Cruise the length of the Caledonian Canal?

Join a voyage aboard Fingal of Caledonia, a 126ft Thirties barge that will be traversing northern Scotland through the summer. The canal links Inverness to Fort William, and includes patches of open water such as Loch Ness. The voyage lasts six days, with options for hiking, cycling and canoeing. The price is between pounds 320 and pounds 375 including all meals, through Caledonian Discovery (01397 772167).

Meet "the funniest travel writer of our time"? Buy a pounds 4 ticket for Bill Bryson's travel lecture on 20 February at the Royal Geographical Society in London, from Stanford's (0171-240 3611).

Find your way around Paris?

Ask for the RATP transport map, free from information offices at Charles de Gaulle airport or the Gare du Nord.

Bike around the Gower Peninsula?

Contact the City of Swansea Information Centre (01792 468321) and ask for the free new booklet Cycling in and around Swansea. The office also produces information on walking, birdwatching, and surfing and windsurfing.

Get the latest on travel for women?

Call the Marco Polo Travel Advisory Service on 0117-929 4123 and ask about the Women and Travel seminar taking place in London on 11 February.