Zodiac Express: Where to Travel in 2022 (According to your Star Sign)

Geminis can be impulsive, Pisceans are dreamers and Cancerians crave the comforts of home. In other words, one trip definitely does not suit all. But, before panicking about finding the perfect 2022 destination, rest easy and take our astrological advice – because it’s written in the stars.

Figuring out where to go on that much-longed-for 2022 trip can be daunting. Should you indulge in a city break, go off-grid on a desert island or lean into that adventurous energy that charges you up mountains and across seas and hit the hiking trails of Nepal? Our advice: don't overthink it. Instead, let the zodiac be your guiding light. Below, stunning spots around the world suited for every sign - plus, a few ideas for what to do while you're there.

Destinations that deliver for every star sign

The main harbour in Copenhagen

Capricorn

December 22 - January 19

Copenhagen

Capricorns are hard-working, with hyper-driven personalities perfectly suited to solo travel. And, in our book, there are few cities as well-tailored to the individual journeying alone than Copenhagen. The galleries, bakeries, beautifully designed public spaces and bike lanes make getting from Nørrebro to Nordhavn a breeze - and a friendly breeze at that. Our suggested itinerary: check into the quirky, thoughtfully decorated Hotel Sanders (owned by a former Royal Danish Ballet dancer), tuck into buttery Danish pastries and strong americanos at the streetside hotel restaurant, hop on one of the property's complimentary bikes and go. Make a beeline for the food markets in Christiania (keep your bathing suit and a towel in your backpack for impromptu dips in the city's many harbours and waterways), vegan burgers at Popl, a cycle past the hive of activity buzzing around the Noma greenhouses and onward out to the Mikkeller brewery. Day two might involve a quick zip on the train to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and a taco dinner for one at Noma alum Rosio Sanchez's taqueria.

A mountain ridge in Nepal

Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

Nepal

Independence-loving Aquarians have a heart for social justice and the stamina for adventure. A volunteering vacation is just the ticket. Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) leads on-foot excursions to bring solar energy to off-grid villages in Nepal and northern India. The catch? You'll be carrying micro-grids to install in these rural communities with the assistance of skilled engineers. To give the gift of renewable light is essential in the fight to support the culture, education and safety of these under-serviced areas. Better yet, your accommodation along the breathtakingly scenic route comprises homestays, with plenty of good local grub to power you onward, supporting the low-footprint, high-impact form of conscious tourism we should all be striving toward. These enlightening (in more ways than one) treks take place regularly throughout the year, lasting up to 14 days.

A sandy beach in Sussex

Pisces

February 19 – March 20

West Wittering

Spirituality and the sea go hand in hand. Of the many glorious waterside wonders around the world, we suggest the white powder beaches of West Wittering for the H2O-obsessed Pisceans out there. An easy two hours-ish from London by car or train, this homegrown haven is full to bursting with cosy pubs, great English grub and beaches by the dozen. Our top choices: West Wittering beach for swims, sunny (hopefully) walks and cycles along the Salterns Way, a stay at the waterside Crab & Lobster and proper pub grub at The Lamb Inn.

A wildlife rescue trust in Nairobi

Aries

March 21 – April 19

Nairobi

Artsy and adventurous, Aries thrives in a creative environment, making Nairobi an obvious choice. The Kenyan capital's many neighbourhoods are flush with artisans, movers and makers. Fashion designer Anna Trzebinski has converted her sprawling home in the Langata district (a stone's throw from legendary Giraffe Manor) into the kind of hotel-meet-cultural-hub we all crave on our travels. Brimming with artworks by Trzebinski's late husband Tonio, well-thumbed Peter Beard tomes and countless other treasures, each of Eden's nine rooms is uniquely decorated and oozes cosiness. Elsewhere on the property, you'll find her couture workshop, staffed with local female artisans, and plenty of ceramics by her daughter Lana. Across town, the makers at Kitengela Glass blow beautiful, sculptural pieces right in front of you (you'll sit, mesmerised, for hours, before breaking your trance with a scoop of their excellent ice cream, we promise.) Lastly, no trip to Nairobi is complete without a visit to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - a haven for orphaned elephants, rescued to be reintegrated into a wild herd.

A central Dublin bridge crossing the river Liffey

Taurus

April 20 – May 20

Dublin

It may not seem like the obvious choice, but for the gourmand of the zodiac, Dublin takes centre stage. The last 10 years have seen the city's food and wine scene explode, as younger chefs and sommeliers take the reins. A gastronomic tour around town might look like this: Gubbeen-and-garlic scrambled eggs, kombucha and coffee at The Fumbally, followed by a second velvety flat white at Kaph on Drury Street. After a meander around the capital's boutiques and galleries (not missing the meticulous recreation of Francis Bacon's studio at the Hugh Lane Gallery), settle in for a lazy lunch at Etto, an afternoon sip of hearty, biodynamic Sangiovese at Loose Canon and supper at Variety Jones.

A panoramic vista of the New York City skyline

Gemini

May 21 – June 20

New York City

For the Geminis out there, epic distractions are needed to satisfy the unruly twins behind the zodiac's most impulsive sign. In other words, only New York City, with its eternally contrasting influences of art, elegance and grit, will do. Start out at Manhattan's chic Marlton Hotel, followed by a few Brooklyn-centric days in Boerum Hill's just-opened Ace Hotel. To drink? Natural wine at Wildair, more natural wine at the Four Horsemen and a final sip with slurpy oysters for company at The Ten Bells. For a culture hit, a gander through the Klimt-filled Neue Galerie, followed by the best sachertorte outside of Austria at the gallery's restaurant, Café Sabarsky, take in modern masterpieces at the Whitney and wind down with a stroll around the many small galleries that dot the Lower East Side.

A roadside vista in Braemar, Scotland.

Cancer

Cancer

Scotland

In short, Cancerians crave home comforts and suit a staycation. Scotland, with all its rich history, plush tartans and superb hotels, tops our list. Kick off in Edinburgh, at the soon-to-open (March 2022) , outrageously comfortable Gleneagles Townhouse in St Andrew Square, before heading north to the Highlands. Braemar's quirky, cosy Fife Arms is the perfect property in which to kick back with a hot toddy under a Picasso. Expect lazy ambles through the forests, hikes up the purple hills and wanders around the many medieval castles that speckle this gloriously photogenic area.

A classic Norwegian harbour near the fjords.

Leo

July 23 – August 22

Ålesund

Energetic Leo loves a challenge. The stark beauty and tough terrain of the Norwegian fjords in and around Ålesund - a gem of a town, rich in art nouveau architecture - suit the serendipitous nature of this fire sign. Hotel Brosundet enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding mish-mash of snow-capped mountains and pristine fjords, plus it's the perfect launchpad for adventure. Zip across the water, deep into undisturbed areas on a sea safari (we recommend local experts 62º Nord), kayak in the early mornings, try your hand at fishing and even ski down the sharp peaks that hug the myriad waterways - heaven for the hedonistic Leos out there.

A panoramic shot of the Tokyo skyline with Mount Fuji in the background.

​​Virgo

August 23 – September 22

Japan

Virgo over-delivers when it comes to planning. For this scrupulously organised member of the zodiac, Japan is sweet balm to a spreadsheet-loving soul. Why? In short, everything works. After a few days wandering Tokyo's labyrinthine alleys (for a splurge, check in to Hoshinoya or the futuristic Trunk hotel) and purchasing Michelin-starred ramen from highly efficient vending machines - yes, really - jump on a bullet train and head for the lesser-known prefectures beyond the capital's bright lights. (For more insider tips, listen to our Japan episode on The Upgrade.) We're partial to the coastal glory of Ishikawa, with its culture-packed cities, fabulous food and traditional fishing villages.

San Miniato al Monte church, Florence.

Libra

September 23 – October 22

Florence

The city of Florence and laid-back Libras have one thing in common: a mutual love of dolce far niente, which literally translates as "the sweetness of doing nothing". This Renaissance gem is bursting with beautiful spots at which to sit, slurp tortellini in brodo, sip Chianti and do - well, nothing. We suggest checking in to one of Betty Soldi's offbeat boutique hotels (the rooms at SoprArno are enormous and we have a soft spot for an honesty bar), sliding a good book into your bag and hitting the ancient pavements. Of the myriad spots to settle into with that aforementioned book and no fixed plans, the complimentary crostini that accompany every glass of punchy red at Il Santino and the cheese boards at Le Volpi e l'Uva always deliver.

A gorilla in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Scorpio

October 23 – November 21

Rwanda

The fiery temperament of Scorpio and volcanic Rwanda go hand in hand. One of the last destinations in the world where visitors can see mountain gorillas in their natural environment - one they share with active volcanoes in the Virunga region - this is a bucket-list trip for the books. Given that Rwanda is one of the most progressive countries in the world, with a plastic ban having been in action for decades, it makes sense that its tourism model is a sustainable one, rooted in low footprint and high impact. Within the Volcanoes National Park, Singita Kwitonda and Bisate top the list in terms of accommodation. Both lodges are built to respect the natural environment and the design is cutting edge (Bisate's thatched, pod-style villas blend right into the surrounding dense forest). A week here will sate the appetite for adventure of even the fieriest Scorpio.

A Peruvian city
A Peruvian city near the Sacred Valley and ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu.

Sagittarius

November 22 – December 21

Peru

Peru's Sacred Valley, with its fertile soil and archaeological sites, is rich in wild beauty, deep spirituality and a can't-quite-put-my-finger-on-it calm. In essence, it's the perfect destination for curious, compassionate Sagittarians. Activity options include hiking, biking, journeying just beyond the valley to Cusco and, for the hardy hiker, up Machu Picchu, but there's plenty of opportunity for downtime, too. Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is our first choice for that blissful combination of activity and ease, while Explora Valle Sagrado is an intrepid adventurer's Eden - with top guides to boot.

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