CLOSED: National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2021

Our sixth annual Reader Awards will celebrate the best places, experiences, hotels, operators, authors, podcasts and more, as shortlisted by our judges and voted for by you.

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 3 Jun 2021, 09:51 BST, Updated 30 Sept 2021, 16:20 BST
The National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2021 offered voters the chance to win the following prizes.

The National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2021 offered voters the chance to win the following prizes.

Photograph by National Geographic Traveller

Looking back at a year like no other, the 2021 Reader Awards is asking you to vote for the destinations that kept your spirits up — virtually or otherwise — and had you itching to travel again. We want to reward the companies that gained or retained your trust and the travel TV shows and books that inspired you, as well as innovative online visitor experiences, standout attractions and unique stays up and down the country. So, vote for your favourites today — there are 23 fantastic prizes to be won, listed below.



1. A week’s stay at a trullo villa in Puglia, Italy
You and five friends can spend a week at beautiful Trulli Olea, one of Puglia’s distinctive conical-roof houses, complete with private pool. Set in the countryside near the whitewashed hilltop town of Cisternino, Olea has a gorgeous shady gazebo for al fresco dining, hammock-strung terraces, a farmhouse kitchen and three separate apartment bedrooms decked out with local handicrafts.

2. A three-night guided UK walking break
Team up with your favourite walking partner to enjoy a three-night guided walking holiday with HF Holidays, whose trips involve a stay in country houses nationwide. Up to three walks a day, ranging from easy, medium to hard, are led by an experienced HF Holidays Leader. On your return, refuel in comfort with full-board accommodation at your chosen HF country house.

3. A £300 Citalia voucher
With 90 years’ experience, Citalia’s carefully curated trips span 300 hand-picked hotels, bespoke cultural itineraries, beach breaks, and exclusive train journeys. So, whether you dream of a Tuscan road trip or an indulgent Sicilian beach break, these travel vouchers, and Citalia’s expertise, will help you get there.

4. A free magazine subscription
Fancy a year’s worth of National Geographic Traveller for free? Well, we’ve got 20 subscriptions to give away — so get voting.



The winners will be announced in the Jan/Feb 2022 issue. Voting and prize draw close 30 September 2021 at 23:59 GMT and are open to residents of the UK and Ireland aged 18 and over. Prizes subject to availability. 

The prizes in the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2021 are kindly provided by Relax Puglia, HF Holidays and Citalia.

Photograph by National Geographic Traveller



By participating in any promotion, you are deemed to accept these rules and the specific directions/terms and conditions applicable to the relevant promotion as well as any terms and conditions of any relevant third party.

The Promoter
The Promoter is APL Media Limited, Highgate Studios, 53-79 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL.

The Prize
There are 23 prize(s) in total. The prizes are:
- One (1) x one-week stay at Trulli Olea, Italy with Relax Puglia
- One (1) x three-night guided walking holiday with HF Holidays
- One (1) x £300 Citalia gift voucher 
- Twenty (20) x one-year subscriptions to National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Specific terms and conditions apply to each prize.

A week’s stay at a Trullo Villa in Puglia, Italy
The prize includes: holiday accommodation for one week including services and accommodation for up to six people from the same family, inclusive of linens, towels, pool towels, private and sole use of the property and the swimming pool.

The prize excludes: damage deposit of €500, car hire, local services requested such as tours, chef in house, air travel or related costs to arrive at the destination, airport transfers; travel insurance; the cost of any passports, visas, or travel documentation required for the prize winner to travel to Italy; airport transfers between the prize winner’s home and the departure airport; personal spending money; tips; or any food, drink or activities not mentioned in the prize description. Any additional taxes, costs and expenses incurred during the trip will be the responsibility of the prize winner.

The prize cannot be used for stag/hen parties, birthday parties or youth group parties. Right of entry will be otherwise refused. All house rules must be followed as specified in the House Guide. Italian law must be respected at all times. Entry will be refused to anyone who has tested positive for COVID in the last two weeks, or anyone evidently inebriated or using illegal drugs.

A contract will be drawn up for the use of the property as if the winner was a normal paying guest, specifying the names, and ages of those participating in the prize. 

The winner must communicate all personal details required to register their presence in the country with the authorities as required by law before arrival to Trulli Olea.

Relax Puglia’s standard booking terms and conditions will apply, which can be viewed at: 

The prize is valid for travel from 1 May 2022 to 15 June 2022 or 15 September 2022 to 31 October 2022. Blackout dates of 15 June 2022 to 15 September 2022 apply. 

It is the winner’s responsibility to check all visa, passport, travel insurance and health requirements are fulfilled and/or travel restrictions or requirements to enter the country.

The prize must be booked at least 30 days in advance of the intended date of travel. Prize winners are advised to book as early as possible. Subject to availability. Please check before making flight arrangements and hire car.

Three-night guided walking holiday with HF Holidays
There is one prize consisting of a three-night guided walking holiday at an HF Holidays UK country property for two people sharing a twin or double room on a full board basis.

The prize includes: The prize is a 3 night Guided Walking weekend in a standard double or twin room with option to upgrade to a premium room for extra size or views. Includes Full Board accommodation from arrival to departure for 2 people sharing, arriving Friday departing Monday, staying at a HF Holidays UK country property of the winner’s choice. 

The walking holiday offers a choice of up to three walks each day, ranging from easy, medium and harder walks, which will be led by an experienced HF Holidays Leader. Walking routes will be outlined by the Leaders during the arrival evening, and can be selected the evening before the day of the walk. 

Any travel expenses, or any other expenses in the general use of and enjoyment of the prize, that the winners or their guests incur are the sole responsibility of the winners or their guests. Spending money, travel insurance, transfers, optional activities and personal expenditure or incidental costs are the responsibility of the winners. Travel to the holiday location is not included.

The prize winner and guest must be aged 18 or over. The prize is subject to availability, non-transferable, non-refundable and there are no cash alternatives. 

The prize is valid for travel until 31 October 2022 and the holiday must be completed by this date

It is the winner’s responsibility to check all visa, passport, travel insurance and health requirements are fulfilled.

£300 Citalia gift voucher
There is one (1) prize consisting of a £300 Citalia Holiday voucher.

The prize is a £300 holiday voucher that can be used on any Citalia holiday from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022, which must be booked by 31January 2022. The voucher may not be used in combination with any other offers.

To redeem the voucher, the winner must book their holiday by phone and quote the voucher code supplied.

One-year subscriptions to National Geographic Traveller (UK)
There are twenty (20) prizes, each consisting of one (1) one-year print subscription to National Geographic Traveller (UK) including delivery to a UK address. 

All Prizes
The prize is subject to availability, non-exchangeable, non-transferable and non-refundable. The prize for this Prize Promotion will be given to the winner as set out in these terms and conditions. The winner must accept the prize in that form. There is no cash alternative. No alternative will be offered. 

In the event of cancellation by the winner, for whatever reason, no alternative prize will be given. 

The prize provider and Promoter retain the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event that the original prize offered is not available.

The Promoter will not be held liable for a prize if it does not reach the winner for reasons beyond its reasonable control.

The winner uses the prize at their own risk. 

The Promoter shall not be liable in any way for any failure, liability or breach by any third party in connection with this Prize Promotion or prize and accepts no responsibility for any loss, property damage or personal injury suffered by the winner relating to this Prize Promotion or the prize, except in the case of death or personal injury caused by Promoter’s negligence or fraudulent misrepresentation and, so far as permitted by law, the Promoter its associated companies and agents exclude responsibility and all liabilities arising for reasons beyond its control including any act or default of any third party supplier.

Entrants must reside in the UK and be aged 18 or over.

Employees and agents of APL Media Limited (APL) or any company connected with the production or distribution of a promotion or any of their associated companies are not eligible to take part in the applicable promotion, nor are their relatives or members of their families or households. 

Entrants can enter the Prize Promotion only as specified in these terms and conditions.

The winner may be required to provide the Promoter with the form of proof of identity as Promoter in its sole discretion requests before receipt of any prize. Failure to produce sufficient evidence as to identity may result in disqualification.

No entries from agents, third parties, organised groups or entries automatically generated by computer will be accepted. No incomplete, illegible or corrupted entries will be accepted.  Failure to comply with any of these terms and conditions (including instructions) will disqualify any entrant from taking part in the Prize Promotion and the entry will be invalid. The Promoter retains sole discretion to refuse entrants the right to enter if it feels that these terms and conditions are not being complied with or for any valid and justifiable reason.

The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and/or winner and/or amend these terms and conditions at any time in its absolute discretion.

Entries and Prize draw
To enter the prize draw, entrants must fill in the Reader Awards survey form available at:

Entrants must vote in at least ten (10) of the fifteen (15) available categories to be entered in the prize draw. 

The Prize Promotion closes at 11.59pm GMT on 30 September 2021. All entries must be received before this time. Only one entry per named entrant and email address will be accepted.

The winner will be drawn at random from valid entries received before the closing date.

The winner will be notified by email within 14 days of the Prize Promotion closing. The winner will be contacted using the email address provided at the time of entry. Once notified, the winner must reply within 10 days.

If the selected winner is unreachable, ineligible, disqualified or fails to claim the prize within 10 days of notification being sent by the Promoter, that winner automatically forfeits the prize.

The Promoter’s decision in this Prize Promotion is final and legally binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

Prize Promotion
No purchase is necessary for entry in the Prize Promotion.

Any entry made giving another person’s (or a false) name or other dishonest information will be disqualified.

Publicity and Personal Data
All personal data submitted by an entrant in connection with this Prize Promotion is submitted voluntarily. All personal data collected from entrants will be used by the Promoter for the purpose of administering the Prize Promotion and by entering this Prize Promotion, entrants’ consent to Promoter using this information to contact them in respect of the prize. 

Entrants may consent to receiving National Geographic Traveller (UK) email newsletters containing the latest travel features, events, competitions and offers, by ticking the relevant box on the entry form. 

If at a later stage you wish to withdraw your consent to receive such materials please select the “unsubscribe” link which can be found on the National Geographic Traveller (UK) newsletters. Further information about how the information gathered will be held is available from the Promoter’s privacy policy.

Entrants may also consent to receiving direct marketing communications from National Geographic Partners and/or the prize providers by ticking the relevant boxes on the entry form. If you consent to such marketing your information will be processed in accordance with the privacy policies specified with the relevant tick box on the entry form.

You are under no obligation to consent to emails or direct marketing material and this in no way affects your eligibility to still enter the Prize Promotion.

By entering into this Prize Promotion you consent to your personal data being passed outside the EU for the purposes of processing and storing on the Promoter’s servers for the purpose of administering the Prize Promotion. 

By entering this Prize Promotion, each of the entrants agree to the use of their name and/or likeness without compensation, for the Promoter’s promotional and marketing purposes.

Entrants indemnify the Promoter, its agents, employees, representatives, associates, affiliates, parent and subsidiary companies against any and all claim, losses, costs, damages, liability and expenses arising out of the entrant’s breach of any of these terms and conditions.

Each entrant by entering this Prize Promotion expressly releases the Promoter, its affiliates, agents, employees and directors from any claim, action or demand arising out of or in connection with the Prize Promotion or their prize, if any.

The Promoter reserves the right to modify these rules, suspend or discontinue the Prize Promotion at any time, including without limitation where it is necessary to do so due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control or if it cannot be guaranteed that the Prize Promotion can be carried out correctly for technical or legal reasons or if the Promoter suspects that any person has been manipulating the administration of the Prize Promotion or has acted unethically in any other way.

The determination and decision of the publishers of the Promoter on all matters shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

The laws of England and Wales govern these terms and conditions.

*External link. This competition is organised by APL Media Limited, publishers of National Geographic Traveller (UK). Any personal data submitted will be processed in accordance with APL Media Limited's privacy policy, available here.


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