The Chinese New Year, the Year of the Pig, begins on Tuesday, 5 February, with celebrations set to last for up to two weeks…

Legend has it that females born in the Year of the Pig will be blessed with good fortune in their lives, so make the most of it by opting for enriching travel experiences in 2019.

Were you born in the Year of the Pig?

The Pig is the twelfth of the animals that occur in the Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Pig include 1935; 1947; 1959; 1971; 1983; 1995; 2007 and 2019.

Here’s where you can spend your good fortune in 2019.

1.    India

Women born in the Year of the Pig are also said to be kind and generous and believe in selfless service towards others. For those philanthropic individuals, India is a destination that will touch your heart and soul forever.

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“Home to 15-million people and bound to give many travellers culture shock, India isn’t always an ‘easy’ destination to travel to,” says Teresa Richardson, Managing Director of The Travel Corporation South Africa. “But with a Costsaver trip, you get all the essentials taken care of, while you can tailor-make your trip with a variety of optional extras.”

Apart from seeing the Taj Mahal and the chance to marvel at the many colours that adorn India’s streets, guests can delve deeper into the community with Costsaver. Meet the locals on a food tour in the old city of Delhi and visit Nizamuddin village, guided by a member of the Hope Project, an initiative which aims to boost education and health in the community.

2.    Nepal

Nepal is another perfect match for conscious ‘pig travellers’. A natural paradise for walkers, hikers, culture and wildlife lovers, Nepal is what Lonely Planet describes as “one of the world’s great travel destinations.” For ‘pigs’ looking for a more mindful travel experience, hike the rugged trails to Everest or admire the Himalayan views from a more serene viewpoint, G&T in hand.

3.    Peru

People born in the Year of the Pig can let loose their energy and enthusiasm in Peru, the mysterious land of the Incas. Watching the clouds swirl in over Machu Picchu or snapping that selfie with a photobombing llama in the background, ticks all the boxes for an active and soulful trip.

4.    The Amazon

Pigs’ are not wasteful spenders. However, legend has it, they do enjoy life and reward themselves for their hard work. The perfect travel treat surely is a journey into the Amazon.

Glide upstream through calm rivers or hike your way through the million-year-old rainforest where it is possible to spot macaws, howler monkeys, stealthy jaguars and even giant anacondas.

Once a place for the fearless and adventurous explorer, the Amazon has become much more accessible. Travellers are cautioned to travel responsibly and ensure that the only trace they leave behind are footprints.

“Opting for a respected and reliable operator, such as Trafalgar’s Amazon extension, will ensure that your travel is sustainable, supports the communities who live in this delicate ecosystem, and preserves it for future travellers,” Richardson maintains. “For financial peace of mind, Trafalgar’s rand price guarantee ensures that the price of your holiday won’t increase, no matter what happens with the exchange rate.”

5.    Africa

Another ideal travel match for a ‘pig’? Combining active adventure with unique cultures, Mother Africa will delight your soul while supporting local communities.

Feel energised by the spray from the Victoria Falls, feel the earth tremble in the Maasai Mara, and marvel at the wide open spaces and skies in the Serengeti.

For ‘pigs’ with sensitive hearts, visit Nairobi to connect with locals. Trips include a visit to the Shangilia Children’s Home, a centre for street and orphaned children, and, Richardson says, is a trip highlight.

No matter your zodiac, pig, rat, dragon or dog, these destinations are sure to delight. Make 2019 your year of living the good life. Happy travelling!