Tips and deals: 03/05/2009

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The gear

New for this season, the belted Nosquito Hepburn Jacket is designed to give protection from sun, showers, humidity and insects. Price £80. Go to

The guide

Sharing Somerset's Secrets is a new free guide to the county, offering useful tips from locals, travel experts and a few celebrity fans of the area. Go to

The gadget

Book from a choice of 19,000 hostels or budget hotels on your iPod Touch or iPhone with a new travel accessory application called Hostel Hero. Download free from

The bargain

Save £250 on a week's self-catering in Samos with Sunvil Holidays. Stay in a studio sleeping two, price £329 per person, including flights and transfers, from 21 May. Go to