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Travel agenda

From New Zealand by app to making momos in mountains

Panama push

Next year marks 100 years since the Panama Canal was completed on 15 August, 1914. In the lead up to the event, six Holland America Line ships will sail the waterway with varying itineraries of 10 to 22 days, starting in September and running until April next year. Fares from £589pp (hollandamerica.com).

Swedish swing

The Way Out West festival takes place in Slottsskogen park in Gothenburg, Sweden from 8-10 August, with a line-up that includes Neil Young, Grimes and Alicia Keys; tickets Sk1,940 (£193) (wayoutwest.se/en).

Picture perfect

The Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition is back at the Royal Geographical Society in London until 18 August, with the latest award-winning images, plus photos from the RGS archive. There will also be a range of talks and workshops (tpoty.com).


The fare, in pounds, of flying Royal Brunei from Heathrow to Melbourne and back over Christmas and New Year – but only if you fly out on 24 December and return on 1 January. Lower fares are available on a range of off-peak days, but only well away from the festive season. Stopovers are permitted in Dubai and Brunei (flyroyalbrunel.com).

Cornish curry

Rick Stein's cookery school in Padstow has two new courses to tie in with the chef's BBC series on India. The one-day Indian Street Food class is £198pp on various dates, while the two-day Cooking from India is £360pp on 16/17 October (rickstein.com).

Eastern islands

Intrepid's new nine-day Burma Sailing Trip takes in the South-east Asian nation's more remote islands. Highlights include the white-sand beaches of Myauk Ni and snorkelling with turtles near Ba Wei. From £1,455; flights extra (intrepidtravel.com).

Appy travels

The new "Essential New Zealand" app highlights 1,000 travel experiences across North and South Island, with photos, prices, maps and free advice (bit.ly/appNZ).

Mountain meal

Himalayan Footsteps has a new foodie tour of Nepal that will teach travellers how to make dishes such as momos (dumplings); £1,048pp (himalayanfootsteps.com).