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Here at Activities Abroad we know that think that witnessing the Northern Lights is a real bucket list item for many families, which is why quite a few of our snow holidays include opportunities to witness Mother Nature’s greatest light show!

However, seeing the elusive Aurora isn’t quite as straight forward as simply jumping on a plane to the Arctic and hoping for the best. As with any natural phenomenon there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to give you and your family the best chance of ticking the magical display off your bucket list. That is why we have put together our five top tips to help you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights with your family this winter! Read on to find out more!

Mark McFaul

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It is safe to say that here at Activities Abroad we get very excited about the onset of a new winter season. Not only do the winter months in the Arctic bring with them a host of exciting family activities such as dog sledding and reindeer sleigh rides, they also give our families one of the first opportunities to go in search of the Northern Lights!

Mark McFaul

Jo Robertson

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Thursday, 04 April 2019

Jo started as a placement student in 2006 as part of her Travel and Tourism Management degree and the rest they say, is history. Born in Newcastle and raised by very active parents, she was lucky enough to spend many summers camping and hiking in the Alps and skiing during the winter. Weekends were spent outdoors mucking about in boats or in the hills, and whilst she begrudged being dragged up windy mountains as a child, she still does all of these things now!

Mark McFaul

Brexit Guarantee

The Brexit extension to 31 October 2019 has provided absolute certainty that all current arrangements for summer travel will remain as they are today. For example:

If you plan to drive in the EU, you won’t need an International Driving Permit, and if you are taking your own car, you won’t need a Green Card for insurance. 

You will be able to move through UK ports and airports as usual, using the EU/EEA passport gates.

All consumer rights and benefits from EU laws will also remain including airline compensation for cancellation or delays, and the ability to use your mobile phone abroad without additional charges.

You will still have access to state medical care in any EU country as long as you have an up to date European Health Insurance Card.

What will happen after 31 October 2019?

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, the result of Brexit won’t increase your holiday price, even if we incur additional costs

*Brexit Price Guarantee Terms: Once your booking has been confirmed by us, we won’t apply any surcharges caused by Brexit to your holiday, even if our costs increase due to Brexit. Normal charges apply if you amend or cancel your booking. Guarantee only applies to the basic holiday cost and does not include optional upgrades or ‘personalise’ items. Guarantee can be withdrawn/altered at any time without notice (this will not affect bookings already confirmed). Flight supplements may still apply if they cannot be secured at the time of booking for any reason.

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.

Mark McFaul

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If you are anything like us then you have probably started to dream of escaping the cold dark days of winter and embark on a family adventure to sunnier climbs! Now it might only be January but the good news is that the some of our favourite sunny escapes are just around the corner!

Although we love the Mediterranean islands of Sicily, Gozo and Croatia, there is one destination that we are particularly excited about – Madeira! Not only is this sub-tropical location full of picturesque landscapes, fascinating culture and dramatic views but it is also home to some wonderful family activities too! However, rather than rambling on for too long we’ll let the pictures do the talking. So, sit back and prepare yourself to be inspired!

Mark McFaul

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As a UK-based travel company, we know that the issue of Brexit is something that is of concern for all the families that travel with us.

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.

Mark McFaul

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With Christmas just around the corner it won’t be long until the memories of mince pies, turkey and presents start to fade and you’ll find yourself longing for your next family holiday. Although February half-term provides plenty of exciting opportunities to escape to some incredible destinations with your children, here at Activities Abroad we’re also starting to get excited about the Easter holidays!

Mark McFaul

WINNERFTA18 BestAdventureSpecialistForFamilies

We have some great news that we are delighted to share with you all – we’ve only gone and won another award!

Activities Abroad is delighted to announce that it has been named ‘Best Adventure Specialist for Families’ at the prestigious Family Traveller Awards 2018!

Mark McFaul

☀️Win With #MyActivitiesAbroad!☀️

Share your photos to be in with a chance to WIN a £100 Ticketmaster voucher and a case of wine!

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At Activities Abroad, we absolutely love to see what you get up to with your families on your adventures away with us. Whether you’re enjoying snorkelling with dolphins in The Azores, white water rafting in Croatia, or rock climbing in Gozo - we want to be a part of the action!

Share your holiday photos and videos with us and we’ll select one lucky winner over the summer holidays to receive a £100 Ticketmaster voucher and a case of wine! There will be two runners-up prizes of Waterstones vouchers worth £25 too!

It’s very easy to enter – simply follow these four steps to be in with a chance to win:

1. Take a photo or video to commemorate your time spent together as a family!

2. Post your picture on FacebookTwitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MyActivitiesAbroad and make sure to follow our social media pages too! 

3. Keep an eye out for your photo on our Activities Abroad Facebook page!

4. At the end of the summer holidays we’ll decide on the best photo and the winner will be announced on social media! Easy-peasy! 

Good luck! 


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