April 2024: Step into summer with a £500 John Lewis shopping voucher

Please note: this prize draw is now closed.

The warmer days and lighter nights are upon us. So, now’s the perfect time to start getting ready for summer. And we’re here to give you a helping hand.

This month, in partnership with small ship cruise company Variety Cruises, our lucky prize draw winner will receive a £500 John Lewis shopping voucher to spend how you choose. Perhaps a new summer wardrobe is in order filled with all the essentials, or you’d like to spruce up your garden with a new furniture set or barbeque. Maybe you’d like to treat yourself to the latest tech from TVs to tablets or home appliances. The choice is yours.

Spend your summer sailing the Ionian Islands

You may choose to spend your shopping voucher preparing for the trip of a lifetime with Variety Cruises. On their seven-night Ionian Odyssey Cruise you’ll experience a different side of the Greek islands with emerald landscapes, sparkling turquoise waters and colourful tranquil port towns.

Embark on a wonderful yacht cruise in the Greek Ionian islands and immerse yourself in a world of enchanting beauty. Explore emerald landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see, where hillsides are adorned with vibrant flora. Dip into crystal clear turquoise waters from the vessels swimming platform. Wander through colourful port towns, each exuding a tranquil charm that invites you to savour the unique essence of Greek island life. This is a voyage to a realm where every moment is painted in hues of serenity and magic. Embarking in Athens, highlights include Ithaka, Kefalonia, Paxos and Corfu as well as a transit of the spectacular Corinth Canal.

You’ll be sailing onboard M/Y HARMONY G – a modern elegant mega yacht with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. With just 21 cabins and around 40 guests you’ll feel at home and thoroughly taken care of thanks to the Captain, Cruise Co-ordinator, and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members.

Available sailings:

  • June 2024 – 21st, 28th
  • July 2024 – 12th, 19th
  • August 2024 – 16th

10% discount available on all sailings.

For more information and a personalised quote, call Silver Travel Advisor on 0800 412 5678.

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Variety Cruises & Silver Travel Advisor – April 2024 prize draw

  1. The prize includes one £500 John Lewis shopping voucher courtesy of Variety Cruises.
  2. The prize draw is open to residents of the UK, aged 18 years or over, except employees of Variety Cruises and Silver Travel Advisor and their close relatives, partners or friends and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation of the prize draw.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this prize draw.
  4. By entering this prize draw, an entrant is indicating his/her/their agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. This competition is not in any affiliation with John Lewis.
  6. The prize is as stated, and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is non-transferable and is subject to availability.
  7. If a winner does not claim their prize within one week, the prize will be forfeited, and another winner will be selected.
  8. By entering the prize draw each entrant accepts that the winner’s name and city of residence may be used for promotional purposes by Variety Cruises or Silver Travel Advisor.
  9. No responsibility is accepted for entries, notices, acceptances, tickets, goods or other documentation lost or delayed in the post.
  10. Winners will be solely responsible for any tax liability incurred as a result of this offer. The organisers’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered.
  11. Entries for the prize draw will be accepted until the closing date 30th April 2024.
  12. The winner will be notified in early May 2024, and full details of how to receive the prize will given at that time.

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March 2024 – Walking with Nomads

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    1. Can’t wait for the warmer weather, lots of gardening, days out and trips to the South Coast over the summer.

    2. I would like some warm dry weather as I have just joined a group that does local walks – be nice to see local places that I have not seen.

    3. This August we have a cruise booked, so looking forward to be back at sea, the perfect holiday for us!

    4. Any chance of a night away is appealing to us, time in a lovely hotel with a dinner cooked for you and a nice bottle of wine followed by good breakfast.

    5. Oh for the warmer weather to arrive! So looking forward to the garden and holidays to Royal Deeside.

  1. I am really looking forward to a week at a Villa on the Algarve in September, spending time with my Family especially my Grand Daughter!!

    1. I am really looking forward to a family holiday in July to Cambrils with daughter, son – in – law & 3 year old granddaughter Summer who is the loveliest little girl, beach, swimming pool, ice creams, smiles & laughter, is going to be wonderful.

  2. This summer I am most looking forward to a 14 day trip to New York on using Avios, with a 7 day cruise to Bermud in the middle! In particular, 4 nights at sea, so we can REST!!!

  3. This summer I am most looking forward to a 14 day trip to New York on using Avios, with a 7 day cruise to Bermuda in the middle! In particular, 4 nights at sea, so we can REST!!!

  4. I love getting out in my garden. A couple of hours tending the plants and cutting the grass gives me the rest of the day to lounge in my hammock with a book of my choosing totally guilt free!

  5. Most looking forward to warm weather this summer and dry weather. It’s been so wet here most of the plants in the garden are practically swimming to survive.

  6. Looking forward to long lazy days relaxing by pools and warm nights out exploring hidden gems in city side streets

  7. Looking for a change in the UK weather , being disabled the damp is playing havoc with my aching joints I just need some sun .Unable to travel abroad at the moment so restricted to uk breaks

  8. I”m looking forward to going to Jersey this Summer – a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I’m particularly looking forward to visiting Jersey Zoo, and also the War Tunnels.

  9. We’ve just come back from two weeks in Vietnam. A country I’ve always wanted to visit and it didn’t disappoint. We had four bases from Phu Quoc in the south to Hanoi in the north. The people, culture, food and sights will stay with me forever. An organised chaos kind of country, with people so ready to help you, and having an enormous pride in their country and what it has overcome in its history. We made memories to last a lifetime and everything was so ridiculously low cost. It felt very much like Thailand was, back in the early 90’s. Absolutely glorious.

  10. I’m looking forward to days of sunshine after so many weeks of grey cloudy sometimes stormy weather. I’m sure the weather was “better” in my youth!

  11. First full year of retirement after 40 years of self-employment; what a luxury not to have to work every day!

  12. The warmth of the sun allowing us to spend long summer days and evenings outdoors with friends and family.

  13. it’s been so cold and wet so i’m just looking forward to stripping off and soaking up the warmth of the sun on a quiet tropical beach somewhere, maybe an island in the Indian Ocean. anyone got any suggestions?

  14. I am looking forward to having new adventures in new environments to count towards my 70 before 70 challenges (13 months to go!)

  15. My son and family coming back for a visit after moving to Cambodia to live. I miss my Grandson so much, will be lovely to spend time with him and spoil him.

  16. Eating alfresco. Love sitting out with good company and good food. It’s a magical way to spend a warm evening and food always tastes better when eaten outside

  17. Looking forward to celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary in June with my sister and hubby who are flying over from Australia to share it with us!

  18. A trip to Namibia – seems such a strange and rather mysterious area. It will fulfil a long-held wish but it’s taken 83 years to get there!!!

  19. Looking forward to the warmer weather, more time in the garden and a summer holiday, although we do not know where we are going yet!

  20. I’m not sure where to go ,it will be my first ever holiday abroad so hopefully somewhere with lots of fantastic this to see x

  21. My 80th birthday treat was a trip to Galapagos Islands. My friend & I went with Hurtigruten Adventure cruise . Even with some restricted mobility I was well catered for on excursions. Although we were requested to stay at a distance from animals, they came up to people to investigate us. From a fluffy chick to Iguanas which walked right through the middle of our group and a seal pup tapping on the leg of a wet suited snorkeler on the beach. Was that a “come and play” or” feed me”?
    We saw all the animals and birds you would expect to see on the islands we visited and we saw a penguin a long way from its usual habitat. A wonderful trip.

  22. After 2 life altering illnesses in 2 months, I am most looking forward to getting out of my home and seeing the world again.

  23. This Summer I’m looking forward to lovely long walks in the Forest nearby where I live, when it finally dries out from all this rain!

  24. In so excited for the summer as my youngest son is visiting from Australia and we are of to Rome.

  25. I’m looking forward to eating fresh fruit and vegetables from our little veggie patch. Not looking forward to the weeding thought!

  26. Getting out and travelling as much as possible, whether it be a holiday, a day out or even a game of golf. There’s no point in putting it off at our age!!

  27. I’m looking forward to visiting Kefalonia in September as I’m looking to buy a property there for holidays and possible retirement home to live there permanently when I’m retired.

  28. I have at last finished the house and I am looking forward to starting travelling again. I am looking for a 3 day trial run to somewhere warm and after that the world is my oyster

  29. I am looking forward to travelling and exploring new destinations now my pension money has kicked in , I have a scratch map on the wall ready to be explored , cant wait to travel with my husband simon and meet new people and experience different cultures

  30. I’m looking forward to lots of trips to the seaside, days out with the kids and getting my washing dry outside! x

  31. Looking forward to sitting out in the garden reading a good book, I love the simple things in life .

  32. We are of to the FJORDS in a couple of weeks, & after a very stressful 6 months I cannot wait.

  33. I’m really looking forward to visiting Istanbul, followed by a voyage to Athens on the Star Clipper. Can’t wait!

  34. Looking forward to going to Wimbledon & spending a few days in Kent. Also going to San Diego to visit family.

  35. I’m looking forward to more daylight the prospect of good weather and much time spent outdoors

  36. I am looking forward to a river cruise, with some lovely food and drink. I especially enjoy drinking wine, whilst the cruise ship is sailing from place to place, with some interesting views to admire.

  37. I can’t wait to finish transforming our garden for the summer. We’re currently digging out a lot of hardcore the builders left in the flowrbed so we can plant them up and create a seating area to enjoy warm summer evenings.

  38. Off on a river cruise on the Dutch Waterways in a couple of weeks and then a sea cruise to France and Spain later in the year.

  39. My family are very much looking forward to our first cruise this summer. It’s a Disney cruise so even more exciting.

  40. Can’t wait to be able to get into our Frogeye Sprite again now my leg cast is off and I can walk better. Top down, sun shining and we can again explore our beautiful country.

  41. Crossing Norway off my bucket list with a 10-day holiday in the summer including trains and boats and planes.

  42. My wedding anniversary is in June. Myself, my wife, her daughter and her daughter’s partner together with two grandchildren shall all be going to Playa Blanca in Lanzarote to celebrate. Costing me a few quid, but it is something I want to do.

  43. Looking forward to the summer holidays and to spend day trips with my daughter at the seaside attractions around the UK

  44. I want to go back to Las Vegas – however I cannot say why? – What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

    1. Hi Eric, when you make it to Vegas it’s well worth a trip to a nearby town called Henderson which is about half an hour’s drive away. There’s a large shopping mall there and everything is half the price of the Vegas shops which are mostly full-price designer shops and little else. Enjoy!

  45. this would be lovely for our 40th Wedding Anniversary this year, sounds amazing, definitely need some sun after all the rain and dull weather we are having now!!

  46. I’m having our annual reunion of some nursing friends in Harrogate. We started training together in 1966.

  47. We’ve got a VW T5 Campervan.

    This time last year we upgraded it by changing the bed to a more versatile one, and added heating to extend our campervanning season.

    Unfortunately last year we didn’t get the chance to enjoy the fruits of our labours, as my Dad got ill in July and subsequently moved into a care home. The rest of the year was spent clearing out and preparing his house for sale to fund his care.

    Dad passed away in January, and his home has now sold.

    He enjoyed hearing about our campervanning adventures, and we’re ready to seize the day and have as many campervan trips as we possibly can this year. This will include a trip to North Wales to lay his ashes with my Mum’s.

    While we may not get abroad this year, we’re looking forward to seeing more of the UK in our warmer, comfier campervan, and living life to the fullest.

    We just need the Great British Weather to be kind to us!!

  48. I’m having our annual reunion of some nursing friends in Harrogate. We started training together in 1966.

  49. We now live right on the coast, so it’s like being on holiday everyday. I look forward to the summer when i can spend all day in the garden.

  50. I can’t wait to be able to spend a day syscling around the woods and exploring,in shorts and tshirt, loving the heat and good vibes.

    Stopping off for a pub lunch somewhere with a cold crisp cider – delicious!

  51. This would be a dream. It’s been a very tough 18 months and it would be wonderful to relax and forget for a while. Thank you xx

  52. We’re doing a self drive boat trip along the Caledonian Canal in August which should be amazing.

  53. This June I’m looking forward to a week of rock music provided by 17 amazing rock bands in the beautiful town of Lindos on Rhodes Island. I attended the Rockers Reunited rock week for the first time 3 years ago and I can’t wait to go back and meet up with lots of lovely like minded rockers from across the UK. It’s sure to be a great holiday.

  54. Making up for lost time this year after an injury so looking forward to short breaks, a river cruise and a family holiday

  55. I am walking the Wales coastal path in small sections and am looking forward to covering a bit more of the route this summer.

  56. Relaxing in our motorhome as we travel around the UK enjoying the long evenings and hopefully warm, dry weather.

  57. I’m looking forward to not having to wear a million layers to keep warm and feeling like a ‘michelin man’!

  58. This summer I am most looking forward to our upcoming rail tour of Scandinavia, having never visited any of the several countries there before. Or befive. Ha ha. Sorry.

  59. Cant wait for some warm, sunny weather to wander out with the dog & stop somewhere for lunch outside

  60. We are going to explore interior Northumberland around Hadrian’s Wall this summer as opposed to the coast which we have visited before. Sad we won’t see the Sycamore Gap tree.

  61. My husband has been working away a lot so I am looking forward to some time together and our holiday in Corfu.

  62. Looking forward to the end of July when our 2 Sons, wives and our 5 Grandchildren are getting together for the first time in over 2 years for a long weekend in Edinburgh.

  63. I’m looking forward to breaking up from school and enjoying the not rushing in a morning, leisurely dog walks and a lovely holiday spending quality time with my family.

  64. Having spent many years exploring the world we find ourselves restricted now to the UK. So looking forward to exploring our own country in more depth. Rather than exploring new cultures and food we are hoping to find local customs, dialects and regional foods on our doorstep.

  65. Looking forward to a week in Guernsey to visit family. This year we have timed it for the Guernsey air show. A relaxing week on this wonderful island. No language problems or foreign currency to worry about.

  66. I am looking forward to make the most of the lighter nights and do more things after work to soak up the sun. Even if it’s not that warm blue clear skies make all the difference!

  67. I’m looking forward to visiting Oslo and Bergen this year on an escorted tour. My paternal grandmother, who I never really knew, came from Norway. Unfortunately, as her surname was Olsen (equivalent of Smith or Jones) I stand no chance of tracing her. 😆

  68. Looking forward to visiting Riga for the first time. I love to visit and explore new places.

  69. Looking forward to being away in our motorhome, making the most of the summer months having recently retired!

  70. Can’t wait to get some sunshine and explore some new cultures, food and beautiful views in the Italian Lakes.

  71. I am lucky enough to be visiting Italy this summer and am looking forward to seeing the sights of Verona and Venice.

  72. This summer we are looking forward to taking the dog to the coast and staying somewhere beautiful.

  73. Looking forward to a week in Rhodes in June to ‘celebrate’ my 80th birthday, followed by a (almost) 4 week visit to family in Western Canada in August/September.

  74. This summer, Im looking forward to celebrating my birthday with the sound of the sea in my ears and the feel of soft sand between my toes. I’ll smell Chargrilled chicken and crunch into buttery sweetcorn and creamy coleslaw. That wonderful feel of sinking into a sun warmed chair and just letting go…

  75. I won a river cruise with Riviera Travel and we go in May. Never been on a river cruise before and honestly cannot wait. We are both so excited. Such a wonderful experience. The only thing I am worried about is that we may love it that much that we will want to go again and again!!

  76. I’m looking forward to having the freedom to travel again following a difficult year with a health problem for which I received excellent treatment from my local NHS Trust.

  77. My wife and I live in a very remote Hamlet in the Lake District so a nice hot long summer would be good.

  78. Looking forward to sunny days in the garden and on the beach. Long walks with dog in the local nature reserve.

  79. A nice river cruise for my wife and myself. We have cruised on the Douro which is our favourite so far.

  80. I am looking forward to the rain stopping! I am off to Belfast to visit the Titanic Museum this month and a weekend in Wales in May. I am just going to visit a few places in the UK this year.

  81. My family and I will be travelling to New York this Summer. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, so I can’t wait!

  82. I can’t wait to get my garden looking beautiful and inviting so I can enjoy summers with my friends and family, in the comfort of my own home.

  83. On the home front, the return of swallows which nest every year in our carport, love to watch them flying in and out. On the away front, we have a cruise booked to Denmark and Norway, two places We’ve never been to !

  84. After my daughter introduced us to Ibiza last year a return trip in early May,hoping to see the sun at last.Surprised how enjoyable it was for even the over 70,s.

  85. Good weather so we can spend as much time outdoors, hopefully get away for a few days, we love a city break!!

  86. City escapes are a definite must, I love a holiday exploring the historical culture and local food.

  87. I’m looking forward to going to the beach, enjoying the countryside hiking and making the most of the sun.

  88. The waiting for my husbands op to be over. We do not know when the operation will be so we cannot plan ahead. We want the operation to be over and for him to recover so that we can get on with our lives and plan a short holiday.

  89. Looking forward to my first visit to Tuscany, staying on an agriturismo – lots of good food and wine plus easy walks to look for wildlife.

  90. I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my family making special memories to treasure forever.

  91. Days on the beach with my one year old Grandson. They live near Whitley Bay and we have see him every other week and cannot wait to build sandcastles with him!

  92. I can’t wait for some sunshine and adventure! We are hoping to go camping in The Gower Peninsula. It looks so beautiful and unspoilt.

  93. Having a change of scene and recharging our batteries, plus having some quality time together.

  94. I can’t wait for lazy Sundays, strolling along the River Wandle with our friends and dog, stopping off for a glass of ice cold sauvignon blanc in a pub or two.

  95. Sitting in the garden with the sun on my face, admiring the flowers I have planted and the simple pleasures in life🌷❤️

  96. spending time with my sister and her family who live in New Zealand who I haven’t seen for nearly four years, planning trips to Spain, Ireland and Wales and so looking forward to it.

  97. I’m really looking forward to my snorkelling holiday with my husband in the Maldives. It’s a bucket list holiday and we have been fortunate enough to be able to afford go.

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