You can take a holiday to Nepal and learn to cook Asian food at the same time with a new trip from Himalayan Footsteps. The 10- or 17-day trips start on October 2, followed by departures on March 5 and 24, 2014. Trips start in Kathmandu, where participants will be taken out to local food markets to buy ingredients, experience traditional dishes cooked in local homes, and then cook their own meals in spectacular locations in different parts of the country. Prices start at Dh5,800 per person for the 10-day trip, including two internal flights, accommodation and food, the cookery course, all transport, a sightseeing guide and entrance fees, but excluding international flights (www.himalayanfootsteps.com).
Alternatively, explore the coast of Amalfi, Italy, with the Dubai-based women's travel organisation The World at Her Feet, in partnership with BBC Good Food Middle East magazine. The six-day adventure departs on September 27, and travellers will enjoy cooking sessions with one of the Amalfi region's well-known chefs, visits to local farms with tastings, a guided tour of Pompeii, excursions to the Amalfi coast and Capri, and most meals, for Dh9,400 per person, on a twin-sharing basis. For registration and more details email email@example.com or visit www.bbcgoodfoodme.com. The price does not include travel to and from Italy.
Propaganda on display in London show
Those fascinated by historical travel, particularly with visits to communist countries such as China, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia and North Korea, but also 20th-century Europe and the First and Second World Wars, can indulge their interest in an exhibition at the British Library (www.bl.uk) in London until September 17. Through posters, films, cartoons, sounds and texts, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion contains a huge variety of material on international state propaganda in the 20th and 21st centuries. Adult entry is £9 (Dh51).
Dive into a spa-and-adventure trip to Oman
If indulgence is your thing, then you can currently save on a luxury diving break in Oman with Six Senses Zighy Bay's Musandam Dive package. Until September 30, for US$660 (Dh2,424) per person per night including taxes, two people sharing can enjoy two nights' accommodation, breakfast, a full-day dive boat excursion for two and a 60-minute massage for two at the Six Senses Spa. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 00968 2673 5555 to book.
* Rosemary Behan