2022 Travel Escapes Inspired by the Chinese Zodiac
Chinese New Year 2022 will be celebrated on 1 February and while we say goodbye to the year of the Ox, 2022 welcomes in the year of the Tiger, an animal sign known to be brave, confident and thrill seeking. To celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger, we have delved into our endorsement data* to select destinations for each Chinese zodiac sign that are most recommended by real travelers and have matched these insights with the typical characteristics and personality traits of the animal sign. Whether a brave Tiger seeking an exhilarating escape, a Rabbit yearning for an artistic but romantic trip or a fearless dragon looking for a wild experience, we bring you the destinations to explore based on your zodiac animal personality.
Year of the Tiger: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 1998, 2010, 2022
Where to go: Dubai, UAE
For Tigers who are searching for experiences to match their brave, confident and thrill seeking personality, Dubai offers an array of exhilarating and breathtaking experiences. Zip line across Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak and take in the panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside. Or experience the thrilling activity of skydiving and see the sights from the skies – be it over the iconic Palm Jumeirah or the endless deserts, the views are astonishing and it’s why Dubai is one of the top destinations endorsed by our travelers for Skydiving.
Where to stay: The opulent and award-winning Jumeirah Emirates Towers is the epitome of luxury and elegance; perfect for confident Tigers. The hotel features a striking glass lift with views of Dubai’s skyline and cuisine from across the globe with an array of dining experiences that offer everything from gourmet Asia dishes to Mediterranean staples. Experience calm and tranquility in the Talise Spa following a day of thrilling adventure or head out on a trip to the Dubai Mall, which is a short walk away.
Year of the Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Where to go: Madrid, Spain
This capital city is not only known for its stunning architecture, but it’s also the perfect destination for the innovative and sociable Rat sign. Highly recommended by global travelers for nightlife, Madrid comes alive as the sun sets, from local cocktail bars to nightclubs, expect copious amounts of entertainment. If unsure where to begin exploring, start with a guided tour of Madrid by Night to discover Madrid’s famous sights and nightlife.
Where to stay: Innovative Rats will appreciate a stay at the fun and quirky Vincci the Mint, set in the heart of the famous Gran Via and featuring stunning terrace views of Madrid’s iconic buildings. The party begins uponentery, with a unique check in at the reception bar, opt for a nice wine or sangria. The hotel also features a rooftop terrace with a quirky gastro bar and food served from an onsite food truck.
Year of the Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Where to go: Ella, Sri Lanka
Ox is an animal sign that has characteristics of being diligent, dependable, strong and determined, making a hiking holiday the perfect match for this sign. Ella is a small town nestled in the hills in Sri Lanka and is known for its exquisite views of the surrounding green hills and outdoor activities, so it’s no surprise it is among our top endorsed destinations by travelers for hiking.
Where to stay: Situated on the mountainside with panoramic views of the lush surroundings, EKHO Ella is the perfect location to rest and recharge following a day’s hike. For the determined Ox signs who still want to experience more of Sri Lanka’s beautiful landscape, take a guided tour to the nearby National Park in the central highlands to encounter native animals such as the sambar deer and stunning waterfalls.
Year of the Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Where to go: Florence, Italy
Enriching experiences such as art and romance are highly valued by Rabbit signs, which makes the vibrant city of Florence the ideal match. Basking in artistic charm, from its iconic buildings to the historic cobbled streets and copious galleries that house the best of Italian renaissance art. It’s no wonder this city is one of the top recommended destinations for art according our travelers.
Where to stay: Arte' Boutique Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Florence. This bespoke 17th century building has been designed to showcase the best of its original architecture throughout, making it the perfect stay for Rabbit signs. With heritage landmarks including Florence Cathedral and Accademia Gallery just a stone’s throw away.
Year of the Dragon: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Where to go: Manuel, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is famous for its abundance of national parks and thriving wildlife, making it well suited to the fearless and energetic nature of the dragon animal sign. Highly recommended by global travelers for its wildlife, Manuel is filled with an array of incredible species and marine animals just waiting to be discovered.
Where to stay: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Makanda by The Sea Hotel is an adult only hotel that features a spa, outdoor swimming pool and a private beach located just a short walk away. Energetic dragon’s can take advantage of the activities on site or in the surroundings, including horse riding and fishing.
Year of the Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Where to go: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With its scenic stretches of golden sand, Rio is a top destination for a beach break according to Booking.com travelers and is the ideal destination for the introverted snake sign who likes to relax and experience life’s luxuries. There’s something on offer for the most discerning beach traveler, from off the beaten track hideaways such as the nearby island of Ilha Grande to city beaches including the infamous Copacabana and Ipanema for any animal sign who just wants to be amongst the fun.
Where to stay: Nestled on a hilltop in the Santa Teresa neighborhood, Chez Georges is the perfect stay for snake signs wanting a relaxing vacation in the heart of the city. Aptly perched between the city’s center and the sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, guests will be spoiled for choice. Landmarks including the Municipal Theatre and Modern Art Museum are a short drive away for those who want to explore what the city has to offer.
Year of the Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Where to go: Los Angeles, USA
The horse animal sign, whose main personality traits are a love for traveling and independence, will love the freedom that comes with a unique road trip across the US' second largest city. LA is also unsurprisingly one of our top recommended destinations for a road trip. Home of the rich and famous and featuring a variety of entertainment landmarks, visitors will be spoiled for choice for what to do here while driving through the city. Catch a glimpse of the celebrity homes, park the car for a day and take a private bike tour on the scenic route from Santa Monica to Venice Beach or head to the hills to take a picture by the iconic Hollywood sign.
Where to stay: The luxury lifestyle hotel, Santa Monica Proper Hotel is one of Santa Monica’s first new luxury hotels to be built in over a decade and the perfect pit stop while driving through the city. Seek out new friends at the rooftop pool, deck and restaurant-bar and enjoy your surroundings for the shortstop with a contemporary design with heritage finishes, luxury amenities in each room and a yoga terrace to find some zen before you hit the road again.
Year of the Goat/Sheep: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Where to go: Kilpisjärvi, Finland
For the goat/sheep animal sign, who tend to be imaginative and easy going, a camping trip to Finland may invigorate their creative minds. The small village of Kilpisjärvi is the ultimate destination to experience nature and adventure, and was featured highly in our endorsements for camping. Discover Finland’s oldest protected nature reserve, the Malla Strict Nature Reserve where rare species of alpine plants and butterflies can be found. Hike up the Saana fell or Halti, Finland’s highest point on the border between Finland and Norway.
Where to stay: Arctic Land Adventure Glass Igloos combines nature with luxury. Situated beside the Vasara Reindeer Ranch, next to the Kilpisjärvi wilderness area, guests will enjoy traditional Lappish dishes at this unique hotel. There’s plenty on offer at this property for the easy going goat/sheep sign; be mesmerized by the mountain views, hunt the Northern Lights during the dark winter nights or enjoy a variety of activities on offer including snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing.
For the energetic and skillful Monkey sign who likes to learn new skills and cultures, London is the city for them. Teeming with culture and an abundance of things to do, it’s a Monkey sign’s paradise. Discover the newest food & drink pop ups, learn about the historical women of the East End or opt for the fun activity and learn how to make sweet delights including chocolate, bonbons and truffles.
Where to stay: The iconic Great Scotland Yard Hotel is situated in one of London’s most prestigious and historic areas, Westminster. The hotel features a hidden whisky bar, afternoon tea lounge and delightful restaurant by a critically acclaimed chef. With places such as The National Gallery and Churchill War Rooms nearby, there’ll be plenty to learn for the inquisitive Monkey during a stay here.
Year of the Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Where to go: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Roosters who are practical and punctual animal signs, will enjoy the vast diversity of what’s available to do at Chiang Mai. Northern Thailand’s largest city incorporates the best of both worlds with an array of practical skills on offer including lessons with a professional Muay Thai boxer and cooking classes, whilst providing a serene escape from it all with lush countryside surroundings and ancient landmarks and temples to stroll by. This beautiful city is one of Booking.com’s top endorsed destinations for relaxation.
Where to stay: Positioned along the banks of Mae Ping River, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort features minimalist Asian designs throughout and boasts a spa and pool. It’s the ideal hotel for practical Roosters with loads to do in one place. Activities such as Muay Thai boxing classes, Thai cooking classes and golf are available on site or take a relaxing floating tour of the city from the skies with a hot air balloon ride. This property has also taken steps to becoming more sustainable and has been awarded with the Booking.com Travel Sustainable Badge for its efforts and support for elephant welfare in Thailand.
One of Booking.com’s top endorsed destinations for friendly people, Dublin is the place to be for dog signs. With a friendly, honest and responsible personality type, they will appreciate the welcoming personas within this Irish capital. Friendly local pubs can be found on every corner, so why not start with an afternoon pub tour to meet locals and listen to live performances of traditional music. For something a little more invigorating, partake in a group dance lesson to learn traditional Irish dancing.
Where to stay: Number 31 is a guesthouse in a classical Georgian townhouse, and was once the epicentre of social Dublin in the 1960’s and 70’s. The décor is inspired by the Jazz era with rooms decorated in reminiscence of this period and its cool sounds playing throughout the hotel. Complete with modern luxury touches, this is the ultimate stay for dog signs seeking a sociable stay in the city.
Those who fall under the pig animal sign are known to be easy-going and enjoy carefree fun. Orlando is the perfect destination for this sign, famed for its epic theme parks, large shopping malls and nightlife. Our travelers also endorsed Orlando for theme parks, so it’s the perfect place to create some carefree and long-lasting memories at this adventure playground.
Where to stay: Pig signs will appreciate a stay at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Aptly located in the heart of Orlando’s theme park resort, you’ll be sure to have a fun-filled vacation. Head to the theme park during the day, take in the pristine views of the lush 26-acre lakeside scenery from Capa, the resort's rooftop Spanish-style steakhouse in the evening or wind down with a round of golf or relaxing massage at the spa.
*Endorsement data from Booking.com based on the most recommended and relevant destinations by global travelers for nightlife, skydiving, wildlife, hiking, art, beach, road trip, camping, culture, relaxation, friendly people and theme parks.