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Unlimited travel airpasses are not as widely available as once they were, but three countries still offer them. Ansett New Zealand (0171- 434 4071) has a "Scenic Standby" airpass giving unlimited flights throughout the airline's network. Two weeks' travel costs NZ$699 (about pounds 300), while a month is NZ$999 (about pounds 430). Canadian Regional has launched a NationalPass which costs pounds 189 for a week, pounds 239 for two weeks, and allows unlimited travel from Montreal to the Queen Charlotte islands in British Columbia. The pass also allows travel into the US, to Washington DC and Seattle. It must be bought in advance from AirPass Sales (01737 555300). This replaces the previous airpasses offered by Air Ontario and AirBC. The same company also sells a Horizon Air standby pass. It covers the cities on the US West Coast and northern Rocky Mountain states served by this airline, which is a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines.

The Venezuealan national airline Viasa, which is part of the Iberia group,is offering a number of late-availability deals to South America in April. Return flights to Lima and Quito are priced at around pounds 450 through specialist agents such as Journey Latin America (0181-747 3108), Passage to South America (0171-602 9889) and South American Experience (0171- 976 5511).

Flights are on Viasa from Heathrow, with a free stopover in Caracas if required. A ticket to the Colombian capital, Bogota, is available for around pounds 420 return.

Bogota is the third airport to be added to the US Department of Transportation's blacklist. Eldorado International Airport is deemed not to "maintain and administer effective security measures. It joins Lagos and Manila on the list.

Cartagena is widely regarded as the most perfectly preserved Spanish colonial city in Latin America. You can visit the Colombian city with Sunvil Discovery (0181-568 8330) as an add-on to a Costa Rica holiday. The extra cost for three or four nights is around pounds 320, on top of about pounds 1,400 for a one-week tour of Costa Rica.

The gap of 11 years since Air Jamaica last served the UK has been extended by a further six weeks because of licensing problems. The airline (0181- 570 7999) intended to relaunch services from London to Montego Bay and Kingston at the end of May, but the start date has been put back to four weeks from today. The airline will initially offer three flights per week from Heathrow Terminal 3.

Reef and Rainforest Tours (01803 866965) runs a 13-day group tour of Indonesia, taking in Java and Sumatra. It visits Way Kambas and Ujung Kulon national parks, providing the chance to see tiger, tapir and Javan rhino. There is also a visit to Krakatoa volcano, site of the 1883 eruption. The price of pounds 1,172 includes transport and accommodation within Indonesia, but air fares from Britain are extra.

You can be part of the audience at a number of venues around the United States. At the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago tourists can sit in on an archive programme called "Those Were the Days" on Saturdays or "Inside Politics" on Sundays. Call 001 312 629 6019 for bookings. The CNN Center in Atlanta has an afternoon audience show, which you can attend even if you do not take the studio tour. Pick up tickets at the CNN Center in the morning.

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