Adam Baidawi photographs North Korea

Writer and photographer Adam Baidawi spent a week on a quest as an undercover reporter to find out what life is really like in North Korea, particularly in its curious capital of Pyongyang. 'You have two "tour guides" with you at all times,' Mr Baidawi explains, describing them as 'meticulously trained' with an 'eerily polite' tone. 'You're required to stay in tourist-only hotels,' he goes on. You're isolated from the rest of Pyongyang – isolated from any real, authentic, human contact with locals. It's not possible to walk outside the hotel alone. You're not popping down for a morning jog, or exploring the city by sunset.'

The best ways to experience New York this spring

With the cherry blossoms in full bloom around Central Park, TravelMail's Jenny Coad says spring is the best time to visit New York. There are also blossoms out at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with guided walking tours on offer. Meanwhile, sports fans can see a New York Knicks basketball game - which is always lively - at Madison Square Garden. And that’s just for starters. Here are the other New York gems you won’t want to miss... Pictured: Madison Square Garden (top left), Central Park blossoms (top right), brunch at Russ & Daughters (bottom right), the Lincoln Center (bottom left), the Empire State Building (centre).

These are the families trading the everyday rat race to travel the world with their children in tow. While a life on the road appears glamorous, the families reveal a darker side to the lifestyle.

Butlin’s Bognor Regis is now aimed squarely at those in search of a family break rather than a holiday, says TravelMail's Robert Hardman.

Nostalgic images reveal London's timeless charm

While many of the names remain the same, a series of fascinating snaps from the 1930s has shed light on London's streets during a decade of change. Pictured: A flower seller chats to workmen in Piccadilly Circus (top left); men sit around a Milk Bar in Bear Street (top right); holidaymakers wait for their train at Euston Station (bottom left); horses and carts at Covent Garden (bottom right); and a pair of children chat (inset).

Part of the roof of the hotel was ablaze in the 4,000 room hotel, one of the largest in the world. The fire was reported at 10.46 pm last night and some 77 firefighters extinguished the blaze by 11.09 pm.

Sunny Beach (pictured), Bulgaria, thanks to tumbling prices, is cheaper than ever and is the best bet for a bargain break for the fourth-year running.

Spain's El Caminito del Rey Path reopens

The world’s most dangerous footpath is set to reopen for the tourist season with tickets on sale from next week. One of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions, El Caminito del Rey Path, slices through the Gaitanes Gorge providing thrillseekers with dramatic views 330ft above Gualdalhorce river. The walkway was revamped and re-opened in 2015 after five people plunged to their deaths between 1999 and 2000.

Whether you want a star-studded spectacular or a family-friendly weekend, ADRIAN THRILLS says there’s something for every taste on this year’s festival circuit.

A handy infographic has highlighted 14 creations throughout history that may have been falsely attributed to inventors from other countries or that visitors might not realise were developed by Brits.

Daredevil Brits are flocking to the world's danger zones

Thrill-seeking Brits are snapping up alternative holidays to nuclear disaster zone Chernobyl (bottom right); extremist Iran; Liberia (top left); Lebanon (bottom left); North Korea (inset); and even famine stricken Sudan (top right). Dylan Harris set up Manchester-based, Lupine Travel, to cater for danger tourists who are desperate to explore some of the most hostile destinations in the world.

If you’ve ever dreamt of exploring India in total luxury, touring its majestic palaces and immersing yourself in its vibrant culture, now is your chance - but you'll need a spare £66,000.

Extraordinary photographs show a couple relaxing on a hammock and singing songs with a bear, called Stepan, as it joined them on a romantic date in woods near Moscow.

Movie and TV locations around the world that you can visit

If you’re keen to follow in the footsteps of Luke Skywalker on location in Ireland, or to escape to Tyrion Lannister's Dubrovnik or even to immerse yourself in Holly Golightly’s glamorous New York, then this new book is for you as it unravels the silver screen universe. From Mumbai to Thailand a new Lonely Planet book reveals the international locations of over 100 films and television shows including Breaking Bad, Pride and Prejudice and the Talented Mr Ripley. MailOnline Travel shares a sneak peek of the book.

Even with the euro holding form against the pound, a cheap weekend break in Europe is hugely possible. Helen Warwick explains how to enjoy Riga, Warsaw, Budapest and Lisbon on a budget.

The moment a herd of zebras invade a safari lodge bedroom

Laura Whittaker and Henry Whittaker, from Corsham, Wiltshire, were on their honeymoon in South Africa last month when they spotted the zebras. Staying in a romantic lodge at the Gondwana Game Reserve, in Mossel Bay, the honeymooners were enjoying their breakfast when they noticed the herd in the distance by their room.

Finland has been named the safest country in the world for tourists to visit in a prestigious new report. The UK and the USA limped into 78th and 84th place respectively behind Zimbabwe.

Dramatic footage shows planes lurching wildly as they battle fierce crosswinds at Amsterdam Airport

Footage shows plane after plane being severely buffeted as they approach the runway at Schiphol. The clip shows the planes, including a KLM 747, lurching from side to side. The filmmaker said the winds were so strong that one aircraft was forced to abandon its landing and soar back into the air for another attempt, a manoeuvre known as a ‘go around’.

The trick involves booking business class flights through Scandinavian operator SAS using air miles, which you can earn by renting a car from Hertz. The catch? You have to do it 20 times.

The cool-as-a-cucumber pilot filmed his difficult descent and landing as he came in to an airport in the city of Novosibirsk in south central Russia's Novosibirsk Oblast region.

The ultra-chic safari camp in Zambia

Don’t worry about setting an alarm clock to wake you at Sausage Tree Camp. At one of Zambia’s most exclusive safari camps, the hippos will take care of that, writes Lucy McGuire. The camp is utterly lavish - the stuff of dreams - and it picked up 'Best Location Africa' in the 2016 Safari Awards.

Hull is enjoying a moment in the spotlight as the UK City of Culture for 2017. So where to stay if you are visiting for the weekend? The Inspector checks out the (marvellous) Holiday Inn Hull Marina.

Spain has been crowned the world’s most tourist-friendly country, followed by France and Germany, in a report by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum, which ranked 136 countries worldwide.

Comical photos reveal why women live longer

MailOnline Travel presents a catalogue of male catastrophes waiting to happen. Pictured, clockwise from top left: A moped-rider who found no other way to cross the river; a very questionable pool hack involving electrical cables; a man using a see-saw-style window to balance on the side of a building; a stuntman who may not have enough height to clear the four bodies underneath; a human table with a death wish; and the very precarious use of a ladder.

It is often seen as a place of endless sprawl and chaos. But Kolkata - the Indian city once known as Calcutta - will defeat all your prior expectations in gardens, food and beauty, says Lucy Hughes-Hallett.

After a man was dragged off a United plane at Chicago O'Hare airport on Sunday, MailOnline Travel investigates why airlines continue to sell too many seats and what your rights are if you get bumped.

Photos capture 'rainbow contrails' at Heathrow Airport

Images captured from below the aircraft as they flew over a photographer's house in South London show the sun catching millions of ice crystals trailing behind passenger airliners. Sunlight catches these crystals at different angles leading to the stunning spread of colours across the light spectrum.

A University of Cambridge study has found that elephants are able to recognise their own bodies as obstacles to problem solving, during a test used to measure self awareness.

Inside Etihad’s stunning First Class Lounge

MailOnline Travel's Samantha Lewis discovers that Etihad's First Class Lounge & Spa in Abu Dhabi International Airport is comparable to London's Claridge's or The Ritz.

The 11,400sq ft house, located on San Francisco's Billionaire's Row, also boasts a gym, massage room, outdoor kitchen and rooftop terrace with breathtaking coastal views.

There are some hotel luxuries that you just can't replicate at home, but now you can get your hands on fluffy towels for your own home. But what exactly is it that makes a super-fluffy towel?

The ‘world’s most advanced airline’ seat revealed

Wales and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is one of the investors in this seat of the future and he claims that the prototype is just as comfortable as his bed at home.

Taking on the Alps by pedal power is an endeavour many of us aspire to, but few attempt. Not so Mark Porter, who faces the steepest of the slopes of Switzerland - with just a little assistance.

The Pink Moon isn’t actually pink, but instead earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb ‘moss pink’. The name was coined by Native Americans living in North America.

A spa escape at a Tuscan hotel with its own thermal waters

Overlooking the inspiring Tuscan hillside, Fonteverde is a spa retreat with numerous pools, a Turkish bath (bottom right), a salt room and treatment options that deliver serenity to all who seek it, finds MailOnline Travel's Naomi Leach. Pictured: the infinity pool boasts views of Val d’Orcia's rolling panorama (main); the Bioaquam Pool has hydro massage jets (top right); and traditional Mediterranean cuisine is served by attentive staff at the hotel (inset).

Milan may be the perfect Italian city for a weekend break. And while you may well come for the fashion and the shopping, you will be most impressed by the exquisite art, says Deidre Fernand.

The world's best street art destinations revealed

With street art springing up across the world in destinations from Sao Paulo to San Francisco, a fascinating new Lonely Planet book takes the reader on a tour of 140 street art spots in 42 cities. MailOnline Travel takes a sneak peek of some of the highlights. Pictured: a haunting mural in Reykjavik (top left); a girl hugs her knees on a building Mexico City (top right); a young child looks to the sky in Melbourne (bottom left); a colourful woman stares at the viewer in Adelaide (bottom right) and a boy climbs a ladder between two windows in this creation in Rome (inset).

Qantas made a price blunder on Monday after putting up a $4899 Apple Processor for just $550 and 5000 Frequent Flyer points sparking a shopping frenzy on an Australian bargain site.

Airspace Explorer shows planes around the world for iPad users. NATS provides the data, which allows people to select individual flights showing the plane's route, altitude, speed and type.

Postcards from the 1890s reveal Ireland’s enduring beauty

From trams snaking through Belfast’s Royal Avenue (top right) to the popular beach at Portrush on a sun-drenched day (bottom right), stunning vintage pictures have revealed a rare snapshot of daily life in Ireland at the turn of the century. Locals are pictured in idyllic farming villages in County Antrim (top left), spinning in Galway (inset) and bustling around the quays in Victorian attire in Waterford. The collection dating back to the 1890s highlights Ireland’s timeless and enduring tourism appeal.

Surprising new data has calculated the number of Starbucks in different countries per million inhabitants, underlining the brand's popularity in Monaco (pictured), Canada and the USA.

The most scathing TripAdvisor reviews ever 

MailOnline Travel presents a selection of rants from tourists around the world, with one visitor describing the Grand Canyon in America as 'an overblown sandy ditch'.

She made a name for herself walking down the runway in skimpy lingerie for Victoria's Secret, but it was a decidedly more low-key Heidi Klum who hit the beach in Turks and Caicos on Sunday.

Beijing's hutong alleyways offer a glimpse at a communal way of life that is fading

A set of pictures have emerged showing the buzzing life in Beijing's hutong houses, the traditional homes for the city's residents that first appeared hundreds of years ago.

Daredevils ski past an erupting Mount Etna

The photos were taken by Italian videographers and reporters Giuseppe Distefano, 37, and Marco Restivo, 31, 3100 metres (10,170 feet) up Mount Etna. Giuseppe said: 'It looks very dangerous, but we felt safe as we have been skiing on this volcano from when we first started. But it can be risky if you don't have complete control of your skis. The lava was flowing at the time, and we even went to see its source.'

More than ten years after THAT white bikini on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, the 39-year-old proved her bikini body is as spectacular as ever as she joined her daughters on a beach holiday.

Digital reconstructions show that the monument, found in the south-west English county of Wiltshire, once had unique sound properties that suited loud, rhythmic music.

A captivating stay in a 15th century Italian watchtower

In the heel of Italy's 'boot', nestled amidst some 60 hectares of olive trees lies an ancient hotel tempting travellers into an oasis of tranquility and splendour. Once used by the Knights of Malta to defend against Ottoman attacks, the 40-room Masseria San Domenico is a former 15th century watchtower (inset) which has been lovingly restored into a luxury hotel. Set back 500 metres from a shimmering stretch of Adriatic coastline in Puglia - one of the country's southernmost regions - this hotel feels rather like an undiscovered beauty reserved only for those privileged few aware of its existence.

They are the handiwork of Leeds resident Jack Hurley, who describes himself as 'having a weird sideline in making daft pictures'. He calls them a back-handed love letter to the glorious British coast.

Adventurer Nikki Bradley, 30, from Ireland was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer which means she must use crutches when out exploring.

Pharmaceuticals and baby products are among the items being exported on the DB Cargo locomotive which will leave Stanford-le-Hope in Essex today and arrive at Yiwu in China on April 27.

10ft great white shark washes up on a California beach

A great white shark washed up on a beach in Santa Cruz, California, on Friday evening with the event attracting dozens of people. Video footage captured by a local resident, Mark Shawtz, shows the shark helplessly rolling around on its back before righting itself. With its mouth open, it then fights for breathe with its razor-sharp teeth on display. A man is seen getting very close to the great white shark as he attempts to capture the moment on his phone. The shark appears unable to move from the spot, with its back fin stuck in the sand.

From a French vineyard to a Moroccan retreat, Conde Nast Traveller has selected its favourite spa breaks with MailOnline Travel.

An award-winning fine art photographer, who also shoots ad campaigns for big names, has created a series of dreamy aerial images offering a new perspective on South Africa.

The ship was rocking from side to side as it was battered by waves and wind off the coast of South Africa. Footage filmed from the shore shows the ship tilting almost 45 degrees.

The 27-year-old Made In Chelsea star revealed she is getting ready to jet away on her fifth holiday in just four months, after travelling to various luxurious locations

The Northern Lights in all their glory!

Fredrik Broms, originally from Sweden, has spent ten years photographing the Northern Lights in Norway. He is based on the wild island of Kvaløya, more than 300 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Explaining what took him to such a remote part of the world, Broms says: 'As long as I can remember I have been drawn to the far north, and I secretly dream about living alone in a lighthouse on some remote Arctic island surrounded by nothing else than the howling wind, the vast open sea and the silent black-and-white world of the Arctic pack-ice.'

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.

While very rare, cases of inter-species bonding have been observed both in the wild and captivity; from the lion, tiger and bear union at a shelter in Georgia, to an owl and a pussycat in Japan.

Looking for a less touristy place to escape to in France, the Mail on Sunday's Ray Connolly visited Lot Valley and stayed in the historical town of Cahors.

Set on Italy’s Ligurian coast, Mail on Sunday's John Osborne says Bordighera is a slice of paradise with beautiful people and a shimmering ocean backdrop.

Are these the most daring tourists EVER?

Dangling nonchalantly over the edge of cliffs and skiing down vertical drops - these are hardly your average holiday snaps. But there are travellers who need to push the boat out just that little further when it comes to making memories that count. Some of these photos capture explorers who have pitched their tents to the sides of staggeringly high rock faces in locations including California's Yosemite National Park and Canada's Baffin Island - and they all look confoudingly relaxed about it. Others see cyclists teetering just inches from the edge of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, snaking along narrow trails perched 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Again, looking at their faces alone you'd think they were meandering through a nice park. MailOnline Travel presents a catalogue of images which will have your heart in your throat.

If you're looking to save money on your next holiday, consider a fly and drive deal, says the Mail on Sunday's Fred Mawer.

It might be a land of swanky homes and celebrities but the Mail on Sunday's Elinor Goodman says there is an affordable way to do the Hamptons in New York.

Discovering the forests and animals of Costa Rica

Boasting tropical beaches, volcanoes and an abundance of wildlife, Mail on Sunday's David Rose says it's impossible to be bored in Costa Rica. He flew to the Central American country direct from the UK, hopping on a plane from Gatwick. He travelled with his wife Carolyn and sons Jacob, 17, and Daniel, 12, and the family-of-four spent three weeks exploring the country last August. Pictured: White-water rafting on Pacuare river (top left), a grinning sloth (top right), David's son Jacob zip lining (bottom right), Costa Rica's Mount Arenal (bottom left) and a friendly toucan (centre).

Rare footage has emerged of the indigenous Sentinelese tribe, located on North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean, who greet almost all attempted visits from outsiders with violence.

Mashpi Lodge is a luxury hotel perched in the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador. A new TV show goes behind the scenes to reveal what it takes to deliver five-star service in the wild.

Hilarious images capture employees having a bad day

We've all had days at work that have deadened our soul. But have you ever been responsible for a screw-up so profound you've briefly considered never showing your face in public again? This may well have been the case for some of the employees captured in these comical (in hindsight) scenarios from around the world. Here, MailOnline Travel presents a catalogue of catastrophes that will make your job look like a walk in the park.

National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World is a portfolio of 55 breath-taking places to stay scattered across six continents. Here MailOnline Travel showcases them.

Holland is pan flat and its nationwide network of bike highways, separated from road traffic, is a joy to navigate for cyclists of any ability, says MailOnline Travel's Adrian Lowery.

If you're looking for a low-key film festival experience, Mail on Sunday's Helen Atkinson Wood says you should head to the Irish fishing village of Schull.

A sneak peek of Iceland's most luxurious hotel

Boasting stunning views of the steaming Blue Lagoon, Iceland's first luxury hotel is set to be in high demand. The Moss Hotel, slated to open in autumn, will have 62 rooms for guests with salubrious features including freestanding bathtubs, outdoor terrace areas and private naturally-heated swimming pools. But travellers better get saving, as rooms will start at £780 per night, with suites costing more than £2,100. Pictured: A room at the Moss Hotel with an outdoor terrace (top left), hanging basket chairs under a night sky (top right), a room with a private pool (bottom right), a shot of the steaming Blue Lagoon (bottom left) and an open fireplace (centre).

Ikos Olivia, set on the beautiful coastline of Halkidiki in Greece, played host to Travel Mail's Sebastian Shakespeare for an all-inclusive family holiday.

Using facial recognition, the biometric gates at Heathrow Terminal 5 allow fliers to scan their boarding pass, look into a screen and then walk directly on to the aircraft.

Inside BA's swanky new business class lounge at Gatwick

BA has announced multi-million pound upgrades for business class passengers including an overhaul in the on-board dining and sleep experience in the Club World cabin from this summer (inset). The UK flag carrier has also unveiled a new long-haul business class lounge at Gatwick South Terminal featuring large panoramic windows, 469 seats (top right), a kidszone and a mezzanine level (bottom right), a bar (bottom left) and a self-service buffet (top left).

Researchers from the University of Reading studied several different turbulence strengths and investigated how they are likely to change in the next thirty years (stock image).

The languages children should learn if they want success have been revealed in UK study. Language skills are expected to add up to £500billion to the economy by 2027.

Incredible photographs showcase the UK's stunning wildlife

Mesmerising pictures show animals as diverse as foxes, eagles, barn owls, fallow bucks, red deer and feral goats roaming through Britain's national parks. Talented wildlife photographer Andrew Marshall has shared a stunning collection of images from his book Photographing the Wildlife in the UK. Pictured: a red deer stag in Richmond Park (main); a red squirrel in Cairngorms National Park (bottom left) and a bottlenose dolphin off the coast of Inverness (bottom right).

The Mail on Sunday's Wendy Driver took in the array of natural delights on the Caribbean island of Dominica, staying both at the Pagua Bay House, and the Rosalie Bay Resort.

As the pilot glides the Boeing 767-300 down to the runway at Manchester Airport, guided by the lightbars, there's a clear view of the roads and homes nearby.

Penelope Louise, a 21-year-old British student and Nicole Villagran, a radio producer from San Francisco, were on a Wow air flight from San Francisco to Keflavik, Iceland.

Talking to MailOnline Travel at the 113th dinner of The Explorers Club in New York, the 73-year-old revealed that he underwent a six-hour back surgery after his climbing setback in January.

Orcas harpooned in front of Thomson Cruises tourists

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Thomson cruises has cancelled its whale and dolphin watching tours in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines after two orcas were killed in front of some of its passengers last week. Shocking photographs given exclusively to MailOnline Travel show what happened after the large mammals were harpooned to death and hauled ashore. The graphic images show fishermen butchering the large mammals to pieces, drying the flesh out to eat and boiling the blubber down extract to oil. Pictured: Orca meat cut into cubes (main image), the head of one of the whales (top right) and the fat boiled down to oil (bottom right).

Now you can pop to Everest… for BREAKFAST

When money is no object all sorts of possibilities are on the table, with a Champagne breakfast in the foothills of Mount Everest being one of them. A plethora of travel companies are now offering 'breakfast at Everest' packages, with most costing in the region of £3,000 to £4,000 per person. Diners are helicoptered from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet, before retreating to a lower altitude of 14,000 feet for an open air morning meal. Pictured: A group of diners drink champagne at their Everest breakfast (top left), waitresses prepare the table (top right), stunning mountain views (bottom right) and one of the helicopters used to transport guests (bottom left). Inset - the Champagne awaits.

William Hanson found himself impressed with just about every aspect of the hotel's afternoon tea, which features round sandwiches with just one piece of bread and the filling placed on top.

One female flyer journeying to the U.S. from Ireland has sparked outrage after she was photographed by a fellow passenger dumping pistachio shells on the floor.

The joys of Mexico's Holbox island and Tulum

MailOnline's Thomas Burrows visited the laid-back island of Holbox, where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean, and stayed in a treehouse in Tulum - a far cry from the brash party resort of Cancun. In Holbox he stayed at CasaSandra, a small boutique hotel set on the beach front and the perfect place in which to unwind. In Tulum, he stayed at Azulik, a unique and stunning hotel where each individual beach hut is made from rough-hewn log frames and has floor-to-ceiling windows draped with bamboo blinds.

Saint-Tropez's Hotel Byblos has been a must-visit hotel for the rich and famous for decades. Here, as it celebrates its 50th birthday, Ted Thornhill discovers how it weaves its magic.

MailOnline Travel has rounded up awkward scenarios from around the world, from the man who mistook someone's foot for a chair to the woman who was smacked in the face by a beach ball.

The Daily Mail's Mark Palmer kicked off his eight-day tour of New Zealand in Queenstown, where highlights included the stunning Lake Wakatipu and the Matukituki Valley.

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.

Aerial pics show Australia as you’ve never seen it before

From its vibrant coral reefs to its rugged rainforests and red centre, Australia is a colourful tourism magnet but beyond its postcard perfect looks is a raw beauty rarely seen. While many associate Australia with endless sunshine and beaches, Dan Proud’s incredible shots include epic dust and thunderstorms in Wadouan, Queensland (main and top right). He’s also photographed snaking tidal creeks in the Kimberley (bottom left), the vibrant Great Barrier Reef (bottom right) and western Australia’s rugged outback (top left) . Photographer Dan Proud has photographed the country in light aircraft and with drones. 

Here MailOnline Travel showcases some of the pictures that triumphed in the open competition, which received entries globally from both amateur and professional photographers.

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.

Showcasing Earth's rich diversity, drone videographers have captured destinations including Iceland and Dubai. MailOnline Travel has rounded up some of the best films.

English Heritage has launched an initiative to measure the spread of clothes moths across the country. They are handing out free clothes moths traps to help gather moth data.

Do these Brexit passports win your stamp of approval?

One passport cover comes in multiple shades of grey, representing the bleak UK weather, while another features visa pages emblazoned with handy translations of foreign phrases to help linguistically challenged Brits. This eclectic and rather colourful selection of designs offer a glimpse into what the British passport could look like in a post-Brexit world. They make up the shortlist of finalists in a well-timed unofficial contest run by Dezeen, a design and architecture magazine, which received more than 200 entries from people aged from 12 to 83, scattered across 34 different countries. Pictured, from top left clockwise: The current red passport fading to a shade of blue, a cherry-red minimalist design, a perforated map of the UK, a hyper-local passport concept, a shiny blue creation, a weather-inspired grey design, an immigration-themed passport and a smart black cover embossed with gold.

TripAdvisor's annual 'Best Time to Book' summer report was based on its hotel pricing data, and found that destinations like Paris and Sydney are best booked within a few months of travel.

Bath's warming waters have been popular since the Romans first discovered the joy of wallowing in it. Those soothing spas might pull in the crowds, but there's plenty more to explore, says Jenny Coad.

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 right) fringed with cherry blossom, and (bottom left) China's Yunnan, which is famed around the world for its staggering appearance in spring when its fields of rapeseed are in full bloom.


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