TRAVEL TIPS

New travel board game. ``Travel America'' challenges players with over 2,700 questions on United States history and geography. Categorized both by state and degree of difficulty, the questions become more risky as the player's mode of travel becomes more comfortable. The first to arrive at a predetermined destination is the winner. For more information, write Travel Games Inc., 1 Vaughn Place, Caribou, Maine 04736; or call (207) 493-6666. Asian Games in Seoul. The 10th Asian Games, scheduled for Sept. 20 -- Oct. 5, have been four years in the planning. Athletes from 35 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia will participate in 25 events. Visitors can join over a dozen tour programs focusing on Seoul city, the Korean Folk Village, and Cheju Island. The Korean equivalent of America's bed-and-breakfast inns, the home-stay program, is an option for Westerners who would prefer native lodgings to Seoul hotels. Inquiries can be addressed to the Korea National Tourism Corporation, 460 Park Avenue, Suite 400, New York, N.Y. 10022; tel. (212) 688-7543.

Camping and windsurfing in Baja. Baja California is one of the unspoiled destinations in North America. Two remote areas are Magdalena Bay and the Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez. Both have been chosen as destinations for the Baja Expedition Inc. week-long camping trips, featuring kayaking on the sea. Bilingual guides accompany each tour. Starting in October, tours leave weekly from La Paz, Baja California. Contact Baja Expeditions, Box 3725, San Diego, Calif. 92103; tel. 800-843-6967.

Fall savings on Nova Scotia ferry. For East Coast urbanites, Nova Scotia's autumn bargains are only a day's travel away. Since May, the daily overnight ferry from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, has been completing day trips for travelers from as far as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington. Though Nova Scotia's balmy fall days make for an ideal vacation climate, even better than good weather are October savings from the Prince of Fundy Cruises Ltd. Reductions of up to 35 percent from regular season rates are available on nightly sailings Sunday through Thursday. Call 800-341-7540 (in US) or 800-482-0955; in Maine phone (207) 775-5616.

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Autumn in New Brunswick. How does one explore this Canadian province? One popular way, it seems, is by ``pedal and paddle.'' Autumn weekends devoted to bicycling and canoeing down the waterways of the Saint John River Valley have paved the way for this fall's expedition to the St. Andrew's Peninsula. From Sept. 19 to 21, a canoe trip down the St. Croix River and bicycling around Minister Island will also include lodging, meals, equipment, and instruction. Contact David Whittingham at Tourism New Brunswick, Communication Section, PO Box 12345, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, E3B 5C3; (506) 466-3585.

Finnish Lapland. The legendary homeland of Santa Claus and his reindeer is experiencing an increasing number of flight arrivals from major North American cities such as New York and Los Angeles. Finnish Lapland, neighbor of the Arctic Circle and North Pole, is luring visitors to its remote tundra, pine and spruce forests, and its many opportunities for winter sports. Despite the dark winter days, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and wilderness trekking remain favorite pastimes in the ``Land of the Midnight Sun.'' For more information on travel packages, write the Finnish Tourist Board at 655 Third Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017; tel. (212) 949-2333.

Free photography instruction book. Concerned that your vacation pictures won't turn out well? In a free consumer booklet called ``Take Your Best Shot: A Fuji Film Guide to Travel Photography,'' Fuji Film USA advises the amateur photographer on everything from choosing a location to choosing a camera. Each of the pocket-size booklet's 12 chapters includes scenic photographs, along with tips emphasizing the importance of planning. To obtain this guide, write to Fuji Film Travel Photography Guide, PO Box 3737, Grand Central Station, New York, N.Y. 10163.

Family vacations in the Himalayas. Adventurous families can find their lost horizons on a 10-day trek through central Nepal's Annapurna region. The first six days are open for jungle elephant safaris or white-water rafting. The trek, which involves moderate hiking and visits in local communities, is guided by the native Sherpas. Lodging is usually in tents, and porters will carry personal belongings, food, and equipment. The minimum age for the trek is 3. If desired, children under 50 pounds can be carried by porter pack basket. For more information, write Journeys Family Trek, PO Box 7545, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48107; tel. 800-255-8735.

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