If you’ve ever returned from a vacation feeling more exhausted than when you left, you know the importance of choosing the right destination. For instance, the rush of energy in a big city might be invigorating for one person, but overwhelming for another. Plan a custom vacation that will balance and recharge you by looking to the elemental association of your sun sign.


The cardinal fire of Aries is one of pure existence. Like the rams that are their symbol, they are natural instigators who are also fiercely independent. Aries folk will enjoy a vacation that allows them to forge a brand new path. It could be as simple as a road trip to a new location (with the Aries at the wheel, of course!) or as exotic as an expedition to the top of a Mayan pyramid.


The fixed earth energy of Taurus is the essence of stability. Symbolized by the bull, Taurus is capable of solid endurance and great patience, but vastly prefers relaxing in comfort to toiling in the field! You work hard, so on your vacation it’s alright to indulge your craving for luxury by choosing a destination spa weekend, or even splurging on first-class airfare and a month in an Italian villa.


The mutable air of Gemini has the distinction of being having neutral polarity—in a sense, it just can’t make up its mind! Symbolized by the Twins, Gemini bores easily but loves to chat, so grab your pal and take a vacation that brings you something fresh each day. Try a visit to a new city with an itinerary replete with cultural events, site-seeing and visits with friends or family.


With Cancer’s cardinal water, fertility flows into the zodiac. Cancer’s nurturing energies make it a good time for planting—whether it be flowers, crops, or relationships. Just be sure to nurture yourself, too, Cancer, or you’ll get crabby! For your getaway, find a secure spot to burrow into, like an extended stay hotel, or even a time-share condo, and take a series of fun-filled day trips.


Leo’s fixed fire energy is more settled than Aries, with a proud attitude and a flair for the dramatic. Like the lion ruling his pride, Leos enjoy being the center of attention. Of course, prowling around with other celebrities can be fun, too, so plan a trip with regal accommodations, in a high-profile locale like Paris or Milan, where you will be treated like royalty.


Virgo’s mutable earth energy shakes things up with forces of analysis and purification. Although the Maiden can sometimes become a perfectionist, she also enjoys letting her hair down. Let the planning be part of the fun (you know you love it, Virgo!) and check out a structured offering, such as a wine tasting expedition or a cooking class, that will appeal to your practical nature.


Libra’s cardinal air initiates new ideas, particularly those that are the blending of two viewpoints. Here, Virgo’s analysis gives way to a synthesis that is symbolized not only by the scales, but also by the balancing act itself. Librans enjoy both equilibrium and variety, so seek a tranquil getaway spot—a romantic B&B with your partner, or even a yoga retreat—and just go with the flow.


Scorpio’s intensity results from a fluid, receptive element with a fixed quality and bears some resemblance to Aquarius. But you have a complexity all your own, Scorpio, and as long as you control that lashing tail, you are seriously charismatic. Give yourself some solitude on your vacation, preferably near the water (or at least a hot tub!) and when you come back you’ll be your sexy, charming self again.


The mutable fire of Sagittarius, the Archer, brings a sense of evolution. The philosophical energy enjoys reflecting on its fiery self. Symbolized by the centaur, Sagittarius is drawn to unique expeditions that allow for an exploration of the realms of the mind and spirit, such as a trip to an astronomical observatory or a self-directed tour of significant religious sites.


Capricorn is the sign of cardinal earth. Symbolized by a goat with a fish tail, Capricorn evokes the first creature that emerged from the sea and ascended the mountain. It’s a lot of work, but this practical sign has a knack for making use of the tools that are available. Consider a volunteer vacation like maintaining a hiking trail or teaching English abroad, in order to keep active and make a difference.


Although Aquarius is symbolized by the Water-Bearer, this fixed sign is absolute air. The vessel you bear is full of visions and ideas, frequently of a humanitarian nature, although sometimes you dislike being around actual people! Choose a vacation that keeps you away from gimmicky tourist traps; instead, opt for something unique like scuba diving with manatees or spending a week in a medieval castle.


Pisces can be as slippery as the two fish that symbolize the sign. But that’s only because your mutable water nature lures you into such dreamy and otherworldly depths. On your vacation, allow yourself to swim in them. Consider a spiritual retreat, or even an at-home staycation in which you abandon the television in favor of artistic supplies- your visions won’t be far behind!