Your ideal vacation
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Your Ideal Vacation



by Astrology.com November 16, 2009 06:16 PM EST
Your Ideal Vacation
Having trouble figuring out the ideal holiday destination? Explore your astrological element -- Fire, Earth, Air or Water -- and discover your celestial travel agenda.

Each zodiacal element possesses distinctive qualities, such as the way Fire skitters around impulsively, or how Water just goes with the flow. The four elements and their corresponding signs are Fire (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius), Earth (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn), Air (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) and Water (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces). While the elements in and of themselves help describe our basic nature, once combined in our overall horoscope, they help to define us as a whole person. Choose your own element to discover your celestial travel agenda!

Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

The Fire Sign traveler is red-hot and on the go. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius don't have much tolerance for sitting around. Their vacations are often filled with vim and vigor, adventure and exploration. Backpacking, camping and sporting trips are always a high priority, and a lot of ground gets covered when the Fire Signs blaze the trail. The agenda for the Fire Signs isn't very stringent: They prefer to do as they feel, and to go as they will.

Aries is the least likely to plan an itinerary ahead of time, as they know how quickly they can get bored. They love the thrill of variety and the unexpected. Their favorite kind of trip allows them to travel at their own pace; thus, they like to bring their own car or van, even on long distances. They never stay in one spot for too long. Aries is also likely to take multiple, shorter trips throughout the year.

Leo isn't quite as restless as Aries, and they much prefer the comforts of home and quite a bit more luxury than the other Fire Signs. Oh sure, you may find Leo in a tent sometime, but not without their battery-operated hair dryer. Given their preferences, Leo will choose a nice hotel any day. They are pretty easygoing about what kind of trip they like to take, and they aren't afraid to spend a bit of money to enjoy their holiday to the fullest.

Sagittarius loves to vacation off the beaten path, to trek to places they've never been. This may include remote towns and villages, but it also applies to unclimbed mountains, unexplored tiny islands and remote corners of distant continents. Sagittarius will try anything once. The further away a vacation destination is, the more appealing it is to Sag. This Fire Sign views travel as a deeply philosophical and consciousness-raising experience, and they are able to come away from every trip with a new insight into the world and themselves.

Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

When an Earth Sign makes a travel plan, the world stops turning to acknowledge its existence. Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn usually take the dominant role as trip planner, mostly because the trip details are more important to them than to the other signs. Often they will pack and re-pack again, and they've even been known to memorize whole itineraries and important phone numbers before leaving home. Earth Signs are always looking for cost-efficient travel, and they love to find a good deal on classy accommodations in a great destination. As further proof of their frugality in travel, Taurus, Virgo and Cap will choose a destination simply because their native currency will stretch there. And they'll make a budget that they'll actually stick to.

Of all the Earth Signs, Taurus is not a big traveler; they prefer to stay close to home. If they go anywhere, they like to be very comfortable and to have as many creature comforts around them as possible, including a set of beautiful luggage. They're not big fans of short trips, and they're more likely to travel in their older years when they feel the freedom of living on their own time.

One could set a watch by Virgo's propensity for being on time; when they travel, they like to follow a schedule. Virgo especially likes to hunt for the best travel deal around. It makes Virgo very uncomfortable to overspend, over-schedule or over-pack, and they'll do what they can to avoid all three. Virgo can at times be guilty of trying to fit too much into their schedule, and they must also be careful with foreign foods due to their often delicate digestive systems.

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Capricorn also likes to look for the best price, but they don't like to show their bargain-hunting side as freely as Virgo. Capricorn is more willing to part with their money if they can travel in style. This Earth Sign loves to gain experience and knowledge from their trips, especially in their older years. It's better for the Goat if their trip has a purpose and goal in mind. They like to view objects of great value and style, such as the Taj Mahal, the Crown Jewels or the Pyramids. Capricorn is happy to go through some hassle to bring home a valuable souvenir.

Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Air Sign travelers pack their bags looking for a pure cultural experience they can learn from, and they love to bring that knowledge home with them. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius immerse themselves in other countries and cultures. These Signs are also quick to pick up a new language before leaving for a new place, and they feel most comfortable arming themselves with maps, guidebooks and any other tools to assist in their orientation in a new area. Air Signs likes to feel they've had an authentic experience, and not simply dropped their tourist dollars into an empty void. They show very little concern for what they pack, what they wear or the type of accommodation they receive. Though they may put some time into making a travel plan, they are quite flexible as to whether they stick to it once they're in the thick of the trip.

Gemini shares the common traits with their fellow Air Signs, but in addition they require constant stimulation along the way. It's unlikely they will stay put in any one place for two weeks; rather, they prefer to see lots of different regions for a shorter period of time.

Libra much prefers to travel with a companion and are quite unlikely to travel on their own. They, like Gemini, may get bored in one place if they stay too long. Libra may have some financial issues along the way if they're not careful, as they are most likely to splurge a large and unbudgeted sum on something unexpected and extravagant.

Aquarius will step up to the plate of any traveling challenge. The weirder, more remote or more unique a travel experience is, the more Aquarius wants to venture forth. After all, the most tucked-away corners of every continent have an Aquarius or two in residence.

Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

When in Rome, the Water Signs can easily do as the Romans do. The best thing about this traveler is their ability to go with the flow. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are social chameleons. When visiting an area, they pick up the regional accent immediately; they have an uncanny ability to blend in with the locals and move among them. They are very cognizant of the vibes and culture around them, and they act accordingly, respectful at all times. A Water Sign traveler is likely to go somewhere for a visit, then decide to lengthen their stay indefinitely. They're not particular about their needs, and they have few if any demands for creature comforts. These Signs share an amazing ability to live in huts, sleep in hammocks and volunteer their time to help the local community.

Cancer may be the most demanding Water Sign, but they are lower maintenance than the others. They can be a bit of a homebody but still have that need to experience and sometimes serve the world. Cancer is great with their money on the road and can easily work within a budget. However, Cancer can have a sensitive stomach from traveling. Thus, they need to be wary of unfamiliar foods.

Scorpio is the most likely to simply pick up and move to an area they like, or they may have a single spot they return to again and again. They gain a great deal from the overall traveling experience, and they enjoy growing new roots when the old ones feel tired. Like Cancer, they're good with money; others tease them for having brains like calculators that can effortlessly convert currency exchange rates.

Pisces needs to make an itinerary before they leave for their trip, even striving to over-schedule to make their trip seem worthwhile. More so than the other Water Signs, Pisces deeply feels the vibrations and atmosphere of the place they're visiting. As they're a very compassionate sign, it's very likely that they will offer their vacation time in some manner of public service, such as the Peace Corps or working vacations.
 
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