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Voting in our third annual Reader Awards has now closed. Thank you to all those who responded.

The Awards will be the definitive word on the best places, experiences, hotels, operators, attractions, media and more, as shortlisted by our judges and voted for by you. There’s a host of exciting new categories this year — so think back over the past year in travel and get voting!
You can vote in up to 18 categories.

You don't have to vote in every category, but you must vote in at least 10 to be entered into our prize draw.

For most categories, you can select from one of the options shown or enter your own nomination in the 'Other' box.

In some categories, we've given you free reign to nominate your own favourite and a space to let us know why they've caught your eye.

The prize draw is open to residents of the UK and Ireland aged 18 and over. The deadline for voting is 23.59 (GMT) on 30 September 2017. Full T&Cs available at

Rising Star

Hold off on the big hitters for a minute; we want to know about the places making a name for themselves. What city or region is suddenly getting rave reviews? Where surprised you? Our winner will be stealing the spotlight from more established destinations.

Return Ticket

It’s the destination you keep going back to, again and again. The question is simply this: which country is your favourite?
New National Treasure
UK attraction

Had a day out in the UK that’s worth shouting about? Our readers know a good thing when they see it. We want to hear about Britain’s best new attractions — somewhere with a knack for delighting and surprising its visitors. It could have opened in 2016 or launched a new exhibit, or maybe it’s made some changes and is finally finding its groove. Where’s exceeding expectation to pull in the punters?

Far & Away
Overseas attraction

Be it a thought-provoking museum, a thrilling theme park or a must-see monument, new experiences and attractions are popping up all over the world. Tell us which overseas attraction turned your head.


Landmark Legend
Famous attraction

Which bucket-list attraction is your all-time favourite? Is there a monument or sight that exceeded expectations and that you've raved about ever since? Is it the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, the Eiffel Tower or Uluru?


Write a brief sentence describing why you've chosen this landmark
One for the Kids
Family experience

Who or what makes life easier for a travelling family? Where brings big experiences to small people, and pure enjoyment to hard-working parents? From savvy tour outfits and resorts, to tailor-made activities and idyllic places, we’re rewarding travel experiences that please all the family. What really worked for you?


Write a brief sentence
Right Track

Have you seen the world from the comfort of a well-appointed carriage? We’re celebrating rail experiences, from luxury transcontinental journeys to impeccably serviced short hops, or high-tech, high-speed connections that make sitting in a seat a unique travel pleasure.

The ExperienceTravel experience

What experience has really brought a destination to life for you? We want to know what you’ve been writing home about. What has really brought a destination to life for you? What has helped you get under its skin and get a feel for its culture and people? Is it a hot air balloon flight, a food tour, climbing, diving or behind-the-scenes access?


Write a brief sentence describing why you've chosen this travel experience
Across the Waves
Cruise & ferry

From smooth-riding river cruises to plush ferry services, travel experiences afloat can leave you feeling truly buoyant. For the more adventurous, there are pioneering expedition ships that reach places other tours simply cannot, and hands-on boating experiences that put you at the helm. Where and how do you love taking to the water?

Domestic BlissUK hotel

This UK hotel can be part of a franchise, but what sets it apart from the rest is its indie spirit, innovative design and unique British service. Effortless comfort and class play a big part too of course, be it an exemplary B&B or a boutique retreat, a country house hotel or an urban bolthole.


Write a brief sentence describing why you've chosen this hotel
The Destination HotelOverseas hotel

Some hotels are destinations in their own right. From all-knowing concierges to oh-so-helpful hosts, a great hotel can give you an insider’s take on a place, and with great design and carefully curated facilities, they can be far more than just a place to lay your head.


Write a brief sentence describing why you've chosen this hotel
Travel ExpertsTravel company/professional

The brains behind the operation — agents and operators have the inspiration and know-how to turn our travel whims into expertly organised, once-in-a-lifetime trips. We want to know who you recommend for service, quality and expertise — could it be a guide, a concierge or member of staff?


Write a brief sentence describing why you've chosen this travel company or professional
High ClassAirline experience

Our champion will be an airline that has impressed our readers with the quality of the experience offered. From seating to service, entertainment to ambience, these guys excelled. Which carrier wouldn’t you mind circling the runway with a few times?


Write a brief sentence describing why you've chosen this airline
True ClassAirline value

This airline offers serious bang for your buck. It isn’t necessarily about no-frills flying — we’re looking for the carrier that offers genuine value for money. When did an airline give you far more than you expected for the price tag?


Write a brief sentence describing why you've chosen this airline
Green Light
Eco travel

Be it a hotel, a travel company, a region or attraction, we want to applaud the forward-thinking eco warriors out there. Who, where or what has caught your eye this year?


The Oracle

There are online travel products so outstanding that we’d like to pin a medal on them (if they weren’t all binary codes and ether). Blogs and vlogs, booking sites and review platforms — here’s to the online resources that make 21st-century travel a joy. But who’s your champion?

Book worm

Which travel book knocked your socks off? Took you on a literary foray to lands unknown? Expanded your mind and inspired your next trip? Kept you on the edge of your seat, furiously turning pages?

Screen & Sound
TV & radio

Is there a TV or radio programme that encapsulates all that’s good about travel? Has a presenter or podcast host made you want to dig out your passport? There’s a lot of inspiration out there in the media, so let us know what has fired up your wanderlust.


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