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Get discounts for days out in Yorkshire?

Call the Yorkshire Tourist Board 24-hour line 01904 707070 and request a free copy of their Great Day Out guide (normally 50p). This includes vouchers for a number of attractions, from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to the Colour Museum in Bradford.

Reach for the stars in Alabama? Have a go on Space Shot, the latest ride at the US Space and Rocket Centre. After being propelled up a 210-ft tower at 45 miles per hour in less than three seconds, pulling four times the normal force of gravity as you go, you then experience a momentary weightlessness before hurtling back down to earth. More information from the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel on 0121-445 4994 (pounds 1 in postage stamps payable).

Afford a long-distance train ride in Germany? Travel at weekends, when a group of up to five people can go anywhere in Germany for a total of DM35 (about pounds 16). The ticket is restricted to slower Regional trains, and is not valid on InterCity services. During the rest of the week, use the Guten Abend ticket, which allows unlimited travel between 7pm and 2am for DM59 (pounds 28). If you travel on an ICE express, you pay an additional DM10. A supplement of DM15 applies on Fridays and Sundays. Call the German Rail information line on 0181-390 8833.

Explore the options on a gap year? Phone the Campus Travel Gap Year hotline 0171-881 5105 to get advice on what to do and where to go. The staff will help you plan a route, advise you on working abroad with organisations such as Bunac or tell you what the top 10 gap year activities are at the moment. The hotline is open between 9am and noon Monday to Friday.

Enjoy yourself in Benidorm? Read the travel pages of the Long Weekend section next Saturday, 16 August.