pounds 9.99

you can have the second edition of "The World Ski and Snowboarding Guide" published by Columbus Press sent to you by post. This compendious, statistic- filled directory of all world ski resorts is available at this price as an "Independent on Sunday" offer. Call 0171 417 0700, or write to Columbus Press Ltd, IoS Offer, Columbus House, 28 Charles Square, London N1 6HT.

pounds 25

you can have a room in any one of 57 Heritage Hotels on 14-16 November. The deal, which coincides with World Heritage Day, includes hotels such as The Crown at Amersham, where "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was filmed. To book call 0345 40 40 40 and quote "WH Day".

pounds 99

per person, you can watch Wales versus the All Blacks on 29 November at Wembley Stadium. The offer includes B&B accommodation on 28 November at the Forte Crest Hotel near Heathrow, reserved ticket and return escorted coach transfer. Call Superbreak on 0161 238 5257.

pounds 150

per person, you can spend a weekend exploring the paranormal with Archie Roy, Emeritus Professor at Glasgow University. The programme incorporates lectures, case studies and practical demonstrations on subjects such as telepathy and psychic photography. Price includes half-board accommodation at the Ardfillayne House Hotel. Call Bill McCaffery on 01369 720 501.

pounds 265

singles aged over 30 seeking a fun-packed New Year can take part in the festivities at the Moat House in Nottingham. This weekend break includes a visit to the oldest pub in England and a treasure hunt. New Year's Eve begins with a four-course meal followed by dancing. Call Solo's on 0181 951 2800.

pounds 465

per person, you can wake up on Christmas morning in a tent, 14,000ft up in the Himalayas. This trekking trip leaves Kathmandu, Nepal, on 22 December and returns on 3 January. The price includes land transport, camping accommodation, equipment, food and porters but not flights from the UK. Call Encounter on 0171 370 6845.

pounds 550

you can take advantage of the uncrowded slopes, great conditions and cheap lift passes on a pre-season skiing trip to Val-d' Isere, France. This one week trip, departing 14 December, includes flights, transfers, full-board accommodation and expert tuition. Call Ski Club of Great Britain Holidays on 0181 410 2000.

pounds 950

you can tour northern Vietnam on a 125cc Honda motorbike for two weeks. Starting in Hanoi, you'll take in spectacular mountain ranges, ethnic hill-tribe towns, border stations and imposing lakes on the way to Halong Bay. The cost covers simple accommodation, a motorbike, boat transport and guide. To join the next departure on 16 April 1998, call The Imaginative Traveller on 0181 742 8612.

pounds 1,545

per person, you can spend Christmas on the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles of the coast of Ecuador. Departing 17 December and returning 28 December, this offer includes 10 nights' full-board accommodation, a full tour of the Galapagos islands including walks and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Centre. For further details call Explore Worldwide on 01252 319448