Ten days of company

Pursuing historical fact rather than magical realism, a new 10-day trip follows in the footsteps of Colombian scribbler Gabriel García Márquez. From his Aracataca birthplace to Cartagena's Hotel Santa Clara - where the discovery of a corpse inspired Of Love and Other Demons - and the sweet market in Love in the Time of Cholera, the trip takes in important "Gabo" landmarks, plus the stunning Tayrona national park.

• £1,980pp including flights and transfers. 020-7749 5493, globeatone.co.uk.

Asia for £99

Several airlines may be near bankruptcy with economic naysayers predicting meltdown - but no one's told AirAsia X. It's offering direct flights from Stansted to Kuala Lumpur from £99 each way (£198 return). Five times a week from March. Book early, as Fred Pontin used to say. Before he went bust.


On the grapevine

You could spend New Year's eve slugging Bacardi Breezers and pulling party poppers at your local . . . or at New Zealand's Rhythm & Vines festival, held on a vineyard in Gisborne with sets by Santogold, Franz Ferdinand, Carl Cox and Ladyhawke. The Waiohika Estate is near the beach too. Dec 29-Jan 1. Tickets drom NZ$145 for three days. rhythmandvines.co.nz.

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