The countdown to a new year is now in the single digits (praise be) which means if you're anything like me, you're starting to dream up all of the new and exciting places you want to go in 2018. Hello travel bucket list, my old friend! While there's a million and one reasons why we should all get out there and travel more, according to a recent study called The Power of Travel by travel tour experts Contiki, travel may even "fundamentally [improve] lives from careers to overall happiness." The study, which surveyed 3,000, 18-35 year olds around the world, also found that 75 percent of people said they have a more positive perception of themselves and their place in the world, and that travel not only made them better at their jobs, but it also increased their willingness to take on new challenges, risks, obstacles. All things we could all use a bit more of in 2018, am I right?
Now I get it, planning a trip can be overwhelming. Let's face it, there's a lot of world out there just waiting to be discovered. So, if you're in need of a little #travelinspo, why not just look to the stars? In other words, make list of places to travel 2018 based on your zodiac sign. To get started, here's a pretty comprehensive bucket list cheat sheet for all your zodiac travel needs. Happy planning!
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Destination: Athens, Greece
Aries are the intense thinkers and leaders of the zodiac which is why Athens, Greece is the perfect place to go in 2018. Athens, the birthplace of modern democracy, is home to beautiful architectural gems like the parthenon and the acropolis — not to mention great food like souvlaki, Greek salad, and ouzo. Yum. Aries with be in heaven.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Destination: Scottish Highlands
Tauruses tend to love a nice cozy spot to post up in — they're nesters after all — along with the satisfaction that comes with a good meal and nice glass of wine. That's why a trip to beautiful Scotland where you can sit by the fire with a glass of single-malt whisky (hey, when in Scotland) and stay in charming countryside inns is an absolute must.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Destination: Berlin, Germany
Geminis are the talkers and thinkers of the zodiac. They love to share ideas and talk until the sun comes up. They're vibrant and energetic, which is why a trip to Berlin to indulge in some of the culture, history, and backstreets full of street art and design is perfect for them in 2018. After hitting all the main attractions like Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie, don't miss a chance to check out Museum Island to soak in a bit of German history.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Destination: Rome, Italy
Cancers. The lovers and givers of the zodiac. If there's one thing Cancers love, it's love. This is why a trip to Rome, one of the most romantic, high-energy cities in the world, is the perfect place for a Cancer in 2018. There's just so many great things to see and experience in the eternal city. It's also a great place for foodies, so Cancers will feel right at home.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
Destination: Madrid, Spain
Courageous, powerful, Leos need a place that's just as energetic and full of life as they are. That's why there's no better place for them to explore than Spain. Whether it's a trip to Spain's vibrant capital city of Madrid or a trip down south to enjoy some flamenco and tapas in Seville, there's no better place for a Leo to bask.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Destination: Mumbai, India
Loyal and oftentimes overly critical, Virgos are the perfectionists of the zodiac, which is exactly why a trip to Mumbai, India where they can put that overly-analytical mind at ease would be the best place to spend some time. Pick a place where you can indulge in some meditation, or head down south to Goa and post up at one of the country's beautiful beach resorts. Whatever you do, Virgo, relaxation with a heavy dose of mindfulness is the name of the game here.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Destination: Bangkok, Thailand
Living the Libra life is all about living a life of balance. It's also about finding the beauty in places, whether that comes in the form of art, people, or food. That's why Thailand should be on your radar in 2018. From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the beautiful beaches in Phuket, Libras will be in good company in this Southeast Asian paradise.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Destination: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gotta love a Scorpio's sense of passion and zest for life. And there's no better place to go and indulge in all of those things than Buenos Aires, the heart and soul of Argentina. This city is literally a cultural and musical latin love affair for the senses. You need it this year Scorpios, enjoy the adventure.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
Destination: Reykjavik, Iceland
Adventurous, direct and spontaneous, Sagittarius are always in need of a little off the beaten path adventure — and Iceland is the perfect place to see and do it all. From traversing through lava fields and hiking up glaciers to soaking up a bit of local culture in one Iceland's natural hot springs, Sags will come away from this trip feeling all the feels they've been searching for.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Destination: Mount Everest, Nepal
OK, Capricorns, I know you're always up for a challenge, which is why I've got just the one for you this year. That's right: I'm sending you all the way to Nepal where you can face your biggest challenge yet: Mount Everest. Looming 29,029 feet it's not going to be easy. But nothing worth doing ever is, and Capricorns are the type of sign that would be dedicated enough to preparing properly and going about transversing this wonder of a mountain in the safest way possible. Caps wouldn't have it any other way!
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Destination: Marfa, Texas
Aquarius are idea people. They're quirky, individualistic, and have their own fun, eccentric spin on life. These are all great qualities, which is exactly why a trip to Marfa, Texas where you can indulge in some of these qualities with other like-minded people is the best option in 2018. In case you need a little introduction, Marfa is a super special slice of life in west Texas that has emerged as a artist's community of sorts over the years. Featuring a hodgepodge of art galleries and installations, this tiny Texas town snuggled deep within the desert has sense of community that any Aquarius will love.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Destination: Maui, Hawaii
Pisces are the emotional dreamers of the group, always looking to infuse a bit of magic and intrigue into their lives. That's why there's no place more magical or amazing than Maui. Dive in head first on this one, Pisces, and enjoy every second.