What your Chinese zodiac sign means for your travel plans in 2018

Posted by - February 2, 2018

THE CHINESE zodiac is said to be able to predict your fortune in virtually every aspect of life, from your personal finances to your career path and relationships, romantic or otherwise.
It works on a 12-year rotation, with one animal assigned to its own year, and forecasts often include readings for the month or for the year ahead.
Those who subscribe to the belief would look up these predictions ahead of the Lunar New Year, oftentimes using them as a guide to make key decisions. Interestingly, the Chinese zodiac also offers forecasts on matters like the best vacation destinations those in your animal sign should consider when planning a holiday.
According to experienced Fengshui Master Seldan Lim, the year you are born can dictate where you should go on holiday and who you’d most enjoy it with.
So, if you’re born in the year of…
The Dog Birth years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042…
Head to Kalimantan in Indonesia to soak up the cultural wonders. You could easily spend entire days here, simply strolling around stunning heritage sights and getting to know the way of the ancient native head-hunters who once called this beautiful place home.
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Travel with friends who were born in the year of the Tiger, Rabbit or Horse for the best, stress-free and memorable trip.
The Pig Birth years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043…
If you were born in the Year of the Pig, the chances are you’re a foodie, and where better to indulge in culinary travel than in South China?
The home of dim sum and traditional Chinese cooking, Guangzhou is the ideal city to try some of China’s most scrumptious dishes.
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Travel to Guangzhou with a Rabbit and Tiger. The mix of tameness and furiousness along with your intelligence makes a perfect group.
5 best spots to celebrate Chinese New Year in Asia The Rat Birth years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032…
According to Master Seldan, 2018 has some exciting destinations for you in store, including a trip across the pond to Manhattan, New York. The Big Apple is a place full of frivolity and fun, promising to keep you stimulated, day and night.
Grab a hotdog from world-famous street vendors and head down to Broadway to catch a show, before gazing up at the screens that light up Times Square.
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Travel with a Dragon to keep you safe and away from danger.
The Ox Birth years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033…
It can often be hard for you to switch off, so take 2018 as the opportunity to plan a trip where you can be pampered and looked after for a change.
Because you’re an outdoorsy person, explorable destinations that best suit your personality. Why not head to a luxury safari in South Africa where you can admire wild animals while you soak in a bathtub?
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Travel with a Rat, Snake or Rooster to take the weight out of planning and to enjoy a focused, yet fun getaway.
The Tiger Birth years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034…
Why not escape to a new city for a break teeming with adventures around every corner? Tokyo, Japan, holds the key to making brilliant memories.
From sensational cuisine, ranging from fine dining fresh sushi to some of Asia’s most famous street vendors and chic and traditional markets, every part of this energetic city promises to keep all your senses sated and satisfied.
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Travel with the noble Horse or gallant dog to ensure you never miss a trick while away.
The Rabbit Birth years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023…
You’re all about experiences that open up your mind, so head over to the land of sausage, beer, and lederhosen.
Explore Germany’s serene landscapes and marvel at the castles that have stood the test of time. Germany is also steeped in rich history, so take the time to visit museums and memorials in its capital city, Berlin.
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Travel with a Pig as they can lead the way in the times you just want to take a back seat and admire your surroundings.
The Dragon Birth years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024…
Probably the most iconic of all the Chinese zodiac signs, the Dragon is visionary and ambitious.
Visit the Malaysian city of Malacca for exceptional food, nature trails, and whizzy trishaws. Malacca is culturally significant because of its rich ethnic diversity that resides here.
Baba-Nyonya and Peranakan eclectically blend cultures and customs to form the most delicious dishes, traditions, customs and eye-catching fashions.
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Travel with a Rat and enjoy the endless wit and its spirited nature.
Asia’s ancient underwater cities The Snake Birth years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037…
Your elegant and wise personality, and lust for the finer things make Colombia the perfect vacation spot.
Emerald mining and some of the world’s finest coffee plantations mean you can sit back and admire your dazzling precious gems while sipping on the freshest coffee around.
Take your creative side for a whirl in local markets and indulge in the traditional culture that Colombians are so proud of.
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Travel with a rooster as they’ll keep you focused.
The Horse Birth years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026…
Your valiance, enthusiasm, and passion will gallop you to Seoul, South Korea for crunchy kimchi delights.
You’re also known for pushing your limits so why not try the spicy kimchi pizza or hot stew, to see if you can handle the heat like a local.
There is also fantastic shopping in Seoul, so why not treat yourself to a vacation souvenir or a whole new wardrobe?
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Travel with a tiger so you never have to feel like you’re going too fast for your companion to keep up with.
The Goat Birth years: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027…
You’re all about the luxury lifestyle, so where better to vacation than Hong Kong or Macau?
Hong Kong is known for its super sales and ever-changing trends, and just off the coast is the luxury island of Macau where you can relax, while adorning your new garments.
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Travel with a Rabbit, so your personalities can sync for a relaxing, laid-back trip.
The Monkey Birth years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…
Kick back and relax with a sweet, fresh coconut on the beaches of Phuket, Thailand. Monkeys are notoriously hard workers and tend not to take breaks in the middle of a busy schedule, so this paradise location should cater to all your relaxation needs.
The salty sea breeze perfectly complements the stunning views of jagged rock formations and crystal waters.
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Travel with a Dragon to get the most out of your experience.
The Rooster Birth years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029…
It was all about the rooster in 2017, but as you pass over the zodiac torch you can have some time to indulge in what makes you happy, and this year predicting adventure!
Why not take a trip to the base camp of Mount Everest in Nepal and explore all the experiences the country has to offer along the way? The Himalayan mountains are calling your name. Cock-a-doodle-DO IT!
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Travel with an Ox or Dragon for safety and security, they will also give you strength in times of weariness.
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5 best spots to celebrate Chinese New Year in Asia

Posted by - January 22, 2018

CHINESE NEW YEAR, Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, no matter the term used to describe the event, is the most important and grandest of all holidays in China. The celebration is just as significant outside the People’s Republic and is celebrated with near equal fervor, with colorful dances, plenty of food and even stunning firework displays.
The event is rooted in centuries-old customs and traditions full of food, lanterns, dragons, parades and sometimes, little red packets of cash – a symbol of staving off evil and welcoming good luck for the new year.
The vibrant red that dominates the Chinese New Year originates from townspeople warding off a mythical beast that supposedly ate cattle, crops and even humans. Once they realized the beast was afraid of red, they draped their homes and streets in it. Chinese firecrackers also become a symbol off scaring off the beast, although these days they are mainly lit for fun.
Creepiest ‘Dark Tourism’ sites around Asia This year, the celebrations will begin on Feb 16, based on the ancient lunar calendar, dictated by the moon and stars. Other Asian countries also go by this calendar, so thankfully, no matter where you mind find yourself over this side of the world, there is bound to be a celebration nearby.
Here are five of the most spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations around Asia, each with their own style, unique local flavor, and collection of fantastic light shows and parades.
Nuanquan Town, Hebei province, China A post shared by The Times of London (@thetimes) on May 31, 2017 at 6:40am PDT
This relatively small Chinese town of around 20,000 people often slips under the tourism radar – you won’t find it in many “must-see places in China” brochures. But the tight-knit community comes to life when its time to ring in the new year.
On the 15th day of the Spring Festival, this quiet town ignites all cylinders for a firework display so awe-inspiring, Unesco listed it as one of China’s great examples of intangible cultural heritage.
This isn’t your regular, light-the-fuse-and-run-away, type of display. The town’s blacksmith takes a break from shaping horseshoes and turns his hand to throwing molten iron at the city gates, known as the poor man’s fireworks. The falling iron creates a shower of golden drops, stunning to the eye and warming to the soul.
All over Sydney, Australia A post shared by T and F All States (@tandfallstates) on Jan 30, 2017 at 2:26pm PST
From the town hall illuminated in super scarlet to the iconic Sydney Opera House lit up in brilliant red, Sydney certainly puts on a show for the Chinese New Year.
Other significant landmarks such as The Sydney Harbor Bridge will also be illuminated, so no chance of the beast creeping into the city during the celebrations.
Lanterns will line busy streets throughout the festival too, lighting the pathway to restaurants serving up traditional Chinese food and shops selling traditional decorations, so you can have your own mini celebrations at home.
New flights from Beijing-Brisbane will see visitor numbers soar Chinatown, Singapore A post shared by Lewis Quek (@lewisq) on Feb 7, 2016 at 3:31am PST
In Singapore, people, cultures, traditions, and customs live harmoniously to create an ethnically diverse nation known the world over. But at the heart of all the different ethnicities is the Chinese community who form the majority of the island state at some 70 percent.
It’s no wonder, therefore, why Singaporeans take the Chinese New Year celebration so seriously when the time of year rolls around.
Red and gold fill the days in the run-up but the real fun really begins at the beginning of the Spring Festival with the Chingay Parade.
The procession once danced through the streets of Singapore, but thanks to its ever-growing crowds and advanced pyrotechnics, the parade can now be seen in the Formula One Pit Building in the Marina waterfront.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia A post shared by Zenfira Mkrtchian (@zema_m) on Jan 17, 2018 at 10:57pm PST
Much like Singapore, Malaysia offers a diverse range of cultures and traditions, which is illustrated through a variety of incredible cuisines, styles and national bank holidays that honor different religious, spiritual and political occasions from across Asia.
The best place to witness the colorful event here is at Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, the nation’s capital. The six-tiered monolith is adorned with stunning decorations during the New Year. It is the ideal place for those who want to celebrate the start of the new year, but also don’t want to be swept away in noisy crowds.
Bangkok, Thailand A post shared by Jenny B (@ynnejbb) on Feb 8, 2016 at 2:52pm PST
Outside of China, Thailand might just hold the most extravagant new year celebrations. Already notorious for its party scene, Bangkok gets even more colorfully hectic around Chinese New Year.
At Thailand’s biggest Chinatown, located in central Bangkok, you can see numerous lion dances, try tantalizing Chinese street food and meet other revelers wanting to absorb the atmosphere as much as you.
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The travel trends that should be left in 2017

Posted by - December 21, 2017

THE new year is just around the corner, and predictions of the year ahead are being made all over the place. But this time of year is also about reflecting on the past 365 days, looking back at what was brilliant, but also a lot of “what on Earth were we thinking?”
These include some pretty annoying and damn right awful travel trends that should be firmly left in 2017.
Selfie culture Selfie culture has overtaken museums, landmarks. Source: Alicia Steels/Unsplash
The selfie has now made it into the English Oxford Dictionary, and it is certainly ingrained in traveling culture. But not only is this trend ignorant of the cultures around you, it is also quite narcissistic.
First, you may want to think about the other people around you and instead of taking multiple pictures that block others’ views, perhaps just take a few and then actually admire, through your own eyes, what you have traveled to see.
Second, and perhaps a little bit of a daunting realization, but not many people will want to sit and look through the endless pictures of your face in front of monuments. Harsh but true.
Crowding the baggage carousel A post shared by Yumi Yung (@yumioosh) on Apr 10, 2016 at 6:23am PDT
Willing your bag to come out of the black hole of the baggage carousel will not make it come any quicker.
But when it does, there is always an awkward and quite comical little run past the other crowders, exclaiming: “That’s my bag, that’s mine… sorry, excuse me… sorry.” In reality, if everyone stood a few paces back and calmly walked to the carousel when they spotted their bag, frustration levels would be kept to a minimum.
Slum tourism A post shared by Parlour Magazine (@parlourmagazine) on Jul 7, 2016 at 2:34pm PDT
If you condone slum tourism, then you can condone poverty. Wandering around impoverished areas in India, Brazil or Mexico, and visiting people far less fortunate than you to enlighten your own knowledge – while being guided by someone who really doesn’t know much more than you – is not an ethical vacation activity.
At best, the tour may be operated by the people who live in slums and can give an accurate and respectful glimpse of what life is like in their makeshift towns. But more often than not, the tours are disrespectful money-grabbing schemes that do not help the local community.
There are tours in which you can participate to benefit the community – they are usually not-for-profit organizations such as Slum Aid. If you insist on exploring these notoriously poor areas then use your privilege to create awareness through social media and other platforms.
Travel bragging may be on the up – but it’s not a route you want to take Stop riding elephants and cuddling tigers A post shared by Zach Dalley (@z10dalley) on May 18, 2015 at 7:57am PDT
How do you think tigers and elephants become tame enough to let tourists touch them? They don’t stroll into town and say: “Hello, good sir; I would like to be exploited, even though I am a wild and endangered animal.”
They are sedated and beaten into submission until they have no fight left. By paying for an elephant ride or for the chance to stroke a tiger, you are contributing to the future of this cruel industry.
Beg-packing A post shared by Famega Syavira Putri (@cyapila) on Apr 17, 2017 at 10:44pm PDT
The new trend of beg-packing basically consists of people privileged enough to travel but ignorant enough not to realize their privilege – or that they may be offending the locals.
Begging is illegal in many countries around the world, but more disrespectful than this is that beg-packing usually happens in developing countries with weaker economies, such as Thailand and Cambodia.
It often falls on the kindness of locals, who are working just to survive, to give backpackers money.
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