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you can have a free scuba-diving lesson at your local British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) centre in the week 14-20 September. The 40-minute dive sessions, in heated swimming pools, are being arranged to introduce people to the sport. Call freephone 0500 947202 to book.

pounds 1

you can travel anywhere and back on the Thameslink rail network, on Sunday May 24th. This includes for example, London to Brighton or London to Gatwick Airport. Tickets will be available from Friday 22nd May.

pounds 150

you can have a go on an airline training simulator, normally used for pilot training. Forget computer games: this simulator costs millions of pounds and enables you to experience the real thing, turbulence and terrifying crashes included. The price includes a briefing and one hour in the cockpit, 20 minutes of which will actually be flying. Call 01223 300300 for a voucher which can be used at one of several sites round the country.

pounds 190

you can take a two-night break in North Yorkshire and try driving off- road in a four-wheel-drive car. Maps are provided for the two three- hour driving sessions, which involve steep climbs and twisting descents through the 10,000-acre Langdale Forest. Price includes two nights full board in the Hackness Grange Country House Hotel. Call English Rose Hotels on 01723 374374.

pounds 399

you can spend 14 nights in the sunny Maldives at the Reethi Rah resort. This bargain price includes flights, B&B accommodation and boat transfers, and is based on two people sharing. Departures available for 24 and 31 May. Call the Holiday Place on 0171-431 0670.

pounds 449

per person, two people can spend a week in Viareggio, Tuscany's largest and busiest beach resort. The price includes B&B accommodation, flights from Manchester and transfers. Departure date is 30 May only. Call Citalia on 0181-686 5533.

pounds 499

per person, you can enjoy a World Cup package in France this summer. The price includes return travel to France, transfers and accommodation in one of three Club Med resorts - which have been converted into villages of football - plus a match ticket to one of the lesser (not England) games. Call David Dryer Sports Tours on 0171 831 7799.

pounds 899

per person, you can spend 10 days touring New Zealand in a motorhome with unlimited mileage. This excellent price includes scheduled flights and the first night's accommodation in a hotel, plus the use of the motorhome which will enable you to reach virtually any part of the country. Call Hemmingways on 01737 842735.

pounds 2,098

you can see the magnificent Naadam Festival in Mongolia, the local equivalent to the Olympic Games or the World Cup. A huge display of Mongolian wrestling, archery contests and horse races takes place. The price includes return flights, 15 days hotel and traditional ger accommodation with most meals. Other highlights include the Gobi Desert, Karakorum and the Trans-Siberian Railway. Departs 5 July. Call Bales Worldwide on 01306 885991.

pounds 2,595

you can get the same World Cup deal as above, for pounds 499, except that in this case the match you get to see is the World Cup Final. Depart 9 July, return 13 July. If your team makes it to the final, you will not regret booking. Otherwise you probably will. As before, call David Dryer Sports Tours on 0171 831 7799.

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