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Jo started out working for our sister company Activities Abroad in 2006 as a placement student, and the rest they say, is history.

Having grown up as a member of a very active family, Jo now lives on her husband’s family farm in Northumberland where she can indulge her passion for ‘The Great Outdoors’. Having been on active holidays throughout her life, The Aurora Zone is the ideal place for her.

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As we have mentioned in many a previous blog, March is a brilliant time to go in search of the Northern Lights. This is not just our personal opinion either! Studies by NASA solar physicist David Hathaway show that March is one of the most geomagnetically active months of the year (see graph below), and the reason for this is springtime. Or to be more accurate the spring equinox.


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Our Brexit Guarantee

Written by Mark McFaul
Thursday, 28 February 2019

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Our Brexit Guarantee

Written by Mark McFaul
Thursday, 28 February 2019

Peace of mind for your holiday

Book now to secure your holiday price and have peace of mind, that no matter the outcome of Brexit, the cost of your holiday will stay the same.

With our ‘Brexit Guarantee’*, you can rest assured that you can book your holiday now and no matter what happens on the 31st October 2019 (or before), the result of Brexit won’t increase your holiday price, even if we incur additional costs.

As Brexit continues to be negotiated, we understand that this uncertainty may lead to concern amongst those planning a holiday. Though we will not know final answers until a deal is agreed, or a no-deal exit is confirmed, both the government and ABTA maintain that travel beyond 31st October 2019 should not be affected.

We have put together some Brexit FAQs below, but if you have any further concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Some travel advice for Brexit

Written by Mark McFaul
Wednesday, 19 December 2018

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As a UK-based travel company, we know that Brexit is an issue of concern for all travellers.

That is why we have decided to answer some of the common questions to help explain what Brexit might mean for your travel plans after 29 March 2019 when Great Britain is set to leave the EU.


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Our top 10 Aurora breaks for March 2019

Written by Mark McFaul
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

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A question we are asked almost every day here at The Aurora Zone is “when is the best time to see the Northern Lights?”. Now, when dealing with a natural phenomenon such as the Aurora Borealis, it is pretty hard to answer this question with any degree of certainty as its appearance can rarely be predicted accurately much more than a few hours in advance.

However, we have successfully chased the Northern Lights for quite a while now and it fair to say that March has become a particular favourite amongst our Aurora Experts for a number of reasons.


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Travel Competition

Written by Mark McFaul
Friday, 30 November 2018

Share your #AuroraZoneMoments to WIN a £50 John Lewis and Partners voucher!

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Do you have a photograph from your Aurora Zone holiday that captures a special moment? Well, we'd love to see them! Enter our monthly #AuroraZoneMoments competition for a chance to win a £50 John Lewis and Partners voucher!

How to enter: 

1. Upload your travel photographs to social media using the hashtag #AuroraZoneMoments. Make sure you like and tag our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages too!

2.  We'll repost your picture on our social media channels. (Top tip: double-check your post is not ‘private’!)

3. Our panel of Aurora Zone judges will pick a winner each month and announce it on The Aurora Zone Facebook page!

We look forward to seeing you experience your #AuroraZoneMoments and we wish you a once-in-a-lifetime Northern Lights holiday with The Aurora Zone. Good luck!


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Image Credits: Antti Pietikainen


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If you have been keeping up to date with our blogs then you will remember that we recently mentioned why we love Coronal Holes so much (you can find out more here).

The key thing to note about Coronal Holes is that they are one of the causes of solar winds which, in turn, cause the Northern Lights to appear in our skies. Although less violent than Coronal Mass Ejections (the other source of solar wind), they are more stable. So much so, that they often reappear 27 days after their first appearance on the surface of the sun.


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Good news from space!

Written by Mark McFaul
Friday, 16 November 2018

Nellim Credit Matt Robinson 1

If you read our blogs regularly then you will remember that we recently discussed why we really love Coronal Holes (if not you can catch up here). Not only do Coronal Holes produce high-speed streams of Solar Wind which often manifest themselves as the Northern Lights but they also help in predicting Auroral activity too.


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If you are like us, then you will probably know the feeling of watching as the excitement builds and builds towards the 25th December before it crashes down again on the 26th- that is of course until the 31st December!

Now, we love a New Year’s party as much as the next person and some of the fireworks displays on offer can be wonderful. However, if you really want to celebrate in style and enjoy a light show like no other then there really is only one thing to do – book yourself a New Year Northern Lights escape!


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