Astral Adventures: Where Your Star Sign Says You Should Travel Next

Astral Adventures: Where Your Star Sign Says You Should Travel Next

In our uncertain, data-driven world, millennials need a guiding star when it comes to life and travel.

can’t get enough of astrology. Sun signs are for sceptics and
anyone with an iota of interest in their holistic wellbeing knows
their moon and rising signs too. “Big Leo energy” filled our social
feeds last summer, while minor disasters were attributed to
Mercury’s retrograde.

Of course, this isn’t astrology’s first 15 minutes of fame.
References are found in texts created by the Babylonians around
1700 BCE. Ptolemy laid the basis for its practice in his
2nd-century work, Tetrabiblos. Astrology boomed during the
Renaissance, when the newly invented printing press distributed
almanacs, and it enjoyed refreshed interest in the New Age of the
1960s and 1970s.

Now astrology is evolving yet again, shifting from psychedelic
pursuit to millennial canon – but instead of gazing skyward, we’re
using phone screens as windows into ourselves. Data-driven apps
such as The Pattern, Sanctuary (“the Uber for astrological
readings”) and Co-Star use our natal charts to create
hyper-personalised horoscopes. Instagram accounts including
@notallgeminis and @trashbag_astrology boast hundreds of thousands
of followers. “Astrology can be overwhelming,” says Lisa Stockley,
who has worked as an astrologer for 20 years. “A meme makes it

Businesspeople are seeing pound signs in the stars. The mystical
services market is worth an estimated $2.1billion. Amazon provides
“shopping horoscopes” to Prime Insiders. Man Repeller’s
astrology-themed Christmas gift guide told fiery Aries to buy
glittering wedges, while recommending heart-shaped earrings for
emotional Pisces. Vetements and Valentino have created
zodiac-themed collections. Urban Outfitters sells star-sign

It begs the question: does modern astrology have meaning that
runs deeper than mystical algorithms and marketing? Many have
attributed horoscope hysteria to millennials’ appetite for irony
and navel-gazing. We don’t want sanguine predictions; we want
self-deprecating, cosmic roasting. We want memes to explain why
we’re never on time – “I can’t help it, I’m Capricorn” – or push
notifications to tell us “your nervous energy won’t be useful
today” or “maybe you just need a good roll in the hay”.

Nevertheless, astrology’s popularity can also be seen as a
response to our uncertain world. In the 1930s, horoscopes gained
traction in UK newspapers in the wake of a stock-market crash and
King Edward VIII’s abdication. A 1982 study by Graham Tyson
concluded that it is mainly stressed people who consult
astrologers. Today, we – the burnout generation – are experiencing
environmental, economic and political doom. We want to know

“Places to which we have traditionally looked to for answers –
organised religion, political, corporate, financial institutions –
are less and less able to answer existential questions,” says Ruby
Warrington, founder of The Numinous and author of New-Age guidebook
Material Girl, Mystical World. For her, astrology is stepping into
this vacuum of belief. “The movements of the planets give us a
big-picture view of what’s transpiring in our lives.”

She continues: “Astrology becomes a language through which we
can connect with people, and discuss the parts of ourselves that we
might otherwise find difficult to articulate.” Astrology’s
collision with 21st-century technology and consumerism may not be
such a bad thing after all – it has opened a channel that can lead
to more meaningful engagement, a form of collective self-care.

“Time, and life, is cyclical,” adds Stockley, “Astrology has
been around for thousands of years and its popularity has always
waxed and waned. This is just another phase in the cycle.” With
this in mind, she has created astral itineraries to guide your next


21 March – 19 April

Yerevan, ArmeniaᆞPatagonia,
, Serbia

Active holidays suit Aries best; they need to be constantly on
the move. Aries get bored easily and rarely like going to the same
place twice so when they do, they have to try something new.
Independent travel would suit Aries, as they prefer to take the
lead rather than follow the crowd. Travelling somewhere not yet on
the tourist trail would appeal to their pioneer
spirit, such as trekking the Transcaucasian trail in up-and-coming
Armenia, exploring the peaks of Chilean Patagonia or strolling the
streets of Serbia’s second city, Novi Sad.


20 April – 20 May

South Tyrol
, Italyᆞ
Buenos Aires
, Argentinaᆞ Koh Samui, Thailand

Taureans tend to like the good things in life, so anywhere with
good food and spa would suit them perfectly, such as the gourmet
valleys of South
. They are lovers of nature and like to feel rooted, so
they may prefer to spend longer in a single destination rather than
moving around. A chance to slow down and move at their own pace is
often appreciated by Taurus folk – think soaking up the café
culture in
Buenos Aires
or the beaches of Koh Samui.


21 May – 20 June


ᆞ Galway, Ireland

With a desire for change and a need for stimulation, Geminis are
likely to enjoy sociable holidays during which they can meet people
as well as explore somewhere new, like South America’s best-kept
secret, Guyana. They love new ideas and making connections, so may
benefit from a trip in which they are immersed in the destination.
Gemini people are often the kind who enjoy ticking off destinations
on a must-visit list and would thrive in the sprawl of Istanbul or
unexpected cultural nexus of Galway.


21 June – 22 July

, UKᆞCanary Islands, Spainᆞ

Cancer is the sign of home and family, so they may prefer to
stick to familiar places suffused with nostalgia. Coupled with
Cancerians’ deep connection with the sea and tendency to feel more
relaxed and happy when they are close to water, a beach break in
Cornwall or the Canary Islands should tick all their boxes.
Cancerians love good food and will enjoy the local cuisine – as
long as it’s not too unusual.


23 July – 22 August

, Franceᆞ Bahia, Brazilᆞ
Tel Aviv
, Israel

Leo is the sun worshipper of the zodiac, so a tropical holiday
is likely to appeal. They have a reputation as a party animal and
often enjoy being the centre of attention – they may enjoy a busy
destination like the colourful cities of Bahia or
Tel Aviv
with a crowd of friends. Following creative passions
is also important to Leo; for them, a trip which involves art or
music – both making and appreciating – would be ideal, making the
artistic haven of Arles an easy choice.


23 August – 22 September


, USᆞ

Lovers of calm and quiet, Virgoans can be perfectionists and
will ask a lot of their holiday destination. They want a chance to
relax but also to keep active, enjoy healthy food and place an
emphasis on wellbeing, which means hiking in health-focused
California or horse-riding in Jordan
could suit them well. A certain level of familiarity is preferred,
however, so they may not like to go too far off the beaten track.
Virgoans tend to be detail-oriented – they are well organised


23 September – 22 October


, Austriaᆞ
, Oregon, US

With an appreciation for peace and harmony as well as a desire
to share everything with their loved ones, Librans are likely to
enjoy a quiet beach destination where they can recalibrate, such as
stress-free Rabat. They often have a deep appreciation for the arts
and may enjoy a city break with plenty of cultural activities. They
appreciate a touch of luxury and will enjoy a destination which
allows them to enjoy the finer things in life, making Portland’s
combination of high-end cuisine and artistic heritage a


23 October – 21 November

ᆞ Rijeka,

, Senegal

With a strong appetite for life, Scorpios will revel in the
experience of exploring somewhere new, like the creative Sengal
capital of Dakar or the altitudinous valleys of
. They tend to live intensely and will seek emotional
connections and deep experiences. For them, it’s better to get to
the very heart of a destination and understand it well rather than
spending a short amount of time in many different places – they
will resist anyone who tries to rush them.


22 November – 21 December

, New Zealandᆞ

The seeker of the Zodiac, Sagittarians are almost always
travellers, constantly broadening their horizons and seeking new
adventures in places that offer boundless scope for them, such as

New Zealand
. Sagittarian people are on a quest to find meaning, so
may enjoy travelling to sacred sites around the world. Of all the
signs, Sagittarius is the most likely to enjoy travel purely for
its own sake. If they’re not on a trip, they will be planning their
next one.


22 December – 19 January

ᆞ British Columbia, Canadaᆞ

As the sign of the goat, Capricorns would be well suited to a
journey that involves mountain climbing, whether the frosty peaks
of British Colombia or the green hillsides of Romania. Such people
tend to like a challenge and are very organised, so they are likely
to be fully in control of the itinerary at all times. Capricorns
should either take the lead or travel independently, but never
follow the crowd. They often have a love of old ruins and an
interest in history.


20 January – 18 February

Qingdao, Chinaᆞ Frinian Islands, Denmark

Aquarians are the eccentrics of the Zodiac; they will be happy
in any destination as long as it’s unusual – the more obscure the
better (Qingdao or the Frinian Islands, anyone?). They like to
connect and will seek an authentic experience, so avoiding the
tourist trail is likely to be a high priority. Of all the signs,
Aquarius is likely to be concerned with sustainable travel and may
enjoy exploring Bhutan,
the only carbon-negative country in the world.