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Dear Silver Travellers

It’s good to hear that more and more silver travellers are not only taking well-deserved holidays here in the UK but also in Europe too. Negotiating ferry terminals, Eurostar and airports with the requisite vaccination certificates and test results is all becoming part of the ‘new normal’, as is a face mask in every pocket. And it is manageable, a worthwhile ‘best foot forward’ experience that means you can get away for a break. Remember when plastic bags for liquids and toiletries were a hassle? Now they are just routine. It’s amazing how we adjust, especially when there’s a holiday a few hours away.

Is it true that Christmas decorations have been spotted in the shops? The countdown begins! You might like to think about festive breaks (hot or cold), family gatherings and winter wonderland trips. This year we so deserve these treats.

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Win a weekend in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic

This month we’re delighted to bring you the chance to win a weekend in the most stunning city of Prague, with its magical architecture and romantic old city. For those who love to shop, you’ll be given treats at the Fashion Arena Outlet Prague too, including a shopping voucher worth around £195. Sign up to join a webinar on this exciting country, with the first 150 people being sent 2 bottles of Budweiser Budvar too.

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Cayman Islands’ incredible wildlife

Looking for your next wildlife adventure? You may not have considered the Cayman Islands, but the British Overseas Territory located in the western Caribbean Sea boasts an abundance of indigenous wildlife, flora and fauna. See endangered Blue Iguana and Banana Orchids at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, or rare red footed boobies on Little Cayman. Glimpse spectacular bioluminescence or the coastal birds and iguanas of the Cayman mangroves on a kayak tour, or even swim with stingrays.

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The Silver Travel Book Club in Cyprus

This month we’re off to Aphrodite’s Island, in the Mediterranean, with Songbirds by Christy Lefteri. It’s a tale of love and loss, which is much reflected in the history of Cyprus over the centuries. Biblio Travel, one of the country’s largest tour operators, are sponsoring the Book Club this month and their holidays here offer great opportunities to enjoy culture, exceptional beaches and glorious weather.

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Self-drive holidays in Sweet Home Alabama

Alabama conjures up so many images – music, especially blues and country, the civil rights movement and its legacy, rugged National Parks, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the Gulf Shores and wildlife including sea turtles and dolphins. Along with a little (now legal) moonshine at the many craft distilleries. And all reached at your own pace on a self-drive holiday!

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We all love a magic show but what happens when it goes wrong?

Win tickets to see Magic Goes Wrong in November 2021 at the Apollo Theatre in London’s lively West End. Join a hapless gang of moderately skilled and accident-prone magicians presenting a charity fundraiser. As the accidents spiral out of control, so does their fundraising target! Laughter is guaranteed. We have 3 pairs of tickets to give away.

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Take the high road with Cosmos

"The 5-night Scottish Highland Explorer tour with Cosmos proved a total antidote to the curtailment of travel over the last year or so. Roaming through the uplifting scenery and romantic history of the Highlands on this wide-ranging and well-organised tour will open your eyes to the beauties of the British Isles", writes Gill Haynes. Based at Inverness, the tour takes in the battlefield of Culloden, Cawdor, Blair and Eilean Dornie castles along a whisky distillery and seafood aplenty.

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Japan – Olympic success and so much more

We’re all buzzing with Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic medal successes this year, with Japan really exciting our curiosity. Whether it’s fast-paced Tokyo, cultural and historic Kyoto, foodie Osaka or the hot springs and natural beauty of Kyushu, this country is a fascinating combination of revered traditions and the ultra-modern. Wendy Wu Tours has journeys to showcase the best of Japan.

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Wonderful White Cliffs in Sussex

Gillian Thornton walked out with HF Holidays, "Standing on the clifftop above Beachy Head lighthouse, warm sun on my face and flower-splashed grass beneath my feet, I felt I had finally ticked a long overdue box. Far below me, the azure water of the English Channel was retreating from the gleaming chalk cliffs, whilst ahead, the unmistakeable outline of the Seven Sisters rippled towards the horizon".

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Happy holidays for those living with dementia

Dementia Adventure is an award-winning charity that has specialised in offering supported holidays for people with dementia and their families for 12 years. They don’t want money to be a barrier to people accessing the support they need, which is why, with thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, they have been able to set up a support fund for people who need it the most.

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Destination Dubai – escape the winter

With winter approaching, you may have started dreaming of warmer climes. Think of Dubai on the Arabian Gulf, basking in a subtropical desert climate. Whilst it is famously home to ultra-luxurious hotels, there are many well-priced, international brands of hotel to suit every budget here too. Sun, sea, sand, shopping, culture new and old, hiking, golf and water sports too. Let Freedom Destinations create the Dubai experience you’ve been waiting for.

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Experience Normandy’s delights with Eurocamp

Normandy, home of Calvados, the Bayeaux Tapestry and exceptional seafood, can be overlooked as you bustle on to more far-flung regions. Stroll about Deauville for the chance of bumping into Hollywood A-listers, this is now an ‘in’ place at the late summer film festival. Honfleur is a charming fishing port, where the Old Harbour is overlooked by narrow houses up to seven storeys high.

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Discover Holiday Property Bond for yourself

The best way to get a feel for the high standard of holidays that you could enjoy as a Bondholder is to book a private tour of one of the properties. Held at HPB locations around the UK, these give you the chance to get under the skin of the Bond, take a tour of the properties and try the facilities for yourself – with no pressure!

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A change of scene for everyone - whatever your requirements

If you are less mobile these days or using a wheelchair, there are holidays that will provide the transport and accommodation you need, in a safe and secure way. Revitalise Respite Care run three UK centres, designed to accommodate almost all disabilities, with nursing staff and volunteer assistants. Enjoy short breaks, excursions, themed weekends and evening entertainment.

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Our prize winners – happy silver travellers indeed

Cynthia Walker from Stoke-on-Trent will be stretching her legs on a short break from HF Holidays, our July prize. The May/June Biblio Travel prize of a holiday to Cyprus was won by Pat Flisher of Windsor. The wonderful trio of UK hotel prizes, also in May/June, have gone to delighted winners: Sheila Hassan of Winchmore Hill won vouchers for Pride of Britain Hotels, resident of Coddenham John Pelling is looking forward to his 2 night stay and treats at Hartwell House & Spa and Chichester’s Caroline Hutchings can’t wait to visit The Athenaeum for her 2-night stay and wonderful extras.

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Fit for travel with pilates

Pilates is one of the best ways for over 50s to get fit; it offers numerous mental and physical health benefits without being too taxing on the body, and is loads of fun too, according to the Gransnet users who’ve tried it. So, if you’re tempted to give it a go, here’s what you need to know from our friends at Gransnet, plus some tips on how to find a class near you.

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Variety Cruises – mega yachts worldwide

An idyllic way to travel; with up to just 50 passengers, these 11 beautiful yachts cruise Greece and her islands, West Africa, Costa Rica and Panama, Tahiti, the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. Writers Helen Jackson and Steve Newman recommend these cruises. Exceptional individual service is included, bring your own designer shades and slip into the film star lifestyle.

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Madeira – gorgeous gardens and blooming nature

With a delightful sub-tropical climate, this Atlantic island is home to an exceptional range of flora and fauna, including exotic fruits and endemic species. Funchal’s botanical gardens display more than 2,000 plant varieties. Beautiful quinta gardens allow you to explore domestic planting too. October’s Flower Festival offers a kaleidoscope of colours as floral works of art take centre stage, decorating the streets.

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Cruising is ever safer with Silversea

"We can control the environment on the ship. There’s always been hand sanitiser, especially near restaurants. And we have seriously increased onboard cleaning. The aim is to leave nothing to chance", says Peter Shanks UK MD, "even the air quality is improved, with each cabin having its own individual supply. The high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters have been strengthened to ensure greater air purity levels." Reassured? We are!

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Canada, a greener shade of green!

If you’re dreaming of a glorious holiday in vast natural surroundings, Canada has to be your choice! Currently, on the UK Government’s green list, it is just the place to visit after months at home. It’s easy to take a camper van or a road trip, staying at small hotels through uncrowded countryside. Try the Atlantic coast, just across the pond, or go west to British Columbia in search of bears and beasties.

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Snow and ice, so very nice in Lapland!

Embrace the joys of a wintery landscape and the wonder of Lapland with Inghams. Get your best warm woollies ready and head off into the Arctic Circle for skiing and activity holidays. As well as the chance to see the Northern Lights, you can try out reindeer safaris, husky rides and driving snowmobiles. Or give ice fishing, ice carting and horse-riding a go. Excellent offers right now!

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In your bubble with Original Cottages

Once the little darlings go back to school, favourite beauty spots and beaches become much quieter, ideal for a short break away, perhaps with your canine companion. Make the most of late summer days for walking and cycling, or a potter with a pub lunch. Original Cottages have individual properties across England and Wales, large enough for all the family or small and cosy for a couple or solo traveller.

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The OceanMedallion – contactless across Princess Cruises’ ships

You could wear gloves or avail yourselves of the wonders of technology with Princess Cruises’ OceanMedallion. It’s all yours on board and gives you touchless embarkation and disembarkation, keyless stateroom entry, completely contactless payments, simplified safety training and on demand food, beverages and retail items delivered anywhere onboard. And you can track your travelling companions too.

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Italy with Ramblers Walking Holidays

Go down south for rather special experiences: start with three nights in Matera, a maze of steep alleyways, winding staircases and bijou courtyards that just invite exploration on foot, followed by four nights at Alberobello, where you meander amongst whitewashed trulli, their conical roofs topped with decorative pinnacles and painted with religious and mystical symbols. You’ll be escorted with guides in a walking group, staying a comfortable, traditional hotels.

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New features this month

Our collection of articles by trusted travel writers continues to grow.

John Carter regales us with a Foxy Tale.

Marion Ainge stays at Ees Wyke Country Housein the Lake District.

Carole Tidball walks with HF Holidays in Whitby.

Nick Henley takes a hike to watch the Tour de France.

Diana Bentley finds attractions near Chania, Crete.

Gillian Thornton enjoys exhibitions and afternoon tea at Blenheim Palace.

Natasha Blair explores the delights of the Isle of Wight.

Solange Hando takes a short break in Andorra.

Reza Amirinia takes in the natural beauty of Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

Richard Villar reminds us to leave no trace when out walking.

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Silver Travel Video

Immerse yourselves in stunning landscapes, beloved by Beatrix Potter, wonder at the beauty of the lakes and stay still to watch the wildlife. Get far from over busy life in the Lake District and Cumbria with Sally's Cottages.

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Silver Travel Podcast

Back on the sea again and thrilled to be so, Jo Rzymowska of Celebrity Cruises shares her pleasure at sailing on Celebrity Silhouette.

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Best wishes, stay safe and well.
The Silver Travel Advisor team