you can get fit before you hit the ski slopes. The Ski Club of Great Britain holds FAST (fitness and ski technique) clinics for skiers of all abilities. Taking place at various dry ski slopes across the UK, the clinics offer one-day courses, which include five hours of instruction with an expert BASI instructor, ski and boot hire, an eight-hour lift pass and lunch. Ski Club of Great Britain (tel: 0181-410 2000).
you can take a break in the Scottish Borders. Sunlaws House Hotel is situated on the Duke of Roxburghe's estate at Kelso, 40 minutes from Edinburgh. This per-person price, valid from 1 November until 31 January, is based on two people travelling together and includes full Scottish breakfast and a free round of golf on the estate's 18-hole championship course, or a clay-pigeon shooting lesson for two. Sunlaws House Hotel (tel: 01573 450331).
you can stay in a stone priest's house in the Dordogne. This two-bedroom house is available throughout half-term week and the per-person price includes channel crossing for a car and up to five passengers. Country Cottages in France (tel: 01282 445005).
you can take an instructive holiday in Paris. Euro Academy offers a variety of language courses in Europe which allow you to take a holiday and learn a language at the same time. This per-person price is for a one-week intensive course in Paris with 15 hours tuition, b&b accommodation in a private house and return travel on Eurostar. For further insight into French culture and to practise your French, there are options on courses in French fashion, cooking or cinema for about pounds 30 extra. Euro Academy (tel: 0181 686 2363).
you can take a five-night break in China. This per-person price includes return flights from London Heathrow to Peking on British Airways, transfers and four-star b&b accommodation. An optional excursion to the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall cost pounds 49 extra. Page & Moy (tel: 0116-250 7979).
children - and parents - can spend half-term playing cowboys and Indians at Disneyland Paris. The Davy Crockett Ranch is just one of seven theme hotels which offer children a chance to play with their heroes. Alongside the park's 50 rides, shows and attractions, there are outdoor activities at the ranch, including archery, pony trekking, campfire singing, treasure hunts and mountain biking. This family price is based on two adults and two children staying two nights (three days in the park), with b&b accommodation in a ranch cabin, and includes channel crossings and park passes. Disneyland Paris (tel: 0990 030303).
you can take an exotic break to Bali. Qantas Holidays is offering a nine-night package to Bali in October reduced from pounds 781 to pounds 559. This per-person price is based on two people sharing and includes scheduled return flights from London Heathrow to Bali, nine nights accommodation at the Grand Bali Beach Hotel, transfers and taxes. Qantas Holidays (tel: 0990 673464).
you can save pounds 480 on a 14-night stay at the five-star Indian Ocean Beach Club in Mombasa, Kenya, if you travel between 1 November and 7 December. This per-person price includes return flights from Gatwick, including tax, and half-board accommodation. Tropical Places (tel: 01342 825123).
you can cruise the Aegean. Departing 21 October, this seven-night trip takes in Ephesus, Rhodes, Santorini, Heraklion, Delos, Mykonos and Athens. Passengers fly to Istanbul from London for a two-night stay before embarking on the cruise and then return by plane from Athens. This per-person price includes round-trip flights and transfers, the five-night cruise, with all meals, and two nights in a first-class hotel in Istanbul with a city sightseeing tour. Orient Lines (tel: 0171-409 2500.
you can go camel racing in India. This 22-day Indian tour visits the famous Pushkar Camel Fair for camel racing, horse dealing and traditional dancing. The tour includes a three-day camel safari, beginning in the tiny 12th-century caravan city of Jaisalmer and heading out to the dunes of the Rajasthan desert. This per-person price includes return flights and accommodation with some meals and guides. Explore Worldwide (tel: 01252 344161).