This Week's Tips For Travellers

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The tour

Ever wished your family could get the 'Who Do You Think You Are?' treatment? Sue Hills, a director of the TV series, has launched Ancestral Footsteps to offer luxury tours with a genealogical twist. From £25,000, it's not cheap – but it is the trip of a lifetime.

The holiday

Go on a learning curve for your next holiday. New online specialist offers educational trips embracing languages, sports, well-being, food and drink, and creative subjects, with more than 700 experiences in 30 countries for education-hungry travellers to book.

The competition

Don't miss your chance to enter the 'Independent on Sunday'/Insight Guides travel photography competition ( Send a winning portfolio on the theme of "Water" and you could win a commission to photograph a travel destination for a future Insight Guide.

The deal

Spend a week in Dorset for £415, saving £50 on the brochure price, with Dorset Coastal Cottages ( The offer applies to a seven-night break beginning 13 June at Milton Cottage, a two-bedroom thatched property sleeping four in Winfrith Newburgh, near Lulworth.