The Chinese Zodiac: What your birth year says about your travel style

Each of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac has distinct personality traits. Find out how people born in your year like to travel!

Welcome to 2018, the Year of the Earth Dog.

The Chinese Zodiac has a 12-year cycle, with a different animal corresponding to each year. The animal’s traits are believed to apply to those born in that year. Let’s take a look at the following personality traits, and see how they relate to your travel savvy!

zodiac rat

1. The Rat

Born in: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948
Traits: You’re a creative problem-solver and very resourceful. The rat has an intuitive ability to figure out the value of things.
Travel type: You’re adept at finding the best bargains and figuring out which souvenirs are of the highest quality. You make a great travel pal in countries where bargaining is typical.

zodiac ox

2. The Ox

Born in: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949
Traits: You’re peace-loving but strong, independent but gentle and trusting. The ox is known for its endurance.
Travel type: Long trips are your expertise, and you’re a natural-born backpacker. You can be found on outdoorsy treks and are always ready to taste the local foods.

zodiac tiger

3. The Tiger

Born in: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950
Traits: Your strong, assertive personality reflects your inner independence and courage. The tiger is eager to chart a new path.
Travel type: You want to go where nobody you know has gone before. Maybe a solo trip is on your horizon, or maybe you’ll buy a one-way ticket to somewhere far away (and decide when to come back later).

zodiac rabbit

4. The Rabbit

Born in: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951
Traits: You’re known for being realistic and easy-going. The rabbit is also affectionate and personable.
Travel type: Happy to go with the flow, you’re just as likely to be found on or off the beaten path. Being social, a group program or an experience with a host family might be your cup of tea.

zodiac dragon

5. The Dragon

Born in: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952
Traits: Strong and decisive, you’re full of energy and like to lead. The dragon is known to be determined and gifted.
Travel type: As someone who likes to make plans and see them through, you’re likely to create the trip itinerary and carry the map. If there’s a trip leader, it’s probably you.

zodiac snake

6. The Snake

Born in: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953
Traits: You’re quick-witted and passionate. The snake likes to explore intellectual ideas and become immersed in new things.
Travel type: Wherever you are, you’re not shy about trying to speak the local language (even if you only know a few phrases). You seek opportunities to learn something new about a culture’s history, folklore or current events.

zodiac horse

7. The Horse

Born in: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954
Traits: You’re a good talker and social, always eager to hear other perspectives. The horse is hard-working and popular.
Travel type: You’re probably initiating a conversation with locals and fellow travelers alike. You’ll use your people-skills to find the best off-the-beaten-path spots.

zodiac goat

8. The Goat

Born in: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955
Traits: You’re confident and alert. The goat is respected for its perseverance and strength.
Travel type: You go headfirst into your travels, whether you’re exploring a city with centuries of art and history or backpacking through a remote jungle. Good at keeping the group together and looking out for your friends, you’re an ideal travel buddy.

zodiac monkey

9. The Monkey

Born in: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956
Traits: You’re intelligent and have a great sense of humor. The monkey is observant and an excellent problem-solver.
Travel type: When you think you’re stranded in some mountain village, you’ll figure out how to get back to the hotel by using every ounce of your imagination and resources. Sure, you may be on the back of a truck carrying chickens, but you’ll be glad you did it!

zodiac rooster

10. The Rooster

Born in: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957
Traits: You’re bold and sensitive to the needs of others. The rooster has a keen sense of right and wrong and a strong attention to detail.
Travel type: You’ll get from Point A to Point B in the best way possible, and are great at finding the fastest and cheapest methods. As a good planner, you’ll always have an itinerary full of fun activities.

zodiac dog

11. The Dog

Born in: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958
Traits: Loyal and trustworthy, you’re a compassionate person. The dog is beloved for its empathy and kindness.
Travel type: You like to travel with your best friends. Halfway through the trip, you’re probably already planning the next adventure.

zodiac pig

12. The Pig

Born in: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Traits: You’re courageous and independent. The pig is driven, but still a relaxed and low key companion.
Travel type: You like to travel on your own terms. Quickly at home in new surroundings, you’re often the first to find the best local spots to eat and explore.

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