On Tintin's trail Few fictional adventurers have covered more of the globe than Herge's Tintin, the young Belgian reporter whose worldwide exploits have been stirring wanderlust in readers of all ages for generations. Hoping to capitalise on his timeless appeal to travellers, British company On The Go Tours ( www.onthegotours.com ) is planning a series of holidays based on and around Tintin's adventures. Destinations include Jordan (as featured in The Red Sea Sharks), Egypt and India (Cigars of the Pharaoh), as well as rather less-exotic weekend breaks in Brussels (The Secret of the Unicorn), which start next month. Tailored trips are available for families and adults, who will be accompanied by Tintin experts. Featuring historical and cultural themes, adult tours start on October 29 with a 15-day, full-board trip to northern India priced at GBP2,899 (HK$34,200). Roads to ruins Bradt Travel Guides has been publishing guidebooks about some of the world's less-desirable destinations for years, with a growing catalogue covering countries such as North Korea, Sudan and Rwanda. Its guide to Iraq, published in 2002, became a surprise best-seller when the country was invaded in 2003. Copies were snapped up by US and British troops on the ground as fast as Bradt could print them. The success of the publisher's latest guide seems rather less likely, though, trumpeting as it does the cultural splendours and jovial hospitality of Zimbabwe. Agritourism and farmstay holidays are, naturally, off the itinerary, but an upbeat introduction from British explorer Ranulph Fiennes promises 'a fantastic time'. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office website ( www.fco.gov.uk ), however, appears to promise anything but, with stern warnings of unpleasant illnesses and high levels of violent crime. Zimbabwe excites feverish moral debate with respect to tourist dollars and despots and this issue is covered in some detail in the book. Visit www.bradt-travelguides.com for excerpts and online purchasing. More for less Travellers booking rooms at Hyatt hotels in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America can get 20 per cent off the daily rate for reservations made before September 2, for stays through to September 16. Visit www.hyatt.com and click Specials & Packages for details, or enter Special Offer Code LTO112 when making your online reservation. Deal of the week Cathay Pacific Holidays is offering two nights at The Peninsula Bangkok with round-trip, economy-class flights for HK$2,419 (deluxe room) and HK$2,519 (grand deluxe room). Add extras such as taxes and fuel surcharges and the price will be about HK$3,100, but this is still a good deal if you choose an early-departure flight, a late return and can coax a late checkout from the hotel receptionist. Extra nights are also good value at Hk$420/HK$480 per person. These prices, valid for travel until the end of September, are offered on a twin-share basis and include daily breakfast and travel insurance. See www.cxholidays.com for details and reservations.