It takes planning, resilience and stamina to reach Fogo Island, says Kay Burley. But the rewards, she explains, are worth it: 'It's a wilderness lover's wilderness that you'll never want to leave.' Here she tells of her adventures there, which included learning how to ice-fish, building a type of igloo (bottom left), snow-shoeing (bottom right) and striking a pose by an icy harbour (top left). She stayed in the ultra-hip Fogo Island Inn (main and top right), which is one of the most acclaimed hotels on the planet, despite its remoteness.
Ever wanted to be 18 feet up and face-to-face with a giraffe...? Then Marwell Zoo in Hampshire - with 1,200 animals and its new £8million Tropical rain forest house - is the perfect family day out for you
The Sanderson family, including Zak, five, and three-year-old Nell, spent a wonderful day at the zoo near Winchester, in Hampshire. At Easter Marwell is opening an £8million new Tropical House (top and bottom right) allowing visitors face-to-face encounters with mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish in a rainforest environment. The family were also given the chance to feed the zoo's giraffes (left)
So long, clubbers! How it's FAMILIES that are now taking over Ibiza as grown-up partygoers return with their children (so can the island still deliver?)
Ibiza was a mecca for partygoers in the nineties but now they are grown up and returning to the island with their children. Carol Driver headed to the Balearic isle with her family to experience it for herself, having first visited Ibiza for a post-A-level break around 20 years ago. She found herself in a super-stylish villa (pictured) that really was a swish home-from-home. And one of the biggest causes of excitement? The fact that there's a utility room with a tumble dryer...
A real cliff hanger! Nail-biting footage captures the moment a bus inches its way along a narrow road in the Himalayas with a huge drop below
Nail-biting footage captures the moment a bus trundles along a precarious mountain road in the Himalayas, with no barriers shielding a huge drop down to a valley below. Manohar Lal captured the sweaty-palmed moment as he travelled through the Spiti Valley on a 35km journey from the village of Khab in India to the community of Nako. His shaky film shows how the vehicle he is travelling in is just a couple of feet away from steep edges and big rocks pepper the dusty track.
The grizzly moment great white sharks reduce a 28ft humpback whale carcass to just two flippers and shreds of blubber
Grizzly footage shows the moment a 28ft-long dead humpback whale gets reduced to shreds by a group of hungry great white sharks. Video clips and photos captured by biologists from Georgia in the U.S. show the large carcass floating in the ocean and attracting a swarm of ravenous predators. Great whites - and tiger sharks - steadily tuck into the whale, until the deceased beast is diminished to just two flippers and a lump of white blubber.
'Excellent sleeper, best to avoid during waking hours': Zoos post hilarious Amazon-style reviews of their animals, from vultures to lions
'Overall very good first impressions. Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me.' This comical Amazon-style review of an otter tweeted by the Oregon Zoo using the hashtag #rateaspecies quickly kicked off a trend, with dozens of other animals receiving humorous assessments on Twitter. Pictured: A lion got a rave review from the Los Angeles Zoo but people were warned to 'avoid during waking hours' (main), a vulture was praised for being 'bigger than expected' by the Oregon Zoo (top right), while an octopus was given a thumbs up by the Monterey Bay Aquarium for being able to 'fit in any space' (bottom right).
The Dorchester DUBAI! Stunning renderings reveal how London's A-lister favourite is set for a very modern sister property in the Middle East
The Dorchester London is one of the world's most iconic hotels - it attracts a roster of A-list clients and even the Queen has visited. And now the five-star luxury landmark is set to get a sister property in Dubai - but with very different styling. The London property has warm 1930s aesthetics, but stunning renderings reveal how the Dubai version is strikingly futuristic, a towering glass and steel structure that will feature a rooftop infinity pool and offer spectacular views over the Middle Eastern metropolis.
Selfies and hot dog legs have been revealed as the most annoying Instagram travel poses around. Shots of loved-up couples kissing have also been deemed irritating by the social media community, as has the candid 'looking away' shot. Other poses to get the thumbs down include people 'pinching' the sunset, freeze jumping and walking away from the camera. The research, conducted by UK cruise agent Bolsover Cruise Club, set out to find the most annoying holiday Instagram poses filling our social media feeds.
How flying business class with Air Canada (almost) cured my fear of flying: Nervous passenger Kay Burley toasts the therapeutic qualities of the carrier's Dreamliner 'executive pod'
When MailOnline asked nervous flier Kay Burley to go to a distant Canadian island and report back she nearly wimped out as it involved five flights. But Air Canada's business class worked its magic. Here she reveals how she actually managed to enjoy the trip across the Atlantic, thanks to a comfy pod, great food and wine and top service.
From the majestic Acropolis to modern high rises, stunning timelapse footage captures Athens in all its glory
Mesmerising timelapse footage showcases the sweeping beauty of Athens in all its glory. From the city's ancient statues, to its columned buildings and modern glass high rises, the stylish film by Alexandros Maragos takes viewers on a journey by moonlight. With darkness cast over the metropolis, its streets and roadways come alive with twinkling lights and, at one point, bolts of lightning erupting.
We're going to need a bigger boat? Coming right up! Gigantic cruise ship is cut IN HALF to make room for a 49ft extension
Thanks to an incredible feat of engineering, a luxury cruise ship has been cut in half and a 49ft section added, extending capacity by 12 per cent. The Silver Spirit, launched at the end of 2009 by Silversea, has a new length of 691 feet after a pre-built midsection was inserted to offer more space. The previous passenger capacity was 540 but this will jump to 608. The extension cost more than $70 million (£50.1 million) and thousands more will be spent on refurbishing the elongated vessel.
Stunning drone footage reveals how Disney's $2bn Star Wars land is taking shape, with 10,000 tons of steel and giant chunks of hand-carved rock
Stunning new drone footage reveals how Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park in California is taking shape, with striking rocky peaks soaring upwards. The film clip, shared by Disney CEO Bob Iger, takes viewers on a flight through the ambitious new west coast attraction, which is part of a $2 billion (£1.43 billion) investment. The camera soars above lengths of scaffolding and dozens of cranes, with the much-anticipated site covering a total of 14 acres.
The dramatic moment a diver pushes away a great white shark with his HAND after it becomes jammed in a cage
The jaw-dropping moment came courtesy of Texan diver Eli Martinez while he was on a cage-diving operation off Guadalupe Island, Mexico. A few seconds beforehand, the 14ft predator had launched itself out of the water to grab a hunk of meat. Upon landing back in the ocean, the 2000lb shark's momentum carried it on a collision course with the experienced tour guide's enclosure. After getting its jaws stuck on one of the bars, Eli calmly placed his palm under the massive fish's nose and shoved it off the metal and away to safety.
Are these the most bizarre public toilets ever? The Instagram account that documents Tokyo's strange bathrooms
Hidefumi Nakamura documents some of the most bizarre looking public toilets in the Japanese capital and posts the pictures to his dedicated Instagram page, toilets_a_go_go. He started the page after noting how many of the public toilets have strange designs that don't blend in with their sleek surroundings. Now, after spending the past year updating his quirky social media page, Mr Nakamura says he loves the diversity of Japanese toilets.
From lines on the WALL to help you park to crossings that give pensioners extra time: The most useful inventions ever
These pictures are a tonic for anyone who’s struggled to open a carton of milk. They’re a reminder that there are, actually, lots of very useful inventions out there. Some of them are incredibly, mind-bogglingly simple. For example, the underground car park in Madrid that has lines extending up the wall to help drivers align their cars and the drawers that are built into stairs. Others are heart-warming, such as the crossing that gives pensioners more time to get across the road (top left), the SOS machine on top of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in New Mexico for those who feel they’ve lost hope (bottom middle) and the vending machine for pets. Also pictured is a 'panic pole' on the U.S/Mexico border (bottom left), stairs that double as drawers (top middle) and a plaster dispensing machine (top right).
Picture perfect: Meet the couple who earn a living by travelling to the prettiest corners of Britain in their classic Morris Minor
This is the picture perfect couple who earn their living by trundling from one picturesque place to another in their vintage Morris Minor. And their stunning images perfectly capture the spectacular beauty and uniqueness of the British Isles. Mona Jones, 24, and Aaron Gibson, 25, have gained a legion of fans with their breathtaking pictures. Miss Jones initially started travelling and photographing the British countryside in 2012 to help her cope with her anxiety - but her blog, Monalogue, where she posts the pictures, has since become a full-time career.
From animals in action to real American life: Stunning finalists of the Smithsonian photo contest revealed
The stunning images have been submitted from photographers in 240 countries and territories across the world and have been grouped into six categories - the natural world, people, travel, altered images and mobile, which includes pictures taken on a phone or tablet. The sixth category is American experience, which includes snaps of events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or cultural heritage. Pictured is a seal in Germany, top left, a deer in woodland in India, top right, a butcher selling meat in Cuba, bottom left, and wrestling in California, bottom right.
Fancy a holiday on a disused slate quarry? Futuristic wilderness cabins launch on North Cornwall coast
Ever fancy an alternative to traditional hotels? Then these quirky wilderness cabins could make a ideal choice. Located in a disused slate quarry on the North Cornwall coast, these brand new boltholes are elevated high above the ground and accessed through a ladder (left). The cabins, or 'Kudhva' - the Cornish word for 'hideout' - also boast a large window (top right) offering a view of the local countryside.
You'll wish you WEREN'T here: With 'blood-stained sheets', 'cockroaches' and 'abandoned floors', these are the horrifying contenders for being the world's worst hotel
There are bad reviews, and those that label a hotel as being quite possibly the very worst in the world. Here, complete with accusations of 'blood-stained sheets', 'cockroaches' and 'entirely abandoned floors', we present some of the biggest contenders for that unwelcome title But do they really deserve it? You decide... Pictured: New Delhi's Centaur Hotel (bottom middle); The Lonsdale Hotel, London (bottom left); The Grand Hotel, Pristina (top left); Aspinals Hotel, Singapore (top middle), and New York's New World Hotel (far right).
From clear blue seas to the lush Tuscan countryside: The most stunning views from hot tubs in the world
Nothing beats staying somewhere luxurious and chilling out in your own private hot tub. Nothing, that is, except chilling out in a private hot tub that has jaw-dropping views. To prove the point, holiday rentals firm CV Villas has compiled a list of the outdoor tubs that have the most impressive vistas - and we've found a couple of corkers ourselves. They include the hot tub at the Elounda Gulf Royal Spa Villa, Crete, top left, which features views over Mirabello Bay, the boat style tub at a guest house in Iceland, top right, the Felicia villa in Corfu, bottom left, which has a hot tub with views of the coastline and a tub in Italy, bottom right, which is in the middle of the Tuscan countryside.
So THAT'S how they handle 3m tourists! Tower of London's iconic Beefeaters have their own secret pub inside royal fortress (and their own exclusive beer)
They are, of course, part of London's tourist appeal. And the iconic Beefeaters are rewarded for their service with a top perk: their very own secret pub. After the hordes of tourists with their cameras and selfie sticks depart from the Tower of London every evening, a private drinking hole for Beefeaters (and their guests) comes to life within the walls of the royal fortress. After the daily hubbub fades, they can change out of their uniforms and head for a quiet drink at the Yeoman Warders' Club, their own private bar in a discreet corner of the sprawling fortress - a much-needed respite.
The fascinating vintage photographs that show a lost age of luxury on board Britain's sleeper trains
The vintage pictures form the basis of a new book called Anglo-Scottish Sleepers by Church of England priest and author, David Meara. In one vintage image from the turn of the 20th century, a man in official uniform and hat can be seen handing a white pillow to a train conductor with a 'Rugs & Pillows' truck behind him (top right). Another snap reveals the comforts of a woman staying in a first-class compartment on the Northern Belle, lying in her bed and receiving a professionally prepared breakfast on a tray handed to her by a train attendant (inset). There are also pictures of third-class accommodation (bottom right) and Euston station in 1909 (bottom left).
Are these the most stylish cabin crew uniforms ever? Fashion experts hail Delta's new staff workwear, which has been designed by celebrity favourite Zac Posen
The US-based carrier is changing its employee workwear for the first time in 10 years and Posen has spent three years designing the outfits and making sure they are practical for staff. The new uniforms have seen Delta's traditional red, white and blue infused with new hues, which have been dubbed 'passport plum' (purple), left, 'cruising cardinal' (red), right, and 'ground speed graphite' (grey).
From craggy cliff faces to snow-capped mountains: The truly STUNNING winning images from the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year contest
Thousands of remarkable images were submitted for the annual Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year contest competition, which culminated this week. These included a rainbow soaring by Loch Clair, Glen Torridon (top left), waves crashing against the craggy cliffs of Yesnaby, Orkney (top right), winter skies at Ardvreck Castle, Loch Assynt (bottom left), and Sgurr Eilde Mor in a full winter coat (bottom right).
From the best loo to the most wonderful places to stay: The UK Heritage Awards reveal Britain's finest historic houses, hotels, gardens and museums
From the best loos to the most wonderful places to stay - the UK Heritage Awards 2018 have honoured Britain's finest heritage experiences. Among the winners for 2018 are Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, top left, Hampton Court Palace, Richmond, top right, The Victoria in Norfolk, bottom left, and Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, bottom right.
Want to live happily ever after? Incredible fairy tale-style hotel called Enchanted Manor goes on the market for £1million
The Enchanted Manor, formerly called Windcliffe Manor, dates back to 1838 and is nestled in the pretty seaside resort of Niton Undercliff on the Isle of Wight. It enjoys spectacular views. It was snapped up at auction for £750,000 by current owners Ric and Maggie Hilton, who spent six months lovingly transforming it into a luxury romantic getaway. And now it has been put on the market for £1million. It's a truly magical place.
It's not often that luggage turns heads. But these choice pieces of baggage are the exception to the rule. Here MailOnline Travel has scoured the hidden pockets of the internet to bring you suitcases that amuse, baffle and raise eyebrows. There's the case that resembles a sandwich, the rucksack designed for giants and a case that may well be bigger on the inside than the out - because it has a Tardis design. Also not to be missed is the Boba Fett suitcase and what's possibly the world's most erotic handbag.
World's best cities for millennials revealed: Berlin is No1, with Montreal second, London third and New York coming eighth
The study, by German-based apartment search engine Nestpick, looked at factors such as housing affordability, quality of nightlife, the economy, immigration tolerance and youth migration. Coming top of the list is Berlin, top left, which received 10 out of 10 for its nightlife scene. Second place is Montreal in Canada, bottom right, followed by London, centre top, Amsterdam, centre bottom, and Toronto. Other cities ranked highly on the list include Barcelona in seventh, New York City, bottom left, in eighth and Manchester, top right, in 10th.
Burger King becomes Hungry Jack's and KFC turns into PFK: How household brand names change from country to country
Brands morph from country to country – sometimes due to legal requirements or often just because of local tastes. Here’s how your favourite brands change depending on where you are. Pictured top row are the Burger King, KFC and Doritos cool original brands. But these become Hungry Jack's, PFK and Doritos 'cool ranch' in other countries.
Welcome to America's smallest town, population - 1: Monowi's only resident is the mayor, treasurer, librarian and bartender
Elsie Eiler is the sole resident of Monowi, Nebraska, and has lived there by herself since her husband's death in 2004. The 84-year-old holds the office of mayor, as well as clerk and treasurer. She still lives in a mobile home a half-block from the only business in the town - the Monowi Tavern - which she owns and operates. It's not her only business. She also runs the town library - a tiny building jammed with 5,000 books, which is dedicated to her husband, who was a devoted reader.
From king penguins to a hunter at home with his eagle and cat: National Geographic Traveller announces the stunning winners of its prestigious photography competition
Capturing scenes of natural beauty and expressions of human emotion from around the world, the winners of National Geographic Traveller's prestigious photography competition have been announced. This year, UK photographers were invited to submit their entries in one of six categories - action. nature, people, urban, portfolio and video. Pictured from top left, clockwise to centre: Simon Morris’s shot of an eagle hunter in Mongolia, Renato Granieri’s portrait of two king penguins, Chris Kirby’s snap of a local lady looking pretty in pink in South Africa, Jasmine Van Hoeylandt’s haunting image of Cormorants nesting in Zimbabwe and a colourful plumage trailing behind the Red Arrows display team, as captured by Jonny Williams.
The hotel where women were raped and tortured and men executed during the Bosnian war is STILL open for business
Taking a recommendation from a guide book, Australian Kym Vercoe checked into the Vilina Vlas, unaware that the hotel had been used to detain, rape and execute people during the war. It was used as the headquarters for notorious paramilitary group the White Eagles (bottom right) but now promises 'all elements for a real rest'.
Cosy pubs, Land Rovers galore and M&S; food: Inside the Falkland Islands' capital, one of the world's most remote cities
During a recent trip to sub-Antarctica, MailOnline Travel's Sadie Whitelocks stopped at the weather-beaten city of Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Despite being more than 12,600km away from the UK, Stanley - which has a population of just over 2,000 - is like a 'little Britain' with Union Jacks flying, fish and chips frying and seagulls crying. Sadie said when she popped into the local supermarket, she was surprised to find Waitrose and Marks & Spencer-branded produce. Pictured from clockwise from top left: Stanley, the interior of one of the local pubs, the exterior of the pub, a Union Flag showing the islands' allegiance to the UK and Christ Church Cathedral, the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world.
Washing dirty clothes isn't usually a barrel of laughs. But these cleverly-named launderettes inject a little humour into the process. For Tolkien devotees, Lord of the Rinse (top left) might get you a bit more animated come laundry day. While Iron Maiden (top centre) might appeal to the rock 'n' rollers and Soapranos to the TV buffs (top right). Over in Oklahoma in the U.S., Liberty Laundry (bottom left) is known for regularly updating its message board with a good old pun, telling customers this past January to 'wring in the New Year' with a spot of washing. Other comical launderette names include The Found Sock (bottom centre) and All Washed Up (bottom right).
Inside the most eye-wateringly luxurious hotel rooms on EARTH: Stunning suites with bullet-proof windows, heated toilet seats and free clothes could be yours for the night... for £62k
Should you use price comparison websites to get a few pounds off the cost of your holiday hotel, you might want to look away now. As TV presenter Giles Coren shows in the new BBC series of Amazing Hotels, there are some hotel suites clearly aimed at guests for whom money is no object. Forget free mini toiletries and sewing kits, here perks include haute couture outfits to wear during your stay (at the £20,000 a night Mandarin Oriential in New York, centre right), bullet-proof windows (at the £62,000 President Wilson Hotel in Switzerland, left) and heated loo seats (Four Seasons, New York, top right). Meanwhile, at the Royal Villa at the Grand Resort in Athens (bottom right), where visitors have included Leonardo DiCaprio and Mel Gibson, each guest is presented with their own fitness trainer on arrival.
You might want to avoid having too much fizz before clambering into this wacky hot tub. In a bid to get guests in the mood for love, one hotel in the U.S. has installed bubble baths in the shape of giant Champagne coupe glasses in three of its suites. The towering tubs - in the 'Champagne Tower Suites' at the couples-only Cove Haven resort in Poconos, Pennsylvania - are raised seven feet from the ground on stem-shaped pillars.
Lord of the Rings super fan visits New Zealand and photographs the EXACT locations used in the movie trilogy
More than 16 years on from the first Lord of the Rings film release in 2001, hordes of fans still flock to New Zealand, where it was filmed. One such fan, Bry Voydatch, decided to venture there from Massachusetts for her 21st birthday in a bid to photograph herself at the exact locations used in the fantasy trilogy - and the results are very impressive. The physics student told MailOnline Travel that she spent two weeks venturing around the North and South islands of New Zealand and managed to visit almost every filming site from Lord of the Rings. Pictured: Bry (left) emulates Frodo Baggins as he leaves the Shire in The Fellowship of the Ring and retraces his journey into Mordor (right) on Mount Ruapehu.
EXCLUSIVE: The FAKE ski chalet websites scamming unwitting customers out of tens of thousands of pounds (and how to make sure YOU don't become a victim)
Several people have told MailOnline how they thought they'd booked a luxury chalet, but actually wired money to scammers – with one victim losing 30,000 euros. So just how were they duped? We investigated and uncovered how scam sites will steal pictures and descriptions from genuine agents (pictured), communicate only through emails and mobile phones and refuse to take credit card payments.
Hotel guest requests picture of Jeff Goldblum to be put by the bed but finds photos of the actor everywhere - even in the SHOWER!
One hotel went above and beyond for a guest who instead of flowers by the bed, requested a picture of Hollywood star Jeff Goldblum. Imgur user cornwallis1 said that he jokingly wrote to the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel via email and asked for an alluring painting of Goldblum with his shirt semi-unbuttoned to be put on the bedside table. And the holidaymaker was stunned when he checked into his room with his wife and found that the hotel had followed through with his request and there were shots of Goldblum pasted at every turn.
A whole new world! Torrential rain in Brazil submerges hiking trail to create an eerily stunning underwater scene
Breathtaking footage shows a submerged hiking trail in Brazil, which had been transformed into a colourful underwater world after days of heavy rain. The video, shot at Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata reserve close to the southwestern town of Bonito, shows walkways, bridges, and rain forest drowned in several feet of crystal clear water. At first it is hard to see that the cameraman - reserve worker Waldemilson Vera - is underwater, but when he tilts the lens towards the water's surface it becomes clear that he is swimming and not walking along while filming.
With perfect powder snow, craggy peaks and even reindeer, these pictures show ski heaven... but you'll never guess WHERE they were taken
With perfect powder snow, craggy peaks and even reindeer, there can be no doubt that this is the perfect place for a skiing holiday. But the location of the pictures may come as a surprise. Accessed overnight via sleeper train from London, this resort is not in the Alps, Scandinavia or Canada – but the Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands.
Is this the world’s most dramatic tent? Behold the German behemoth that took 40 people one week to erect (and it even had a CHURCH BELL in one of the towers)
Tents, on the whole, don’t tend to be labelled as ‘dramatic’. But this German behemoth most certainly does. It was used for a World Youth Day scout meeting in Dusseldorf and took 40 scouts one entire week to build it. It resembled a cathedral and even had a church bell installed in one of the two towers, which rose up to a height of 15 metres.
From brick walls, to grimy skips and building sites, aggrieved hotel guests have shared some of the not-so-delightful views from their bedroom windows. Eduardo M from Chile said he was thoroughly disappointed after checking into Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco. Instead of the sweeping city view he was hoping for, he wrote on TripAdvisor: 'I was given room 305, and when we entered the room we saw this horrible brick wall facing our only window.' Meanwhile, MailOnline Travel was equally disappointed by the view at Heathrow's Radisson hotel. The vista was a grimy-looking skip looming outside the window (bottom left).
From crumbling ruins to fire-damaged forts: Haunting images show the world's most incredible abandoned castles
They were once great buildings that stood proudly as a symbol of strength. But now, having been bombarded with shells, set on fire and left to rot, these castles are looking a little worse for wear. This fascinating series of photographs includes UK ruins such as Old Wardour Castle in Wiltshire, Crichton Castle in Scotland and Kinbane Castle in County Antrim. And European edifices such as Xixona Castle in Alicante and Birkenfels Castle in Alsace. They may not be looking so grand today, but they're still utterly intriguing - time-capsule buildings that offer glimpses into by-gone ages.
The plane that helps you beat jet-lag: Qatar's new aircraft features special lighting and air filters that will help your body cope with long journeys
Traditionally, passengers get to live the high life on a plane after turning left. But on board Qatar Airways' new A350-1000 aircraft, entering service on Saturday between London and Doha, economy class passengers will get to feel like VIPs, too. That's because in their cabin there are millions of ambient anti-jet lag LED lights, hospital-grade filters - with the entire cabin air renewed every two to three minutes - larger overhead bins, higher ceilings and every window seat has an actual window.
Just the ticket for a quirky getaway! The holiday home that sits right on the platform of a railway station
All aboard for a quirky getaway. This holiday home sits right on the platform of Malvern Link Railway Station, offering guests commanding views of services to Great Malvern, Hereford and Worcester Foregate Street. It was built in the 1800s and was the home of the station master in charge of ensuring the smooth running of the railway. It's now been fully restored.
These paws ain't made for walking! Meet the pampered pets who get carted around in bags and BABY HARNESSES
There's no getting dirty paws for these pampered pets, with their owners taking animal care to new heights. In photos shared to Imgur, dozens of critters are seen being carted around in bags, from dogs in New York to cats in Asia. Pictured from top left, clockwise: A man carries a dog on his back in a baby harness-like contraption, a cat can be seen peering out of a rucksack, a dog peers out of a tote bag, a lady checks in on her four-legged passenger, a puppy on the back of its parent and a man with his pet in a sling bag.
Just the read to warm you up! From the clear waters of the Caribbean to the golden sands of Bournemouth: TripAdvisor names 2018's best beaches
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 Cape Verde islands? They're a bit dull apart from the running, diving, driving, sailing, floating (and playing with kittens)
Hero Douglas ventured to Sal - one of ten small volcanic, arid islands in the former Portuguese colony of the Cape Verde archipelago - to celebrate her 19th birthday. She said her holiday requirement list had included bikini weather, deserted sandy beaches, a small island, an authentic feel, vegan-friendly, a short flight, similar time zone and affordability. Her budget was about £400 for food, flights and accommodation.Eventually, she managed to find a bargain break to Cape Verde online. Pictured is: Hero diving, top left, driving a quad bike, top right, riding a horse, bottom right, floating in the sea, bottom left, and a view of the island scenery, centre.
From Patagonia to Hawaii and beyond, these stunning images of rainbows are guaranteed to brighten your day up
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.
From an underwater letterbox in the South Pacific to a sorting room in Antarctica, 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).
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