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Stunning rainbow images guaranteed to brighten up your day

Spotting a rainbow can brighten the greyest of days, as these images show. MailOnline Travel recently witnessed a rainbow from the air while taking off from Ushuaia airport at the tip of the Argentina, with the coloured rays rising up from the mountainous scenery behind. Others have been equally lucky to see rainbows in the sky during a flight or while using a drone. One photographer captured the Victoria Falls in South Africa with a coloured arc forming in the clouds of fine spray. Another eagle-eyed photographer took a breathtaking panorama of a band of colour raining down over the winding Sella Pass mountain road between the provinces of Trentino and South Tyrol in Italy.

TripAdvisor names the best beaches in the world for 2018

Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos, top left, came out on top of the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Beach awards beating competition from beautiful beaches in Brazil, Cuba and Spain. The top-rated beach in the UK is Bournemouth beach, top right, the No1 in the USA is Clearwater Beach in Florida, bottom left, while Manly Beach is deemed to be the best in Australia. Taking the crown for the best beach in Europe is La Concha Beach in San Sebastian, Spain, bottom right.

The study, carried out by National Geographic, showed that people in the UK now take an average of three flights every year but that hasn't stopped a third of Brits having a fear of taking to the skies.

A fascinating new infographic reveals the varying cost of travel vaccines for Brits around the world, with China proving one of the most expensive places to be fully protected.

An expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City has warned the country's cultural heritage is at risk of being wiped out unless pollution is cut down.

British explorer Levison Wood recently returned from one of the world's most dangerous holidays - travelling through Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. He claims Syria has a great nightlife.

Blogger Artur Grabowski collected data from 120 trips to find out whether Google Maps, Apple Maps or Waze was the fastest service. For each trip, he measured traffic conditions and other factors.

The world's most remote post offices revealed

These post offices give a whole new meaning to the phrase 'snail mail', as their remote locations could mean several weeks of waiting before letters reach their destination. MailOnline Travel has pushed the envelope to find the most obscure places at which you can pop something in the post. One of the odder spots includes a post box ten feet down at the bottom of the South Pacific Ocean (top right), where you can buy waterproof postcards and postal marks are embossed instead of inked. Other equally far-flung spots that promise to make the postman's job a bit more tricky include the End of the World Post Office in Argentina (bottom right), the world's most southerly mailing depot at Port Lockroy in Antarctica (bottom left), the barrel box on Floreana Island in the Galapagos (top left) and the mail shed on the Isle of Tanera Mòr in Scotland (inset).

The tiny creature was born at Port Lympne Reserve in Kent last month and she is the 40th black rhino to be born at the reserve, despite the species being renowned for being difficult to breed in captivity.

After Jacob Laukaitis from Lithuania was hit by a drunk driver while traveling through Thailand he realised how precarious life is - so he attacked his bucket list.

Work on the Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai started more than four years ago and it's set to welcome guests in late 2019.

A marketing lecturer at the University of Huddersfield argues that many of the most pervasive problems associated with tourism can be seen through the toilet bowl.

James Baxter's epic 6,100km ski and kayak trip in Norway

'I saw my life flash before me,' intrepid explorer James Baxter explained, as he regaled some of the hairiest moments during his epic 6,100km ski and kayak trip around some of the most remote parts of Norway. The humble Scotsman opened up about his extraordinary eight-month voyage during Expedition Finse, an annual gathering that takes place in Norway featuring some of the world's top explorers. Baxter said that he feared everything was over as he battled ten-metre-high waves in his kayak one stormy day and sleeping in -42 degrees Celsius was another tough point. Pictured from top left, clockwise to centre: A view of a snowy slope Baxter skied along, his tent at night, a view from his kayak, a shot of him in action and feeling pretty chilly in sub-zero conditions.

The strict new rules, which come into effect in April, have been put in place by city authorities in Amsterdam to crack down on the number of gawping tourists swarming the Red Light District.

Incredible pictures of professional abseilers

If you've got a fear of heights, then this job certainly isn't for you. Høyden, which is based in Oslo, Norway, employs a team of around 20 abseilers who spend their days scaling some of Norway's highest heights to carry out maintenance and repair work. Dizzying images provided exclusively to MailOnline Travel show the troop of technicians at work, putting their faith in ropes as they dangle from bridges and skyscrapers.

Masterminded by Irish inventor Iain Maclean, the Notekase travel guitar features a removable back and neck, meaning it breaks down to a size suitable for cabin luggage.

Secrets of the William and Harry’s African sanctuary

To many of us, Africa represents a safari destination that offers a once-in-a-lifetime holiday but to Harry and his brother William, it has become a precious sanctuary. Both princes have embraced the continent’s wide open spaces, its wilderness and its wildlife with a fervour that many conservationists believe will help save Africa’s endangered species. Graham Boynton visited and says it is easy to see why the Princes adore the continent. Pictured main is Prince Harry in Malawi helping to move endangered elephants to a safe haven.

A study by questioned 15,000 residents across 32 cities worldwide about their dating habits and which accents from around the world they found most attractive.

Disney is currently looking for a youth activities counselor to travel on board its cruise ships, with destinations including Mexico, Barcelona and a private island in the Bahamas.

Staying in Monument Valley was the best night of my life

A billboard in the desert-town of Kayenta, Arizona, 40 kilometres south of Monument Valley, claims that the nearby tribal park is one of earth's great wonders - and Holly Hales was not going to argue. Native Americans have called it home for nearly 1,000 years and the stars alone make it a place worth hanging around in for millennia. Holly spent a night there, sleeping in the otherworldly landscape beneath mind-boggling clusters of constellations and hearing tales of spooky 'skinwalkers'. It was the best night of her life, she writes.

The Chicago-based carrier took the top spot after the latest government rankings showed its flights arrived at their destinations on schedule 84.6 per cent of the time during December 2017.

Human bones recovered from a shipwreck in America may belong to the infamous pirate Samuel 'Black Sam' Bellamy, who was one of the most infamous and successful pirates of all time.

Meet Afghanistan's first female skiers

Henriette Bjorge, 38, from Norway, went out to Bamyan in central Afghanistan, once a Taliban stronghold, to teach skiing at the Bamyan Ski Club back in 2013 and help introduce Afghan women to the sport. For their first lesson, a group of Afghan women turned up armed with handbags, their best dress coats, chic sunglasses and silk hijabs looking like they were more ready for a Paris catwalk than for high-speed thrills. Pictured from top left, clockwise: A group of Afghan women enjoy a ski picnic, posing with skis on an abandoned tank, not your average skiing gear, a lesson in waxing skis, a spot of side-stepping and another unusual skiing outfit.

The Beaumont in central London may look like something from a science fiction movie from the outside but once you step inside, it is an Art Deco masterpiece, writes Frank Barrett.

Some rock stars don't just earn their living playing to their thousands of fans, as they also own hotels that anybody can stay at. Here The Mail On Sunday picks out the best ten from around the world.

Paris has always been the capital of style – a city where romance walks hand in hand with high fashion. Here The Mail on Sunday shows how you can make the most out of just 48 hours there.

Researchers recorded the sounds of endangered blue whales living near Southern California. They analyzed more than 4,500 of the sounds to dissect the whales' communication.

Alton Towers reveals images of Wicker Man rollercoaster

The high-speed attraction at the theme park in Staffordshire is the first wooden rollercoaster to be built in the UK for 21 years and is set to open to those brave enough to ride it in the spring. The track spans 2,000 feet and it is all made from naturally treated timber that has been hand-carved specially for the project. The Wicker Man roller coaster shares its name with the 1973 classic film, starring Edward Woodward.

Saga Pearl II cruises set sail from Southampton and passengers are chauffeured in comfort to the docks before setting sail. Geoffrey Levy went aboard and discovered the Canary Islands.

The Riviera Olympia Resort is on the western tip of Greece’s Peloponnese and features a brand new Aqua Park. Thomas W Hodgkinson visited and had a fantastic time.

The top 20 most-filmed movie and TV locations revealed

A new study has shown that it's US locations that are the most popular places to film movies and TV shows with the only non-US countries making the top 20 being Canada and the UK. Among the most popular filming locations are Central Park, New York, top left, Venice Beach, California, top right, University of British Columbia, bottom left, and London's South Bank, bottom right.

Peter de Savary and his team have made lots of noise about the new rooms at The Merry Harriers near Godalming in Surrey. But The Inspector thinks that it could be merrier.

The Transavia Airlines HV6902 service from Dubai to Amsterdam made an unplanned stop in Vienna, where four people were removed from the aircraft by police (pictured).

The attraction will be an 11-acre extension of the Hollywood Studios park and based on the lovable characters made famous by the 1995 movie and its sequels.

Chelsea Dickenson spends just £1,709 on 10 holidays abroad

A thrifty traveller has told how she went on ten holidays in a year and skipped to three continents for just £1,709. Chelsea Dickenson, 28, from north London, set out on a mission to see how many trips she could squeeze in over 12 months after being horrified by how much Brits spend on holidays. According to a study by train ticket retailer Trainline conducted in December 2016, the average Brit spends £3,418 on just one trip - double the amount Dickenson had to play with.

Cycling is actually a great way of seeing Dublin. If you want to learn about the land as you cycle through it, you’re best booking onto a guided tour. Here are a few of the best.

Along with being an important part of many Spanish celebrations, cava is also available in many bars in Barcelona. Here’s our pick of some of the best places in the city to try this local speciality.

The world's most incredible hotel bathrooms revealed

These certainly aren't bog standard washing facilities. MailOnline Travel has scoured the world for some of the most incredible hotel bathrooms, which certainly make bath time a bit more fun. At Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, (centre inset) the underwater suite boasts bathrooms with views into an aquarium so you can feel like you're splashing around with the fish, while on board the Celebrity Reflection cruise liner (top right) there is a glass shower cubicle cantilevered over the ship's side so you don't miss a moment on the high seas. Other salubrious spots to sud up at include the Beckham Creek Cave in Arkansas (bottom right), the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in Florence (bottom left) and the Malmaison in Birmingham (top left).

UK-based travel booking website Globehunters has mapped out the extra charges visitors have to pay when staying in hotels in some of Europe's major cities including Paris, Berlin and Rome.

Tourists who are 'oblivious' to the proposed new rules on the islands of Majorca and Ibiza will first face a warning before fines later come into force. The rules will not affect locals living there.

Landscape Photographer of the Year winning shots revealed 

Capturing nature in all its glory, the winners of the prestigious International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition have been revealed. Now in its fourth year, the contest celebrates all genres of landscape photography, with photographers from all over the world submitting four images to be judged on consistency and for having a 'spark of landscape brilliance'. Max Rive, from the Netherlands, was revealed as the winner for 2017 with his breathtaking images capturing the rugged beauty of Patagonia and Greenland. Pictured from top left, clockwise: A watery view by British photographer Adam Gibbs, an image by Max Rive, a landscape from Brazil by Marcio Cabral and the highlands of Iceland by Alex Nail.

The amazing afternoon tea at Dublin's The Merrion Hotel

There was a time when what we ate was purely about subsistence. But just a quick scroll through Instagram proves that today's photo-sharing society has changed all this - with food now as much a feast for the eyes as it is the stomach. In Dublin, there is one hotel that has been ahead of that particular curve since before social media even began. For the past two decades, The Merrion - arguably the most luxurious hotel in the Irish capital - has been serving up its unique and playful Art Tea, a two-course decadence that sees chefs literally turn pastries into extraordinary pieces of art.

Images from California gold rush of 1848 to 1855 capture the progress of mining technology as well as strides in photography, as thousands migrated westward in pursuit of gold fortunes.

Adelaide beachgoers are warned to be vigilant about a surge of in blue-ringed octopus sightings. The world's most venomous marine animal has been seen at Glenelg, Brighton and Somerton.

Norwegian Dreamliner sets transatlantic speed record again

Carrier Norwegian has broken its own record for the fastest subsonic transatlantic flight from New York to London, completing the journey in just five hours and nine minutes. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner registered as G-CJGI (main), and captained by Martin Wood, beat the record set in January by four minutes after reaching 799mph on the crossing. The flight left JFK on Thursday February 8 and was able to touch down at Gatwick airport around an hour ahead of time thanks to a ferocious jet stream. Pictured bottom right is the crew that operated the record-breaking flight.

Researchers from the Max Plank institute have found that nearly 150,000 orangutans from the island of Borneo have have disappeared in just 16 years (stock).

The 'W350 Project' tower, will feature homes, shops, offices and a hotel, and will become the tallest building in Japan when it is completed in 2041. Architects say it will be built in Tokyo.

Inside Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas

Boasting 18 decks, enough room for more than 8,000 people and a 1,188-foot-long body, the world's biggest cruise ship is due to set sail next month. Behind-the-scenes photos show how the finishing touches are now being applied to Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Symphony of the Seas, with dozens of construction workers fervently working away. The main body of the 228,081-ton monster liner was completed last June and now its interiors are being furnished with dazzling spotlights, swathes of carpet, and licks of paint.Pictured: (Clockwise from top left, clockwise to centre) Waterslides are set to be a big attraction, the ship's ice rink, a view of the top deck, one of the 20 restaurants and an exterior shot of the hefty vessel.

Belgian photographer Serge Anton has spent 30 years travelling around Africa and Asia taking portraits that now appear in a beautifully designed new book called Faces.

The low-fare specialist confirmed that ‘the door is open’ for exploring ways of expanding to Australia. This week Norwegian launched the UK’s first low-fare route to South America.

Covered with landmines, watched by snipers day and night, and surrounded by artillery, the Korean Demilitarized Zone is perhaps the last place on earth you would expect to find natural beauty.

Couple clock 45,000 miles across 36 US states in tiny home

An adventure-hungry couple has told how they've racked up 45,000 miles on the road in a tiny house on wheels - and they have to plans to stop driving. Alexis Stephens, 33, and Christian Parsons, 42, from North Carolina, sold all of their possessions and hit the road in their kooky trailer-style abode more than two-and-a-half years ago and they have since travelled through 36 U.S. states and one Canadian province. They said when they first moved into their DIY home they 'had to get used to sharing such a tiny space' and life has become a bit of a 'choreographed dance' with them shifting places so they're not in the way of each other. Pictured from top left, clockwise to centre: The tiny house on the road, its kitchen, another landscape shot, the bedroom area and the happy road-tripping couple.

The Baha Mar in the Bahamas announced the new job posting for a Chief Flamingo Officer via social media and those interested can apply via the careers section of the website.

The juvenile leopard's failed attempts at hunting were captured by wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein in Kenya's Maasai Mara last month.

Canadian Club whisky treasure hunt is still going

If you've got an adventurous spirit, then a whisky treasure hunt that has been going on for more than 50 years might inspire you to grab your map, compass and a tumbler - just in case. Back in 1967 Canadian Club launched its Hide A Case campaign, with 25 cases of booze (inset) dropped in remote locations all over the world. Adverts run to coincide with the alcohol-themed hunt gave readers vague clues as to where the boxes of whisky could be found with hard-to-reach spots including Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and at the bottom of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Over the years, many of the wooden crates were found but there are still some remaining, in places including the North Pole and Robinson Crusoe Island, off the coast of Chile.

UK-based travel booking website Globehunters has mapped out the extra charges visitors have to pay when staying in hotels in some of Europe's major cities including Paris, Berlin and Rome.

With everything from the medieval lanes of the Old Town to hyper-modern structures, here are the places you really shouldn’t miss in Edinburgh

Stunning drone images show Dubai's towering architecture

The stunning pictures show Dubai's huge skyscrapers as well as the luxurious hotels, popular marina and winding roads. The unique perspective of the city was captured by Bachir Moukarzel. Meanwhile other striking snaps show a beautiful flower display in the shape of an Airbus A380 aircraft and the slower-paced life on the beach.

New tech start-up Air Ticket Arena, which is based in the UK, allows passengers to get bargain prices for airfares but they only find out if they've been successful just two days before departure.

Within an hour of Edinburgh there are a number of fantastic sandy beaches to enjoy, here are our favourites.

Travel warnings have been issued by the British government as well as China, India and the United States to travellers planning on visiting the Maldives following mass protests there.

Authorities in Thailand are to temporarily close Maya Bay on the tiny Ko Phi Phi island - saying excessive numbers of tourists have damaged the coral reef and it needs time to recover.

UFO-style lodge set to land in the Arctic Circle

You'll be left starry-eyed at this UFO-style hotel, set to touch down in the Arctic Circle. Incredible renderings have emerged of the spaceship-style lodge, which is scheduled to open in 2021 in northern Norway just above the Arctic Circle. The images show how hotel Svart will sit in a breathtaking location at the foot of Svartisen - Norway's second largest glacier - and it will be set above the water on stilts. Architects went about crafting the unusual structure so it will use 85 per cent less energy than a regular hotel would. Pictured: A computer rendering showing an aerial view of the finished design (main) and exterior shots of the hotel (insets).

Thomas Cook has resumed package holidays to Tunisia (Thomas Cook/PA)

The tour operator has today restarted flights from Birmingham to Enfidha airport after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office eased its advice about travelling to the North African country.

Paris is famously one of the most photographed cities in the world. Check out these eight iconic spots for the best Instagram-worthy views of the French capital.

Nothing makes a forest walk more magical than stumbling across a hidden waterfall. And these are the most mesmerising forest waterfalls in the world, captured in breath-taking pictures.

The US-based carrier has rolled out its radio frequency identification technology on luggage labels attached to bags for flights between London Heathrow and the States for the first time ever.

Jaw-dropping pictures of humpbacks and orcas in Norway

EXCLUSIVE From leaping out of the water to gorging on giant mouthfuls of herring, these sea mammals look as though they're truly having a whale of a time! Award-winning photographer Espen Bergersen, 37, first noticed dozens of orcas and humpbacks gathering close to the shore by his childhood home on the northern Norwegian island of Andoya eight years ago. Since then, he has been ardently documenting the magnificent creatures during their migration, with his work helping scientists better understand their mysterious feeding, mating and communication behaviours. Pictured from top left, clockwise: A huge humpback whale breaching out of the water, an amazing close-up of an orca hunting down a herring, four orcas coming up for air and a humpback taking a big mouthful of herring.

Although the number of high-end eateries in Berlin has increased in recent years, there are still plenty of great places to grab a bite to eat without breaking the bank. Here are some of our favourites.

Venice is cut from a different cloth to most cities around the world. Some of its hotels are pretty inimitable, too. These are our top picks of the best boutique hotels in Venice.

Exploring a Welsh town in Argentina

MailOnline Travel recently explored Puerto Madryn (pictured main), a remote city in Argentina that was settled by the Welsh in the mid-19th century in a bid to keep their culture alive. A party of around 150 men and women from Wales set sail from Liverpool and spent two months on the high seas before reaching their destination. Remnants of the Welsh culture remain, with the national flag flying (pictured, right) and Welsh cakes on restaurant menus and in hotel minibars.

The Ecocapsule is the brain child of Slovakian designers and the small pod stands at 90 square feet but still boasts a bedroom, kitchen, electricity, a flushing toilet and hot water.

When most people think of shopping in Rome they think of designer labels. However, Italy’s capital also has a number of cool markets where you can pick up rare items and a few souvenirs.

Air New Zealand's staff uniforms have been on a gruelling journey since they first launched in 1940 - as these vintage photographs reveal. Here are the fashion highlights.

Croydon's EasyHotel has DIY four-poster bed to hire for £5

Forget luxurious lodgings in Paris or Venice, the ultimate Valentine's Day hotel package has arrived in Croydon. Bear with us. Sure, Croydon isn't often thought of as a wooing hot spot, but easyHotel has changed all that, because at its Croydon property couples can transform their budget room into a love nest courtesy of a self-assembly four-poster bed (top left and main) they can hire for just £5 (bottom left). What's more, for an extra £3 the hotel will throw in a bottle of fizz - Fanta, that is - and a Terry's Chocolate Orange.

The resort near the French capital wants to bring the superheroes to life with a roller coaster and a live stage production at the Walt Disney Studios, a Disney executive announced.

An team of US researchers, including the University of Colorado, analysed satellite altimeter measurements since 1992, including data taken from the current Jason-3 satellite mission.

The findings were made by UK-based consumer group Which?. New rules, which came into force last month, ban credit and debit card surcharges for British customers.

The heel of Italy seems to be tip-toeing to stardom with some saying Puglia 'is the new Tuscany'. Mark Palmer visited and found that the Pugliese regard their region as some far away land.

Dispatches reveals Premier Inn's unhygienic practices

An undercover investigation has shown a housekeeper being told to use the same guest towel to clean entire bathrooms - including the toilet - at one of Britain's biggest hotel chains. Covert filming by Channel 4's Dispatches team at a Premier Inn branch near London Bridge (inset) revealed the unhygienic cleaning practices using an undercover reporter (main) called 'Irina', who was also told to take on unpaid work in order to meet room-cleaning targets, meaning she was paid below the national living wage. The shocking revelations emerged after she joined the housekeeping team at the London Bridge property in December 2017. She was employed by a cleaning contractor called ISS, although she was given a Premier Inn uniform to wear.

While Alpine skiers fought high winds at the Pyeongchang, South Korea Games, there were no such problems for robots, who competed in their own 'Olympics' ski challenge in Hoenseong.

Richard Conway, a food scientist and founder of vacation illness firm Sick Holiday, says there has been a huge increase in the number of sickness complaints from Brits visiting Cape Verde.

In a video posted by the Virginia Aquarium, a tiny octopus hatches out of its egg. The baby Caribbean reef octopus, which is no bigger than the size of a pinky nail, then turns purple as it camouflages.

Longyearbyen, a coal-mining town in the remote Svalbard chain of islands with a population of around 2,000 residents, is covered in permafrost which prevents bodies from decomposing.

Move over, Norway - and behold Fiordland in New Zealand

Move over, Norway - and behold Fiordland in New Zealand. If you've never heard of this national park, then you won't know that it's one of earth's most staggeringly jaw-dropping wildernesses. But MailOnline Travel is here to acquaint you with this 3.3million-acre primeval landscape via a set of eye-popping photographs (and if you already know about it, you'll know you're in for a treat).

US-based events firm Naughty Nawlins is organising the trip, where guests can stay in a five-star villa off the coast of Belize and enjoy activities such as swimming or scuba diving.

If you love the water but don’t fancy a full-blown cruise, why not hire your own boat? Take command yourself or book a crew who’ll let you take the wheel occasionally.

Hunters on the Malaysian island of Borneo found a 20 foot female python and its tiny mate inside a fallen tree, before cooking the pair in a stir fry and serving it to local villagers and farm workers.

Rio de Janeiro came alive on Sunday night as the Brazilian city's carnival hit its peak in a stunning cocktail of glamour, eccentric costumes and pounding samba anthems.

Situated in the grounds of France's Château de Raray, The Origin is deliberately designed to resemble a nest - and is even suspended 30ft above ground amid local wildlife.

The 10 most jaw-dropping retreats revealed

Travel journalist and blogger Sebastiaan Bedaux has been globetrotting for the last 10 years and during that time has uncovered some of the world's most stunning holiday homes, which he has curated for new book Mountain View: The Perfect Holiday Homes. Pictured are the Mirror House in Italy, top left, Solo House in Spain, top right, Scrubby Bay House in New Zealand, bottom left, the Shelter in Palm Springs, bottom right, and Vals Villa in Switzerland, inset.

The 64-year-old recalls memories of his first holiday to Cornwall, the first time he went abroad on a trip to Denmark and his worst adventure - a driving holiday through Brittany.

The Pilgrm (yes, that's the way it's spelt) opened in November opposite London's Paddington Station. The idea is to be super-trendy, with no real check-in desk and expensive cocktails.

Amsterdam may be known for its deep-fried bitterballen and street-cart stroopwaffel, but it’s also home to some of the best fine-dining restaurants in the world.

The Ananda Spa is in the foothills of the Himalayas in India and is the birthplace of yoga. Wellness and nutrition expert Jasmine Hemsley visited and had a life-enhancing experience.

The Mail on Sunday's travel editor, Frank Barrett, gives his advice on holidaying in Cape Town during its water shortage and how holidaymakers can save water while visiting.

Shanghai is best explored through its architecture, from the modern high-rises that epitomise its economic boom, to the European-style buildings that serve as reminders of foreign occupation.

Hilarious you only had one job images

The cause of the mistakes and misguided messages on display in pictures from around the world will forever remain a mystery, but you'll be too busy laughing, we suspect, to care. There's the medal embossed with '3st', the T-shirt that marries a map of Africa with the slogan 'Asia' and some very wobbly soccer pitch markings. Fresh from the department of the blindingly obvious, meanwhile, is the advert that states 'if it's in stock, we've got it!' And the canoes hanging underneath the bike sale sign is a priceless entry in the 'you had one job' annals.

The service will start on April 4 with two trains a day from St Pancras, with the journey to the Dutch capital taking three hours, and one-way fares available from later this month starting at £35.

Chinese workers are constructing an impressive railroad bridge in an area that has been considered a 'no-go zone' for bridge builders. The Pingtan Strait Railroad Bridge is set to complete next year.

Gang violence around the tourist hotspot of Montego Bay led to a state of emergency being declared in Jamaica. But Elinor Goodman still visited and took part in a 'voluntourism' programme.

The group, called Arran Paisos Catalans, admitted setting off flares by luxury yachts moored in Palma and throwing confetti over terrified diners at nearby restaurants.

Win a Mykonos villa for just £36

The island is known for celebrity visitors ranging from George Clooney to the Kardashians and basketball star Lebron James. The villa is surrounded by luscious landscapes and has expansive views of the turquoise Aegean water, stone paved pathways and a private small church. The 4,900sq-metre property boasts five double bedrooms with bathrooms, three individual double apartments, ecological infinity pool, a games room, bar, gym and alfresco dining. To become the owner of this highly desirable villa, you have to win a prize raffle draw with tickets being sold for £36 and the winner being drawn on February 28.

The Eiffel Tower has been closed due to severe weather (Thibault Camus/AP/PA)

The 19th-century monument will be closed all day Friday and Saturday. Workers with hand shovels will carefully clear snow from the intricate ironwork and de-ice stairs and platforms.

With a warm, Mediterranean climate almost all year round, a hotel with a pool is essential for cooling off These are the best hotels with pools to suit every budget in Lisbon.

ou may have explored Paris on foot and by tour bus, but what about by boat? Boat trips run all year round, here’s our guide to the best of them.

The waterfront in San Francisco is soon look very different thanks to redevelopment. Tamara Hinson visited the city to see how it has changed since it became the centre of the Summer of Love.

Britain's first capsule hostel opens in London

The capsules are at St Christophers At The Village in London Bridge and a total of 26 pods have been installed that come with mood lighting, free wifi, ear plugs and plug sockets. There is also a special ventilation system, which the company says will keep you cool while asleep. Sophie Herbert, marketing manager at St Christopher's Inns, said: 'Taking travel to the next level, our homely capsules offer ultimate privacy, yet keeping the social and communal vibe of a hostel.'

Whatever the age of your children, you'll find plenty to interest them in Amsterdam. Here are some of the best suggestions for activities you can enjoy as a family.

From charming rooms in medieval buildings, to luxury accommodation with modern facilities, you can get a good deal if you know where to look. Here's our pick of Prague's top four-star hotels.

Drinking coffee and eating cake as you watch the world go by isn't merely an afternoon activity in Amsterdam, it's a way of life. Here are our suggestions for the best places for a cup of Joe.

Jordan Kahana, 30, from Chicago, was driving from Los Angeles to Colorado when he spotted the tiny dogs and decided to adopt them and take them on trips across the US and Canada.

The world's most eye-catching gravity-defying sculptures

Precariously balanced, these sculptures seemingly defy the laws of gravity thanks to a spot of ingenious engineering. MailOnline Travel has scoured the globe for some of the most impressive pieces of art that turn things on their head. Pictured, from top left, clockwise to centre: Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn's Force of Nature, Daniel Firman's trunk-balancing elephant, Emil Alzamora's floating figure, Alex Chinneck's road installation and his upside down electricity pylon.

Dippy's tour of Britain, which starts tomorrow in Dorset and will continue until 2020, is the first time the skeleton has been publicly displayed outside the Natural History Museum.

The private estate Lower Mill is just two hours from London, but it's firmly in its own world. That's no bad thing, says Mark Palmer, especially as you can ride bikes everywhere and never lock them up!

Leon Roberts and Jade Muzoka lied about being bedridden with vomiting and diarrhoea and sued the hotel and tour operator Thomson, now known as TUI but were caught out on social media.

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend the kids' inheritance to stay in a decent hotel in Paris. Stay in one of these value-for-money hotels.

From wingtips to sunsets, fascinating video shows how we're all taking the SAME holiday snaps

We all like to think we're taking unique photos of the world on our travels but a new YouTube video shows how we all just end up taking the same kind of shots. The two-minute-55-second-long montage, uploaded by Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, shows how social media is saturated with copycat images. A classic one is the Leaning Tower of Pisa pose (top right), with tourists propping up the 12th century monument with their hands and, of course, your Instagram account wouldn't be complete without an envy-inducing sunset (bottom left). Signaling that they're off on vacation, travellers also love to post photos from the plane window, with the winglets in view (bottom right) and in warmer climates, taking a photo of your feet against a beach backdrop is 'a must' (top left).

After a busy day seeing the sights in a city such as Edinburgh, you need time to relax. Here's our pick of hotels in Edinburgh with pools or spas.

Disneyland Paris is a 40-minute train ride from Paris, so you want a hotel as close as possible. Here are a few of the best - for everyone from adults to young families.

The best U.S hotels for a good night's sleep revealed

It's a dream come true for weary travellers, because hotels across America have been rated on the quality of sleep they offer with a hip design hotel in Kentucky coming out on top. The 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, which sells the mattresses it supplies in its rooms for $1,375 (£992), was declared the winner in a study that collated information from online reviews. Second on the list was the historic West Baden Springs Hotel in Indiana, with The Spectator Hotel in South Carolina sleepwalking in just behind in third place. Both spots were lauded by guests for providing lavish bedding and sumptuous sheets.

Nissan, one of several automakers looking to release a self-driving vehicle, wants you to know that the technology has other things to offer - like a pair of slippers that can drive across the floor.

Among those lakes that are drying up at an alarming rate are the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan and Lake Urmia in Iran with satellite images showing the two getting smaller and smaller by the year.

The 32-year-old British woman had travelled in the same hotel lift as a 60-year-old German citizen 'of Arab origin' in Sharjah, north of Dubai, and reportedly brushed against her shoulder when leaving.

Gyodong Island in South Korea is separated by a sliver of water from North Korea. Many residents there still speak with accents from the north and happily wave to people across the border.

Which airports in the world offer the best food

Air travel can be an exhausting experience, yet there is no respite from being in transit quite like a tasty meal. RewardExpert - a free service that helps users take full advantage of credit card and travel rewards - went about rating and ranking the 15 most trafficked airports outside of America based on their dining options, with Narita International Airport in Tokyo coming out on top. Scores were given based on restaurant quality, price and menu variety. Last year the ranking exercise only focused on U.S. airports, with Denver International flying in at first place. From the USA to the UK and from Australia to Taiwan, find out which airports have food offerings that really take off...

Engineers at Yokohama, Japan, based Nissan have transformed a 370Z Roadster into an uncompromising 'snowmobile' designed to tackle ski slopes and backwoods trails.

Amit Patel, 37, who suddenly lost his sight five years ago from a haemorrhage behind his eyes, was confronted by an irate commuter on an escalator at London Bridge on Tuesday (pictured).

Seven of the most jaw-dropping hotels in London

MailOnline Travel has ascended the heights of this historic city to offer you the ultimate views, most stylish surroundings, impeccable service and gorgeous getaways in every sense of the word. From family packages that will delight the fussiest of little ones, a perfect place for parents to unpack and the sexiest little hotel in South Kensington - here is the quintessential guide to London's best overnights.

The 14th hole at Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho is on the middle of a man-made, moveable green, which means golfers have to strike the perfect shot or risk losing their balls in the water.

British-based booking site has rated budget properties around the world and judged them on money, location, atmosphere, facilities, security, character and cleanliness.

Airport check-in screens have more germs than toilet seats

Researchers conducted swab tests across six surfaces at three major US airports and on aeroplanes and analysed them to establish which passenger areas are the most germ ridden. The report found that the self check-in kiosks, which many airlines encourage their passengers to use, are riddled with viable germs and fungal cells, and are among the dirtiest surfaces in airports.

The bathrooms (pictured) on the aircraft, which Ryanair has invested heavily in, are so small that American Airlines crew have even formally complained about them to their CEO.

Incredible new aerial pictures have provided a sneak peek of the construction of three new major attractions at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California.

The Stedelijk Museum boasts works by some of the most renowned artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Whatever your reason for visiting, you're sure to walk away feeling inspired.

Famous for its Old Masters museums, canals and buzzy Red Light District, we seek out some lesser-known hotspots in Amsterdam which could make your next trip feel like the first.

Jim Mee ice skates 85 miles across frozen lake in Mongolia

A hardy British adventurer has become the first to ever ice skate across one of the world's most barren and inhospitable landscapes - despite not having skated for about 20 years. Jim Mee, 40, from York, said he meant to pack some skating in before Christmas in the run up to his epic challenge last week but he ran out of time. Instead he blindly tackled an 85-mile crossing of Khovsgol Nuur in north-west Mongolia - the distance climbing to 100 miles when zig-zags to the edge of the lake to camp were taken into account - skating for nine hours a day for three days, in temperatures plunging to minus 47 degrees Celsius. Luckily his experience on skis served him well and he completed the frigid traverse unscathed. Pictured (from top left, clockwise to centre): Mee on skates, with his support group, a spot of sunny weather, the icy road ahead and at the close of a day.

Berlin prides itself as being a city in which all types of people can make a home for themselves, so it's unsurprising that there are a number of cool, quirky and downright unusual restaurants out there.

From dustbin lid-sized pancakes to crunchy krokets hot from the vending machine, here are some of our favourite cheap eats in Amsterdam.

Inside eerie abandoned whaling station Grytviken

EXCLUSIVE If you've seen Alien vs Predator you'll know that abandoned whaling stations are pretty spooky - but MailOnline Travel's Sadie Whitelocks can confirm that they're even more disturbing in real life. She visited one on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia after sailing more than 1,500 miles from Puerto Madryn in Argentina and it chilled her to the bone. On the way there she didn't see a single whale, but after learning about the horrific whaling industry centred on a processing factory at Grytviken that led to the slaughter of millions of the marine mammals, it's no surprise that stocks in the area remain depleted. The abandoned whaling station - when it opened in 1904 it was one of the first in sub-Antarctic waters - has a sinister feel with whale bones scattered like confetti, beached harpoon boats, and giant mechanical parts rusting in the chilling winds. Pictured (from top left, centre to clockwise): The rusting factory shown with the mountains beyond, the harpoon boat Petrel, meat cookers, a platform used to shift the whale blubber and a photo taken during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914 to 1917, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is now preserved as a fascinating and deeply moving museum, and is visited by millions each year. Here's a short guide on how to get the best out of your visit...

It's long been said that in Berlin, anything goes - and it's true. Thankfully, there's a weird and wonderful bar in the city to suit every taste. Here's a round-up of some of our favourites.

EXCLUSIVE Behind the scenes at Gatwick airport

The next time you touch down at Gatwick and roll safely to the gate on time, it's not just the pilots you should be thankful to - but Chris Eade (main) and Katy Martin (right). That's because they both have extremely important jobs at the airport - which has the world's busiest single-use runway. Chris is an airside flow planner - it's his job to work out which aircraft goes to which gate - and Katy is an airside operations controller, whose responsibilities include keeping birds away from jet engines, debris away from the runway, and even marshalling planes to their stands using coloured bats. Here they reveal some of the secrets to keeping the airport operating safely and smoothly.

Love is... escaping with your partner whenever you need to show them how much you care, not just on Valentine's Day. Here are ten lovely places for a romantic mini-break, from Scotland to Italy.

There's no shortage of places to enjoy a tipple or two in Paris. From romantic hideaways and cool cocktails, to live music halls, here are our top 10 favourite drinking holes in the City of Light.

Lonely Planet's top 10 places to visit in America in 2018

California's Redwood Coast has been tipped as the number one destination in America to visit in 2018 by the adventure experts over at Lonely Planet. Located four hours north of San Francisco, the picturesque region spans 175 miles and is home to towering forests of giant redwood trees that you might recognise from movies such as Star Wars and Jurassic Park. The area was praised for being a place where you 'lose all track of time (and cell signal)', beating Boise in Idaho and Chattanooga in Tennessee to the number one spot.

There's no getting away from it: spending time in the City of Light can be expensive. And particularly so when evening rolls around.

There are several popular beach resorts within easy reach of Venice. Check out our top five favourite beaches within two hours of Venice.

Fascinating time-lapse video shows engineers building Boeing's new 737 Max 7 at the manufacturer's enormous Washington factory

A fascinating time-lapse video shows the final assembly of one of Boeing's brand new passenger aircraft, which has become its fastest-selling design. The Boeing 737 Max 7 is the third and newest member of the company's Max 7 range to be built at the company's enormous plant in Renton, Washington, near Seattle. The jet is designed for up to 172 passengers and has a maximum range of 3,850 nautical miles, which is the longest range for the Max aircraft family.

In recent years the beer hall, usually a Bavarian fixture, has come to Berlin, both via Bavarian breweries bringing the tradition north, as well as through more local establishments.

The colourful remains of the Berlin Wall are visible in much of the German capital, but visitors often forget to explore the Wall's most famous gap: Checkpoint Charlie

Riding a bike in Amsterdam will give you a taste of local life. It's easy to hire one or join a bike tour, but before you get on the saddle there are a few things you should know.

A spine-chilling tour of an abandoned Baltimore mansion

If you've got a fear of things that go bump in the night then look away now. YouTube presenter Dan Bell and his sidekick Will Krupinsky explored a derelict 42-room mansion in Baltimore, Maryland, where 'spirits still roam' with its rotting interiors caught on camera. As they move around the creepy building through dark corridors and tumbledown stairs, they stumble across lengths of peeling paint, woodworm-ridden floorboards and patches of graffiti. Pictured: Peeling wallpaper (top left), a window missing the glass (top right), graffiti coating the walls (bottom right), YouTube presenter Will Krupinsky (bottom left) and an exterior shot of Uplands mansion (centre).

Now you can have BOTH hands free as you wheel your luggage: The cunning device that allows you to tow a suitcase with your torso

Do you ever struggle to juggle rolling your hand luggage while attempting to take a phone call or slurp coffee? Well never fear, as one one inventor has designed a gadget that allows you to wheel a case using your torso so you can keep both hands free. Omar Abass from Columbus, Ohio, said he came up with the idea for his RetraStrap in 2013 during a long trip to Europe and now he has raised more than £15,000 to bring his design ideas to life via Kickstarter.

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.

The Grand Hotel & Spa, located in York city centre, 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.

Few cities can match the French capital's obsession with art and culture, and with more than 200 institutions dedicated to these noble pursuits, there's something to suit every taste.

With nearly 3,000 years of history all over the city, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to places of interest to visit in Rome. These are the 10 that you won't want to miss.

Barcelona's year-round temperatures far outdo anything Blighty has to offer, so it makes sense to make the most of the sun when visiting Barcelona

A visit to Barcelona should take in everything from the Sagrada Familia to Park Guell and the Picasso Museum. But save time to check out the city's biggest attraction, too: its beaches

Review of Qantas business class London to Sydney

Business class with Qantas from London to Sydney costs over £3,800 - so is it worth splashing out for? Colin Thorne climbed aboard, sipped his glass of fizz - and soaked up the swank. He said that his previous experience flying economy (bottom right) was a world away from flying business - with bags of legroom (inset) and seats that can be adjusted at the touch of a button (bottom left).

Frank Barrett visits the recently refurbished Lygon Arms Hotel in Broadway, Worcestershire, and finds that no effort has been spared.

Gary Neville (pictured) described the firm as a 'disgrace' and said that they are the 'worst airline he has seen' and it later transpired that he was forced to board a train to London instead.

Texas-born couple Tamra and JT Lane quit their conventional life to live freely in a converted coach. Since then, they've clocked-up more than 10,000 miles travelling across the US.  

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.

Inside Eurostar's business premier class

Has the romance of train travel in Britain died? If it hasn't it's certainly in its death throes. Traveling by train in bygone decades - certainly in the steam age - used to be a special occasion, something thrilling, luxurious and wondrous. Nowadays, carriages seem to be designed for standing as much as sitting and the only sense of wonder passengers have is when they arrive on time. But there are pockets of resistance - services that cocoon you with five-star service, restaurant-standard food and big, luxurious seats. One of them is Eurostar's Business Premier offering, which while it isn't a hotel-on-wheels like the Orient Express, is still something special, writes Ted Thornhill. Save for the odd passenger who turns their nose up at decorum (main).

Candice Brown stayed at the Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort in Halkidiki and found it rather appetising, not least because it has four smart restaurants (and six bars).

Mr Hanson's granny loved Rome's Hotel Eden when she visited in 2001. Now it's had a 17-month renovation and become part of the Dorchester Collection, is it still a class act?

The TV presenter recalls memories of her first holiday in Snowdonia, her favourite ever holiday - driving from France to Venice - and her worst trip, to Zermatt during a typhoid outbreak.

Over 100 years ago the Spectator magazine declared New Zealand's Milford Track 'the finest walk in the world'. The number of walkers tackling the route has soared in recent years.

With experts predicting Cape Town will run out of water in mid-April, residents have been told to limit usage to 50 litres per person per day.

Nick Enoch, from north London, and his family stayed at Barton Hall in Torquay for a week of family adventure activities including zip wire, quad biking and archery.

The Renaissance Tuscany II Ciocco Resort & Spa overlooks the Lucca valley, 43 miles (70km) from Florence and offers tours to one of Tuscany's last chestnut mills.

Britain's former colony is 'coldly clasped in Beijing's embrace', writes Max Hastings. Yet he recently had 'a better time as a Hong Kong tourist than in 20 previous trips'.

The tomb was found in a wider area of Giza's western necropolis, which is known to be home to tombs from the Old Kingdom.

25 incredible travel facts 

There's a place on earth where it hasn't rained for two million years - and where winds can hit 200mph. Do you know where it is? The answer is below, along with a host of other incredible facts, from the location of a town called dildo to the biggest wave ever recorded - and much more.

The Daily Mail's Andrew Yates explores Menorca's 'rich and beautiful marine reserves', enjoys tenderly fresh calamari in the capital and luxuriates in a roomy villa.

Millions have been spent transforming this hotel, but The Inspector says that this Gloucestershire bolthole isn't quite up to scratch in the service department.

Countries insulted by Trump use his words on tourism ads

The countries reportedly labelled as s***holes by President Trump are using the insult to boost tourist numbers. Trump allegedly called Haiti, El Salvador and Africa's third-world nations 's***hole countries' during an Oval Office discussion about immigration. But now some of them are using his words to their advantage - on tourism posters.

For four to five days around 17 March every year, Ireland's capital pulls out all the stops to celebrate St Patrick's. Make the most of it by booking into one of these event-centric hotels.

Whether you opt for the trendy Baixa-Chiado area with its happening nightlife or the other-worldly fairy tale atmosphere of Alfama, there's something for everyone.

Kay Burley rediscovers the 'magnificent' Lake District

The Sky News anchor has fond memories of Lake District holidays with her parents and sister as a child - and finds that it's just as mesmerising when she returns with her son. She stays in the Cedar Manor Hotel (bottom left) and from there explores Wordsworth's Rydal Mount home (top right), the Castlerigg Circle, Grasmere, Windermere (top left), Coniston Water and comes face to face with the National Park's stubborn sheep (bottom right). She also tastes some to-die-for gingerbread...

Whether you're looking for a destination spa or just somewhere to recuperate after a busy day pounding Lisbon's cobbled streets, check out our choice of the city's best spas.

There are also lots of things to see and do in Prague that you may not have thought of - the Czech capital also has quirky side to it. Here a few unusual ideas you might like to explore.

The world's most romantic hotels, according to TripAdvisor

A saucy Parisian hotel housed inside a former 'pleasure house' has been named the world's most romantic hotel in TripAdivsor's annual Travellers' Choice Awards. Maison Souquet, located just steps from Moulin Rouge in the trendy Pigalle district, describes itself as a fancy fantasy land where 'life revolves around the ritual of rendezvous before and after dinner'. Rates at the 20-room hotel start from around £333 and on-site services include in-room massages and butlers to make rose petal baths. The UK winner strikes a stark contrast to its French neighbour. Tavistock House Hotel in Devon might not be draped in swathes of silk, but it wooed guests with its understated style and friendly service. The No1 in the U.S, meanwhile, the Belamere Suites in Ohio, won love from visitors with its 'Jacuzzi suite'.


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