited countries in southeast Asia and if you get bored in a country that offers some of the world’s best beaches, cultural and historical attractions and stunning forests, then I am out of suggestions.
Cancer (21 June-22 July)
I always save my most adventurous, unique and outdoorsy destinations for the Cancerians as they are always the most likely to respond to the challenge of the new. This time we are looking to the Central African country of Gabon on the Atlantic coast. The forested coastal terrain of its famed Loango National Park shelters a diversity of wildlife, from gorillas and hippos to whales, and you will certainly have a unique travel experience.
Leo (23 July-22 August)
Blessed with a good sense of humour, we reckon that Austria might be a good destination for Leos this year. Austria is perfect, whether you are looking for a winter or summer holiday, as the walking and hiking trails offer completely different sites based on the seasons.
Virgo (23 August-22 September)
Last year we thought it might be a good idea to catch the Olympics in Japan, hah! This year we are not being so bold, but you could visit a country that has previously hosted the Olympics in Belgium. Virgos are meticulous planners, so reading this may be moot, but a trip around Belgium should suit your hard-working and practical nature.
Libra (23 September-22 October)
It is with some hesitation, given the current COVID situation in the country, that we recommend Sweden as the best place to visit for peace and tranquillity loving Librans. Sweden will really need some love and support in 2021, and if things do start returning to normal, it will probably be the quietest year for those looking to go to this stunning location.
Scorpio (23 October-21 November)
Intense in nature, Scorpios need a mix of nature and convenience to truly unwind. SÃ£o Paulo in Brazil allows access to some amazing beaches, while avoiding the bustling beaches of Rio de Janeiro. If the beaches aren’t your thing, the interior of the country offers a European-like climate with waterfalls, caves, rivers, mountains, parks and historical buildings from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Sagittarius (22 November-21 December)
That Sweden adventure we suggested last year was terrible, and we feel like we owe you something very special this year, which is why we are recommending a trip to South Africa for the Sagittarians who are always hunting for a new adventure. South Africa hosts eight World Heritage sites and offers amazing wildlife safaris, making travel to this unique destination a definite bucket list item.
What do you think of our selections for your star sign? Would these destinations be high on your list?