Tips and deals of the week: 15/08/2010

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Gap year deals

If this week's A-level results aren't quite what you'd hoped for, check out the gap-year adventures now on offer from Travelmood.

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Get four to Venice for £199

Thomson Al Fresco is offering 40 per cent off a week in the Marina di Venezia park near Venice for a family of four staying in a mobile home.

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Half-price Thailand

Hayes & Jarvis is cutting in half the price of a two-week holiday to Phuket. Price £679 including return flights, transfers and B&B.

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The luggage

Is it a bag, is it a seat? New for children, the BoostApak can be used as both a rucksack and a car booster seat. Price £39.99.

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The guide

Europcar and the Guild of Food Writers have produced the Roadside Gastro Guide, on where to eat near major roads around the UK.

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The attraction

Visit Castle Sinclair Girnigoe in Scotland, which has just reopened to the public following £700,000 of restoration work.

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The kit

Pack an eco-friendly re-usable cup for your travels. Just out, the KeepCup is available in three sizes and costs from £8 to £10.

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