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Sunday 24 May 1998
jet-lag sufferers can try an Energy Bomb. The latest miracle potion off the shelves has the usual wonder ingredients - honey, guarana, and three types of ginseng - but unlike others it apparently works. Our travel editor reported a definite effect, although he wasn't clear about exactly what it was. Unfortunately the remedy tastes so awful that a bout of jet lag might actually be preferable. It is also said to alleviate hangovers, so wash it down with a potent selection from the drinks trolley. Call Human Nature on 0171-328 5452.
two foot passengers can travel return on the ferry to Belgium. With Hoverspeed's two-hour crossing, you can leave Dover on the early morning ferry and be enjoying breakfast on the sandy beaches of Ostend by 9.30am. As part of the offer each passenger is entitled to a free pounds 10 voucher for duty- free purchases. Call Hoverspeed on 0990 595522.
you can enjoy a night in the company of the sparkling Shirley Bassey. Ms Bassey's Diamond Tour takes in the Royal Festival Hall on 16 and 17 June, and this price per person includes one night's accommodation and top-notch seats for the performance. Call London Travel Service on 01992 456178.
per person, you can go wreck-diving off the Isle of Man. Holidays are tailor-made to requirements and diving tuition can be arranged. The price for this four-night stay with B&B accommodation is based on two sharing, and there is a pounds 25 per person, per day equipment charge, including two dives. Call Everyman Holidays on 0345 023568.
you can go cycling from Cork to Kerry and raise money for the NSPCC at the same time. This five-day tour, from 10-16 September, takes in 180 miles of Irish scenery, passing through the fishing villages and along the coastal roads of the Mizen Peninsula. The 100 cyclists taking part will be expected to seek sponsorship to raise money for abused and neglected children. This price per person includes return ferry crossing, signed routes, maps, meals, luggage carriage and camp sites. For details, leave your address with the NSPCC on 0171-825 2605.
budding landscape artists can spend a week (6-13 June) painting in the 17th-century Tuscan farmhouses of Vallicorte. The itinerary lists excursions to the nearby medieval walled town of Lucca, a guided tour of Florence, and a day's painting on the lakeside where Puccini wrote his operas. This price per person includes airport transfers, all food and wine, excursions, and there is no single person supplement. Flights are not included, but can be arranged for (at present) around pounds 185. Call Anglo- Italian Study Tours on 0171-916 7323.
you can go hippo, white rhino and gorilla spotting on a 17-day tour through Kenya and Uganda. Price doesn't include flights - call the Zimbabwe Tourist Board on 0171 240 6169 for flight details and prices. The trip departs from Nairobi on 21 July, and takes in the Rift Valley, the soda lake in Lake Nakuru National Park, some white water rafting at the source of the Nile, and finishes with a relaxing cruise up the Kazinga Channel. The price per person includes the services of a tour leader, driver and cook and national park entrance fees. Call Kumuka on 0171-937 8855.
green travellers can take a week's holiday in Japan, restoring abandoned paddy fields as part of a programme to educate city dwellers about the impact of modern living. The project gives participants the opportunity to put something back into the place they're visiting. Departs beginning of September. Price (per person) includes return flights, food and accommodation. Call BTCV on 01491 824602.
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