Behold! Before you confirm your travel plans and book your tickets, find out what enamours your loved one the most. Each zodiac sign has a unique choice when it comes to escaping to a travel destination. While some may love getting away to a serene, cut-off from rest of the world, breezy island, others may prefer to soak in the culture, as they set off with their darling. What will your partner prefer? Read on to find out….
AriesAs Aries ticks off destinations from their must-visit check-list, they make it a point to add a dash of romance to their escapade. Be it a week-long tour of the English countryside, or an impromptu road-trip of the scenic French Riviera, they infuse the journey with dollops of enthusiasm and curiosity. Historical sights also find a place on their list; from the temples of Khajuraho to the archaeological ruins of Rome, they will squeeze every ounce of culture out of every place they visit. Trekking through the Himalayas, skiing in Auli, para-sailing in Goa, or rafting down the Ganges in Rishikesh ? adventure sports not only give them an adrenaline rush, but also give them a glimpse of the natural beauty of a country.
Beauty is definitely the key word when Taurus is planning a holiday. You can see their eyes light up at the mention of castles in Europe, the alluring palaces in Jaipur, or the ancestral properties in the by lanes of Goa. A holiday filled with art, music, dance, fine dining, and rejuvenating spas, is right up their alley. They plan getaways with great precision, and are instantly attracted to a destination that is able to blend natural beauty with a laid-back culture and a touch of class. Indian metropolises like Mumbai and New Delhi will be as alluring to them as the uber chic islands of New York and Spain. Their idea of a holiday is a time when they need pampering, so a luxurious cruise could be on the itinerary as well.
GeminiTrue to their nature, Gemini always wants to be in two places at the same time. The concept of hopping cities is not alien to them, so they may find themselves waking up one weekend in a suburb of London, lunching in a pizzeria in Naples, and partying the night away in Paris. This routine may sound dizzying to another person, but Gemini will achieve it with a snap of their fingers. They are extremely meticulous with their planning, and have things down to the finest detail. They are attracted to cities that exude culture, like Goa, Udaipur or Pondicherry. At the same time, quiet unassuming towns like Nainital, Darjeeling, or Amritsar may also give them a chance to rediscover themselves.
CancerTake Cancer anywhere near water, and be assured they will then be lost to the world for eternity. Of course, they need to have their loved ones in tow when they plan a boat-ride along the backwaters of Kerala, a houseboat stay on Dal Lake in Srinagar, or a gondola ride in the Venetian canals. They are partial to destinations that allow them to explore their roots, and would love to spend time in their ancestral towns and heritage cities like Rome and Varanasi, tracing the history of their origin. A romantic interlude with their partner is essential for their survival, as they thrive on the exchange of sweet nothings and quality time when their minds are at peace.
No matter what is said about Leo’s energy levels, words will fall short to describe the intensity and sheer enthusiasm with which they approach life. Flamboyance is their middle name, and they love everything that is dramatic and larger than life. Which is why they connect instantly with metros like London, Paris, Vegas, and Singapore which have a life of their own and are tourist havens. There is a wild side to Leos that lies deep under the suave side, a fact that is more than evident in their desire to visit wildlife reserves like Corbett, Kanha, Bandhavgarh. They love life, and that reflects in their desire to pack everything into their day. A deep-rooted need to be pampered is apparent in everything they do.
VirgoA perfect trip for Virgo would be one where they can relax in the knowledge that the details of that exotic vacation they were planning have already fallen into place. They are practical intellectuals, who have an eye for detail, and are appreciative of places where they observe similar finesse. The sheer class of a city like Boston or San Francisco may take their breath away, but they are not immune to the charms of the nondescript towns of Chandigarh, Lucknow, and Agra. They love learning and places that house cultural or educational centres provide the perfect fodder for their needs, as do places that pander to their senses through fine dining, rejuvenating spas, and wine-tasting sessions.
LibraTheir fine sense of the arts dictates their choice in most things, so it is not rare to find them at an art exhibition, a musical concert, or a theatrical performance. They fancy cities with an old world charm like Vienna, Turkey, and Scotland where they can absorb the romance in the air. Natural splendours are on their wish-list too, as they yearn to visit places like the Grand Canyon, the Colorado springs, and the Niagara Falls. There is an accent of style in everything they do. Their fine sensibilities make them equally attracted to rustic beauty in its purest form, like the locales of Shimla and Manali, and to refined natural lushness like Vancouver and Ireland, where they be one with nature.
Scorpios take their getaways very seriously; nothing can disturb their peace of mind once they leave work behind, not even the most urgent phone call. The key word for them on holidays is private, and they will happily take off to islands like Kohsamui or Ibiza, to get a taste of sand, sun, and surfing. All they need to have a slice of heaven is their loved ones beside them, but a vibrant night-life and water sports like para-sailing, snorkelling, and deep sea diving will be the icing on the cake. They also yearn for exotic destinations with an aura of mystery and adventure about them; Morocco, Bali, or Istanbul will afford them plenty of opportunities to satisfy their cravings.
SagittariusWith their irrepressible sense of adventure and their eternal quest for excitement, Sagittarius’ can be the most interesting travel companions. They have absolutely no snooty requirements on a holiday, and are as comfortable spending the night in a tent on a desert in Jaisalmer as they are in a luxurious four-poster bed in a five-star property in Maldives. The idea is to pack their trip with fun activities, ranging from cycling through the bylanes of Goa, to going hot air ballooning in Cappadocia. Anywhere they can see nature in all its glory is sure to tug at their heart strings, so the pristine beauty of Leh-Ladakh, the starry skies of Panchgani, and the balmy breeze of the French Riviera will leave them captivated.
If there’s one sign that wants a pampered vacation, it’s Capricorn. Whether it’s soaking in the elegance and uber chicness of metros like London, New York, and Paris, or savouring the culture curry of Jaipur, Mumbai, and Delhi, they want a finger in every pie, and they will do it in style. They have excellent taste, and will select a place that can cater to their needs, irrespective of the price tag attached. Expect no adventurous escapades when they are involved in the holiday planning committee, but sit back and watch the first rate experience unfold. There may be no wild night out on the streets, but who needs that when you have the most glorious view of Manhattan from a four-poster bed in the Hilton?
Another sign that’s magnetically attracted to water, Aquarius is an adventure buff from the word go. From bungee jumping in Rishikesh, to scuba diving in the Andamans and skydiving in New Zealand, these pleasure-seekers will try anything once. They try to keep things the interest meter up by ensuring they do something unique each time. While they love being in the water, they are drawn into numerous activities the minute they hit land too. Adding a local flavour to the trip is mandatory, so they will often be found sampling the regional cuisine, picking up funky mementos, or chatting up the locals. Trust them to sneak out nuggets of information on the best places to visit, or the most lip-smacking food.
When there is talk of a cruise along serene tranquil waters or a long drive along a picturesque sea coast, you can be sure Pisces is along for the ride. Anything that soothes their sensitive souls, or gives them the freedom to express themselves in their own relaxed style, is sure to rank high on their must do list. Take them on a night-cruise in Singapore, or a moonlit walk by the beaches at Kovalam, and see them let go of their inhibitions. This dreamy romantic is happiest in places that blend a sea scape with a laid-back culture and arty shopping like Hawaii, Goa, and Langkawi. Once they soak in their indoor jacuzzi and take a leisurely swim in their private pools,they are ready to take on the world.
28 Dec 2011