Tips & deals: 05/07/09

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The competition

Don't miss your chance to enter this year's IoS / Insight Guides travel photography competition. Take a photo on the theme of "fire" to win a commission to photograph a future Insight Guide.

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The lodges

Two new Highland Bothies have opened at Alladale Wilderness Lodge & Reserve in Scotland. Eagles Crag and Ghillies Rest both sleep up to four in contemporary comfort, with access to a full programme of country pursuits.

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The book

One for the coffee table, Adventure! by Time Out Guides is a colourful collection of 40 exciting active experiences from around the world that aims to inspire, whatever your fitness level. Just out, it costs £16.99.

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The bargain

Save £376 on a seven-night, all-inclusive holiday at the Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort in Mexico with Thomson ( Departing 15 July from East Midlands Airport, the price is £609 per person, based on four sharing, including return flights and transfers.