For those of us who grew up in the West, we all remember learning about the Chinese zodiac signs. Figuring out which year and animal dictated our personalities was half of the fun of visiting an Chinese restaurant! But while those Chinese zodiac signs are just a fun way to pass the time in a restaurant for many in the West, those same zodiac signs are a big deal here in Asia. Every Lunar New Year, many locals in Asia celebrate the coming of a new year. And today, millions of people will celebrate the entrance of the Year of the Goat!
But what if the Chinese zodiac signs also had a little something to do with the way we travel each year? If there really is some cosmic power that’s dictating our personalities with each passing Lunar New Year, perhaps it has the same affect on the way we travel. So, with a little bit of research into what personality traits are unique to the Year of the Goat, we’ve mapped out our own Chinese zodiac – but for the travel year, instead!
Travel in August or November
Those born in the Year of the Goat are especially lucky in August or November, so we’re willing to bet that those months would be great for the Travel Year of the Goat. Some countries are at their very best during these months, so perhaps a journey that includes them is your perfect travel destinations this year.
In Southeast Asia, the month of August is a rainy one for most of the region, but there are some notable exceptions. The coastal city of Nha Trang, Vietnam, for example, has a slightly different rainy season beginning in Autumn, so the month of August is warm and sunny most years. The bustling city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is also at its best in August, with most of the country with great weather during that month.
In November, the best place to head it Thailand, where near the end of the month begins one of the country’s most significant cultural festivals – Loy Krathong. If you’re into a dazzling floating display of airborne lanterns, head to northern Chiang Mai for the Yi Peng Festival based on the Lanna calendar. Otherwise, you’ll find plenty of incredible sights and sounds throughout the country’s waterways, which light up with lit “krathongs”, or tiny floating lanterns.
Travel with your Friends and Family
Those born in the Year of the Goat prefer to be surrounded by family and friends, so we can only assume that the perfect Travel Year of the Goat would also be a perfect year to be with loved ones. This year, plan a Southeast Asian journey with those that are close to you, and head to the countries that are best for group travel.
If you’ll be traveling with your family in tow, head to Thailand‘s collection of southern beaches and cities. The country has the perfect blend of beachside fun and city excursions in store, so the journey will have a little something for travelers of every age. Or, if you’re after a shorter family getaway, head to Singapore on the Singapore Family Tour – packed with plenty of family-friendly fun. Plus, with Malaysia only a short distance away, you could easily make it a Singapore and Malaysia journey.
If you’d rather head East with your friends, put an adventurous spin on your group journey with a trip to Myanmar – where you could float over Bagan Valley’s acres of ancient temples as the sun rises. If your friends are in for a foodie adventure, consider heading to ground zero of Asia’s best cuisine in Thailand and Vietnam. Slot in some time for cooking classes and street food adventures to really get a taste of the region.
Give Back on Your Travels
People born in the Year of the Goat are famously kindhearted and brimming with a strong sense of justice, so making your journey during this year all about giving back guarantees a great travel year. The best way to do it is by choosing activities in each of your destinations that directly benefit the communities they operate in.
While in Cambodia, make a night at the Phare Cambodian Circus count toward improving the lives of young Khmer locals. During the day, head to Chansor Village for a local homestay that supports the fishing and agricultural efforts of this rural community with the travel dollars brought by tourists. Better yet, let Buffalo create a custom itinerary for you that is tailored to fit your philanthropic needs. All of our tour options are carefully vetted to promote growth and sustainability in local communities, so booking with us guarantees you’ll be traveling responsibly.
Find a Calming Getaway
Peace and calm are highly valued by those born in the Year of the Goat, so this year’s travels should be all about finding your way back to centre. Looking for journeys that have an element of stress-relief and relaxation are your best bet for the Travel Year of the Goat.
For a calming kickback with just the right amount of luxury, try kicking back on a Asia’s best beaches during a Luxury Beach Break. Or, explore some of the region’s best luxury hotels and resorts for the right amount of rejuvenation along your journey. So long as your trip includes plenty of time to kick back and enjoy the journey, your Travel Year of the Goat should be the best one yet.