The world is an open book for us travellers. We’d love to go just about anywhere. But where next? How to pick the right places? How to avoid the dreaded nightmare trip?
To start the lunar new year right, we decided to seek expert advice to point us in the right direction. We consulted with Fengshui master, Master Goh Guan Leong, who shared with us which are the best places to go in 2015 for each Chinese zodiac sign.
“The recommended countries are places where the zodiac signs can tap on auspicious energy, and are selected based on each sign’s favourable directions in 2015,” he states.
Using the Chinese horoscope, Master Goh advises where best to travel for good fengshui depending whether you are a tiger or rabbit.
The overall best dates to travel this Year of the Goat? “March is the month of Academic, which makes it good for overseas study and self-enrichment trips. June, August and October are known as months of Wealth in 2015, and are good for business trips,” advises Master Goh.
Australia and Africa are auspicious destinations for the Rat in 2015.
In Australia, Tasmania is where you should go. Choose from hiking through awe-inspiring national parks to contemplating modern art and antiquities at the controversial MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart.
In Africa, some top to-dos include pondering on the ancient Pyramids of Giza, getting up close to wild beasts on a Serengeti safari, and gawking at the spectacular Victoria Falls.
For the Ox, bullish destinations in the 2015 Chinese horoscope include China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
If your itinerary is led by your tastebuds, there’ll be plenty to feast on in gastronomic Hong Kong, and at Taiwan’s famous night markets.
For Tigers on the prowl for some pop culture, this is a good year to head to Japan and Korea.
Shop Gangnam-style in the trendy, upmarket area of Seoul known as… Gangnam! It’s a great place to start before heading to the shopping districts of Dongdaemun and Myeongdong.
In Tokyo, Japan, unleash your inner otaku (geek) in the city’s countless anime and manga shops, such Nakano Broadway, Mandarake, Yodobashi – the list goes on.
Hop out to the United States of America, rabbit friends! USA is truly vast, but some leading destinations for you according to the Chinese horoscope include lively, buzzing New York, cultural Chicago, hippie, personality-filled San Francisco, razzle-dazzle Las Vegas, or laid-back San Diego.
Or you could also consider a road trip across the mid-west. We don’t have much opportunities for road-trips in Singapore. So it’s a great chance to have a big adventure on the great American roads. Especially as the rather different landscape in the US offers sights galore!
Many options abound for the magnificent Dragon, from Russia and China, to Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan and Nepal. The colourful, sensory sights of India would suit this fiery sign, from the monuments of Delhi, to exotic Pondicherry, and the glorious Taj Mahal.
It’s India, Pakistan, or Bhutan for those born in the year of the Snake. We’d love to head to the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan for its amazing Himalayan landscape, happy people, idyllic towns and monastries, and inexplicable magic.
Where will the Horse gallop to this year? Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, says Master Goh.
These destinations are only short trips from Singapore but offer plenty to do, from exploring the streets in increasingly trendy Penang in Malaysia, to island-hopping in Thailand, and getting lost in the atmospheric Old Quarters of Hanoi, Vietnam.
The Year of the Goat sees this leading zodiac sign hoofing it to USA or Australia.
Like USA, the Land Down Under offers shear…we mean, sheer variety for the Goat traveller. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback and cosmopolitan cities, your itinerary can cover anything from adventure to road trips to urban living and indulging in the delightful Aussie café culture.
Monkey see monkey do! Those with the Monkey zodiac sign should follow their friends whose signs also point them to China, Russia and Tasmania, Australia.
For the adventurous, Russia excites with old picturesque towns, the Kremlin in Moscow, and of course, St Petersburg’s Hermitage. Be sure to sort your visas out way in advance!
The Rooster flies the coop to Australia, Tasmania this year for an invigorating holiday. Tasmania is looking like a pretty popular choice in 2015 hey?
For some R&R, Tasmania’s beautiful natural landscape is the perfect setting for some of the most scenic wilderness lodges or spa resorts. Cradle Mountain is a favourite destination which offers walks and jaw-dropping natural scenery.
For the Dog, head to the home of Randy Jackson – the USA.
And the little piggie went wee wee wee all the way to Russia, China and USA.
All massive destinations, so options abound, depending on what floats your boat. Exotic icy Russie? Culture in China? Or bright lights, big city nights in America?
Get Your Chi On!
Now you know which way the Chinese horoscope is pointing you. Goat or Monkey, if you’re ready to start the Chinese New Year with an auspicious trip, check out Expedia’s Last Minute Chinese New Year Sale.
Booking Period: Before 15 February 2015 | Travel Period: Now – 31 March 2015