Travel India, Asia or other SouthEast Asia Destinations: CuddlyNest travel 2020 Destinations

Travel Destinations 2020 According to Your Zodiac Sign

Travel India, Asia or other SouthEast Asia Destinations: CuddlyNest travel 2020 DestinationsAstrology is considered to be both an art and a science, just as travel is. While interpretation is necessary, the New Year makes people to wonder not only about new goals, new places to visit and draw up new bucket lists, there is always a science behind it.

Wanderlust stargazing and future telling can do wonders, but mathematics is necessary for a good interpretation. While Sixtus IV was the first Catholic pope to draw and interpret a horoscope, Leo X, born Giovanni di Lorenzo de’ Medici later relied on astrologers to rule the Florentine Republic since 16th century.

While there is not a small kingdom in the middle of Mediterranean Sea for everyone to rule, and golden Florentines may be a wish rather than a reality for some of budget travelers, there is a perfect destination for everyone to list on the 2020 bucket list. From switching from the crowded destinations in Europe to visiting lesser-known Eastern European capitals.

If you are up for a bucket list added to your 2020 wish list, then astrology may give you a pointer to which direction to look at when booking your next trip. From zodiac signs traits, weaknesses and other characteristics, there is just the perfect destination for everyone, depending on the Sun and Moon, and the projection of planets at the moment of your birth.

Air Signs

Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, known as air signs, are all about philosophical conversations. They love conversations, giving advice, reading new books and socializing in social gatherings. Find them in old book stores or flea markets getting a new book wherever they go.

Fire Signs

Fire signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are all about social travelling. As rational and naturally talkative travelers, they are all about connecting to people wherever they go. Think about exploring and going on an adventure, and being passionate, dynamic and temperamental, they also can get quite dramatic when travelling in groups. From inspirational to passionate, they are all about leading the way t unexplored destinations.

Water Signs

Highly emotional and ultra-sensitive, water signs are intuitive and would go deeply into profound conversations. From Cancer to Scorpio and Pisces, those born in February, October and June are characterized by a willingness to explore the depths of the culture while travelling.

Earth Signs

Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are travelers which are known as highly skilled planners. Conservative and realistic, they are always there much before the museum closing time and would also be planning their tour well ahead.

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Aries

The fire sign, ruled by Mars, is easily recognizable because of their energetic, assertive nature. Ruled by Mars, Aries people are passionate, confident and direct in their approach. Uncomplicated and often frustrated by unnecessary nuances, they will thrive when going on an independent and spontaneous hiking trip.

Best destinations? Go on a hiking journey to Argentina in Cerro Fitz Roy, or swim in Indonesia.

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Taurus

Taurus, an earth sign, feel themselves the best both in hot and wet as well as cold and dry climates.

Best destinations? Go on to catch some spring air to the wet and hot Madagascar beaches in wintertime or seek the wintertime and Advent Christmas feel in the cold and dry Gulf of Boothia Sea.

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Gemini

Gemini, as smart, sharp and speedy, will enjoy a trip to a somewhere where they can think, more than a feeling or doing.

Best destinations? Go to the breezy Koh Samui in Thailand and enjoy a  thoughtful, yet refreshing trip in your 2020.

Cancer

Cancerian travelers are one of the most emotional and intense. To let their senses run free, destinations in the Southern hemisphere where people are naturally more laid back (and some would argue they are not) will be the best bet to discover new horizons in 2020.

Best destinations? Go to Siem Reap in Cambodia or Nha Trang in Vietnam to dip in the Southeast Asia spirits and enjoy the taste of Vietnamese egg coffee and more.

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Leo signs are one of the most loveable – and as such, they will be a great and loyal travel companion for any other sign.

Best destinations? Be adaptable by choosing form European South: Florence, Santorini and Milan are good options to consider with your loved ones in 2020.

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Virgo

Those born under the earth sign will enjoy the hot and dry summer destinations calling with their summer fire constellations and feel their best underwater sign in winter. Conservative yet realistic, the most suited destination for Virgo will be well known for every other traveler.

Best destinations? Learn from the best – see the true diligence and learn from the constant practice of monks in Pattaya and Chiang Mai, or Vietnam.

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Libra

Librans love to be loved, and they love to love as well. To travel further this year, Libras will choose destinations that are in tune with their realm and harmony. No chaos, please!

Best destinations? Keep away from chaos by going to Stockholm or discover the Alps and French countryside in 2020.

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Scorpio

Scorpios, being one of the most vengeful, morbid yet strategic signs, will find their best travel bucket list items with an option to meditate or learn some martial arts.

Best destinations? Go to Guangzhou or Chengdu to learn basic Wushu.

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Sagittarius

Honest, optimistic and adventurous, Sagittarians will feel their best among happy people.

Best destinations? Go to the countries known for happiness and find yourself in Stockholm, Aarhus, or Reykjavík this year!

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Capricorn

Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are travelers which are known as highly skilled planners. Conservative and realistic, they are always there much before the museum closing time and would also be planning their tour well ahead.

Best destinations?

Go to Shenzhen in China or plan well before visiting Incheon in South Korea.

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Aquarius

Aquarius, notable for their originality and independence, will feel their bets in places they can enjoy themselves and feel assertive and travel solo as they usually do.

Best destinations? Go and be independent in Wuhan, China, or visit Krabi in Thailand in your own way.

Pisces

Generous, positively natured people, Pisceans are also very easygoing and will be acting a great travel companion wherever they go.

Best destinations? Go to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and enjoy yourself in a group of friends sipping on iced kopi-o’s.

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Where You Should Go for Thai New Year: Pattaya vs Chiang Mai According to Your Personality

From travelling to Thailand to visit Chiang Mia temples to going crazy with Thai food, the exotic travel destination offers everything for everyone. But where should you go to celebrate Thai New Year? Songkran 2020 in Thailand will start on Monday, April 13 and end on Wednesday, April 15, so you can pack in an adventurous and traditional vacation before or after celebrating Thai new year – completely according to your personality tastes and Myers-Briggs type. Do not get scared by the fact that Chiang Mia is located on the Northern Part of the country, and therefore is more prone to cold weather. You will stay warm, though, by getting some Thai tea!

Thailand Destinations Travel Inspiration

From Tha tropical beaches to royal palaces, to even ancient ruins, Thailand has a lot to offer to anyone looking for a vacation in South East Asia. Ancient ruins and temples are not just reserved for those looking for a spiritual journey, just as Thai beaches are not all rainbows and resorts – you can find wild and abandoned islands and get lost in the woods! 

From those seeking to visit the most diverse types of Buddha figures, to those deriving inspiration from ultramodern city landscapes, or just to sip on Thai Cha Yen on the quite canalside in Wat Arun, Here we, however, look at what Thailand strikes the first-time visitors the most – its beautiful and wild beaches, all the way from Pattaya to Hua Hin. Are you fascinated with cities? Chiang Mai is only one of the potential choices. 

Pattaya Travel Ideas

Pattaya is a bustling seaside town stretching 15 kilometres along the coast. Located just 150 kilometres from Bangkok, where Thai New Year celebrations take the stage on April 13 to April 15, Pattaya is one of the most popular destinations for those looking for a swim in Thailand.

What to do in Pattaya? Depending on whether you like to visit ancient monuments, temples, or rather choose to catch some adrenaline while shopping for groceries at Pattaya floating market, or want to improve your knowledge about the ocean by visiting Dolphin World, there is something to do for anyone.

7 Experiences You Cannot Miss in Pattaya:

  1. Shop traditional crafts and produce at Pattaya Floating Market
  2. Visit Sanctuary of Truth from Ayutthaya period
  3. Look at the city from above at Pattaya View Point
  4. Look at Thailand’s famous ladyboys at the Alcazar Cabaret
  5. Lose yourself partying at Walking Street
  6. Get your Adrenaline booming at the Coral Island
  7. Immerse yourself in make-believe world at Tuxedo Illusion Hall

Chiang Mai Travel Ideas

Chiang Mai, on the other hand, is one of the most history-packed travel destinations you can possibly imagine when visiting South East Asia cities. Located in mountainous Northern Thailand, the city itself dates back over 800 years. Visiting the New City will expose you to traces left by since its earliest history of the Lan Na Kingdom ages, and later golden ages achieved by the proximity and importance of the Ping River trading route.

Today, Chiang Mai, enclosed by its Old City historical walls and moats, is bustling from both locals and tourists, who mingle to raise the spirits of Thai culture, cuisine and visit some of the most important temples, such as 14th century Wat Phra Singh and the later Wat Chedi Luang. However, temples and city history is just a part of what you can see in the destination. For those seeking adrenaline, there are options for kayaking or visiting caves, but those looking for a relaxing vacation to release stress and become more productive can opt for nuat phaen thai, a Thai massage including acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga.

7 Experiences You Cannot Miss in Chiang Mai:

  1. Taking a cooking class in Chiang Mai
  2. Eat kantoke dinner watching traditional Thai and Northern dances from a safe place at the dinner table
  3. Go whitewater rafting at Mafeteng River
  4. Eat the Khao Soi, a coconut and curry soup with yellow egg noodles. Sounds happy? 
  5. Get fancy fancy at the trendiest part ig Chiang Mai Nimmanhaemin Road
  6. Take a Green Tour to Sticky Waterfalls and Navigate Circuit like Spiderman
  7. Visit the granite grey Inthanon National Park with Shan Hills

Thailand Travel According to Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type

Precisely because each of us travels so differently, it is important to know exactly what are you expecting from your travel. From mingling with crowds and debate world issues with locals, to letting your senses go wild by trying all the exotic fruit cocktails in local markets, to quietly wander the streets and appreciate architectural wonders from past and present, there are millions of ways to discover a new destination every time you go on a vacation. CuddlyNest is all about giving people ideas – and today, we present Thai destinations, according to travel experiences you strive for.

The Inspector – ISTJ Personality

If you travel and seem to absorb each and every piece of information, placing it with your pre-developed logistician framework of world functioning, the history-packed excursion with a close friend will be just right for you.

INTJ in Pattaya: Visit Sanctuary of Truth from the Ayutthaya period, which was made entirely from wood Mai Daeng and teakwood. The unique design goes to Mr. Lek Viriyahphan. However, recent discoveries have shown the architecture being from Myanmar.

INTJ in Chiang Mai: Visit the ruins of Wat Chedi Luang, Temple of the Big Stupa. For those trying to get a glimpse of Thai culture and history, visiting the Emerald Buddha, the holiest religious object in all of Thailand is a must.

The Counselor – INFJ Personality

Certainly, travel is more than seeing the sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. –Miriam Beard

Can you relate? Taking travel slowly, counsellors are inquisitive thinkers and will go long lengths to understand the historical arrangements related to their travel.

Just as logisticians, they seek to educate themselves while taking a vacation and visiting a new country. Far from being all about museums, counsellors will find joy visiting conferences or diving into antique book stores.

INFJ in Pattaya: Rubber Land – a museum all about rubber production, from harvesting to your childhood rubber ball machine 

INFJ in Chiang Mai: Visit Tribal Museum. Open on weekdays, the museum hosts a monthly handmade good market

The Mastermind – INTJ Personality

The masterminds or Architects will enjoy solitude. The most satisfied when on solo travel to some historical location, they will surely abide by learning and improving, and finding a  friend – mentor to source a new knowledge from.

INTJ Pattaya: Buddhist art museum  พิพิธภัณฑ์พุทธศิลปะ หนองปรือ

INTJ Chiang Mai: Museum of World Insects and Natural wonders

The Giver – ENFJ Personality

Protagonists or ENFJ givers are all about going offbeat places and taking their travel discovery seriously. People-focused and at the same time seeking new experiences, ideas and non-traditional approach, these travellers will strive in hostels and Couchsurfing gatherings when meeting locals on their solo trips and bars. After all, as Tim Cahill put it, ”A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” 

ENFJ Pattaya: Feel yourself a spider and hitchhike to the closest beach!

ENFJ Chiang Mai: Meet locals (and travelling musicians) at The North Gate Jazz Co-Op

The Craftsman – ISTP Personality

Craftsmen all about gaining hands-on cultural experience, these virtuosos will enjoy the experience given by opportunity to do and make, and cheer up others by their good-natured spirits.

ISTP Pattaya: Take a cooking class at Pattaya and learn to make Green Curry and Pad Thai

ISTP Chiang Mai: Visit Baan On-Tai Sustainable Village and Make Something Yourself

The Performer – ESFP Personality

Looking for a luxurious getaway? Make a great trip Thai resorts, and stay in the luxurious resort towns. Visit the best places in Thailand for beach holiday.

ESFP Pattaya: Relax at Sattahip District, Ravindra Beach 

ESFP Chiang Mai: Enjoy ayurvedic therapies at Dhara Dheva

The Champion – ENFP Personality

Mingle with crowds in the bustling city and joys of discovering other people.

ENFP Pattaya: play some bar games at Hot Tuna Bar

ENFP Chiang Mai: Visit Saturday Night Market Chiangmai

The Doer – ESTP Personality

Adrenaline, mountain climbing, adventure? You will get enough of when in Thailand.

ESTP Pattaya: Catch some sun while flyboarding in the river

ESTP Chiang Mai: Feel yourself like a Spiderman in red climbing up to the fluffy clouds for waterfall! You may also stick around for lunch and eat some 

The Provider – ESFJ Personality

The consul – or provider – the ESFJ is all about the picture-perfect travel. From the curiosity of living of locals, to knocking on doors and getting to know the differences of people, provider will strive for a picture-perfect destination.

ESFJ Pattaya: Get the perfect Instagram shot from the sea while canoeing along with the stalactite caves.

ESFJ Chiang Mai: The topmost photo-worthy, Instagrammable spots in the country- and indeed in Chiang Mai has the most beautiful temples you can imagine. Travel to White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai for a one-of-a-lifetime-experience.

The Idealist – INFP Personality

Mediators will look for the idealistic ad value a creative and inspiring getaway with couple of friends or family.

INFP Pattaya: Volunteer At Pattaya Orphanage

INFP Chiang Mai: Get creative at Bor Sang Village crafting an umbrella by yourself

The Supervisor – ESTJ Personality

A social city trip with a big group of friends, anybody?

ESTJ Pattaya: Club Insomnia must be on your list

ESTJ Chiang Mai: Enjoy one of the Japanese inspired localities of the city, and go for a shopping trip, like Maya Shopping Mall, and One Nimman!

The Commander – ENTJ Personality

Backpacking journeys, crazy places and late-night conversations to discover the other side of the city? Make sure to enjoy the best of the backpacker life with great sunsets and crazy backpacking trips to traditional neighbourhoods.

ENTJ Pattaya: Visit the Hard Rock Cafe – or, do not go that hard and Rock Around the Clock! 

ENTJ Chiang Mai: Cabbages and Condoms restaurant. Crazy name and wonderful sunsets, anyone?

The Thinker – INTP Personality

Logicians will find their best when travelling to a secluded nature retreat.

INTP Pattaya: Go to Jomtien Beach for a long beach and water sports and great food

INTP Chiang Mai: Go to Doi Suthep–Pui National Park and see Bhubing Palace, wildlife, waterfalls and everything else

The Nurturer – ISFJ Personality

Defender, go on an organized camping trip!

ISFJ Pattaya: Go on an organized  botanical garden visit to Asian Spicy Garden

ISFJ Chiang Mai: Go to Taboo Club on the main Walking Street

The Visionary – ENTP Personality

Debaters there – go on a lively city trip and chat with both locals and other travelers.

ENTP Pattaya: Go to The Marquee – Lambretta cafe (don’t worry, no French or Thai language skills needed) 

ENTP Chiang Mai: Chat with monks at Wat Dok Suthep temple on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1pm-3pm to exchange views and discuss the religious and cultural practices

The Composer – ISFP Personality

Go on a road trip, and enjoy an adventure with friends!

ISFP Pattaya: Go Ziplining At Flight Of The Gibbon

ISFP Chiang Mai: Visit the Wat Phra Yai Temple features an 18m-tall golden Buddha

 

Pattaya or Chiang Mai New Year, anyone?
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Christmas Markets in Europe 2020

Europe Christmas Markets You Must not Miss in 2020

Christmas Markets in Europe 2020Europe Christmas markets and Christmas traditions, anyone? Cultural travel is on the rise, and after tapping into Barcelona undiscovered museum list, best ancient Roman heritage sites and midsummer traditions, one can go on and discover the Northern European holiday traditions, be it Christmas, Winter Solstice or New Year’s.

Cuddlynest takes you by hand around the most amazing things to do and visit in Northern Europe.

Winchester

Take a break from the capital and get some black pudding at Christmas market.

Tallinn, Estonia

Take a stroll around Tallinn, the birthplace of the Christmas tree tradition, where the Brotherhood of Blackheads erected the first Christmas tree was erected in 1441.

Berlin, Germany

Visit Lucia Christmas market and buy some vegan gingerbreads

Aarhus, Denmark

Visit then Gamle By open-air town museum and hear some Christmas carols singing and get your hygge by drinking

Stockholm, Sweden

Feel the magic of Christmas by crunching on the chocolate glazed apple in Skansen Christmas market or get your Christmas feeling by windowshopping around Nordiska Kompaniet on Hamngatan and Kungsträdgården.

Krakow, Poland

Get your winter taste by drinking warm beer and eating bigos during Sylwester.

Dublin, Ireland

Listen to Irish pipes get into a swing of the ceilidh.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Visit the island of ice for the winter solstice festival to warm up with some whiskey, see some Icelandic sagas and watch some whales.

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CuddlyNest winter destinations

Winter Wonderland: European Destinations

Christmas is all about snow, Santa Claus, red ribbons, bells, gingerbread, and decorated Christmas trees. And we mean spruces here. Although you may or may not agree, one of the best spots to celebrate the winter solstice is where there is the least light, the lowest temperature, and the most snow. If you are in the US, you may go up to Canada or Maine, Minnesota or Wyoming, but if you happen to travel around Europe in winter, there are some must-visits for tapping into the winter wonderland. So hold tight, because we are going on a sleigh ride all around Europe.

The French Alps

French are famous for their fashion mecca Paris, their patisserie and champagne. But did you know that the French Alps is one of the best spots to dive into winter activities?  Val d’Isère near Tignes may be just your next place to go if you have a soft spot for large ski resorts and prefer many ski tracks of different experience levels. From black to red, to large network of blue tracks, the remote valley captures what’ s beautiful about French Alps, namely the diversity and extensive choice for everyone, both snowboarders and skiers. If you are just starting out, yet want some glitz and sparkle, then Courchevel is the place to be. Multi-million properties and high-class are the specials for this luxurious ski resort, and why not? Winter is always fun, and more so if you have a dollar to spare.

Finland

If you seek to catch the glimpse of nature and truly white winter, then Finland is a shortcut to the absolute whiteness. They even have Santa Claus living just behind the polar circle! And if you go high enough to the very Northern areas of Finland, you will surely see all the colors of Northern Lights.

Being home to various winter sports and crazy activities, Finland will not leave you wondering what is the essence of winter vibes. And if you are crazy enough to go full in, you will see how people master wintertime. From saunas to winter swimming to ski jumping and nordic combined discipline, there is a wide range of activities you can do. And – did we mention raindeers? If you want to catch a vibe before going, a recommended movie is “Sami Blood” showing the harsh lives of reindeer-breeding Sámi peoples. The movie is set in neighboring Sweden in 1930s, and it may also be wise to visit Sweden if you are traveling from afar. Fun fact? Finland used to be ruled by Swedes for centuries and still has two national languages. If you go more to the west, you will definitely encounter Swedish more, and if you are a  Dane or Estonian, you may very well get by using your mother tongue – Danish and Swedish are very similar, just as Estonian and Finnish.

Norway

If going outside of the European Union is not a dealbreaker, then Norway should also be on your travel list. It is wild (and expensive), yet going to mountains and seeing the views of mountain lakes and fjords will definitely be worth it. You may also ski downhill or do cross-country skiing. If you are more up for a laid-back atmosphere, you may want to go for dogsledding. Just get ready for a cold breeze and adrenaline! Ice fishing and ice skating are also popular wintertime activities, and you may do them anywhere you wish. For ice fishing, you do not need to obtain a license either, but better go prepared and in a company, especially if you are a first-timer. How often do you get a chance to slide over ice clearly seeing every single water green right under you?

Iceland

Of course, Iceland. No wonder, huh? Not that much of an ice cube anymore, yet full of breathtaking landscapes and views. You can cross-country ski, get into the sauna or even do mountain climbing here. Or, alternatively, you can ‘cuddly’ up with a cup of hot chocolate in an igloo or far-away farmhouses to relax from the busy city streets and finally enjoy freedom from all the responsibilities. If you are a photographer, there is no limit of your wandering photo walks, as the landscape colors change with every hour of the day. From rosy to green to burning yellow, nature presents itself at its best here. Be prepared for extreme weather though, just like in any other Northern country.

 

If you want to go from fairy tale to reality without losing the adventure and beauty, then you must visit Northern Europe whilst it is winter. From truly laid-back wintertime activities, like shopping in Christmas markets and dog sledding, to sports such as skiing and snowboarding for more active travelers, winter shall not be a threat but an opportunity to see the countries in their real light. Nature is breathtaking, but so are people, welcoming at houses with glogg and egg liqueur, or hot tea after a cold, crisp winter day outdoors.

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