National Theatre of Costa Rica, San Jose (Getty images)

Where to go and what to know, from the Independent travel team

Finland flights

Finnair has launched flights from Edinburgh to Helsinki, opening up its long-haul route network to Scottish travellers. The new service will operate three times a week, increasing to four over the summer, with onward connections to destinations including Hong Kong, Beijing and Seoul. finnair.com

Accessible travel website

Limitless Travel is a new website with travel information for people with disabilities or mobility issues. Users can search for hotels or attractions based on their needs, for example, if they need wheelchair access or are hearing impaired. A disability advisor can also provide further information. limitlesstravel.org

Dublin attraction

Epic Ireland, a new interactive experience telling the story of Irish migration, opens on 7 May. Located in Dublin’s historic CHQ building in Custom House Quay, it will feature themed galleries, such as Motivation (why people left Ireland) and Influence (what Irish people did in their adopted homelands). Entry €16. epicirelandchq.com

Nepal challenge

Charity Challenge's new expedition to Nepal gives travellers the chance to help re-build the country after the April 2015 earthquake, after the FCO lifted its warning against all but essential travel to Nepal last month. The 10-day Nepal Community Challenge will visit the rural Gorkha region - the epicentre of the quake - in February 2017, with participants helping to build schools. Volunteers must pay a deposit of £500 and raise £2,975 in sponsorship, which will cover international flights, accommodation, all meals, transfers, a challenge leader, construction supervisor and medical backup. charitychallenge.com

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Rebuilding in Nepal (Charity Challenge)

Way to San José

Competition to Costa Rica is set to intensify from this winter when Air France starts a twice-weekly service from Paris CDG to San José. The non-stop link will have connections from airports across the UK, and will compete with the new British Airways service from Gatwick to the Costa Rican capital. airfrance.co.uk

Great escapes

Bletchley Park, the Second World War codebreaking base, is to host an open-air cinema for Second World War movies on 2 and 3 September - on its croquet lawn. The first screening is The Great Escape, followed by The Imitation Game - which tells the story of the codebreaker and pioneering computer scientist, Alan Turing, and was partly shot at Bletchley Park. bletchleypark.org.uk

Temporary hostels

The Scottish Youth Hostels Association is opening three temporary hostels using student accommodation in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, from mid-June/early July to the end of August. 199 beds are at Cowgate in the centre of Edinburgh, with 110 in Glasgow and 65 in Perth. syha.org.uk

Overland for less

The Dragoman spring sale begins today, with 20 per cent off almost all land prices (i.e. not air fares or kitty) for departures before the end of June 2017. Excluded from the deal are family trips, Rio Carnival packages and journeys to Bhutan. dragoman.co.uk

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