Find the gay life in Austin and Jerome? Buy the new Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA (pounds 13.99). It covers Connection in Nashville - the largest gay club in America - plus the Connections in Austin, Texas, and Jerome, Arizona.

Convert to the road to Damascus? Sign up for ACE Study Tours trip to Syria, Jordan and Israel, departing on 6 October and exploring the Holy Land. The two-week tour costs pounds 1,895, with a single supplement of pounds 345.

Get a room at the inn? Consult the book of that name just published by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), giving details of pub B&Bs all over the country, price pounds 8.99.

Discover if those Ukraine girls really knock you out?

Take the new British Airways non-stop flight from Gatwick to Kiev, starting this week. If you book direct (0345 222111), the lowest fare for the round trip is pounds 345. You can find a cheaper ticket travelling on Austrian Airlines via Vienna, on Finnair via Helsinki, or on the weekly bus service from Acton, west London, via Lviv.

Visit Ephesus and Cappadocia in a day? Read the Turkey Special in the travel pages of the Independent this Saturday.

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