National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2019

Our fifth 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.Thursday, 6 June 2019

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)

We asked, you answered.

We’re excited to announce the shortlist for the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2019, as voted for by you.

Returning for its fifth year, the 2019 awards represent the last word on the best places, experiences, hotels and personalities that make our travels meaningful and memorable. This year sees the addition of six new categories.

The winners are set to be announced on 4 December. Stay tuned.

The National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2019 is in association with Audley Travel.

The shortlist

One to Watch (city/region)

Firm Favourite (country)

New National Treasure (UK attraction)
Alexandra Palace Theatre, London
Hebridean Whale Trail
National Maritime Museum, London

Far & Away (overseas attraction)
Skywalk at Fuxi Mountain, China
Statue of Liberty Museum, New York
Street Art Museum, Amsterdam

One for the Kids (family experience)
Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Conwy
Bear Grylls Adventure, Birmingham
Tiger Lodge, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Kent

Right Track (rail)
Glacier Express’s new Excellence Class, Switzerland
DiscoverEU and Interrail's programme offering free train travel for 18-year-old Europeans
New Caledonian Sleeper trains

Across the Waves (cruise & expedition)
Celebrity CruisesXpedition, Galápagos Islands
Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Alaskan itineraries

Domestic Bliss (UK hotel)
The Black Bull, Sedbergh, Cumbria
The Pig at Bridge Place, Kent
Titanic Hotel Belfast

The Destination Hotel (overseas hotel)
Capella Ubud, Bali
The Retreat Hotel at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Rooms of Rome, Italy

Unique Stays (accommodation worldwide)
Panorama Glass Lodge, Iceland
Shipwreck Lodge, Namibia
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka

High-Flyer (airline)
British Airways
Virgin Atlantic

The Big Operator (tour operators & travel agents)

The Small-Medium Operator (tour operators & travel agents)
Exodus Travels
G Adventures
Intrepid Travel

The Innovator (industry movers and shakers)
Aberdeen Airport’s therapy dogs
Eurostar’s virtual guide to aid travellers with autism
Visit Faroe Islands’ 'Closed for maintenance, Open for voluntourism' island clean-up initiative

Book Worm (travel books)
Around the World in 80 Trains, Monisha Rajesh
The Kindness of Strangers, Fearghal O'Nuallain
Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road, Kate Harris

Sound & Vision (TV & radio)
Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby (BBC Two)
The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan (BBC Two)
Travel Man (Channel 4)

Beyond the Recipe Book (food & travel)
Around the World in 80 Food Trucks, Lonely Planet
Copenhagen Food: Stories, Traditions and Recipes, Trine Hahnemann
The Life of Tea, Michael Freeman and Timothy d’Offay

Tastiest Food & Travel Show (TV, radio, podcasts)
The Hairy Bikers' Mediterranean Adventure (BBC Two)
Nadiya's Asian Odyssey (BBC One)
Rick Stein's Road to Mexico (BBC Two)

Foodie Hotspot (destination)
Cape Town
San Sebastián

The Wish List (destination)
New Zealand

Special contribution to travel
To be announced

The prizes

Seven-night holiday for two in the Dominican Republic
The winner and a guest will jet off to this Caribbean paradise, courtesy of Air Europa, and stay at the Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine in Punta Cana: a lush oasis set amid luxurious beaches, swaying palms and ocean views. On offer is a free diving class in the hotel’s swimming pool, and guests can take their pick from an array of dining options: there’s an international buffet, restaurants serving Japanese and Peruvian food, plus Italian and fine-dining establishments.

A two-night stay for two in the Lake District
On the shores of Ullswater, Another Place, The Lake is perfect for couples who value getting active as much as relaxing. The winner and a guest will win two nights on a B&B basis with dinner on both nights, lake sports lessons and a spa treatment at the Swim Club. Guests can swim the lake-view pool or follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright and explore the region’s dramatic fells. 

£50 voucher at Stanfords
We’ve got five vouchers, each worth £50, to give away courtesy of historic bookshop Stanfords. Home to the world’s largest collection of maps, travel books and globes, Stanfords has been inspiring and informing travellers since 1853. Use your voucher online or whisk yourself around the world by browsing the shelves at Stanfords’ Manchester, Bristol or newly relocated London stores. 

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

The sponsors 

Audley is one of the UK’s most highly regarded tour operators. Its trips are tailor-made down to the finest detail to suit customers’ tastes and interests. Audley has experts for each of its 80 destinations, giving it the inside track on the experiences others might miss, and the ability to create meaningful, responsible travel experiences.

Flight Centre
With more than 80 stores in the UK, Flight Centre is a travel agency offering amazing travel experiences. Its experts are passionate and knowledgeable, and have access to the best deals, so they can organise a holiday that’s unique to you. Head online or go in store for a chat to find your perfect trip.

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Check out the winners from 2018. 

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