Do you wish your holiday pictures looked like this? Traveller photographs his model girlfriend as they visit stunning locations

Traveller photographs his model girlfriend as they visit stunning locations

Experiencing paradise locations around the world are young couple Michael Gallagher, 24, and his beautiful girlfriend Alexandra Carson, 27. Leaving behind their day jobs in California they have set out to visit every country on earth, and document their travels with their stunning photos. It doesn't hurt that Alexandra has previously worked as a model, and their backdrops include the whitewashed Santorini and unspoilt national parks.

A 'beyond 90-degree drop' and 15 'airtime' moments: The thrills riders can expect on Six Flags' new 2016 attractions

Six Flags theme park launches trailer for 2016's rides

Six Flags announced yesterday its plans for even more stomach-churning and high-thrill rides set to be unveiled in 2016 over its 18 parks in the US, Mexico and Canada. The highly anticipated The Joker ride (inset) at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Northern California, will mimic the antagonist's chaotic personality, throwing guests around twists and turns along its 3,200-foot track. Meanwhile Total Mayhem at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey (centre) flings guests head-over-heels along its winding structure.

Anger swells over Cornish 'surf tax' which officials claim is needed to fund safety measures but local businesses say is 'all about making money'

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A new fee will be charged on a per-board basis, with large surf schools who use the 13 council-owned beaches set to be charged upwards of £4,000 a year for a licence to operate.

Police investigating man who 'started two fires and abused crew and passengers' on Monarch Airlines flight from Birmingham to Sharm el-Sheikh

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West Midlands police have launched an investigation into a passenger who allegedly started 'two fires deliberately' on a packed Monarch Airlines flight from Birmingham to Sharm el-Sheikh. 

Life in the clouds: At 7,190ft this is the highest village in Europe with just 200 residents braving six months of snow a year

Highest village in Europe with 200 residents braves six months of snow a year

Polish-based Rafal Nycz, 30, went on a two-week bike ride with his girlfriend through the stunning countryside of Georgia, eventually reaching the highest inhabited village in Europe - Ushguli. The pictures were taken in the Svaneti region of Georgia, as the couple made their ascent. The Ushguli villages contain buildings that are part of the Unesco Heritage site of Upper Svaneti.

Morocco placed on high terror alert by Foreign Office with travellers urged to be 'vigilant'

Around 500,000 Britons visit Morocco every year, and most trips are trouble-free, but the government has said attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.

Angry parents threaten to boycott castle in Kent after it BANNED scooters, bikes and wheel-based toys in a health and safety crackdown

Bosses at the 12th century Leeds Castle, near Maidstone in Kent, announced a ban on the wheel-based items, saying kids are now banned from zipping around its 500-acre grounds.

German woman, 51, arrested at Gatwick after managing to board EasyJet flight to Tenerife without passport, ID or boarding pass 

Sussex Police were called just after 7am today to a report that a 51-year-old woman from Germany had got onto the easyJet aircraft before boarding had officially begun.

'Airborne peanut allergies on flights are a MYTH': Leading scientist claims it's impossible for a reaction to be triggered this way

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, Kings College, London, says peanut particles are too heavy to be transmitted through the air - and that leading experts agree the airborne theory is a myth.

The Statue of Liverpool! City's plan for 330-foot gold Liver Bird on the Mersey that is twice the height of New York's Lady Liberty

Liverpool plan 330-foot high gold Liver Bird statue for the Mersey

Golden and shimmering across the River Mersey, a 23-storey Liver Bird statue and multi-business complex could become Liverpool's next major landmark to and rival New York's Statue of Liberty. A proposed design for 'Homecoming, Statue of Liverpool', by renowned architect David Backhouse, would stand 100m tall (or 328 feet) - more than double the height of 151-foot Lady Liberty. Developers are seeking investment for the project that could cost up to £250m and would feature a luxury hotel and apartments, shops and offices. 

BREAKING NEWS: Three Jet2 planes declare emergencies as fierce storm rages over Ibiza, Majorca and Malaga

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Mallorca airport

Two flights from Manchester to Palma, Majorca were unable to land at the airport and declared an emergency. Flight LS832 is currently diverting to Ibiza while LS58 is circling in the air.

Does this photo PROVE that the ghosts of murdered princes in the Tower still haunt London landmark?

Ghost hunter Christine Hamlett, 58, claims to have photographic evidence to prove the murdered princes in the Tower of London still haunt the famous landmark.

The 30,000ft proposal! The moment an easyJet passenger asks his girlfriend to marry him over the intercom while mid-flight

Kevin Christie, 41, was travelling with his 20-year-old partner Kamila Maier from Manchester to Mykonos, Greece, when he took to the intercom at 30,000ft to ask for her hand in marriage.

Thousands of fish mysteriously wash up on a Queensland beach - then vanish back into the sea 24 hours later

Locals who photographed the phenomenon on Buddinna Beach on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland say they have never seen anything like it.

Britain's most expensive bed and breakfast charges £1,425 per night - the same as a deluxe suite at the Ritz (but customers say the breakfast is worse at the London hotel)

Britain's most expensive bed and breakfast Lockgate Dairy charges £1,425 per night

The staggering price has been bumped up because of the Goodwood Revival event, which takes place on September 11 near the B&B; in Sussex. If customers wanted to stay at Lockgate Dairy today it would cost them just £171 for the same room. Visitors to Lockgate Dairy get a modern room within a barn conversion which features a fully vaulted ceiling and oak beams, en-suite shower room and underfloor heating, according to the website.

It pays to be nicer! Ryanair announces record passenger numbers for August and says that customers can look forward to 'more enhancements'

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary meets the media to present new routes operating by Ryanair from Marseille, in Vitrolles , southern France. 
A lawyer for a group of Ryanairís French pilots says Wednesday Oct. 2, 2013,  a court on  has fined  the Irish airline 200,000 euros ($270,440) and ordered it to pay almost 8 million euros ($10.8 million) in damages and interest for breaking French labor law.

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The Irish-based airline's August traffic grew by 10 per cent to 10.4m customers based on the same month last year, while their load factor jumped two per cent to 95 per cent.

The terrifying moment TORNADOES struck the coast of Ibiza in storm that sent boats crashing into rocks, uprooted trees and damaged houses

Ibiza tornado

Local news sources reported that there were two tornadoes in Ibiza on Tuesday, that uprooted trees, affected power lines and caused extensive damage to houses.

He's in peak condition: Daredevil's terrifying footage of his death-defying evening jogs along Alpine mountains

Sebastien Montaz-Rosset'svideo of his evening jogs along Alpine mountains

Little puts off daring Sebastien Montaz-Rosset who not only scales the narrowest peaks in the French Alps, but tackles them at a run, despite 8,202 feet drops on either side. As the camera shows the precarious footing, it also reveals incredible views of snow-capped Mont Blanc massif and the Chamonix Valley. With the camera mounted to his head, Montaz-Rosset can be seen sliding down snowy banks, using his arms to steady himself at the most treacherous moments.

The saily grind: Workers can move their office to the high seas on catamaran designed for 'digital nomads'

A company is offering a group of digital nomads the chance to move their office to the high seas aboard an 82-foot catamaran. Setting sail from Thailand the boat will circumnavigate world.

August was the coldest for three years - and it's about to get even colder as polar plume sends temperatures plunging below freezing 

Warnings of icy mornings in some rural areas came as it emerged that parts of Britain have had their wettest August for around a century. But weather will give way to a fine and bright weekend.

Pictured: Horrific foot injuries suffered by pregnant woman after she was bitten by mystery creature in shallow water at Thailand beach

Pregnant woman suffers a severed ankle tendon after she is attacked by shark while swimming with her partner during a holiday in Phuket Thailand
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Jane Neame, from Australia, was swimming in waist-deep water at Karon beach in Phuket, Thailand, when something bit her foot, causing two deep lacerations.

Cabin crew and air marshal forced to tie aggressive passenger to his seat on US-bound United Airlines flight

Aggressive passenger is tied up by stewards on US flight

During the 11-hour flight from Israel to the US, a male passenger became aggressive, which forced staff along with the air marshal to intervene and strap him into the seat.

From the serenity of the sea at dawn to waves crashing ashore amid a violent storm: The prize-winning pictures of Britain's coast

Shipwrecked Mariners' Society contest names Britain's best sea views

These stunning images showing Britain's coastline at its best and worst came out on top in the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society's annual photo contest, with Bernie Pettersen's jaw-dropping shot of a violent storm at Porthleven, in Cornwall, taking top prize. John Roberts was recognised for his photo of a fisherman at dawn (inset), while other award-winning shots show ponies at Llanddwyn, in North Wales, a ghostly shipwreck in Kent, and a tranquil scene at Shingle Street, in Suffolk.

Are these the world's BEST hotels? A Caribbean hideaway, an Indian palace and a lodge on the path of the Wildebeest migration among those singled out in prestigious traveller awards

Are these the world's BEST hotels?

Working on your bucket list of the best hotels to stay in the world? Then you're in luck, the results of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller Annual Readers' Travel Awards have just been revealed triggering wanderlust and setting the benchmark in desirable global destinations. Readers crowned La Mamounia as the most exclusive address in the world (centre), while Singita Grumeti (top left), the Oberoi Udaivilas (bottom left), One&Only; Reethi Rah (top right) and Como Shambhala Estate Bali (bottom right) all scored highly.

Ultimate rural getaway home set in 48 acres of the rugged Hebrides with its own private island goes on sale for less than a London parking space 

The two-bedroom house, which comes with 48 acres of land, its own sandy beach, private harbour and a two-acre Scottish island called Eilean Dubh - has on the market for just £250,000.

Street View for CATS: Map lets you explore Hiroshima and its temples through the eyes of a local feline

There are two routes you can take through the region from the shopping district, to the area of Senkoji Park, with Buddhist temples, shrines and its so-called Cat Pathway.

It's out of this world! Inside the bizarre UFO treehouse hotel that appears to hover above the ground

Inside the UFO treehouse hotel that appears to hover above the ground

As you walk through the serene Swedish forest, a completely alien metal construction rises 6m off the floor and into the treetops. Inside (inset bottom left), the space is decorated like the inside of a spaceship. Other rooms on the site near Harads - around 550miles (876km) north of Stockholm - include one in the shape of a birds nest.

Burning Man from above: Stunning aerial images show enormity of festival campsite that's the size of downtown San Francisco

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Compete with its own streets - with street names - bus service, and even its own airport, Black Rock City is built every year in the middle of the Nevada desert to house Burning Man attendees.

Watch the amazing moment pro-surfer Maude Le Car dons a little black dress and HEELS to ride waves

French female pro surfer Maude Le Car, has taken surfing to the next level, by wearing an evening dress and heels to show people that you can still be glamorous, while shredding waves.

Are we there yet? 'Big Crazy Family Adventure' sees parents take two young sons 13,000 miles round the world using every form of transport EXCEPT planes

Big Crazy Family Adventure travel round world using everything EXCEPT planes

A family of four decided to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with their two boys, 3 and 7, spanning 13,000 miles to live in a cliff-side Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas. Their epic journey from Canada to the Zanskar Valley was filmed as part of a nine-episode series, Big Crazy Family Adventure. Their mission to travel without planes saw them use rickshaws (top right), trains (bottom right) and even a yak (bottom left) as they witnessed sights such as the Great Wall of China (centre).

From a crocodile loose in the cabin to lost flights in the Bermuda Triangle: The most bizarre plane crashes ever

MailOnline Travel looks back at wholly unexpected aircraft dramas, including a dangerous reptile loose on a flight, a dog causing a runway crash and even one plane landing right on top of another.

Pilots barred from flying for six months after mid-flight brawl in cockpit left one with a 'bloodied head injury'

China United Airlines claims the pilots only had 'some physical contact' as a result of 'misunderstandings', and denied reports one became bloodied with a head injury.

Excuse me, I've got some-fin in my lip! The incredible moment a SHARK swims up to a group of divers for help because it has a lure stuck in its mouth

A Port Jackson shark repeatedly swam towards a group of divers in Sydney's Botany Bay seeking help. After a bit off shark wrestling the divers managed to cut of a fishing lure stuck in its mouth.

The female solo backpacker who braved civil war to capture breathtaking images of Syria's magnificent Palmyra temples, now being systematically destroyed by ISIS   

Teo Jioshvili braved war to capture Syria's Palmyra temples before ISIS destruction

Teo Jioshvili was keen to share her experiences of Syria, capturing beautiful sights that others will not have a chance to witness such as the Temple of Bel (left and bottom right) and The Baal Shamin temple (top right). Although travel to the area was highly ill-advised, in 2010 and 2011 she also managed to capture breathtaking sights such as the medieval castle, Crack de Chevaliers and buildings in Damascus, Maalula and Bosra, focusing in particular on how they looked at sunrise and sunset.

Horrified Travelodge guest finds a CAMERA hidden in her shower - which was linked to the caretaker's cupboard 

Harmony Hachey, 23, from Edinburgh, was washing in the cubicle when she noticed a small electronic device hidden behind a vent in the bathroom at the Oxford Wheatley Travelodge.

Drunk couple stole plane's €50 emergency exit key in 'a prank' that could have cost the airline €30,000


Larysa Markuslevska, 41, and Anatolie Ilvitki, 29, had flown to the country from Moldova, on Air Moldova, when they decided to take the key with them as they disembarked.

Holidaymaker airlifted to hospital after falling 50ft down ravine while trying to recover dropped mobile phone

FROM JOHN JEFFAY AT CASCADE NEWS LTD    0161 660 8087 /  07771 957773 /\n\nSyndicated for Dundee Courier\n\n\nWith GVs of the ravine\n\nChasing more detail on the mobile phone\n\n\n\nA HOLIDAYMAKER lost his footing and plunged 50ft down a steep ravine ¿ as he tried to retrieve his mobile phone.\nHe was rescued in a major operation by 10 fire crews, along with police, paramedics and a Royal Navy Search and Rescue helicopter from Prestwick.\nThe unnamed 27-year-old man had been walking through darkness at cliffs near the Old Bridge of Tilt, on the edge of Blair Atholl, a small town in Perthshire, Scotland.\n\n

The unnamed 27-year-old man had been walking through darkness at cliffs near the Old Bridge of Tilt, on the edge of Blair Atholl, a small town in Perthshire.

Custom-made Christian Louboutin shoes, a coat of arms and a giant doll's house modelled after your own home: The outrageous gifts on a £162,000 'bespoke-your-life tour' of Europe

The 18-night trip to London, Paris, Milan and five other cities includes overnight stays in five-star hotels, first class train seats and a number of lavish gifts designed by guests themselves.

Meet the horse-riders who practice the 4,000-year-old art of eagle hunting that sees birds of prey kill foxes and even WOLVES

Altai Mountains horse-riders who practice the 4,000-year-old art of eagle hunting

The images are of Kyrgyz and Kazakh eagle hunters, of which there are just 70 in the world. The pictures were taken by Tariq Zaidi in the desolate Altai Mountains, which run from Siberia to Mongolia. The ancient tradition can be traced back more than four millennia in Central Asia, but is beginning to die out today.

Pictured: The aircraft emergency slide that plummeted 3,000ft into a tree after Thomas Cook passengers heard loud bangs and felt plane shudder 

Shocked passengers reported seeing an object hit a cabin window and fall from the Boeing 757 after the crew abandoned the flight to Hurghada, Egypt and decided to return to London Gatwick Airport.

Tourist plunges to his death down steep Thai waterfall in notorious danger-spot

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The man has been named as 24-year-old Florian Bourdla, who was trekking a notoriously dangerous path in Koh Samui along with friend Jeremy Marratche, 22.

Parents' fury at being kicked off flight after their autistic son, 8, cried uncontrollably and vomited on himself before take-off

The Zalmanovich family, from Israel, said they were forced to travel by train from Zurich to Geneva, and their return tickets were cancelled as they were declared a 'no-show' on the connecting flight.

The 'lost' world of old New York: Iconic bars, clubs and apartments captured by photographer who discovered that legendary arts scene is still alive

The 'lost' world of old New York captured by photographer John Short

Photographer John Short initially set out to depict the death of New York City's creative scene - but soon realised that the spaces were far from 'lost.' Some of his most intriguing photographs, such as those of the legendary Studio 54 nightclub (left) and William Burrough's Bowery apartment (right top and bottom) have been compiled for a book entitled, Unforgotten New York - Legendary Spaces of the Twentieth Century Avant-Garde.

Rioting football fans who caused €1MILLION worth of damage to iconic Rome fountain will not be charged for the offence

General view of beer bottles and rubbish on the streets of Rome after Feyenoord football fans clashed with police ahead of their team's Europa League match.

Violent clashes took place in and around the 17th century Piazza di Spagna, as well as the Barcaccia fountain in Rome ahead of the Feyenoord versus AS Roma Europa League match in February.

THAT'S what you call a sea of red! Tourists flock to see the stunning Chinese beach that turns CRIMSON every autumn

Panjin Red Beach is the world's largest wetland. It's situated off an estuary in Liaoning, north-eastern China. The red colour is due to the dense growth of seepweed, which turns crimson as it matures.

You've got neigh chance! Tourists wanting to see new riverside horse sculptures will need to go when they are not covered by the Thames tide

'The Rising Tide' installation was designed by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and can be seen on the foreshore at Nine Elms on the South Bank in London between now and September 30.

From FBI agents 'ticking the wrong box' to controversial tweets: How YOU could end up on the no-fly list

The no-fly list applies to those fliers who are banned from commercially flying in or out of a country for a number of reasons, and many do not even know they are on the list.

Life with the sea tribe: Fascinating pictures show how Filipino islanders blend ancient tradition with the modern world

How Filipino islanders blend ancient tradition with the modern world

The Tagbanua is one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Philippines and have adapted to make best use of the rich resources that the ocean provides. Photographer Jacob Maentz spent two weeks with the sea tribe, capturing the beauty of their customs and shedding light on some of the issues facing them socially and economically. Pictured: One of the tribe goes hunting (main), bamboo rafts used to travel short distances (top) and boys play in dresses for a talent night back on dry land (bottom).

Balinese police admit to extorting $25,000 from Australian tourists who hired strippers for a former model's bucks party

Balinese police officers will face trial after admitting to receiving a bribe from a group of Australians detained after hiring strippers for the bucks party of former model (pictured left)

Stunning Uluru time-lapse video shows the ancient rock under the stars in all its red glory

A striking new video made by a full-time chef has captured the spectacular scenery surrounding the sacred aboriginal landmark, Uluru, in the heart of the Northern Territory.

Run for your lives! Dramatic pictures show spectators dashing to safety as enormous tidal waves as high as 30 feet struck China

Qiantang Tidal Bore is a well-known phenomenon and happens in autumn each year in eastern China. Many tourists visit the area to see the dramatic sight. Some people were injured.

Scrubbing 135 toilets, spreading cow dung and picking up dog muck: Globe-trotting Instagram stars reveal the 'ugly truth' about how they've funded their travels

Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger quit jobs to travel world and now scrub toilets

Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger, from South Africa, quit their jobs and set off on an ambitious tour, but they are sleep deprived, go to bed hungry some nights and rely on cramped buses. Chanel wrote that the pair are having the time of their lives despite missing the comforts of home, but it's not all 'ice creams in the sun and pretty landscapes'.

Busier than Heathrow and Beijing! Atlanta airport remains world's busiest with 96 million passengers a year

While it may appear to be an unlikely No 1, Hartsfield-Jackson serves as the headquarters for Delta Air Lines and is a major hub for travel through the southeastern US states.

Deadly wildfire 'leaps' Idaho river threatening 100 rafters and campers

These are the dramatic scenes as a deadly wildfire approached the Manning Bridge, near Riggins in rural Idaho as the flames were about to cross the Salmon River.

New Jersey couple stranded in Portugal after giving birth to twins 13 weeks early while on vacation are still stranded THREE MONTHS later

Kim and Fred Spratt have been stranded in Portugal since May. Their surviving daughter is now strong enough to be flown to US, but their insurance company is refusing to pay for the transport.

A rental that kicks others into touch: Rugby star Lewis Moody lists his four-bedroom house on Airbnb for the World Cup (with Welsh shirts strictly banned) 

Lewis Moody lists his house on Airbnb for the World Cup

Boasting two queen bedrooms, a double and a twin bedroom, one en-suite bathroom and two bathrooms with walk-in showers, all areas of Moody's luxurious Wiltshire property. The mansion is located close to Bath Rugby's official stadium, The Recreation Ground, perfect for fans wanting to witness some sporting action before retiring to the former England rugby union player's home.

So that's the sound a marmot makes! Large rodent unleashes an ear-piercing scream to the surprise of tourists

The hikers came across the little creature with the large set of lungs standing on a wooden fence while visiting Blackcomb Mountain, in British Colombia, Canada.

Who lived on Britain's Atlantis? Scientists are set to uncover the secrets of Doggerland, the huge North Sea island lost to the waves 7,500 years ago

Archaeologists in Bradford and Nottingham are using 4D technology to research how Britain's 'Atlantis' was colonised and inhabited for 6,000 years, before being lost to the North Sea.

Thieves pretending to be wealthy Arab tourists burgled hotel rooms in Paris after telling reception staff they had 'lost their room keys'


Posing as wealthy Arab tourists, the thieves, who used a stethoscope to check hotel rooms in Paris and the French Riviera were empty before ransacking them, have been arrested by police.

Southwest Airlines plane has 'chunk' of wing tip torn off as Boeing 737s collide while taxiing at airport

A passenger who witnessed the collision at Oakland International Airport in Northern California said his plane had just lurched back from the gate when he felt 'a very unnatural thump'.

Dicing with death: Shocking moment plane is forced to change course at last second to avoid ploughing into man on runway

Plane forced to abort landing at last minute to avoid striking man

This shocking video shows the moment a small plane came within feet of striking a man on the runway in footage shot in Argentina, South America. Despite a near brush with death, the man is filmed laughing and joking about the incident, as he moves to join a group of people.

Air France flight to Paris makes emergency landing after turning back to Newcastle with cracked windshield


Flight AF1059 was only minutes into the journey when the pilot signalled an emergency over the Peak District, and turned back to Newcastle International Airport.

Hilarious moment campers' out-of-tune singing scares off a huge bear prowling around their camp

The tourists had set up camp in the woods along a river in northwestern Russia, and after seeing the animal they started to sing a song from an old Soviet film, which was too much for it to bear.

Grumpy Cat is not waxing lyrical AT ALL about being the first feline to be immortalised at Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds has announced the internet sensation Grumpy Cat is to be the first ever feline to be immortalised at its attraction in San Francisco - and the moggy is not impressed.

From staying in a 70cm-wide pod in Berlin to bedding down in Tokyo's capsule tower: The best micro holiday homes on Airbnb revealed

The best micro holiday homes on Airbnb revealed

For a truly unique travel experience, why not swap a hotel stay for a night in a 'mico-home'? Airbnb exclusively reveals to MailOnline Travel the most unique compact houses around the world, featuring an enchanting loft in Paris (top left), the smallest offering in Berlin (top right), a rustic modern home in Portland, U.S. (bottom left), a capsule room in Tokyo (bottom right) and a cosy wooden micro-home in Nebraska, U.S. (inset).

Tens of thousands of 'burners' put a plague of bugs and a sandstorm behind them to begin a week of debauchery at Burning Man

Tens of thousands of festival goers began flocking to the five-mile stretch of desert in Nevada Sunday for the official start of Burning Man, which will last for a week.

Bank Holiday washed out by two weeks' worth of rain as we head for the wettest EVER August... And autumn gales are on their way (01202 558833)
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Dank holiday monday on Bournemouth beach today as the wet weather continues.
Only the brave endured the persistant drizzle to round off the last 'summer' holiday of the year.

Britain will be lashed by two weeks' worth of rain today making the Bank Holiday a washout for many, as forecasters warn gales which are set to sweep in midweek could mark the end of summer.

Hangovers deprive drinkers of 22 hours of summer... as interactive calculator reveals the true cost of booze bingeing to your wallet AND waistline

A survey by Cancer Research UK reveals one in four adults admitted nursing a hangover stopped them going outside this summer, with researchers calculating the average person lost 22 hours in the sunshine.

Cuddling Komodos! Picture of fighting lizards who look like they're having a hug is among stunning finalists for Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 finalists

A thirsty squirrel staring down a seagull for a drink (top left), fighting Komodo dragons (centre) and a framed elephant (top right), are among the top rated pictures at this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. These incredible finalist entries were scored highly from the 42,000 received from both professionals and amateurs from 96 countries. The winning photograph will be announced on October 13, with the top 100 displayed at the Natural History Museum in London from October 16.

Ice cream that doesn't melt: Scientists use protein found in Japanese food to keep treats solid 

The special protein naturally occurs in a Japanese breakfast food called 'natto' made from fermented soy beans and binds together the air, fat and water in ice cream, helping scoops stay intact for longer.

You CAN put the glow back into sun-ravaged skin: From taking aspirin to rubbing affected area with red wine... the 10 expert tips to treating sunburn

Sunburn can occur in as little as 20 minutes but can take up to six hours to show up, so it's easy to be burnt without realising. Is it possible to undo at least some of the harm? We asked the experts...

A transparent capsule clinging to the side of a cliff and a polar bear next to your bed: The most thrilling hotel room views revealed

The most thrilling hotel room views revealed

A stunning view is a must-have for a lot of holidaymakers, but these rooms take it to the extreme. In Peru's Sacred Valley, guests sleep in a transparent glass pod (left) - but they must climb a 400ft cliff face to get there. Africa's first underwater hotel room, at Manta Resort on Pemba Island (bottom right), offers mesmerising views 13ft below the surface of the Indian Ocean. Instead of fish, fearless holidaymakers sleep next to an enclosure occupied by two polar bears at La Fleche Zoo in France, with just a window pane separating them from the beasts (top right).

How Hawaii and Iceland were born: Stunning 'CT scans' of the Earth's interior reveal vast plumes under the ocean feeding volcanic hotspots

CT scan of Earth links deep mantle plumes with volcanic hotspots

University of California, Berkeley, seismologists have produced for the first time a sharp, three-dimensional scan of Earth?s interior that conclusively connects plumes of hot rock rising through the mantle with surface hotspots that generate volcanic island chains like Hawaii, Samoa and Iceland.

Essentially a computed tomography, or CT scan, of Earth?s interior, the picture emerged from a supercomputer simulation at the Department of Energy?s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

While medical CTs employ X-rays to probe the body, the scientists mapped mantle plumes by analyzing the paths of seismic waves bouncing around Earth?s interior after 273 strong earthquakes that shook the globe over the past 20 years.

Previous attempts to image mantle plumes have detected pockets of hot rock rising in areas where plumes have been proposed, but it was unclea

Seismologists have produced the first sharp, three-dimensional scan of Earth's interior that show exactly how volcanic island chains like Hawaii, Samoa and Iceland were created.

The worst security guards in the world? Shocking photos show staff ASLEEP in restricted areas at Hong Kong Airport 

Photos were obtained from an anonymous whistleblower who documented the allegedly lax security at SuperTerminal 1 - the largest air freight handling centre in the world.

Strike by Stansted Airport luggage screeners could cause Bank Holiday Monday disruption for travellers

The workers will be off the job at Stansted from 3:45am to 11:59pm on Bank Holiday Monday - one of the busiest travel days of the summer - to support their claim for a three per cent pay rise.

British holidaymakers take legal action against Thomson Holidays after being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome following dream trip to Dominican Republic

Friends Stephen Robson and Dirk Ord said they had to be hospitalised after they were struck down with gastric illness symptoms while staying at the four-star Dreams Resort and Spa in Punta Cana.

She's cracked it! Swiss teacher takes on death-defying 1,000ft rock climb using only her hands to haul herself to the summit  

Swiss teacher Rahel Schelb takes on death-defying 1,000ft rock climb

Rahel Schelb, 33, scaled the the ginormous death-defying sandstone walls of the Li Ming region, in Yunnan Province, China, climbing some 1,000ft above the ground. Over 25 days she climbed around 60 routes, ranging from crevices 20 to 30 metres high to cracks that stretched all the way from the bottom to the top of the rock face.

My exotic whale cruise... on a Portsmouth ferry! Why you don't need to venture far to see the giants of the deep blue sea


Brittany Ferries has teamed up with ORCA, Europe's leading whale and dolphin conservation charity, for a series of mini-cruises to watch whales in the Bay of Biscay.

Distressed mirrors, candle chandeliers and beer served in jars: With the hipster revolution making every bar resemble a Brooklyn drinking den, can you guess where these are?

Gentrification of gritty areas has transformed many of the world's edgiest neighbourhoods into destinations for a community of 'like-minded' folk with alternative - yet similar - tastes.

Flight escorted by FIGHTER JETS after cabin crew put passenger's cat in bathroom and she threatened to 'bring the plane down'

Passengers claimed the woman allegedly punched a Condor Airlines flight attendant in the face and made threats to 'bring the plane down' as the Boeing 767 flew from Las Vegas to Frankfurt.

Don't mix sleeping pills with booze, claim an empty row and never reserve the first few rows to avoid a crying child: The ultimate guide to surviving a long-haul flight 

Today's long-haul flights can be an exhausting and agonising experience, but travellers can take a number of precautions to ease the pain - from bringing a book to skipping the booze.

Is THIS how you'll be spending your bank holiday? A peek into the exotic vacations of the rich and famous this summer

A peek into the exotic vacations of the rich and famous this summer

From lounging on a paradise beach with cocktails in hand to globe-trotting in their private jets, the rich and famous have been celebrating their holiday season in style. Provoking envy this bank holiday, here is how the stars have been spending their summers.

Our boat trip? It was murder! A meander down the Thames through Midsomer Country (but thankfully there was not a dead body in sight)

There's nothing quite like cruising the Midsomer Country section of the Thames - while impersonating a theremin, as Kevin Pilley finds out on a boat trip with a difference.

From toasting the Queen of Crime to a family weekend under the lights, the autumn brings much promise for family days out

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From the million twinkling light bulbs of the Blackpool Illuminations to a top-notch food festival in a medieval fortress, September is full of unmissable sights and events.

Swiss rail firm launches separate trains for Chinese tourists after locals accuse them of crowding corridors and spitting on the floor inside carriages

The director of the railway has rejected claims that the special services are discriminatory, saying Asian tourists can ride on other scheduled trains to scenic Mount Rigi, near Lucerne.

British holidaymaker in intensive care in Ibiza after diving head first into shallow end of pool and breaking his back in two places 

Sean Paul McCabe in Ibiza hospital after diving into pool and breaking back

Sean Paul McCabe, 20, from Belfast, was on his first holiday abroad when he dived into the pool, and now faces an agonising wait for crucial surgery because he did not buy travel insurance. A doctor told his parents he was 'minutes away' from being paralysed due to the swelling around his spine, had he not received medical care in time.

From sailing the ocean to checking out the Grand Canyon: Cruise-and-stay holidays make sure you don't miss anything out from your trip of a lifetime  

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Making a cruise just part of your big trip is a great idea. But cruise lines can't add in land tours for you. And you will soon discover that booking the cruise, flights, tours and hotels is time-consuming.

Want to holiday like a supermodel? Inside the Turkish health resort that keeps Kate Moss and the fashion fraternity coming back for more

Kate Moss is having a tough few weeks but for those in the know, it's only a matter of time until she heads to exclusive health refuge- The Life Co for a pick me up. MailOnline Travel tries the regime.

Gold walls, onyx floors, truffle ice cream and underground cinemas: Inside the king of Morocco's five-star hotel and a tour through Marrakech's dazzling streets

Inside the king of Morocco's five-star hotel and a tour through Marrakech's streets

The Royal Mansour was commissioned by King Mohammed VI for an undisclosed amount and is where presidents, dignitaries and celebrities stay. It has floor to ceiling zellij mosaics, cordova leather, shells and silk, gold and mother of pearl and the library roof peels back at the touch of a button for stargazing through a telescope

The strange case of the 'ghost plane': Family tells of shock after arriving at the airport for a getaway to Portugal... to be told that their flight didn't exist

The Hall family (pictured) arrived at Birmingham Airport on July 25, for a 10-day getaway to Faro, Portugal - with booking confirmation in hand - only to be told that their flight didn't exist.

EasyJet flight from London to Turkey is forced to divert after misfired Champagne cork caused oxygen masks to drop from ceiling

The Airbus A320 was flying from Gatwick Airport to Dalaman when a flight attendant accidentally fired the cork into ceiling panels while opening a bottle of bubbly for passengers at the back of the plane.

Passengers' fury at being delayed for nearly 24 hours after Monarch Airlines plane broke down before flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to Birmingham

A mechanical problem meant that the Airbus A321 that was supposed to carry nearly 200 holidaymakers back to the UK was unable to make the journey home from the Red Sea holiday resort.

An Inspector Calls: A rural retreat in the Durham Dales... just remember to open the window at breakfast! 

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There have been five weddings in as many days here at Headlam Hall in Teesdale, not far from Durham. The Inspector finds out what makes the venue so special.

Lions in the wild and a herd of elephants in the swimming pool: The soul of real Zimbabwe is a safari made in heaven

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is a safari made in heaven

Victoria Falls (pictured right) is the gateway to safari Zimbabwe and, when the new airport opens some time this year (nobody seems sure precisely when), it will become the gateway to safaris in the whole region: Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Malawi, as well as Zimbabwe. Wildlife conservation is fragile and complex, and to better understand it you need to be on the ground, out there in Hwange among the conservationists, the safari operators, the wildlife guides, and the camp operators. They know a thing or two about endangered animals.

Is this Britain's most luxurious beach hut? Tardis-like three-bedroom seaside shack on the Isle Of Wight goes on sale for £525,000

A beach hut in Gurnard on the Isle of Wight has gone on sale for £525,000. The home is designed to look like a basic seaside shack but actually features a huge living room and three large bedrooms.

Sick of the British summer? Then sail away with these amazing pictures of ships at sea

They've been taken by sailing photographer Kurt Arrigo, from Malta, who has battled raging seas, dangled out of helicopters and stayed up for 30 to 40 hours to get the perfect shot.

Dash around dizzying Delhi with the Daily Mail's guide on what you should see in the Indian capital 

Humayun's Tomb in Delhi, India

Yes, Delhi is chaotic and overwhelming, but it's also wonderfully rewarding. And now's the time to go. The city is cooling down after a summer that saw temperatures surge to 44 degrees centigrade.

Star in your own Tour of Britain! Cycling through the Lake District isn't just for professionals... and on an electric bike it's a breeze!

Next Sunday, Team Sky (including Chris Froome, inset) and 19 of the world's other top cycling teams will be arriving in the Lake District for Stage Five of the Tour of Britain.

Chimps on rocking chairs and a hippo having a sponge bath: Rare photographs reveal what life used to be like for the animals at the controversial Copenhagen Zoo

Rare photographs reveal what life used to be like at the Copenhagen Zoo

Copenhagen Zoo opened its doors for its first visitors in 1859 and has now released some photographs revealing its early days as an attraction, with chimps using cutlery to eat their meals (bottom left). The rare photographs include monkeys on rocking horses (centre), men smoking next to seals (top right) and a hippo receiving a sponge bath (bottom right). These images are intriguing, but the zoo has had its fair share of controversy over the years, having made the news in 2014 for killing a healthy giraffe allegedly as part of its breeding programme.

Petal power: Portuguese city is transformed by breathtaking paper flower canopies - handmade by 7,500 volunteers

In all 30 tonnes of material is transformed by 7,500 volunteers in the city of Alentejo. The display, also known as People's Festival, streams through the streets of the city until August 30.

The man who flew 22,778 miles in just 72 hours... to score enough air miles for a $28,000 first class trip to Hong Kong

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Kevin Song, from New York in the U.S, took a 72-hour plane-journey marathon, totalling 22,778 miles and eight separate journeys at a cost of $3,609.

'Drunk' female passenger arrested by Spanish police and after 'punching easyJet flight attendant' in mid-air drama en-route to Ibiza from London


The shocking incident caused the pilot of flight EZY3043 from Stansted to the holiday island of Ibiza to divert to Barcelona this morning, where the woman was removed from the plane.

Is the UK becoming a surfing hot spot? English champion and model Joss Ash reveals why 'California is similar to Cornwall'

Surfer and model Joss Ash reveals why 'California is similar to Cornwall'

Thought surfing was just a pastime for Californian beach bums, hip Australians and laid back Hawaiians? Think again, following the recent opening of the world's longest man-made surfable waves in Snowdonia, the UK's credentials as a surfing hot spot are on the up. English surf champ Joss Ash reveals to MailOnline Travel the top destinations in the UK and worldwide for any and everyone to surf.

Is this the best travel shirt of all time? The garment that regulates body temperature and fights odour-causing bacteria

The apparel button-down, from LA-based Libertad, is crafted out of a 'lightweight yet durable' fabric: ultra-fine Merino wool that regulates body temperature and absorbs any excess moisture.

Is this Britain's most devoted dad? Meet the banker who's spent almost £500,000 flying to Cyprus to visit his son, nine, after ex-wife took him to live abroad

Stuart Whipps, a 37-year-old investment banker from Reading has been flying to Cyprus to see his son Charlie every fortnight for seven years, after his ex-wife moved them there from the UK.

Feeding seagulls, stopping on a busy pavement and leaving cigarette stubs on the beach: Locals at favourite travel spots reveals their pet hates about tourists 

Living in a place of interest has many positive attributes but more often than not, the habits of tourists can enrage locals. Here, they share their bugbears about visitors in their home town.

The hotel had five stars and my wife and I felt like two of them! For celebrity treatment, the Four Seasons in Toronto takes luxury to new heights - and costs less than you think


If you want to see Toronto and do it in luxury - a feat that would be nearly impossible for all but bankers in New York or London - you could do little better than the Four Seasons.

Holiday hotspots could be devastated by a Mediterranean tsunami. Maps reveal 130 million lives at risk from once-a-century phenomenon

Researchers at the University of Bologna in Italy modelled the impact of earthquakes off the coasts of Sicily and Crete. They found waves would spread across the Med within minutes.

Drone comes as close as 50 metres to passenger aircraft in 'possibly catastrophic' near miss above London City Airport 

Both the pilot, co-pilot and a passenger on board the twin-engined Dash 8 aircraft (file picture), which can carry up to 78 passengers, spotted the drone near London City Airport in April.

The monk who lived in my phone: The traveller who lost his iPod in Laos then discovered that it had been found (and used!) by a selfie-taking holy man

The monk who lived in my phone: The traveller who lost his iPod in Laos then discovered

Traveller Scott Herder (bottom right, with travelling partner Megan) lost his iPod in Laos, only to find - several weeks later - that a monk had picked it up and was continuing to snap photographs and upload them to Scott's iCloud account. The Californian has since dubbed him 'the monk that lives in my phone' and says that the young man has opened his eyes to a whole new world - as seen through his eyes.

Horrifying moment hungry monkey has its finger blown off after cruel tourists feed it with FIRECRACKERS disguised as food

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. A disturbing video showing a monkey being attacked with firecrackers has gone viral. It lost a finger in the blast. The clip is thought to have been shot in Malaysia.

What do you do when you have £6 billion to spend? Russian billionaire splashes out on £292 million superyacht he designed himself to enjoy with his supermodel wife 

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Young/REX Shutterstock (939530n).. Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko.. Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Fundraising Gala Dinner at Hampton Court Palace, London, Britain - 06 Jun 2009.. A host of famous faces have attended the star-studded Raisa Gorbachev Foundation charity gala dinner. Guests from the worlds of the arts, showbusiness, politics and music all gathered at Hampton Court Palace for the exclusive white tie event. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was guest of honour for the evening, which benefited the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation - a cancer charity named after Gorbachev's late wife. The evening marked the tenth anniversary of Mrs Gorbachev's death from leukaemia. Of the 1.5 million pounds raised on night, part will also benefit Marie Curie Cancer Care. The evening featured an auction, which saw Dragons' Den star James Caan pay 300,000 pounds for a multi-coloured skeleton by Damien Hirst. A group of synchronised swimmers also performed a routine in

Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko has built the world's largest sailing yacht, Sailing Yacht A. It is so large, it had to be built at one of the world's largest shipyards in Nobiskrug, Germany.

Somebody just wants his tummy tickled! Diver catches close encounter with friendly seal on underwater camera 

These are the amazing scenes as scuba diver Gary Grayson, 55, from Salford, Greater Manchester, enjoyed some quality time with a friendly seal off the coast of the Isle of Scilly.

Qatar Airways finally 'shamed' into relaxing controversial rules that saw cabin crew members SACKED for getting pregnant

Under new policies, flight attendants who become pregnant are now offered temporary ground jobs instead of being sacked, a labour federation said yesterday.

Pictured: Chaotic scene on plane after plates and cutlery are scattered in the aisle following 'a dispute among cabin crew'

Passengers on the Morocco to Portugal flight were reportedly too scared to leave their seats fearing the noise was associated with a technical failure with the aircraft.

Enjoy the good life as a guest of Prince Charles as you holiday in rural Romania for the ultimate digital detox break

Enjoy the good life as a guest of Prince Charles in rural Romania

There was just one signature written across the front page of the visitors' book at Zalanpatak: Charles. The Prince of Wales bought a dilapidated farmhouse in Transylvania six years ago and returned to stay two years later after converting it into a delightful guesthouse. It must have seemed the complete antithesis to life back in England. Situated deep in rural Romania, the rustic hideaway has just seven rooms in three simple buildings, all furnished with traditional antiques.

Suds in the city! From London's Tower Bridge to Hong Kong's dazzling skyscrapers... the world's most amazing skylines from hotel bath tubs

While stunning sights during private moments are usually reserved for resorts in the wild, these deluxe bath time retreats are a pane of double-glazed glass from a memorable view.

Digital plan to save ancient sites from ISIS ruin: 'Monuments men' believe 3D printers could rebuild archaeological treasures destroyed by jihadists in the Middle East

Archaeological experts are planning to 'flood the Middle East with 3D cameras' so they can digitally catalogue every artefact, building or monument which is under threat from the jihadists.

Pictured: Pygmy whale washes up on a beach in Victoria in rare sighting of the 'cryptic' mammal

A rare pygmy whale was found washed up on Apollo Beach, on the west coast of Victoria. It is believed the carcass could shed more light on the elusive species.

Has Harry Styles sunk SeaWorld? After One Direction heart-throb urges fans to boycott aquatic park it sees 400% spike in negative online comments

After urging fans to avoid visiting SeaWorld during a a One Direction performance in July, the company has seen a 400% increase in negative comments online - and an 84% decrease in profits.

Ultimate rural getaway home set in 48 acres of the rugged Hebrides with its own private island goes on sale for less than a London parking space 

The two-bedroom house, which comes with 48 acres of land, its own sandy beach, private harbour and a two-acre Scottish island called Eilean Dubh - has on the market for just £250,000.

Take me, too! Upset pets look the picture of misery as they watch their owners pack for holidays

Photos of miserable pets watching their owners pack for holiday 

Getting ready for a new holiday is always an exciting time. But while travellers are delighted at the prospect of a couple of weeks drinking sangria on the beach, their pets are often less than impressed about being left behind. Often, cats and dogs aren't afraid to make their feelings known about the fact their mum or dad is leaving them for some fun in the sun.


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