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.
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.
Peace of mind for your holiday
We appreciate that Brexit uncertainty has led to some concerns amongst those planning a holiday. However, we want to reassure our guests, once you have booked your holiday with us, the cost will not increase as a result of Brexit, even if we incur additional charges.
How will Brexit impact my travel plans?
The UK will leave the EU on the 31st January and will enter an initial transition period until 31st December 2020. During this period of negotiation there will be no immediate change to any regulations regarding travel – everything will remain the same for British Passport holders.
Your EHIC card will still be valid, you can still use EU passport lanes at passport control, you will not need a visa to enter Europe and your passport will only need to be valid for the duration of your trip. Essentially, things will continue exactly as they have been until 31st December at least, and ABTA have recently changed their travel advice to reflect this.
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.
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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.
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.
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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