AriesPage of pentaclesYour usual take-charge, take-no-prisoners attitude may be missing in action at the beginning of the week. While it’s a little disconcerting, it’s not necessarily a bad thing; experiencing travel by observing and absorbing can be equally rewarding. Let your surroundings rub off on you rather than vice versa. And never fear — your active, initiating spirit returns Wednesday afternoon and stays for the whole rest of the week. You’re making fast friends out of chance encounters and drinking up the local culture ’til you’re all aglow. Cheers!TaurusQueen of SwordsTravel often prompts self-reflection, and your trip brings up some deep emotions (possibly surrounding relationships) on Monday and Tuesday. Let yourself experience the moods, but be aware that your sensitivity is heightened by new surroundings. After midweek, your ability to charm is amped up — especially regarding people of other cultures, as your natural empathy and genuine interest prompt them to tell their tales as well. By the weekend, seeing things from other perspectives brings your mindset full circle — you’re getting the kind of deep understanding you’d hoped for and are having fun doing it.GeminiThe DevilDo a little reconnaissance at the beginning of the week. Some observation of and insight about your surroundings and the tone of the local culture are in order; then you can calibrate your trademark charm and wit properly. By Wednesday, you’re connecting with people on their level and then taking it even deeper. It’s amazing to find kindred spirits who can change your life in such a short amount of time. You’ll want to make time for some solo-style activities this weekend, though; there’s no freedom like the freedom of the road.advertisementCancerThe MagicianYou’ve got that funny feeling where you’re already nostalgic for this trip at the beginning of the week — that’s how good it is. Stay in the moment and enjoy the gift of the present without thinking too much about the future. Meanwhile, be cautious about more pedestrian matters, especially when signing bills. After Wednesday, a little self-indulgence is in order, whether that means a solo hike, a relaxing massage or a great local meal. This weekend, you may need an interpreter even when conversing in your native tongue; make extra sure your intent is clear.LeoSeven of WandsYou never expected this would explode into a conflict, but that seems to be what’s happening. Someone has a bruised ego. And that’s never a pretty thing to deal with. It might be a good idea (just for the sake of your own sanity) to lay low. Do your own thing. Do some research. Listen to what other people have to say. There’s no sense in bringing your own ego into the mix, and if you play it cool for a while you’ll have so much more leverage later on.VirgoAce of SwordsCommunication’s key for your trip on Monday and Tuesday. You’ve got practical matters to discuss as well as stories to tell — and listening to others broadens your mind in amazing ways now, even (or especially) if they have very different points of view. These encounters are what travel’s all about. Be daring from Wednesday through Friday; what you get may not be perfect, but it’ll make the fabric of your trip so much richer and more interesting. Fun’s in the cards this weekend, as careful planning pays off (and in the unplanned department, you may encounter a little romance).LibraNine of swordsBalance your desire to get the best deal with getting the best experience at the beginning of the week. Come in under your travel budget in one area and enjoy a big splurge or buy a special gift for someone back home. Think local and explore like crazy from Wednesday through Friday; ask for recommendations, avoid chain stores, eat in little places that are crowded with happy-looking people. It’s natural to think about home and the past on the road, but don’t dwell on it this weekend — enjoy the here and now.ScorpioPage of CupsYou’re a world-class traveler at the beginning of the week, and your magnetism and confidence mean you’re treated like a rock star wherever you go. Tip generously and treat everyone like your best friend — right now, they all are. You don’t usually have to work to differentiate yourself from the herd, but beginning Wednesday be sure to show you’re a traveler, not a crass tourist. Your sensitivity and giving reflect well on you and your place of origin. The weekend’s all about plans, whether for the rest of your trip or the rest of your life.advertisementSagittariusThe HermitExplore your internal landscape as you do the same with your physical surroundings on Monday and Tuesday. There’s so much to learn about yourself and the world; allow ample downtime for absorbing and processing it all. From Wednesday afternoon through Friday, though, it’s all about pure enjoyment. You’re earning goodwill and admiration, having unexpected adventures and loving life. Leave the shopping to the crowd this weekend; you’ll find so much more (and meet more new friends) while taking in some local galleries or in the bargain seats at a sporting event.CapricornKing of pentaclesYour practical nature and the allure of travel put you in a unique mindset on Monday and Tuesday. You’re objective yet introspective, and while you take in everything around you, you’re settling some personal issues as well. Reaching an important decision and reorganizing your hopes are easy now. Do a reality check on your plans and itinerary after Wednesday; it’s possible to do everything on your roster, but feeling rushed makes it hard to get a full sense of enjoyment. This weekend’s all about you, in the best possible way — the stars say follow your bliss and watch the splendid results.AquariusPage of PentaclesCushion your emotions on the road at the beginning of the week; some surprising stuff may be brought out in you now. Find a new friend to share it with (confiding in a perfect stranger can be very liberating), or join up with a group for an intriguing activity you wouldn’t undertake alone. Some amazing connections can be made after Wednesday; it’s a small world indeed, and degrees of separation may suddenly disappear. If Saturday or Sunday offers up a challenge, decline to take it and find another, easier way.PiscesPage of wandsBe prepared to stand up for yourself in a transaction with a hotel, an airline or travel agency on Monday and Tuesday. Know exactly what you’re paying for, and don’t hesitate to ask for the manager or take your business elsewhere. By midweek, traveler’s luck is back on your side; listen closely for fascinating details and explore, explore, explore. Taking public transportation can be an adventure you’d never get in a cab or rental car. This weekend, your karma has a quick turnaround time — do something sweet for someone and watch it come right back to you.