Answering the call of the wild: The award-winning 17-YEAR-OLD photographer who sails around the world on a catamaran taking breathtaking animal shots

Teen photographer Jonathan Jagot sails around the world taking animal shots

A young French photographer is living the life that most can only dream of as he sails around the world on a catamaran, taking pictures of wildlife. Jonathan Jagot aged 17, has been living on a boat with his parents since he was just eight and began sailing when he was 12. He has already been to 25 countries, including Malaysia, Namibia and Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. He has photographed flying flamingos (top left) and whales (bottom right) in Madagascar, baby birds in Venezuela (top right) and monkeys in South Africa (bottom left). His photographs have even won him the title of BBC's Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his age category in 2015.

The shocking moment a CHEETAH jumps on to a safari vehicle and refuses to move for almost an hour

The shocking moment a CHEETAH jumps on to a safari vehicle and refuses to move for almost

The heart-stopping clip shows the big cat approaching the open-topped safari vehicle in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, before disappearing from sight then suddenly leaping up on to the roof, much to the astonishment of the tourists inside. As time passes, the super fast predator, who was initially sat upright on the car, stretches out and makes himself comfortable.

Are they taking the piste? Ski resorts in France and Switzerland are exaggerating the size of their slopes and some are DOUBLING their measurements

New report claims 38 of the 56 biggest French ski resorts over-estimated their size by 30 per cent while three doubled their actual size in estimates. Swiss resorts also inflated their slope sizes.

Shirtless man demanded cigarettes, then URINATED on another passenger sparking 'big brawl' on flight to Paris

Air Mediterranee passenger urinated on another traveller before brawl

Flight attendants were forced to restrain the man, who allegedly became unruly because he wasn't allowed to drink or smoke on board the Air Mediterranee flight from Algiers. The plane diverted to Lyon, where the man and a second passenger were removed by police.

Is Philadelphia the best tourist destination in America? Lonely Planet reveals this year's US hotspots

Popular destinations like Yellowstone National Park also made the 'Best if the US' list alongside lesser-known cities like Somerville, Massachusetts.

Drunk passenger who mixed alcohol with anti-depressants while struggling to cope with relationship break up 'threatened to open plane's emergency exit'


Danny Golden, 29, had arrived back into Dublin Airport from Brussels to visit family at the weekend when he allegedly threatened to opened a plane's emergency exit.

Not your run-of-the-mill holiday home: Former Georgian windmill with sea views is now an epic house spread over five floors and could be yours (for £1.2million)

Not your run-of-the-mill holiday home: Former Georgian windmill with sea views is now an

The one-of-a-kind Old Mill House at Aldeburgh boasts stunning views of the Suffolk coast. The property has been converted from a windmill that once produced 19 tonnes of flour a week into a cosy four-bedroom home. The beachside property is split over five floors inside the former mill tower, with attractive wooden beams stretching over the lounge (bottom left) and kitchen (top left) living areas.

Caught on camera: Three thieves arrested after trying to sell 4,500-year-old stones stolen from the Egyptian pyramids for £22

The Interior Ministry announced the arrests on Saturday, after journalists from a local website used a hidden camera to capture horse carriage drivers selling two stones for £22 in Egypt.

Scottish ministers in discussion to introduce a tourist tax in Edinburgh which could be approved by this April

The tax, which is likely to be a levy on hotel rooms, could raise millions each year - making a significant contribution towards the city's tourism infrastructure while lessening the burden on public funds.

Holidays with the ex factor: Following in the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin almost a quarter of Brits would take a trip with a former partner (if they foot the bill)

Even though Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin famously 'consciously uncoupled', they still holiday together. And they're not the only ones, a quarter of Brits who would do the same, says a study.

Nervous holidaymakers choose Spain as summer bookings to Turkey fall by 40% after a suicide bombing left 10 tourists dead

Turkey is usually a popular summer destination thanks to its history and idyllic Mediterranean resorts, but TUI Group, which owns Thomson and First Choice, says tourists are opting for staying away.

A trip down memory lane: These spell-binding 100-year-old postcards from Japan reveal colourful tourist attractions and bustling cities on the cusp of modernisation

Japan's 100-year-old postcards reveal colourful tourist attractions and cities

These beautiful snapshots of Japan show the country in a transitional period in the early 1900s when modern buildings and transport were starting to pop up. From cherry blossoms on Sumida River (right), to Tokyo's main entertainment district, Asakusa Park before the Great Kanto earthquake (left) and a woman walking through Hanayashiki, the oldest amusement park in all of Japan (inset), the New York Public Library photographs show the country alive with colour.

Tourist attraction Samruai the elephant collapses and dies in Thailand after 'suffering shock' from fireworks display

Elephant dies weeks after suffering shock

Fifty-year-old Samruai worked at the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand, where her owners would make money charging tourists to ride on her back.

'I love to give wrong directions to people who are already late': Revealing the shocking confessions of airport staff on anonymous app

Check-in agents and security officers, have made confessions using Whisper, a US-based app which allows users to get secrets off their chest without having to reveal their identity.

The UK's very own Jurassic Park: The amazing images that show why a trip to Scotland can be like venturing to the land before time

The UK's very own Jurassic Park: Stunning images of Scotland

These incredible photographs by 25-year-old George Turner, from Dorset, highlight the timeless, rugged beauty of Scotland's landscape. Save for the occasional road and castle, they're almost like a window to the land before time. Turner said: 'The landscape feels so other-worldly. There are so many crags, crevasses and hidden valleys that it's impossible to get bored.'

Pimps and prostitutes using Airbnb to turn apartments into BROTHELS as police tell property owners to stop being so naive

Stockholm police said pimps are creating fake profiles to rent privately-owned homes for two or three weeks at a time and offer sexual services out of unsuspecting owners' bedrooms.

Shocking video shows terrifying moment pilot is forced to ABORT landing on gale-hit runway as 100mph Storm Imogen winds leave tens of thousands without power

A nerve-shredding video showed the Alitalia plane from Milan wobbling as it touched down at London City Airport, before bouncing back up again as Britain was hit by Storm Imogen.

Last of the sea gypsies: Fascinating images of the nomadic Borneo tribe who spend their lives on the water

Borneo's Bajau Laut and the disappearing sea gypsies in fascinating images

Originally from the Sulu Archipelago in the Philippines, the nomadic tribe of Bajau Laut, or sea gypsies, are stateless and depend on the water for their life. They live aboard boats and rickety, stilted homes over the ocean. The increasing challenges to their lifestyle, from dwindling trade to reduction in food sources, means that many of them are starting to move to the mainland.

School boy ends up almost 200 miles away from his intended destination after boarding the WRONG plane

Roger and Andrew Ting were travelling from Hong Kong to New Plymouth on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island when Roger ended up in Tauranga on the east coast instead.

Incredible video shows entire stretched-out loo roll being SUCKED into plane toilet when flushed, in less than a second 

An experiment was conducted to see just how powerful aircraft lavatories are - and the results were captured in a video which showed the whole toilet roll disappearing in a split second.

From a Costa Rican jungle to a South Pacific paradise: The private ISLANDS you can rent on Airbnb (from as little as £107 a night)

The ISLANDS you can rent on Airbnb from Costa Rica to a South Pacific paradise

From Belize to Canada hosts at Airbnb are sharing more than just their homes by inviting guests to castaway on a whole private island for as little as £107 a night. MailOnline Travel has rounded up some of the most exciting listings for holidaymakers keen to unleash their inner Robinson Crusoe. Islands include the exotic Tropical Island Cove in Costa Rica (inset) which has three types of monkey, the stunning Kakula Breeze in Vanuatu (left) which is manned by seven members of staff, and the unique Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse in Australia (right) which comes with three cottages (right).

Not all passports are equal: Why the travel documents come in different colours and how countries choose them

In India, for example, the travel books are a bold blue colour, but those who live in Europe will be more familiar with the burgundy red design - and these hues are decided individually by a country.

Eight-and-a-half foot SNAKESKIN seized after being discovered in passenger's luggage

Arriving at Auckland Airport on a flight from Brazil, the passenger declared that he was carrying the anaconda skin, which poses a biosecurity risk, in his luggage.

Now THAT'S how to spend the summer holidays: Adventurous teacher and his wife condense two years of US and Europe travels into a short selfie video

Justin and Christina Greak condense 2 years of US and Europe travel into a selfie video

Mathematics and science teacher, Justin Greak, from Houston, Texas, challenged himself and his wife Christina to travel the world between school term times in 2013. Since then, the thrillseekers have explored destinations including Germany, the Caribbean (right), Switzerland (left), Iceland and California (inset) - stopping to take a selfie in each.

Magical Miami is in the pink: How hot new hotels, cool bars and design flourishes are turning Florida's party city into a paradise 

It has long been renowned as a place for lazy days on the beach, and long nights on the tiles. But now, Miami has an increasingly cool edge to it, thanks to a blur of chic hotels. Jenny Coad is impressed.

'A celebration that turned into a nightmare': Couple who fell ill on Cancun holiday describe anger at 'dirty bedding, lukewarm food and hotel construction work'

Nichola Driver, 36, and her husband Wayne, had travelled to Cancun in Mexico to celebrate Wayne's 40th birthday in October 2015, but say their celebration turned into 'an absolute nightmare.'

Tourist flies stray dog Charlie home to LA after bonding with him on Peru holiday and paying to treat his 'raw paws, broken skin and malnutrition'

Tourist flies dog Charlie home to LA after bonding on a Peru holiday

Ursula Vari from Los Angeles in California, was on holiday in Peru when the dog, which she later named Charlie, approached her in pain just hours before her flight was due to take off. Boarding her plane home, Vari said she couldn't stop thinking about the pup, who was completely bald and had 'raw paws from walking endless miles on the melting concrete'.

Is this the world's youngest backpacker? Mother takes her 10-week-old baby around the world while on maternity leave (with just one bag between them)

Most people wouldn't even consider packing up their home and travelling the world, let alone do so with a baby - which is exactly what London couple, Karen and Shaun did after the birth of their daughter.

'Me and the captain both fell asleep for 15 minutes while flying home from Tokyo': Pilots take to confessions app to reveal what REALLY goes on in the cockpit

It turns out that some captains or co-pilots are having a nap or even breaking the rules that passengers are forced to follow, according to anonymous messages on the Whisper app.

The heat is on: Participants from around the world brave the cold to compete in the European SAUNA Marathon in Estonia

Participants compete in the European SAUNA Marathon in Estonia

Braving the cold and ice, the European Sauna Marathon in Otepaa, Estonia, saw competitors, some of whom clearly dressed up for the occasion, run around the city to enjoy as many saunas as possible in just six hours for a prize. Participants were split into teams, with the victors being the group who had visited every designated sauna in the fastest time. There were 217 teams, including 12 international ones from Greece, France, Russia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, and the UK.

The Crafty Traveller: Beat the stampede to secure a summer holiday to Europe's 'safe' destinations

Terrorist attacks have resulted in dramatic falls in bookings to some popular destinations, including Egypt, meaning availability in Spain, Portugal and France is set to be tighter.

From the tallest slide at sea to a lavish suite with its own spa: The new cruise ships that are set to make waves in 2016

A number of new vessels are embarking on their maiden seasons this year, and one of the most anticipated is Harmony of the Seas, which will become the largest cruise ship in the world.

Jaw-dropping video shows daredevils race down the slopes of Val d'Isere with skis and PARACHUTES at 75mph

Video shows daredevils race down Val d'Isere slopes with skis and PARACHUTES

Sydney Cohen, 27, from Cambery, France had been paragliding previously, so when he visited one of the 'most epic' spots in the world to ski, he couldn't resist adding a bit of flair to his experience by speedriding. Sydney and friend Theo Cerboneschi, 25, also from France, spent four years of training in paragliding and skiing in order to reach a level where they were comfortable enough to create the dramatic video.

Ask Frank Barrett: How to get a 'free' holiday to Iceland and where to find a stylish hotel on a budget in London

The Mail on Sunday Travel Editor Frank Barrett answers readers' questions about 'free' holidays in Iceland, a special weekend in London and cycling trips for inexperienced riders.

British holidaymakers' packing habits revealed: Half of UK tourists admit to taking teabags from home while a fifth even bring their own KETTLE

A survey of 1,000 British adults, conducted by Eurostar, found that pillows and blankets are other essentials, while those aged 25-34 take at least six gadgets to stay connected.

A date with a movie star: A trip to the city starring in Rio, I Love You reveals that it's as sexy, glamorous and colourful as all the greatest silverscreen idols

Rio, I Love You and how to take a cinematic escape to the vibrant city

Rio, I Love You is an anthology film starring an ensemble cast of A-list names - from Vanessa Paradis and Vincent Cassel to Harvey Keitel (bottom left and bottom right) - and MailOnline Travel's Charli Glass was flown out to meet its biggest star... Rio de Janeiro. Staying at the iconic Belmond Copacabana Place (centre) she took in top attractions including Christ the Redeemer (top left) and Ipanema (top right).

See the John Lennon Wall and sample the humble knedliky: Six things you must do in Prague (and they have nothing to do with stag parties)

The Mail on Sunday's Gareth Huw Davies takes a tour of the Czech capital's fine old buildings, sees a magnificent medieval clock - and even samples some tasty dumplings.

England at its dramatic best: Where to follow in the footsteps of the stars from Dad's Army, Poldark, Star Wars and Broadchurch

England's landscapes continue to be a firm favourite with the film industry - from Bridlington, where Dad's Army was filmed, to the Forest of Dean, which was used in the new Star Wars movie.

Looking past the politics: Breathtaking photographs reveal the hidden treasures and beauty of Iran in all its glory

Looking past the politics: Breathtaking photographs reveal the hidden treasures and beauty

Change is afoot in Iran as far as tourism is concerned, with the country late last year saying they are preparing for a 'tsunami' of foreign visitors. With improved relations, Iran's mesmerising beaches, breathtaking Islamic architecture and incredible food could see the country be top of the 'must-visit' destinations of 2016. Despite the Foreign Office saying the application process for an Iranian visa can be unpredictable, these spectacular photographs demonstrate why the beautiful country is worth the extra effort.

Club Red! It's an odd mix, but exporting a French holiday institution to southern China has been a huge hit

Club Med's resort at Guilin, China, offers plenty of activities for children and adults - from flying trapeze lessons and rock climbing to yoga and archery - and boasts an impressive sculpture garden.

Why Naples doesn't deserve to be the place that everyone loves to hate: Despite its dodgy image, the Italian city is full of unique charms

Naples is no more intimidating than any other large city. But its great advantage is it's ten times more fascinating than most with a mixture of fascinating historical periods.

Dine at Hogwarts, name a cockroach after your sweetheart or propose for $620,000: Forget flowers, these are the quirky Valentine's Day dates to wow a loved one

From Hogwarts to the Bronx Zoo, MailOnline Travel reveals the best Valentine's Day dates

If you still think flowers from the local supermarket and a bottle of bubbly is romantic, then you're clearly not doing Valentine's Day correctly. If the luxury Trump International Hotel Las Vegas can charge $620,000 for a jet-filled proposal package, than Valentine's day has clearly stepped up a gear for 2016. Why not swap a pub meal for one at Hogwarts? Or dine on fondue in Europe's largest igloo in Switzerland. MailOnline Travel takes a look around the world at the more quirky Valentine's ideas you can opt for this year.

Looking for love in all the right places: Find your perfect match with the help of this irresistible guide to the best solo holidays

Singles who are looking for romance should consider these trips to exotic places - from a cycling tour of Dracula's homeland to a culinary trip to the capital of Tuscany.

Absolutely Fabulous! Croissants, culture and Christian Lacroix are served up at show-stopping boutique hotel in the heart of Paris's fashionable Marais district 

Instead of croissants and baguettes it's style on the menu at former bakery, Le Petit Moulin - which is staking a strong claim as one of Paris's most fashionable boutique hotels.

Peak practice: How top tips from a guide can give you the edge on the steep slopes of alpine resort Les Deux Alpes

How tips from guides like Neilson can give you the edge on Les Deux Alpes

MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill ventures to the stunning resort of Les Deux Alpes (top right) in France where he tries out Neilson's new free mountain guiding service. He takes a T-bar to the glacier there at 11,000 feet (bottom left), gets looked after by the friendly staff of Hotel Aalborg (inset) and finds time for a drink at the famous mid-mountain Pano Bar (top left).

'It's easy, I promise!' Learning how to ski in the stunning Austrian Tirol with a few bumps along the way (and a soothing sauna to ease the pain)

Non-skier Francesca Wickers took to the slopes for the first time - and suffered a tumble on her first run - at the charming, traditional Alps resort of Kirchberg.

An Inspector Calls: A hassle-free and comfortable stay at a Premier Inn in London... but is £100 a night really a 'budget' price?

This week, The Inspector paid a visit to the Premier Inn just north of Putney Bridge in London and was shocked by the so-called 'budget' price but satisfied with a clean and functional guest room.

Robbed in Barcelona, breakdown in Australian outback: The hair-raising adventures of a couple who are travelling around world in an old van on £5.50 a day

Karol Lewandowski and Aleksandra Slusarczyk travel the world in a refurbished van on £5.50

Travel bloggers Karol Lewandowski and Aleksandra Slusarczyk, from Poland, have kept their costs low by avoiding hotels and restaurants and relying on sponsors and the kindness of strangers. In a refurbished van (inset), they have visited more than 50 countries and have had many memorable experiences while visiting stunning places such as Iceland's hot springs (left) and Horseshoe Bend in Arizona (right). But they have also managed to escape a few sticky situations that threatened to hit the brakes on their travels.

Snorkelling, cycling or relaxing poolside in paradise: The choice is yours at this dreamy Greek resort on the Ionian coast

Navarino Bay in the ancient Messinia region of south-west Greece is an area of verdant hills, sheer valleys, vineyards and olive trees, with plenty of thrilling activities for parents and children.

Snow bootcamp: How to get fighting fit in the French Alps with a packed programme of skiing and snowshoeing

How much exercise can you do in the mountains in just one week? This bootcamp in stunning Samoens challenges you to push yourself to the limit with activities from dawn to dusk.

The Rockies in the raw: Discovering the wilder side of the epic mountain range with white water thrills (and spills) and close encounters with bears

Rocky Mountains' wilder side offers encounters with bears and white water thrills

The Mail on Sunday's David Rose and his family discovered the Wild West during a trip that took them through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. During their travels they encountered a black bear (top right) while hurtling down Montana's Beartooth Pass (left), a dizzying sequence of hairpin bends, on mountain bikes. Later, their boat flipped while white-water rafting (bottom right) on the aquatic rollercoaster known as Browns Canyon. The mishap helped to make their 3,000-mile road trip an unforgettable summer getaway.

'We don't know where they are': Strike chaos at Pakistan's national airline has led to the carrier losing track of stranded passengers all over the world

Pakistan International Airlines has admitted that it has no idea how many of its passengers are stranded - or where - amid a strike by staff, who are opposed to plans to privatise the carrier.

Enjoy breathtaking coastal views and your very own taste of Hawaii on Croatia's Istrian peninsula

Newly refurbished, Hotel Park Plaza Arena is less than five kilometres away from Pula, the small, picturesque and increasingly popular seafront city on Croatia's Istrian peninsula.

Looking for a saucy Valentine's weekend getaway? The world's kinkiest hotel packages for February 14

The world's kinkiest hotel packages for This Valentine's Day February 14

Many couples opt for a night away on Valentine's Day, but there are some hotels that aim to get pulses racing in a range of kinkier ways. This collection of accommodation from Brighton to Hollywood seeks to cater to a wealth of secret fetishes - from whips and chains and swing beds to a room stocked with erotic fiction.

Airbnb paid nearly £1million in tourist tax to Paris after agreeing to charge every guest 64p a night

With 1.4million overnight stays between October and December, the San Francisco-based company contributed €1.169million (£900,000, $1.3million) in taxes, said Paris' city hall.

Briton 'arrested for pocketing cash he found at Thai airport after being caught on security camera'

Darren Chapman, 49, was arrested after police circulated his image throughout the airport after identifying him as the mystery man who had taken the contents of the abandoned envelope.

Airlines to divert flights off coasts of South Korea and the Philippines over fears their planes could be hit by falling debris from a North Korean rocket

With North Korea planning to launch a satellite later this month, several large airlines said they will divert planes that fly over waters where missile parts are expected to fall.

Fascinating photos show the serene and timeless beauty of feudal Japan as it stood on the brink of modernisation in 1908

Canadian Herbert Geddes captured the unspoilt core of breathtaking Japan in 1908, during a time when the country was undergoing a boom in industrial development.

Surfer's paradise! The ultimate holiday home on Britain's best beach could be yours (if you have £650,000)

Portreath beach holiday home on Britain's best beach on sale for £650,000)

The new-build three bedroom home overlooks Cornwall's Portreath beach and has stunning full glass walls so riders can check out the surf the moment they wake up. And a quick 750 yard sprint with their board down the hill and across the beach will see them riding the waves in seconds. The surfer's paradise has been put on the market by estate agents Liilicrap Chilcott for £650,000.

'I was crying by the time I took my boarding pass': Amputee claims she wasn't allowed to get on flight until she removed her prosthetic leg

airport made girl take off her prosthetic leg and jeans

Antara Telang, a director of a Mumbai-based company, had booked to fly out of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to Bangalore when she claims security made her take off the prosthetic.

The worst days to fly in 2016 revealed: Why booking a flight from the UK on February 12 or November 6 in the US could lead to holiday hell

A British travel company has identified the 10 days when flights are most expensive and airports are packed, and most revolve around major holidays, school half-terms or popular events.

Caught on video: The incredible moment a plane's wing was hit by LIGHTNING while flying through a storm

Etihad plane's wing hit by lightning in footage captured by passenger

Passenger Mitchell Stewart, who was in a window seat, captured the fascinating moment as he flew from Abu Dhabi to Paris with Etihad Airways this week. His footage shows the plane flying through the clouds when lightning suddenly hits the right wing tip. Stewart said the Boeing 777-300ER was on its approach to Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and made a safe landing shortly after.

Airline suspends cabin crew after video of Bollywood star singing on the intercom mid-flight takes the internet by storm

A video shows Sonu Nigam crooning to chart-topping Bollywood songs with other passengers joining in on a chartered flight from the western city of Jodhpur to Mumbai.

Family left with HUNDREDS of flea bites from Majorca holiday and claim Thomas Cook refused to take responsibility as 'a guest brought them into the hotel' 

A young mum claims she brought the holiday from hell home with her when their house became infested with FLEAS ñ and the holiday company have refused to take responsibility as a ëguest probably brought the fleas to the hotelí. Charlene McGregor, 28, and her partner and baby Evie, two, spent the whole Majorca holiday scratching bites that they assumed were from mosquitos. However upon returning, as she unpacked her suitcase Charlene was horrified to discover an army of tiny bugs ñ which she claims quickly infested the familyís Merseyside home.  SEE MERCURY COPY

Charlene McGregor, 28, and her partner and baby Evie, two, (mother and daughter pictured) spent the whole Majorca holiday scratching bites that they assumed were from mosquitos.

Missing Downton Abbey? Now's your chance to buy your own country pile as one of Ireland's most beautiful and iconic tourist attractions goes up for sale (but it will cost you €10m)

One of Ireland's most beautiful tourist attractions goes up for sale

The Browne family are selling their picturesque Irish property, Westport House (pictured), along with the surrounding 455-hectare estate, after it has been in their family for over 300 years. The historic house, which was built in 1730, is one of the oldest in the country and has been open to the public for over 50 years. Boasting scenic rooms and grounds, Westport House is one of the county's biggest tourist attractions, drawing in 160,000 visitors last year.

'Drunk' group of up to 15 men kicked off flight at Manchester Airport by police after reports of 'disruptive behaviour'


Greater Manchester Police were called to assist airport staff and flight crew on the plane that was about to take off after they received reports of bad behaviour from a group of male passengers.

Beach breaks for £37 and city hotels from £46: Infographics reveal the cheapest European holiday spots

The cheapest capitals are Sofia and Skopje. The most expensive capital city in Europe is London, followed by Bern. Greece boasts the highest number of low cost coastal towns.

The most Instagram-worthy city in the US? From the Golden Gate Bridge to the palace that inspired George Lucas, a journey to Super Bowl host city San Francisco

A journey to Super Bowl 50 host city San Francisco

Heading to San Francisco for Super Bowl 50? Here's MailOnline Travel's guide to the California city's most picturesque spots and worthwhile attractions. From exploring the incredible murals in the Mission District to the breathtaking Palace of Fine Arts, which is said to have been his inspiration for R2-D2 in Star Wars, as well as amazing historical attractions, including Alcratraz Island, and fantastic museums, there's something for everyone in the city by the Bay.

Outrage at plans to send 18 WILD African elephants to three of the 'worst zoos' for the mammals in North America

The planned relocation would see the elephants transferred to Dallas Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo and Henry Doorly Zoo - which were all jointly rated first on the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants list last month.

Teenage holidaymaker banned from entering Egypt FOR LIFE after scaling the Great Pyramid of Giza and causing national outrage

Eighteen-year-old German tourist Andrej Ciesielski, from Munich, captured breahtaking photos of the hazy desert landscape surrounding the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Lifting the veil: The fascinating pictures that show what life is REALLY like in Saudi Arabia, from nose-kissing to men who wear flowers on their heads

Life in Saudi Arabia from nose-kissing to men who wearing flowers on their heads

French photographer Eric Lafforgue discovered that it's hard to get into Saudi Arabia. To get a tourist visa you need sponsorship from a local travel agency or a company - and that this can be hard work because they make so much money from Mecca pilgrims that 'they are not interested in helping non-Muslims'. Then there are the rules. Women under 30 must be accompanied by their husband or brother and it is not permitted for an unmarried couple to travel alone together, Mr Lafforgue said. But Mr Lafforgue discovered that once inside, you're immersed in a world that's welcoming and wondrous in equal measures. These fascinating pictures, which he took on a 15-day trip in 2012, lift the veil on life in the Kingdom. Top left is a Somali girl, top right a tribesmen with flowers in his hair, bottom right is a rock formation in the desert, bottom left a shopping mall in Jeddah and inset, two Saudi men saying hello.

Tunnel vision: Mesmerising timelapse video shows a driver's-eye view of New York's iconic subway system

Relaxing timelapse footage shows that travelling on New York City's subway system isn't always so manic

The camera was fitted to the front of the C line, a rapid transit service in the B Division of New York City's underground system, and shows a rather less hectic view of the Big Apple.

Terror alert at Madrid airport as 97 passengers are evacuated from jet when note saying 'bomb aboard' is found pinned to toilet wall with a knife

Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SVA 226 remains isolated in Adolfo Suarez-Madrid Barajas airport after evacuating 97 passengers and 15 crew members following a bomb threat on February 4, 2016, in Barajas, 10 km from Madrid. Passengers on a flight to Riyadh from Madrid were evacuated from the plane today after a note that read "11:30 bomb" was found pinned to the inside of the aircraft with a knife, police said.  AFP PHOTO / PEDRO ARMESTREPEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images

The pilot on a Saudi Airlines flight from Madrid to to Riyadh raised the pre-take off alarm after finding a bomb threat onboard while on the runway at Barajas International Airport.

Is this the most dangerous bridge in the world? The rotting roadway in Russia that daredevils have to repair as they go (with cars just INCHES from the edge)

Kuandinsky Bridge in Russia that daredevils have to repair as they go

You need to have nerves of steel to drive along this adrenaline-inducing rickety bridge in Russia. The dilapidated Kuandinsky Bridge (pictured) in Russia leaves drivers precariously navigating along a six-foot-wide path - with no railing or safety features to save them from toppling into the frozen water below. To make matters worse, the old metal structure is covered with wooden planks, which can be slippery due to the frequent snow and ice. What's more, daredevil travellers often have to bring their own items to cover up the gaping holes (inset left).

The City of Lights dims: Paris drops from top-five romantic destinations rankings for Valentine's Day in wake of the city's terror attacks 

The French capital has fallen from being Brits' second-favourite Valentine's Day hotspot, to their eighth. It ranks behind Amsterdam, Rome, New York, Barcelona, Prague and Reykjavik.

A sign of the times! New safety notice warns pedestrians to look up from their smartphones when crossing the road

The road safety notices were designed and fitted in Stockholm by two artists in a bid to reduce the number of people involved in vehicle-related incidents because they're fixated on their smartphone screen.

A three-course meal, a bottle of bubbly and cocktails... for $2.50! New York's legendary Roosevelt Hotel honours dinner coupon that was given to a dance contest winner in 1941

Roosevelt Hotel honours $2.50 dinner coupon from 1941

Barbara Capozzola Alloway's mum received the prize when she won an Arthur Murray participation dance contest at the Roosevelt Hotel in 1941, but never claimed it and left it to her daughter when she died in 1999. Alloway was left stunned after she and her husband showed the letter to staff during their trip to New York and were both treated to a lavish three-course dinner with drinks for just $5 (£3.40). In today's currency, the $2.50 prize would have a value of approximately $42 (£29).

Fancy spending a night in a boot-shaped house or a clock tower in central London? The most bizarre Airbnb listings revealed

While most of its 1.5million listings are nothing out of the ordinary, the San Francisco-based website allows adventurous tourists to stay in a see-through bubble, dog-shaped inn or a tipi.

What the brochures DON'T tell you: The nine popular tourism hot spots with shockingly high murder rates

The World Health Organisation has revealed nine countries for homicides including Jamaica, where statistics reveal that in every 100,000 people, 45.1 have been killed.

They were checking there was no fowl play: Emotional support TURKEY spotted going through airport security checks

A passenger in an airport in the US was baffled to spot a turkey waddling through airport security at San Francisco Airport and shared the picture along with a heartwarming back story.

Lions 1 car 0: There are roars of laughter as big cats in a South African safari park rip off a front bumper (after having a go at the wing mirrors)

Lions in a South African safari park rip off a front bumper in video

A group of tourists got the surprise of their life when their car bumper was ripped clean off by a playful lion (left) while they were driving through a South African park. The incredible video begins with a large curious cat, at the Johannesburg Lion Park, fitting the Volkswagen Golf's entire wing mirror in its mouth (inset) to the amazement of the onlookers. As the car quickly drives off, the pride inspects its shiny new metal toy on the grass (right).

Pawsome! Bobby the otter captured on camera having fun sliding down an icy bank in zoo enclosure following record snow fall

Bobby, who lives at the Minnesota Zoo in the US, was caught on camera by an employee as he took full advantage of the slippery slope on Wednesday morning.

Holy crab! Stunning holiday snap shows fearless tourist holding a monstrous crustacean that feasts on rats and can crack a coconut with its powerful claws

Mark Pierrot was brave enough to pick up the massive coconut crab, the largest crab on land, and hold it for the camera as he visited the jungle on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

Savvy traveller reveals how he scored a $5,000 business class seat on a transatlantic flight from New York to Africa for just over FIVE DOLLARS

Brian Kelly, from New York, only had to pay a minimal booking fee after redeeming 90,000 frequently flyer miles for the Delta Air Lines flight from JFK Airport to Accra, Ghana.

Liquid mountains: Powerful images show North America's Lake Erie whipped into a frenzy of 30 foot waves by autumnal storms

These awe-inspiring photographs demonstrate the chaotic beauty and power of Lake Erie, one of North America's Great Lakes, captured from sunrise to sunset.

It's sure to make a splash: Europe's first underwater sculpture museum to open this month with an array of ghostly figures... including a raft of refugees

It's sure to make a splash: Europe's first underwater sculpture museum to open this month

Beneath the surface of the sea near Spain, work on the creation of Europe's first completely underwater museum has begun. The Museo Atlantico, or Atlantic Museum, will be made up of 400 sculptures placed at a depth of 39 feet and viewable to its visitors by a scuba dive or from glass-bottomed boats. The first of its kind in Europe, the museum will be situated off the coast of Lanzarote. Exhibits include a man with his dog (top right), a figure with their head in the sand (bottom right), an eerie collection of humans of all ages and sexes (top left) and The Raft of Lampedusa, a poignant structure echoing the huge movement of refugees across the sea to Europe (bottom left). Construction is under way with models being lowered into the water in chains (inset), ahead of the late-February opening.

Mind your heads! Tourist captures incredible footage of a passenger jet flying just above holidaymakers on a beach in the Caribbean

Maho Beach, St Maarten, is one of the world's best plane-spotting locations, with brave tourists flocking there every day to stand under the flight path as planes buzz just a few feet overhead.

What the brochures DON'T tell you: The nine popular tourism hot spots with shockingly high murder rates

The World Health Organisation has revealed nine countries for homicides including Jamaica, where statistics reveal that in every 100,000 people, 45.1 have been killed.

Elephant rides, walking with lions and tiger selfies: The ten cruellest wildlife attractions revealed


After research and investigations in Asia and Africa, World Animal Protection has compiled a list of the ten cruellest wildlife entertainment activities across the world.

The CAT controller: Huddersfield train station's patrolling moggie Felix is promoted to Senior Pest Controller (and even has a new uniform and badge)

Huddersfield train station's cat Felix is promoted to Senior Pest Controller

She has been working at Huddersfield Railway Station since 2011, catching mice, making friends with commuters on a daily basis and getting paid in cat treats. Felix arrived at the station as a nine-week-old kitten to take up the important role of ensuring platforms are free of mice and other vermin. The pictures on the right show her proudly wearing her new high-vis jacket and name badge. The picture on the left shows her on patrol.


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Scottish ministers in discussion to introduce a tourist tax in Edinburgh which could be approved by this April

The tax, which is likely to be a levy on hotel rooms, could raise millions each year - making a significant contribution towards the city's tourism infrastructure while lessening the burden on public funds.