Tell us about the warmest welcome on your travels for the chance to win a £400 Artisan Travel voucher


The cover story in Sunday’s print edition focused on UK hotels with a sprinkling of Christmas cheer, but some destinations offer a warm welcome whatever the time of year. We’d like to hear where you have felt most like a special guest on your travels, whether it was at a hotel or B&B, on a cruise, in a village community or at a family celebration, say. The reader who sends in the best entry wins a £400 voucher.          

About The Aurora Zone 

The Artisan Travel Company is an award-winning, financially protected, independent tour operator comprising The Aurora Zone (the Northern Lights holiday experts), Activities Abroad (the family travel experts) and Artisan Travel (destination experts for Nordic and Atlantic island travel).

The Aurora Zone ( is the original Northern Lights holiday specialist which remains dedicated to only one thing – showing you the aurora borealis. Years of passion, scientific research, expert local knowledge and first-hand experience have gone into designing the company’s holidays, resulting in an unparalleled collection of bucket list Northern Lights tours that give you the best chance of experiencing Mother Nature’s greatest wonder.

Explore Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway with The Aurora Zone’s experts throughout autumn, winter and spring and enjoy a variety of unique activities such as snowmobiling, husky sledding and reindeer experiences.

Search for the Northern Lights with The Aurora Zone

The Aurora Zone/Markku Inkila

The Aurora Zone/Antti Pietikainen


The Aurora Zone/Anthony Oberlin

About Activities Abroad

For over 15 years, Activities Abroad ( has been providing holidays that will help you explore the world with the whole family, taking care of the finer details, cultivating the moments that matter and ensuring the smooth running of your break throughout. Operating year-round and without a kids’ club in sight, you’ll enjoy bucket list snow adventures to Lapland and exciting multi-activity summer trips to Europe and beyond!

Visit Father Christmas in Finnish Lapland with Activities Abroad

Activities Abroad/Antti Piektianen

Meet huskies in Lapland with Activities Abroad

Activities Abroad/Antti Piektianen

About Artisan Travel

Artisan Travel ( provides remarkable year-round experience holidays combining destination knowledge with local expertise, to carefully craft itineraries which ensure you have more than just a holiday.

These experts offer an inspiring collection of holidays that indulge your passions, so whether you are dreaming of witnessing the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland, swimming with dolphins in the Azores, sailing Croatia’s Elaphiti Islands by catamaran or uncovering the tantalising magic of the Midnight Sun in Norway, Artisan Travel is the shortcut to your adventure.

Swim with dolphins in the Azores with Artisan Travel

Artisan Travel/Futurismo Azores Adventure

Tick husky sledding off your bucket list with Artisan Travel

Artisan Travel

The prize

The Artisan Travel Company offers a £400 voucher to the reader who sends the best entry. The voucher can be used towards a holiday booked through The Aurora Zone, Activities Abroad or Artisan Travel, subject to availability. Please note that the following vouchers are available: four for The Aurora Zone, two for Activities Abroad, and two for Artisan Travel. 

How to enter

Email your entry (no more than 150 words please) together with your name, address and phone number, by midnight on Wednesday Dec 4 to Bookings are subject to availability and offered according to the provider’s terms and conditions, published in full on its website. Only one voucher can be won per person per year. Other T&Cs apply. See for details.     

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