Waddling along with their wings stretched open and their eyes shining bright, the sight of a penguin is sure to prompt a smile. California-based Ira Meyer has been photographing penguins around Antarctica and the South Georgia region for more than a decade and he says that he never tires of documenting the characterful critters. Over the years he has snapped a number of different species including Macaronis - which have a distinctive tuft of yellow hair on their heads - and chinstraps - which have a visible black line under their beaks, as if they're wearing hats.
Dubai unveils plans for a FLOATING replica of Venice complete with gondolas, underwater rooms, opera and even the Piazza San Marco
The Floating Venice will be the world's first five-star floating destination aiming to bring 'the charm, serenity and culture of Venice to the tranquil shores of Dubai'. The resort will not only resemble the original Venice, with a canal network, gondolas imported from Italy and even a replica of its most famous square Piazza San Marco, but will also boast a luxury underwater world consisting of cabins, bars, shops and restaurants.
A soiled mattress, disgusting pillows - and a forgotten iPad! Hotel reviewer who specialises in exposing dirty rooms checks into a $75 Maryland motel full of surprises
Next time you check into a hotel you might want to investigate what's lurking under the bed, as these alarming images show. Dan Bell, who produces the hotel reviewing YouTube series Another Dirty Room , checked into the Days Inn motel in Gwynn Oak, Maryland, with his team and they were hit by a string of treats. Exploring their $75 double, smoking room they discovered a soiled mattress (top right), 'disgusting' yellow-stained pillows (bottom left) and evidence of bed bugs. More bizarrely, they also found an iPad under the sheets (bottom right). Elsewhere in the room, they found the smoke detector was missing (centre) but there was no odour (top left).
Forget health and safe-tee! The world's most extreme golf courses, taking shots in temperatures below -50 and off 460ft cliff ledges
Golf has a reputation for being boring but these zany golf courses certainly put some thrill into the sport. From greens crafted out of giant icebergs in Greenland (top right) to holes located high above the clouds (top left and bottom right), MailOnline Travel has scoured the world for some of the most extreme golf courses. Making the list is the Kabul Golf Club (bottom left), which describes itself as the 'best and only' course in Afghanistan and promises 'golf with an attitude'.
Trampled by a cow in India, struck by parasites on Mount Everest and derailed in Myanmar: Meet the man who claims to be the world's unluckiest traveller
Jack Page might be the world's unluckiest holidaymaker with all of his jaunts plagued by disaster. Jack, 29, a freelance events specialist from Northampton, has spent the last decade visiting exotic spots all over the world with a string of mishaps along the way - including being marooned on a desert island and being trampled by a cow. He has struggled through parasites on Mt Everest, been stranded for 36 hours on a derailed train in Burma and even had his supplies eaten by monitor lizards when he accidentally stranded himself on a desert island.
Land of hope and glory! Britain's beauty captured in stunning nature shots as photographers battle it out in prestigious contest
These incredible photos of birds, beasts and rugged beaches have been shortlisted in a competition celebrating Britain's beauty. The stunning images, taken at picturesque spots across the UK, were all contenders in this year's Scottish Nature Photography Festival contest. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise to centre) A stonechat in Dorset, a razorbill in northern Scotland, a hare in Glenshee, the waters of River Cowe in Glencoe and Clachan Sands in Scotland.
Festivals galore in Bhutan and India without the crushing heat: National Geographic Traveler reveals its top destinations to hit this autumn
If you've still got holiday days to use and pennies in the bank, then National Geographic Travel has revealed some its top destinations to hit this autumn. In a bid to beat the cold weather blues, experts from the site suggest heading to the luxurious white sand beaches of Lizard Island (top right), an exclusive resort off the Queensland coast. If you're more of a mountain goat, then head to Zion National Park (bottom left) in Utah, where the rugged landscape will quench your appetite for adventure. Cape Town (bottom right) also serves up a range of different activities and a hike up to the top of Table Mountain is a must. Other top autumn spots include Bhutan (top left) and India (centre).
Intelligence, good looks, military training and a lust for adventure to boot - meet the real life Prince Charming. Will Gregor (centre and top and bottom left) from Devon is an ex-marine turned model who quit his regimented military life in favour of a summer of freedom in a stunningly renovated VW van (top left and right, and bottom right).
Fearless pilot becomes internet celeb after taking selfies from OUTSIDE the cockpit at 30,000ft (but is everything as it seems?)
As pilots, they are trained to be risk averse - especially mid-flight. But one aviation expert has become an internet celebrity for the daring stunts he performs to capture the ultimate selfie. Brazilian Daniel Centeno, 31, has dazzled Instagram users after he was spotted hanging out of the cockpit mid-air in a number of viral posts.
Having fun in North Korea! A rare glimpse into a theme park in the communist state where children can play with BOW AND ARROWS, play tug of war and ride 'rickety' rollercoasters
Incredible photos of from a theme park in North Korea provide a rare glimpse at what families from the communist state do for fun. Candid snaps show thrillseekers clinging on to a rickety rollercoaster with a vague look of fear on their faces (top right), while another shot shows children causally armed with bow and arrows at an open-air stand (top left). Taesongsan Park, which opened in 1977 and is around seven miles from Pyongyang, boasts around ten to 15 ride and attractions. Other images show the tracks of the big rollercoaster (bottom right), dodgem carts in action (bottom left) and the ferris wheel turning (centre).
Coming thirst place! Lancashire's Eagle & Child, which serves up community spirit as well as beer, is named pub of the year in prestigious awards
The Eagle & Child, in the market town of Ramsbottom in Lancashire, was crowned John Smith's Great British Pub of the Year beating stiff competition from across the UK. Run by licensee Glen Duckett, the Eagle and Child serves the local community with more than just quality food and beer. The pub impressed judges with its commitment to social enterprise: giving opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the community to learn new skills and enjoy a fresh start.
'I eat tinned fish and walk to work so I can travel the world in style': Meet the frugal fashion writer who spends just £100 a week so she can globe-trot in five-star luxury
Thanks to her cost-cutting measures, which see her save £600 per month, Bridie Wilkins, 23, from London, has checked into dozens of luxury resorts in 19 countries. And she is set to hit Copenhagen, Los Angeles and Mexico over the coming months. While Bridie's life might appear to be very glamorous on the surface, she says it hasn't come without a price. She says she has given up a lot of her social life to travel. While she used to be a big fan of nights out, she now thinks they seem a huge waste of money when she could be making 'memories that last a lifetime'. Pictured: Bridie enjoying the Maldives (top left, bottom right and inset), reclining on a boat in Ibiza (top right) and sunning it up on the Sorrento Peninsula (bottom left).
From derelict to fully-booked! Belfast's Titanic Hotel finally opens after birthplace of tragic cruise liner is transformed with £28MILLION make-over
It has been more than two years in the making. But visitors to Northern Ireland's capital city can finally enjoy Belfast's stunning new Titanic Hotel, which officially opened for business over the weekend. The dazzling development, which cost a staggering £28million, welcomed its first-ever customers on Sunday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony capped 24 months of dramatic renovations to the former Harland & Wolff headquarters, where the historic vessel was conceived and executed in the early 1900s.
Beaches, bays and Balamory: Stunning images show why Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world
The beauty of the Hebridean islands has been laid bare in a series of stunning images. They were taken by BBC presenter Paul Murton and appear in his new book, The Hebrides, which is dedicated to the vast cluster of islands off Scotland's northwest coast. The pictures include white sandy beaches, clifftop lighthouses and tranquil bays, as well as iconic shots of the multicoloured house fronts of the town of Tobermory, used as the setting of popular children's TV show Balamory (bottom left). They underscore why Scotland was crowned the most beautiful country in the world by Rough Guide readers.
They've got bad habits! Hilarious photographs show nuns playing ice hockey, eating KFC and wielding guns
From gun practice to seaside jaunts and basketball games, these candid photos reveal what nuns get up to in their free time. Clearly distinguishable in their calf-length habits and wimples, sisters are seen out and about in various locations, from the Philippines to Lisbon and America. Pictured: (From top left, clockwise to centre) An eco-conscious nun in Lisbon, a sister wielding a gun, nuns at the beach, two sisters having a snowball fight and one getting to grips with a hoverboard.
Images have emerged on Imgur of men around the world wantonly risking their lives for the sake of completing a manual task. Or in the case of the group who put a trampoline on the terrace at the top of a block of flats, going about having fun in a manner that can only be described as hazardous. File the photographs here under 'how not to stay alive'...
Toilet bowls as decoration, terrible topiary and dancing chickens: Hilarious gardening fails revealed
A collection of excruciating horticultural fails has been gathered by one cheeky Instagram account, known simply as S***Gardens. Featuring a gardener painting his lawn green (top, left), a chicken's garden party (top, centre), a lonely palm tree on a bleak balcony (top, right), topiary lemurs (bottom, left), bra planters (bottom, centre) and a dashboard oasis (bottom, right) there's little to covet about these plots. The account welcomes submissions, with most of the gardens featured so far located in Australia.
The home of Poldark at its best: Breathtaking photos reveal Cornwall's sweeping coastline with turquoise waters and dramatic cliff lines
Breathtaking photographs illustrating the emerald landscapes of Cornwall have been released just as the fourth series of hit period drama Poldark begins filming across the county. The stunning images, included in a new 128-page book, show a range of different landscapes, from sandy beaches to rugged rock faces. One shot captures the crystal-clear waters of the Trebarwith Strand (bottom right) with a lifeguard sitting on the edge of a rocky beach looking out to the horizon. Other images show a rainbow at Porthgwarra (top left), the Trevose Head Lighthouse (top right) and a bird's eye view of Zennor head (bottom left).
'It's like a cross between North Korea and Las Vegas': Photographer takes stunning drone footage of mysterious Turkmenistan
Getting visas to enter Turkmenistan can prove tricky - MailOnline Travel was recently denied entry. But for those forbidden access to the mysterious former Soviet country, a stunning new video offers an insight into what the place has to offer. Intrepid explorer and photographer Jay Tindall recently went on a trip through the landlocked state and he hit some unusual spots, including the 'sinister' capital of Ashsbat and the burning 226ft-wide Gates of Hell crater. Pictured (from top left, clockwise to centre): The Gates of Hell crater, the capital of Ashsbat, red rock canyons and examples of Soviet-style architecture.
How long can you go? Astonishing footage shows enormous wind turbine blades being transported on the back of trucks
Incredible clips show how enormous blades - ranging in length from 52.4 metres to a world-record 88.4 metres (288 feet) – have been transported by road on the back of trucks in manoeuvres that resemble surreal mechanical jousting competitions. One trucking firm in China – CIMC Vehicles – was tasked with transporting 90 wind turbine blades to the top of 2,900metre-tall (9,500ft) Baoding mountain in Yunnan province (pictured).
Un-Belize-able! Meet the man who swapped his suit for flip flops and set up the world's most exotic Airbnb
Most people can only dream of escaping the rat race. But, for one brave man, that wasn't enough - and, to prove it, he swapped his entire life in Europe for a remote existence in the Caribbean. Christian Gusenbauer (pictured), 41, was a respected pharmaceutical company manager in his native Austria, where he enjoyed a lucrative salary and enviable lifestyle. Now he is living a life 'better than I could imagine'.
Bombed and resurrected: Fascinating story of the largest ship ever built, which was twice the size of the Titanic and was SUNK but dragged up to sail again
The Seawise Giant, a Japanese-built supertanker completed in 1979, was so vast it couldn't navigate the English Channel, and so mighty it served another 21 years after being sunk in Iran in 1988 (inset) by a missile strike and subsequently renovated. Weighing more than 564,000 tonnes and measuring 1,500ft in length, she was the largest ship ever built - but was finally broken down for scrap at an Indian shipyard in 2010, a task that took thousands of laborers.
Are these the best office views in the world? Pilots reveal stunning photographs they've taken from the flight deck
EXCLUSIVE: UK-based pilots Paul Fox and Ashish Raval, who fly for Monarch, have thousands of Instagram followers thanks to the stunning images that they upload. And they’ve allowed MailOnline Travel to publish a selection of their snaps. Raval, from London, who’s been with Monarch for 18 months and is based at London Gatwick, says that gazing down at the Alps is his favourite view from the cockpit over Europe, where Monarch flies. Captain Fox, who’s been flying with Monarch for 12 years, agrees that the range is ‘always an amazing sight’, but added that when Monarch used to fly to America, he enjoyed peering down at the ice sheets over Greenland.
Former stately home with a maze and a VERY racy history named as UK's best hotel in prestigious travel awards
Cliveden House, pictured, beat the likes of Soho Farmhouse and London's Ham Yard Hotel to win in the Best UK Hotel Category at the annual Condé Nast Traveller Awards. Built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham as a gift to his mistress, Cliveden House in Berkshire has always offered visitors an impressive dose of glamour and intrigue. New York was named as the world's best city and Italy took the gong for the best country to visit.
The world's most beautiful spiders? Five new species of 'dancing' peacock arachnid are found in Australia
When a male peacock spider senses a female, it begins the mating ritual by lifting its legs and flashing its stomach in a sequence that looks like a dance. Dr Jurgen Otto spotted the five new species of spider on his travels through Western Australia. The Jotus auripes spider (top right) has almost holographic bristles at the front and is bright orange at the back, and was spotted by Dr Otto on July 22. He is yet to name the other four new species, which were found from June to August.
Is THIS the world’s most comfortable bed? £70k four-poster in the Savoy's Royal Suite is made from the fibres of the rare 'noble Mongolian yak' and 'transcends all known comfort levels'
The London hotel is claiming that the four poster in the Royal Suite, pictured, is the most comfortable bed in the world, saying it 'transcends all levels of comfort currently available'. This is thanks to the bed being made, in part, from fibres of the noble Khangai yak (inset), but the experience of sleeping on it doesn't come cheap. A night in the bed - called the Savoir No1 Khangai - costs £1,400, and for those who want to enjoy the luxury of The Savoy’s Royal Suite at home, the bed is available to buy starting at £70,525, while the topper can be bought separately for £13,250.
'Cockroaches, rotting food and sobbing guests': Traveller claims his £2,000 Greek get-away became a holiday hell thanks to a hovel hotel
A father-of-one has described his holiday hell after a family break turned into a nightmare - due to the allegedly squalid conditions of the resort. Jani Jance, from London, travelled to Greece with his wife Mirela, 41, and son Eliot, seven, in early August. But, despite assurances that the Margaret Hotel in Rhodes was rated three-star with 'recently refurbished' rooms, he found himself confronted with unhappy guests and poor conditions.
Britain’s biggest and most luxurious beach huts hit the market for £1,450 per week (complete with wood-burners, electricity and fully-fitted kitchens!)
These pictures show Britain’s largest and most luxurious beach huts, which have just been built. Measuring 23ft by 11.5ft, the huts are about twice the size of the traditional seaside shack and come complete with all the comforts found within a residential home. The two cabins, which have a mezzanine level and can sleep up to eight people, are now available as holiday lets. Power to the electrical appliances, including a full height fridge, is provided by solar panels, while there’s a gas oven and hob for cooking on.
From lush valleys to babbling brooks: Stunning images reveal the beauty of Derbyshire through the seasons
Majestic snapshots of Derbyshire that illustrate its history through the county’s most popular landmarks have been showcased in a new book. The seasonal shots were taken by Richard Beresford, who was born and bred in Chesterfield, and appear in his new book, Derbyshire in Photographs. It features lush green valleys (top left), babbling brooks (top right), jaw-dropping lakes (bottom right) and the intriguing Salt Cellar rock formation (bottom left).
'It would have been lovely to keep on going': The British couple who jogged 6,500 miles along the length of South America - but didn't want the run to end
A British couple who were the first people to run the length of South America have detailed their extraordinary exploits in a new book - and revealed that they really didn't want the epic jog to end. Katharine and David Lowrie, from Devon and Northumberland respectively, ran from Cabo Froward in Chile, the southernmost tip of the continent, through Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and finally Venezuela to the Carupano and the Caribbean sea between October 2013 and December 2014. Spanning 6,504 miles in 14 months, much of the journey was caught on film - and now stunning pictures from their book show them on their adventure running through the Brazilian Amazon, taking in the breathtaking carretera austral of Chile and stopping at remote schools to give presentations along the way.
Enjoy the 'world's greatest commute' along coastal Norway thanks to an incredible 360-degree interactive video
If your working day begins and ends in a cramped train carriage or stuck in an inner city bottleneck, look away now, or prepare to be made green with envy. The 'world's greatest commute' has been revealed in an amazing 360-degree interactive video that takes viewers through coastal Norway on what really could be the most beautiful drive to work. The five-mile virtual journey starts at a single house in a sleepy-looking coastal community in Averøy but soon viewers are out on the Atlanterhavsvegen - or Atlantic Ocean Road - heading to Norway's mainland.
They say perspective changes everything. And where Ratchada night market in Thailand's capital city is concerned, that's certainly true - as stunning aerial shots of the popular tourist spot have proved. While shoppers are often struck by the ground-level sights and sounds of the multi-coloured vendor tents, bird's-eye images have revealed its similarity to 80s computer game Tetris.