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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.

Ditto in Holland? Pack it all in to a day. The price for a day return ticket anywhere in Holland flattens out after 210km (130 miles), which means you can go anywhere you like and back for 67.50 guilders - about pounds 23. So you could travel from Amsterdam to Maastricht or the Hague to Groningen for this amount.

Fly over Cambridge? There are several options. Classic Wings (01255 424671) offers flights over the city in a 1934 Dragon Rapide. At 11.15am on summer Saturdays and Sundays, the biplane takes off from Duxford air museum to fly at 1,500 feet over Cambridge, Ely and Newmarket. The half- hour trip costs pounds 69.50 including admission to Duxford and a pre-flight snack.

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