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British Airways isn't having a brilliant week. After delaying a Jumbo load of Gatwick-bound passengers from Miami by 48 hours - and paying them pounds 500 compensation - the airline is off-loading its remaining seats to Seoul at hilariously low prices. Following the economic downturn in Korea, BA is ditching the route when summer schedules start at the end of March. Anyone who can fly there and back before then pays just pounds 199 through Flightbookers (0171-757 2444).

A boat

Few tourists get as far north as Spitsbergen, location of the world's northernmost permanent settlement. On 23 August, though, a party of 48 will travel to the Arctic island - split between Norway and Russia - to begin a cruise through the far north aboard a former Soviet polar research vessel, MV Professor Multanovsky.

From Spitsbergen, the vessel will set sail across the Greenland Sea for a voyage along the coast of east Greenland, ending in Iceland. The 13- day tour, organised by Noble Caledonia (0171-409 0376), costs pounds 2,850 in a twin-bedded cabin (pounds 910 extra for sole use). The price includes flights on SAS via Oslo.

A train

Dr Beeching hounded the railways out of Dartmoor, but with a little detective work you can make tracks half-way across the national park when Okehampton, in Devon, rejoins the national rail network at Easter. Wales & West begins Sunday services from Exeter along what used to be a Plymouth-to-London main line. Call 0345 48 49 50 for details.

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Aus-Mex? That's the latest offering at the Outback Steakhouse on Cancun Island in Mexico's Yucatan. The pioneers on scheduled flights from Gatwick this month can enjoy bonzer burgers in the Caribbean.

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Down four cans of Grolsch lager, and you qualify for a pounds 77 return fare from one of a score of British airports to Amsterdam on KLM uk.

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