British-based booking site hostelworld.com has rated budget properties around the world and judged them on money, location, atmosphere, facilities, security, character and cleanliness. Among the winners are the Travellers Oasis in Cairns, Australia, main, the Auberge NOLA Hostel in New Orleans, top left, the YHA in Liverpool, top right, The Castle Rock Hostel in Edinburgh, bottom right, and The Galway City Hostel, bottom left.
The real-life Harry Potter clock! Tech wizards invent gizmo that tells you where your loved ones are, just like the device in the Weasley's house in Chamber of Secrets
The Harry Potter films are full of fascinating gizmos - with the Weasley family clock, seen in the Chamber of Secrets, a firm fans' favourite. And now the magic in the movies has become reality - because MIT-trained tech wizards have invented a real-life version, called the Eta Clock. The Weasley clock has nine golden hands containing pictures of the Weasley family and showing whether they are at home, school, lost, or even in 'mortal peril'. The Eta Clock does the same thing - but using GPS rather than magic.
The best hotel in the world is in Cambodia and costs just £78 a night, according to the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards, with a Cotswolds B&B; named No1 in Europe
TripAdvisor has been handing out its global awards, which recognise properties in the categories top hotels, bargain, B&Bs;, best service, luxury, small hotels and value. The best hotel in the world was named as Viroth's Hotel, in Cambodia, top right. Others to win awards and rank highly were the Baros Maldives, top left, The Old School Bed & Breakfast in the Cotswolds, bottom left, and the Nantucket Hotel & Resort in Massachusetts, bottom right.
From misty mountains to stormy seas: The stunning shortlisted images in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition
The Outdoor Photographer of the Year contest is running for a seventh year, and has received 18,000 entries from photographers from around the globe in several categories. Among the entries this year are dramatic snaps of the stormy waters of the Baltic Sea, bottom right; a jaw-dropping picture of a lurking great white shark in Mexico, bottom left; the magnificent Icelandic ‘valley of Thor’, top left, and a hypnotic image of a cloud bending over a lighthouse in the Faroe Islands, top right.
Calling all high-flyers! Yorkshire hotel launches unique VIP helicopter transfer service that’ll pick up guests from their HOMES (for around £1,000)
Most hotels boast about having free WiFi or late check-outs. But one Yorkshire venue can lay claim to real opulence, this month - after launching its very own helicopter transfer service (left). The Grand Hotel & Spa, located in York city centre (right), has introduced the unique service in response to unlikely demand from guests. Prices start from £875 + VAT for a one-way pick-up from Manchester.
Couple spent $20,000 and six months converting an old coach into a mobile home so they could travel the US with their baby son (and pet dogs!)
Texas-born couple Tamra and JT Lane (top left), from Rains County, Point, first met in high school and have now been married for eight years. Previously, they lived a conventional life in apartments and houses before taking the plunge and converting an old Blue Bird TC2000 bus, which they now use to travel across America. The mobile home features a living room (top right), bedroom (bottom left), kitchen (bottom right) and bathroom (inset).
It's Airbnb-izarre! Britain's most bonkers new B&B; locations from an upside down boat to a former bookshop and a private jet
For years now, thanks to the home rental website Airbnb, millions of us have been happily renting other people's homes, sleeping in their beds, sitting on their sofas, watching their TVs — and even, in some cases, feeding their guinea pigs. We could rent snazzy houses in London's Mayfair, bothies in the wilds of Scotland, a converted church in Shropshire — or a sofabed a stone's throw from our office Christmas party. Lately, it seems, competition has raised the stakes, and the options have become a little more eclectic. Fancy hunkering down in a hobbit house, or a night in private jet? Or maybe a day or two in a train carriage, a tree house or your very own pub? Here, JANE FRYER runs the rule over Airbn-bizarre . . .
Aerial yoga, holy water ceremonies, charming culture... the tropical island of Bali is sure to lift the spirits
Despite its reputation, Bali is not just for backpackers, writes Alice Hart-Davis. With two luxurious Four Seasons offerings, a tranquil, relaxing vacation - away from hordes of tourists - is possible. Pictured: a secluded, untouched beach on Nusa Penida (bottom right), the largest of three islands off the southeastern coast of Bali, a stunning temple entrance (top right) and Mount Agung, an active volcano (main).
Norwegian Dreamliner sets transatlantic speed record: Plane hurtles from New York to London in just 5 hours and 13 minutes thanks to tailwinds that push it to 776mph
Monday's DY7014 service from JFK to London Gatwick shaved 53 minutes off the expected flight duration thanks to a very strong jet stream over the Atlantic. At the controls of the Norwegian 787 Dreamliner (main, file picture) was Captain Harold van Dam, bottom right, who saw his aircraft reach a top speed of 776mph. The total flight time was just five hours and 13 minutes, as recorded by flightradar24 (top right).
Want to stay in the sexiest bedroom or swim in the most picturesque pool? The best luxury boutique hotels in the world revealed
The Mr and Mrs Smith awards 2018 has dished out 11 gongs to the luxury boutique hotels from around the world that its panel of judges think have the biggest wow factor. The overall winner was Villa La Coste in Provence, France, inset, thanks to its cutting edge design, arresting architecture and amazing art collection. Other winners included the Nay Palad Hideaway in the Philippines, top right, which was named best local hero, Soneva Jani in the Maldives, bottom left, which was singled out for having the sexiest bedroom and Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa in Chile, top left, which was named as having the best pool.
Are these the coolest cabin crew uniforms in the skies? Alaska Airlines unveils new outfits created by a high-end ballgown designer (and the fashion experts are wowed)
A high-end ballgown designer has swapped the catwalk for the runway after creating new uniforms for Alaska Airlines staff. Seattle-based Luly Yang has been unveiled as the creator of the new outfits, which the US carrier said represented a fresh, modern West Coast look. And stylists MailOnline Travel spoke to hailed the designs as 'sharp' and 'very well cut'. The new uniforms were showcased at a fashion show inside Alaska's Sea-Tac hangar, where airline employees modelled the 90 garments and accessories to thousands of other employees.
Canada's cool customers: Getting up close and personal with the giants of the Atlantic on a visit to 'Iceberg Alley'
There is more to Canada than great open expanses of land. The water can also be wild. Robert Gore-Langton heads to Newfoundland for an encounter with the giants of 'Iceberg Alley'. The freshwater ice, once snow, is some 10,000 years old, quite unpolluted by man. They make beer from it, Robert explains. Sometimes you hear the icebergs fizz and pop. Occasionally there's a thunderclap and they split. Rarely, but lethally, they roll over. The ensuing tsunami would flip any boat nearby. Pictured bottom right is Cape Bonavista Lighthouse.
A king-sized bed, fully fitted kitchen and even a FIREPLACE: Is this $300,000 motorhome the most luxurious yet?
Living a life on the road often means you have to go without certain luxuries or home comforts - but not if you've got hundreds of thousands of dollars to throw at an RV. This new 37ft hotel-on-wheels has just been launched and it boasts a fully fitted kitchen, king-sized bed and even a 39-inch exterior TV screen. And if the owners fancy driving the vehicle somewhere chilly, a fireplace (top left) can even be installed. The vehicle, called Embark, is a joint venture between Jayco and Spartan Motors and would set a potential buyer back at least $300,000 (£209,000). It was revealed ahead of the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa.
From mountains to the sea: Stunning aerial pictures offer rare bird's-eye view of the American landscape
Photographer Jassen Todorov snapped the aerial images of rivers, lakes and mountains to show a different angle to American life than built up skyscrapers and fast food outlets. Some of the destinations that Mr Todorov has photographed from such a height include rock formations in Utah, top right, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tiny Islands in Florida, the Great Salt Lake, bottom right, and Yosemite National Park, left.
World's longest underwater cave discovered in Mexico: Divers reveal that two areas previously thought to be separate actually form one 216-mile-long connected maze of caverns
A group of divers, dedicated to the study of subterranean waters, discovered that two caves off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico they previously thought were separate are actually connected and form the biggest flooded cave on the planet. It is believed that the discovery could help shed light on the ancient Maya civilisation, whose cities drew upon an extensive network of sinkholes linked to subterranean waters known as cenotes.
Welcome to 'Big A***hole', 'Death-Murder' and 'I masturbate': The British towns that translate as something entirely different to foreign visitors
Orton in Cambridgeshire sounds rude to an Argentinian as it's slang for 'big a***hole'. Todmorden means 'death-murder' and Essex's Wix sounds like the German for 'I masturbate'. These revelations come courtesy of travel search platform HolidayPirates, which is offering financial reimbursement to travellers who fly from the country where the place-name is rude-sounding to the corresponding UK location on its list.
Aeroplane seats for £1,333 and branded chocolates for £195: Air Berlin is selling off its entire stock after going bankrupt with £700million of debt
The carrier, which was forced to cease operations at the end of October with debts of almost £700million, has been instructed to auction off its entire stock to try and recoup some cash. All of the items are currently being held in a giant hall in the German city of Essen where people can come and browse. Until February 2, items such as life jackets, blankets, aeroplane models and even trolleys used by the flight attendants (right) are being sold to the highest bidder. Seats (main) and branded chocolates (inset) can also be snapped up.
Think Greece is just a tourist trap? Come to Kefalonia and find the island that time forgot (despite its starring role in Hollywood blockbuster Captain Corelli's Mandolin)
Kefalonia is the sixth largest of the Greek islands and sits between Ithaca and Zakynthos. Martin Ogden went and found it radiates a quiet contentment - perfect for utter peace and quiet. The island (right) was the setting for the 2001 Hollywood film Captain Corelli's Mandolin starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz (left), but despite the exposure, still seems unaffected by tourism and is a 'real place' to visit in Greece.
When two photographers snapped some of the world's most scenic landscapes, from Canada to New Zealand – the results were stunning
Photographers Marta Kulesza, from Poland, and Brit Jack Bolshaw showcase some of earth's most amazing landscapes, from Canada to New Zealand. They upload their snaps to their travel photography site – www.inafarawayland.com – which offers photography tips and advice on getting around the countries they’ve visited. Pictured clockwise from top left: Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park, Alberta; Spirit Island in Maligne Lake, also in Jasper National Park; Lake O'hara in British Columbia and Berg Lake in British Columbia.
The 29 best small cities in America revealed with Columbia in South Carolina named as the 'best groomed', Kansas City most 'artsy' and Santa Cruz the most 'musically grooviest'
The 29 best small cities in America for visitors have been revealed in a new influential study. National Geographic Traveler carried out a detailed survey as well as consulted with experts to draw up the list, which includes cities such as Columbia being named the best groomed, Kansas City as the most artsy and most musically grooviest being Santa Cruz. To compile the list, the respected publication worked with advisers Resonance Consultancy in developing a 'Small Cities Index', a survey that drew from statistics and social media mentions to determine which cities rank highest.
An opportunity not to be mist! Stunning footage shows Dubai's skyscrapers poking out from above a blanket of fog
Incredible images of the giant buildings made it appear as if penthouse residents and workers were living in their own dreamland in the clouds above the vast Emirate city. The footage was captured by Rustam Azmi, an Indian business owner who has lived in Dubai for 28 years, who shot videos from the 88th floor of a tower in the marina and from the Index and Executive towers in the downtown area.
Llama fetuses, owl feathers and dried frogs: Inside the bizarre witches' market in Bolivia (where you can pick up a sinister souvenir or two)
The market, called Mercado de las Brujas, sees vendors line the streets in a lively area of the city of La Paz in Bolivia, bottom right, to sell on their strange and fascinating products to locals and tourists. Llama fetuses, left, are one of the most common purchases while other items that are popular include owl feathers, hand-made potions and even dried frogs, bottom right, especially if they have cigarettes hanging out of their mouths.
Blue Monday gives the hue a bad name! Colour therapists say it actually 'soothes the mind', so from Santorini to Capri, these are the richly azure places that should lift your mood
Colour therapist Alison Standish believes that the colour blue 'calms and soothes the mind, body and spirit' so here we showcase some of the world's bluest holiday destinations through stunning images, including Santorini (top left), Capri (top right), Iceland (bottom right) and Juzcar in Spain (bottom left).
The stunning photographs that show why Europe is one of the best places in the world for a scenic drive
Photographer Ervin Boer from Romania snapped the stunning pictures while travelling with the Great Rally Company on its 1,250 mile trip from Belgium to Austria on alpine roads. While on the road trip, Mr Boer, who posts most of his work on Facebook, took in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria and travelled on famous roads such as the San Bernardino Pass, the Umbrial Pass as well as highways through the Black Forest.
Meet the VERY flexible Russian dancer, 24, who quit her job to travel the world - one yoga pose at time!
Most people get to travel for just a few weeks, each year. But, unfulfilled by the so-called rat race, Ekaterina Terenina ditched her mundane life in Irkutsk, Russia, in order to accomplish her dream of seeing the world - one yoga pose at a time. And now the 24-year-old , has become a social media star by documenting her journey with stunning snaps from a host of jaw-dropping locations, including Thailand (main), Nepal (bottom right) and Montenegro (top right).
Tiny caravan that weighs just 950lbs doubles up as a second home and even comes with a queen-size bed and fully-equipped kitchen
The trailer, called the Droplet, has been built by couple Diane and Pascal Pillon from Vancouver, Canada, so they can hit the road whenever they want without worrying about a place to stay. The tiny caravan comes with a double bed and full-equipped kitchen, everything you need to cook a delicious meal. The mobile home also boasts large windows - tinted for privacy - and its designers say the camper lets owners feel close to nature.
Inside the incredible LA 'lion farm': Vintage pictures show big cats being trained for Hollywood movies as they pose with school girls and attend dinner parties
Gay's Lion Farm in El Monte, California, opened in 1925 and at one point housed 200 lions. It was dedicated to their breeding and training before closing in December 1942. It was founded by circus performers Charles and Muriel Gay, who were responsible for training the animals to work in the burgeoning movie industry in Hollywood. The park became a massive tourist attraction - and supplied the lion that introduced MGM films between 1928 and 1956.
That's definitely not paw service! San Francisco hotel allows lonely guests to lend their adorable resident dog
Travelling can be a lonely experience. But, fortunately, one thoughtful hotel has devised a solution to alleviate solitary nights in its luxury rooms. The Nikko Hotel in San Francisco, California, allows guests to lend their resident canine, Buster, to make them feel loved during their stay. He's currently the face of the hotel's Instagram account, which has amassed thousands of followers thanks to his photogenic nature.
From a private beach in Oman to a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris: Elite Traveler reveal the ultimate hotels they've added to their Top 100 list for 2018
Just when you think you've seen the world's ultimate hotel, another arrives to rival it. Fortunately, private jet lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler have updated their annual guide of the world's Top 100 - with fifteen brand new additions to the list. Released this week, the latest run-down compiles the globe's most extraordinary venues in a definitive chart, covering everywhere from Mexico (top right), Paris (top left), Singapore (bottom right) and Canada (bottom left).
Game of Thrones fan? You'll love the cold reception here: Hotel themed on the TV show made entirely from ice and snow opens in Lapland
The hotel has been built in collaboration with HBO, the network behind the smash-hit series, and has opened at Lapland Hotels Snow Village in Finland. It features a host of intricate ice sculptures. Among them are an iron throne carved out of ice as well as a bar where drinks are served in ice-carved glasses. Meanwhile the bedrooms have characters from the hit show looming over the beds.
From an almost-empty carton of juice in the fridge to annoyingly grouped slices of pepperoni on a pizza: Can YOU look at these pictures and not feel extremely annoyed?
Should leaving a carton of orange juice in the fridge with just the tiniest bit of liquid left in it be a criminal offence? There are some who would argue that it should. A picture of this abomination is just one of many images on the internet that causes intense irritation. Sometimes, the subject of the photo is simply a plan that went disastrously wrong – such as an attempt to put a cheesecake in a freezer that ended with the cheesecake on the floor. Other examples include a lazily mislaid layer of cheese in a cheeseburger, dishonestly grouped pepperoni on a pizza and a fresh toilet roll placed on top of a holder instead of being properly attached. And it’s doubtful anyone could look at the picture of the ink explosion around the photocopier without wincing.
Want to spend the night at Hogwarts? Now you can... in this luxury Harry Potter-themed apartment in the birthplace of the books
Situated in Edinburgh - the birthplace of J.K. Rowling's famous books - the magical property is the brainchild of Harry Potter superfan Yue Gao, who has filled it with Hogwarts-style furniture and fittings. The flat, which is available to rent all year round at around £150 per night, comes with a four-poster bed and has a ceiling which makes a beautiful illusion of floating candles. The living area pays homage to the Gryffindor common room and there is also a fully functional kitchen.
Little-known remote Japanese island tops TripAdvisor's list of the world's top 10 trending destinations for 2018
As global travel booms, it can be tricky to find a quiet corner of the world. Fortunately, to help inspire your next trip, the experts at TripAdvisor have ranked the top-trending destination points for 2018 - with a little-known Japanese island called Ishigaki (pictured) topping the lot. Also boasting hot-spots ranging from urban Kenya to Croatia's fishing ports, here's the definite shortlist...
Revealed: The best luxury hotels in the world – and those that were 'disappointments' thanks to rude staff, cockroaches and blood-stained towels
Luxury hotels are two a penny but travel brand Andrew Harper has jetted all over the world to rate the best - and most disappointing - of 2017. From ancient country piles and seaside stunners to city centre boutique hotels, we reveal the winners and losers. Pictured top row, left to right, are some of the winners: Château de la Treyne, Lacave, France; The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey, UK and Chileno Bay Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Pictured bottom row, left to right, are some of the disappointments: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE, which 'lacked charm'; Banner Elk Winery & Villa, Banner Elk, North Carolina, where the reviewer found a dead cockroach and Palais Esplanade, Hamburg, Germany, where the reviewer found blood stains on one of the towels.
The best and worst cruise lines of 2018 revealed: Oceania Cruises comes top of the ranking, with Norwegian anchored at the bottom
The best and worst cruise liners of 2018 have been revealed in a new report and it seems that holidaymakers prefer smaller ships that have fewer passengers. The annual research, by UK-based consumer group Which?, shows that having less crowded decks and more space in cabins is key to impressing customers. Norwegian Cruise Line didn't fare so well in this area, a poor passenger-to-space ratio helping to drag it to the bottom of the table. The study looked at 13 cruise companies and asked passengers about their experiences in terms of customer service, cabin space, on-board facilities, entertainment and value for money.
You've got to hand it to the inventor - this is certainly an inventive entry in the travel pillow market. The MonPere is a hand-shaped travel pillow invented by Sylvain Bérubé, a Canadian sports therapist. And he reckons it can offer you a great in-flight snooze. The project has raised over $112,000 Canadian dollars – nearly three times its goal - on Kickstarter.
The hills of Tuscany, a vineyard for the adults and a pool for the children – it’s no wonder TV presenter Charlotte Hawkins and her family turned into the Chianti clan!
Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins took her two-year-old daughter Ella Rose (top right, with Charlotte) and the rest of her family to Gugliaie, a beautifully restored rustic Tuscan farmhouse (pictured). The seven bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms, meant the group of six adults and five children could have their own space. The villa was also close to Tuscany's most important wine estates, right on the northern edge of the Chianti Classico region.
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