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Breathtaking photos of spring from around the world

After another long, dark winter, spring is finally making a tentative appearance across Britain. For many, it's the most beautiful time of the year, but it's also the perfect time to explore other countries across the world, many of which are at their very best just before tourists pile in for the summer. Pictured, Japan's Osaka castle (main) and its Meguro River (bottom left) fringed with cherry blossom; China's Yunnan (top left), which is famed around the world for its staggering appearance in spring when its fields of rapeseed are in full bloom; (top right) surely one of the season's most delightful products - dappled fawns, this one pictured in Ottawa, Canada; and (bottom right) daffodils spreading through Britain. 

Are these the luckiest people EVER?

For all these lucky survivors, it would have been a good day to buy a lottery ticket. Pictured, clockwise from top left; a car whose driver narrowly missed what would have been a severe tumble over the railing; a tourist in Australia who jumped clear of a 12ft alligator just in the nick of time; a passenger who was very nearly hit by an axe which came flying through the windscreen from the truck in front; a deer which managed to avoid being hit by the skin of its teeth; a car which miraculously survived being crushed by a fallen tree; and a skier in Austria who swerved away from a sudden avalanche.

Mesmerising footage reveals the beauty of Antarctica

A spell-binding video shot by a Swedish filmmaker has captured Antarctica as you've never seen it before, taking viewers on an aerial journey over the frozen continent. The region's vastness is conveyed as the camera soars over thousands of broken icebergs scattered across the ocean (bottom right). The film features tabular icebergs (top left); boats gliding through the inky abyss (top right and bottom left) and a pod of whales frolicking under frozen sky.

A new infographic reveals various national mottoes, including England's, which is 'God is my right', and Chile's, which is: 'through reason or by force'.

Petty acts of revenge from around the world

In cases from around the world rounded up by MailOnline Travel, these people have put an awful lot of time and dedication into their punishments. Pictured, clockwise from top left: A son who eked revenge on his father by elegantly destroying his bananas; a stunt courtesy of some fed-up diners; a 'spite fence' erected outside a garage, the result of two warring local businessmen; an office payback mission that took two hours to carry out; the work of a scorned woman and a car that's been adorned with an unmistakably rude snow sculpture.

A leopard joins birds, stray cattle and dogs on the list of animals that have disrupted flights at Kathmandu aiport

A spokesman for the airport in Kathmandu said wildlife and security officers were searching for the animal, believed to be hiding in the drains, after it was spotted by a pilot.

The best spa breaks for a short-haul getaway

Whether you’re drawn to the soothing sanctuary of a former monastery on the Amalfi coast or would like to sample wine-infused treatments overlooking a French vineyard, there are options for every type of serenity seeker. The experts at Conde Nast Traveller have selected their favourite spa breaks and shared them with MailOnline Travel. Pictured: Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro (main); Hotel Sahrai in Morocco (bottom right) and Monastero Santa Rosa, Italy (top right).

Passengers have now reacted with anger to the announcement that Aslef members had rejected the deal with 372 members voting against it (51.8 per cent) and 346 (48.2 per cent) approving it.

Natural sounds can help us to relax and result in better performance in tasks that require monitoring attention, researchers at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) have found.

Inside the $10m cloud forest hotel in a pristine jungle

Mashpi Lodge is a luxury hotel perched in the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador, a nature reserve considered one of the last remaining biodiversity hubs on the planet (main). Built four years ago, the otherworldly hideaway boasts clean lines, incredible views and just 22 bedrooms (bottom right) but staff outnumber guests two-to-one to overcome the challenges of this unique setting. A new TV show goes behind the scenes to reveal what it takes to deliver five-star service in the wild (top right).

Kris, a 20-year-old UCLA student based in Los Angeles, managed to snap the exact moment her ice cream was swiped from her hand during a weekend away at Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara.

Kocharik Tsamouzian, 87, was flying from Los Angeles to London and asked to use the bathroom shortly after boarding the plane, which was delayed on the runway for 90 minutes.

Rare footage captures Sentinelese tribe of Indian Ocean

Rare footage has emerged of the indigenous Sentinelese tribe, pictured, who are located on North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean (top right), and greet almost all attempted visits from outsiders with violence. Following the 2004 tsunami, helicopters from the Indian Coast Guard were sent to help the Sentinelese and drop food parcels. This tribesmen (left) responded by firing an arrow at the rescue team. India's government has given up on making contact with the islanders and established a ban on visiting the island.

A contract for the routine redesign of the passport has gone out to tender and discussions have been held with contractors about dumping the 'pink' EU design.

Dominica's Pagua Bay House and Rosalie Bay Resort

The Mail on Sunday's Wendy Driver took in the array of natural delights on the Caribbean island of Dominica (top left), staying both at the stylish Pagua Bay House and the more traditional Rosalie Bay Resort (bottom right). Highlights of the trip included an exploration of Emerald Pool (top right) where you can bathe under a waterfall; a colourful street carnival in the capital of Roseau (bottom left); and whale watching off the coast (inset).

The Mail on Sunday's Becky Ferguson kicked back at Spain's Casa La Siesta, a quiet retreat nestled in the hills of Andalucia, close to the picturesque town of Vejer de la Frontera.

Author John Nichol took his wife and daughter to Alnmouth, Northumberland, where they enjoyed 'Broomstick Training Lessons' at Alnwick Castle, a former set from Harry Potter.

The most awkward photos in the world

MailOnline Travel has rounded up awkward scenarios from around the world, with calamities including (clockwise from top left), a men's bathroom buried behind a jungle of bras at a store; an audience member who mistook someone's foot for a chair; a gentlemen demonstrating one of the most awkward leg lunges of all time as he tries to wrestle his way to the front of the bar; a London Underground passenger trapped in a carriage of strange costumes; a partygoer playing the third wheel; and a creepy hand emerging from between two seats on a plane.

The Mail on Sunday's Richard Burke-Ward was charmed by Estonia's capital city of Tallinn, located on the northern shores of the Baltic.

There are fears terrorists from groups including the Islamic State could put bombs in mobile phones and laptops that would not be picked up by screening at British airports.

Frank Barrett jumps aboard Cruise To The Edge

The Mail on Sunday's Frank Barrett jumped aboard a nautical rock music voyage called Cruise To The Edge, a four-night trip from Tampa, Florida, to Cozumel in Mexico and back. Their vessel was Royal Caribbean’s 2,000-passenger Brilliance of the Seas (inset), and performances included those from Yes, John Lodge of the Moody Blues (left), and the Neal Morse Band (right).

The Daily Mail's Inspector called into The Northgate hotel in Bury St Edmunds, a new establishment with ten bedrooms, polite but nervous staff and an over-elaborate food menu.

The Daily Mail's Adriaane Pielou roamed the pretty Latvian resort of Jurmala, lapped by the Baltic Sea and just half an hour from Riga, Latvia’s enchanting capital.

The world's most spectacular lodges revealed

National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World is a portfolio of 55 breath-taking accommodation options, scattered across six continents in beautiful locations they're sure to suit nature fans. Not only do these lodges offer guests a chance for an intimate encounter with rare creatures and unparalleled panoramas, but they are also committed eco-friendly practices. To mark the launch of its Sustainable Tourism Impact Report, National Geographic has shared images of some of its gems with MailOnline Travel. The main image shows Southern Ocean Lodge in Australia, bottom left is Tsara Komba Lodge in Madagascar and bottom right is Kapari Natural Resort in Santorini.

Mark Palmer explores New Zealand's Queenstown

The Daily Mail's Mark Palmer was astounded by the beauty of New Zealand's Mount Cook (main) which in 1948 was a training mountain for Edmund Hillary and his team before they conquered Everest, and recommends dropping in for a pint - as Prince Harry did - at the old Cardrona hotel (bottom right) which, with its Fifties petrol pump and quaint bar is a joy to behold. In Queenstown, he took the Skyline gondola up to the 450m-high viewing station, past bungee jumpers, mountain bikers and hearty trekkers (bottom left).

A Qatar Airways plane approaches Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017

The Doha-based carrier said it would begin offering a 'laptop loan service' to those travelling in business class from 'next week'. The computers would be collected at the gate.

A family bringing a 20kg bag to Tenerife and back over the Easter holidays will have to pay €110 compared to €40 at the same time last year. Two 25kg suitcases would cost €240.

First man to South Pole on foot reveals the hardships

During the 1,795 mile traverse across the minus 50 degree Celsius tundra, Brit Ben Saunders said he and his teammate could only take the bare essentials, so pants were put to one side.

Cuba has a reputation for bland, uninspiring food but MailOnline's Lauren York steers clear of the tourist traps to find and sample the best fresh food and iconic drinks that the country has to offer.

In this remote Ethiopian tribe, members undergo extremely painful rituals including lip plates, scarification and dangerous stickfighting.

British 14-year-old swims with crocodiles for his birthday

Chris Hamilton, from London, flew with his father, an underwater photographer, to Cuba and then by boat to a mangrove swamp 50 miles off the coast of Cuba at Jardines de La Reina. Here, Chris was able to swim and come face to face with crocodiles, and his father was there to record the event. However, it didn’t all go to plan. They had to get out of the water pretty quickly when more crocodiles, some measuring 14 feet, turned up than was safe to be in the water with.

Inside the Saint-Tropez hotel beloved by Hollywood legends

Check into Hotel Byblos in Saint-Tropez and you're in very good company. Past guests also include Brigitte Bardot and Clint Eastwood. But it's not a hotel that needs to name-drop guests to attract custom – it's a hotel of supreme calibre that stands out in a town packed with stand-out accommodation, discovers Ted Thornhill. Pictured inset are Jack Nicholson and Cher at the swanky hotel.

The enormous tusk was found off the coast of West Mersea, Essex, during a particularly low tide. The amateur team hope to create a 3D model of the tusk to unearth more details.

The 38-year-old glamour model is enjoying the trip with husband Kieran Hayler and her children - Harvey, 14, Junior, 11, Princess, nine, Jett, three and Bunny, two -

Why now is the time to discover Vanuatu

With it's tranquil tropical ambience, welcoming residents and mouth-watering food, it's no wonder the 83-island archipelago Vanuatu has been voted one of the happiest places on Earth. The archipelago boasts natural landmarks such as stunning blue holes and epic volcanoes. And it doesn’t boast mega-resorts or chains, instead it offers boutique hotels, nestling in jungles.

Over a century ago New Yorkers were drawn above the sweltering, smog-filled milieu to enjoy extravagantly decorated rooftop theaters. Stunning nostalgic images reveal the bustling hubs.

Tokyo apartment has a loo in the open by the front door

When it comes to privacy, this Tokyo apartment has ripped up the rule book… and written a new one that surely very few potential tenants would be happy with. It’s on the market with the unique feature of a loo right by the front door, with no walls around it – or even a curtain. It’s just out on its own.

The stunt was a bid by the Mexican Tourist Board to lure Germans to its shores. It enlisted the help of an ad agency to create a cloud of tequila in a Berlin gallery.

The Frame, which cost an estimated Dh160million (£35million) consists of two 150-metre high, 93-metre wide towers connected by a 100-square-meter bridge - all covered in gold plating.

Time really IS flying: The incredible speeded-up pilot's-eye-view videos that reduce journeys across the globe to mere minutes

Pilots undoubtedly have stressful jobs – but the views from their office windows must definitely help, as these amazing time-lapse videos show. MailOnline Travel has rounded up incredible clips that reveal views from cockpits on a series of flights, but with the journeys speeded up. Distances of thousands of miles take just minutes. The footage includes flights over the Amazon to Europe and from Los Angeles to Frankfurt.

Excavations at the site of El Palenque in Mexico by researchers from the American Museum of Natural History in New York have recovered the oldest-known palace in the Oaxaca Valley.

An incredible picture of a pine marten, taken by Alastair Marsh, from North Yorkshire, was among 300 stunning images entered in the Mammal Photographer of the Year competition.

The pictures are all shortlisted and commended entries in the architecture category of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards - the world's largest photography competition.

Passengers were on board the first ever chartered flight to the Antarctic Circle from Dunedin, New Zealand, when they captured the stunning Aurora Australis on film from the cabin window.

A week in the life of jet-setter Millie Mackintosh

Former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh has travelled to five continents in the past 12 months - she’s already visited Dubai, Los Angeles, Paris and South Africa in 2017 - inducing endless holiday envy with her body-beautiful bikini pictures and projecting ‘couple goals’ to her 1.3m Instagram followers. MailOnline Travel's Becky Freeth takes a trip to Millie (inset) and Hugo’s personal paradise in Mauritius with a stay at Beachcomber resorts’ five-star Trou Aux Biches (pictured).

In the 1930s, New York mums would suspend babies in cages outside windows to give them 'fresh air', while in Britain a gas-proof pram was invented for babies ahead of World War II.

These portraits have all been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, capturing everything from tribes in West Africa to Syrian refugees.

Miles Davis, 49, was driving through the town centre of Morriston in Swansea when he spotted the spectacle in the sky - and claims it looked like a scene from a science-fiction movie.

The south of England is set to bask in sunshine on the warmest day of the year so far as temperatures soar higher than Madrid - but the Met Office warns rain is expected across parts of the UK by Saturday.

Some of the best photographs in the 2017 Sony Awards

Here MailOnline Travel showcases some of the pictures that triumphed in the open competition, which received entries globally from both amateur and professional photographers. They include winners of themed categories, such as nature and wildlife, and some that came first, second or third in the National Awards – where Sony rank photographers within their own countries.

Doha is home to amazing hotels such as the Marsa Malaz Kempinski, St Regis and Four Seasons. At the Kempinski each room comes with a butler. Indeerdeep Bains checks in.

A cane farming family is living in fear after a huge crocodile was given freedom to hatch eggs on the middle of their property in Mossman, far north Queensland, instead erecting a warning sign.

Why YOU should visit ‘remarkable’ South Africa

MailOnline's Pamela Owen goes back to her native South Africa and stays in the ultra-luxurious Sabi Sabi lodge where she's privileged to have some amazing animal encounters.

Microalgae can be used to make biofuels and even feed for farm animals and fish farms, researchers at Cornell University have found. It grows faster than terrestrial plants and requires less space.

Videos take viewers around the world by drone

Showcasing the planet’s spectacular diversity, drone videographers have captured bustling metropolises such as Dubai and San Francisco as well as lesser-visited outposts including Australia’s otherworldly outback and Cambodia’s verdant plains. MailOnline Travel has rounded up some of the best films to take you on a bird’s eye journey around the world. Pictured: Iceland (top left), Japan (top right), San Francisco (bottom left) and the Grand Canyon (bottom right).

Costing more than the average house, the beach hut in Mudeford near Bournemouth sleeps four to six people, boasts a sun deck and kitchen area - and has been sold for a staggering £275,000.

The whimsical home in Palm Springs, California, belongs to Carl Tookey and Gregg Featherston, who purchased the property when it was painted plain white.

From a laundry-loading hound to a bike-riding RACCOON: Are these the smartest animals in the world?

They may not speak our language, but animals are often much smarter than we give them credit for. Last week, for example, scientists revealed that sea otters may have been using stone tools millions of years ago, even before pre-humans. And judging by the following animals captured on camera, it's quite remarkable what they can accomplish with the right teacher. There's Melanie the North American raccoon, who can ride a tiny bicycle and Moritz the German pig, who can solve jigsaw puzzles. As for Champis the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, he's mastered the art of doing laundry - from opening the washing machine door and stocking it up with dirty laundry, to helping to hang the clothes out to dry afterwards. Here, MailOnline Travel has compiled a catalogue of creatures whose skills will blow your mind.

Beach goers were left in disbelief at Perth's South Beach after the discovery of a sea creature which bares a striking resemblance to a human tongue.

Trunyan, the Balinese village where bodies rot in cages

When someone dies in Trunyan, an isolated village in Bali, their body isn't buried or cremated, it's placed in a bamboo cage and left to decompose (left) underneath a sacred tree (inset), as part of an ancient ritual. Once all the flesh has disintegrated under the smothering Indonesian heat, the skull is removed from the rest of the skeleton and placed on a stone altar where it becomes another building block of the shrine (bottom right). Other traditions native to the village involve a fertility procession in which young boys dance around dressed in dried banana skins (top right).

An air stewardess on board a TUIfly Boeing 737-800 travelling from Hannover, in Germany, to Mallorca took the place of the co-pilot after he passed out midair, helping to land the plane.

Michelin-starred Ramsay, 50, says he would never eat aeroplane food after working for Singapore Airlines for 10 years. He says he 'knows where the food has been' - which puts him off.

The Pelham Manor New York mansion untouched since 1969

Pelham Manor, located on half an acre of land in the affluent country of Westchester, New York, has just hit the market after sitting empty and almost untouched for nearly 50 years. Since its former owner died at the age of 86 it has been maintained by a caretaker but never occupied. Pictured, clockwise from top left, one of its airy living areas; one of the five bedrooms; a lounge with a TV encased in an old wooden cabinet; one of the house's three bathrooms, and (inset) its perfectly manicured lawn.

Is the Amalfi Coast the perfect honeymoon destination?

MailOnline's Adrian Lowery and his new wife were hoping for panoramic drama, glittering beauty and film-star chic from an earlier age on their Amalfi coast honeymoon. They found a high-end stay with a mesmerising pool (main) amidst the wisteria terraces at the palatial Palazzo Avino (inset).

Former flight attendant Erika Roth told a US magazine that if you go at the right time you can almost guarantee 10 minutes of peace. Stay 20 and you'll get a knock on the door.

Bizarre bus stops of the former USSR revealed

Shedding light on the clashing artistic styles of 14 former Soviet countries, a Canadian photographer travelled 18,641 miles capturing striking bus shelters on camera. From mosaic shelters in Abkhazia (top right), to folksy designs in Turkmenistan (inset), to Brutalist concrete structures in Armenia (bottom right), these structures provide a rare glimpse into the creative minds of the time. A bird bus shelter flanked by a soldier and a carousel illustration sits on a Kazakhstan roadside (top left) and a spiky structure punctuates the landscape in Abkhazia (bottom left).

The first episode of new BBC series 'Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby' will explore Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, which is home to the world’s longest elevated infinity pool.

MailOnline Travel has rounded up a selection of animals found in strange predicaments, including an alligator at a door in South Carolina and a deer in a Wisconsin motel room.

Andrew Trace, from London, and William Drumm, from Colorado, spent two days getting up close and personal with the terrifying predators in Banco Chinchorro, Mexico, before sharing their snaps.

Today marks the UN's International Day of Forests, so MailOnline has rounded up some of the best in the world, from the trees amid South America's Iguazu Falls, to England's Peak District.

Herds of endangered Przewalski's horse, packs of wolves and even European bison are thought to have made their home in 600,000 acres of land abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster.

MailOnline reveals people's strangest sleeping locations

We've all been there: so utterly exhausted that we'd do anything for a nap - but few of us are so accomplished in the art of nodding off as the people in these photos. Pictured, clockwise from top left: a snoozing man inexplicably dangling from the roof rail of a train; a make-shift hammock of sorts; an acrobatic 21-year-old utterly defeated by his first day at work; someone who has made the best of a cramped situation; a London Underground commuter; and an airport nap connoisseur.

In the past decade or so Malta has reinvented itself as a holiday destination that appeals to the more thoughtful traveller looking for history, culture, beauty and charm, finds The Mail on Sunday's Ian Kerr.

Most tourists rarely see more of Holland than Amsterdam, its biggest city, but The Mail on Sunday's Travel Editor Frank Barrett says it's worth exploring its less well-known destinations.

Inside the $80m jets inspired by 20s and 30s America

Fliers longing to experience the opulence of silver screen America in the 1920s and 1930s can now step back in time on board an Art Deco-inspired private jet. Two decadent designs - the Manhattan (top left, bottom left and bottom right) and the Hollywood (top right and inset) - have been unveiled by Embraer, steeped in sumptuous details such as mahogany tables, gold trimmed bars and leather sofas. Up to 19 guests can travel on each jet, which feature a bedroom and two-person shower, but the bespoke time warp aircraft don't come cheap - they cost $80million (£63.5million) each.

Whether it’s in the form of blue swathes of fabric in Niger, sky-high turbans in India or studded leather in England, the passion for cultural expression through fashion is universal.

With the news that surfing is to become an addition to the 2020 Tokyo games, where better for aspiring Olympians to brush up on their skills than Newquay, on our very own Duchy coastline?

Ibiza’s Hotel Es Vivé is a brilliant – and brilliant white - art deco hotel that remains one of Trip Adviser’s top-rated venues for the famous party island.

East Japan Railway Company has unveiled new images showcasing the Train Suite Shiki-Shima sleeper train’s glamorous interior before it hits the tracks this May. It will carry just 34 passengers.

The left-wing activists were trying to stop a flight taking up to 100 immigrants back to Nigeria and Ghana. The runway was closed at about 10pm, resulting in eight flights being diverted to other London airports.

Stopping to enjoy the fruits of the land — and befriending generous locals along the way — more than made up for the lack of miles covered on James Hughes-Onslow's glorious hilly Slovenian holiday.

A day in the life of a long-haul airline pilot revealed

India Allix is a senior first officer for Thomas Cook Airlines and here she reveals, in pictures, a fascinating day in her working life during which she flies to Cape Town with her captain father (she's pictured with him inset after touch-down). India captures all the key stages of the flight, including take-off, addressing the passengers, steering around a huge storm and then bringing the aircraft safely down after 11 hours and 30 minutes in the air. The pictures show India saying goodbye to her dog (top left), pre-flight checks (top right), calculating take-off speeds (bottom left) and the view coming into Cape Town (bottom right).

Two teens were barred from a United flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday for wearing leggings. The airline said they were barred because they were flying on a free pass.

The Mail on Sunday's Caroline Hendrie is surprised to discover how little Arles has changed since Van Gogh painted it. She enjoys a river cruise northward from Arles to Lyon.

Jaw-dropping photographs of the natural world

They are all entries for the natural world and wildlife categories in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards - the world's largest photography competition. One star entry is a magnificent picture (main) of the Milk Way taken in La Palma, Spain, in the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. Magnificent is also the best description of Mount Fuji taken by Malaysian photographer Ann Ric (bottom right). One image that shows the natural world at its cutest, meanwhile, is of a European ground squirrel (top left) reaching for a dandelion. Equally heart-melting is the beautifully composed shot (top right) of a black rhino cow showing maternal affection to her calf at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. Bottom left is a hauntingly beautiful shot of a partially frozen lake by Hiroshi Tanita called 'Borderline'. 

The Mail on Sunday's Caroline James delivers her first-hand verdict on the new Trump International Hotel & Tower in Vancouver, which finally opened its doors last month.

Mollie King enjoyed a relaxing break at the Sandals South Coast resort at Bluefields Bay in sunny Jamaica, a couples-only retreat to which she brought a female friend.

While Ibiza has been known as a clubbing mecca since the 1980s, architectural designer and presenter Charlie Luxton is keen to explore its tranquil side and the holiday homes available.

In Seoul, South Korea, 73-year-old Kong Kyung-soon lives in an apartment measuring six square feet, while in Hong Kong, space is so short that others pay around £400 per month to live in 'coffin apartments'.

The incredible U-shaped New York skyscraper is unveiled

Concept designs for 'The Big Bend', a curved tower that would transform Manhattan's skyline, have been unveiled. Stretching 4,000 feet, the slender skyscraper would straddle Billionaire's Row on 57th Street. Described as the 'longest building in the world', the project's concept drawings reveal a skyscraper reaching an apex then curving back down - and featuring an elevator system that can travel around loops.


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