David Nicholls, no-fear flying, and the Northwest Passage: Travel agenda

 

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1. Time travel

Depart Gibraltar at 1.45pm, arrive in Tangier 1.25pm – that is the opportunity next summer with Royal Air Maroc's new link across the mouth of the Mediterranean. Flights will operate on Tuesdays and Sundays, using ATR72 aircraft. It will connect with flights from the UK to Gibraltar. royalairmaroc.com

2. No-fear flying

BA is hosting a course at Heathrow on 29 November to help nervous fliers overcome their anxieties. The £295 course explains how planes fly and how safe aviation is, and offers relaxation techniques. The day concludes with a short "flight to nowhere", enabling participants to put their new-found knowledge into practice. flyingwithconfidence.com

3. Join 'Us'

On 1 December author David Nicholls will be discussing his latest book, Us, at a Q&A organised by Voyages-sncf.com at its London Travel Centre. The Independent is offering readers the chance to win one of 20 pairs of tickets to the Q&A and cocktail reception by filling in a simple online form. http://www.bl.uk/events/lines-in-the-ice-seeking-the-northwest-passage

4. Brum scrum

Starting this weekend, Network Rail will implement "crowd control measures" at Birmingham New Street station on Friday evenings and at weekends, to prevent overcrowding in the run-up to Christmas. CrossCountry, whose hub is at the station, urges travellers to allow extra time for changing trains. crosscountrytrains.co.uk

5. Mara Watch

On Monday, wildlife guide and photographer Paul Goldstein and zoologist Mark Carwardine will present the story of a year in the Masai Mara. The event takes place at the Royal Institution in London. Pre-booked tickets are £16, with all profits donated to conservation projects in Kenya. bit.ly/MaraMonday

6. NW exhibition

The Northwest Passage is the subject of the latest exhibition at the British Library, adjacent to St Pancras Station in London NW1. Maps and books from the collection have been augmented from other collections to tell the gripping story of attempts to find an Arctic short-cut from Europe to the Orient. http://to www.bl.uk/events/lines-in-the-ice-seeking-the-northwest-passage

7. Light up Lyon

From 5-8 December, around 50 light installations created by artists from around the world will illuminate the centre of Lyon during the Fête des Lumières. You can fly from Birmingham on Flybe, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Stansted on easyJet, and from Gatwick and Heathrow on BA. fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr

8. Bag bargain

Virgin Atlantic Little Red, which connects Aberdeen and Edinburgh with Heathrow, is doubling its baggage allowance from 15 December to 1 February 2015. Passengers can check in two 23kg bags. It is the only public- transport option operating between London and Scotland on Christmas Day. virginatlantic.com

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