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World's most dangerous civilian piloting job? This man flies light aircraft solo across

Ferry pilot Kerry McCauley, 59, from Wisconsin, reveals that the types of planes he delivers - unlike jetliners - can't reach the altitude required to fly over storms and that in any given year, an average of three pilots die ferrying small aircraft over the North Atlantic. It's a seriously perilous job that's 95 per cent terror and five per cent boredom, according to Kerry, who's been doing it for an astonishing 32 years. He reveals the sweaty-palm-inducing risks of the role in a riveting book - Ferry Pilot: Nine Lives Over the North Atlantic. Pictured: Santa Maria in the Azores, which Kerry uses to break up Atlantic flights (bottom left), Kerry next to an Aerostar plane (main), the Egyptian pyramids from the cockpit - one of Kerry's favourite landmarks to fly over (bottom right), a view of a plane being flown by Kerry's former boss during a delivery (top right), and Kerry on a Zoom with MailOnline Travel (inset). He's pictured top left with an oxygen mask at high altitude. 

Top 50 gastropubs in the UK named - and they're ALL in England and Wales

The accolade has been bestowed upon the Suffolk inn by the prestigious Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards, with the ranking's top five completed by Parkers Arms, Lancashire (second); The Star Inn, Harome, Yorkshire (third); The Angel At Hetton, Yorkshire (fourth) and Freemasons At Wiswell, Lancashire (fifth). The Top 50 Gastropubs Awards, now in its 13th year, actually produces a top 100 list, and some may be surprised to learn that Scotland's highest entry comes 56th - Edinburgh's The Scran and Scallie.

Bored Panda has shared a series of amazing images from around the world, showing how reflections can create stunning optical illusions.

Hotel staff took to U.S site Reddit to share their discoveries of strange and sometimes sinister items left behind by hotel guests. Read on to go through the keyhole...

The British hotels embracing Denmark's 'hygge' lifestyle, from the South Downs to the Isle

They're the hotels that make for a well-earned mid-winter break - where you can hunker down after a walk in the crisp outdoors and enjoy that Danish cosy 'hygge' feeling. Better still, rates are rock bottom for the rest of January and most of February. A warm welcome awaits in these cosy establishments, which range from a Cumbrian bistro-with-beds that feels like a ski chalet, to snug coastal cottages in Cornwall...

Two of the world's leading collections devoted to Frida Kahlo have come together for the first time at Assen's Drents Museum. The exhibition features Kahlo's works and personal belongings.

Ohio State Highway Patrol said at least 40 cars were damaged and 12 people injured as a result of the jet of snow and ice from the snow plow on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County on January 23.

Solo travel holidays: Which escorted tour (with no single supplement) is best for you? 

Travelling alone need not be lonely. And there's a unique freedom about jetting off somewhere on your own and then being open about whom you might meet along the way. Make your own decisions, set the timetable, linger at your leisure - even when opting for an escorted tour there's the choice of being with others or keeping your own counsel. A tour also allows all the organisation to be lifted from your shoulders. Thankfully, there are a growing number of companies specialising in solo travel - with no financial penalties. 'The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready,' said the American naturalist Henry David Thoreau. Here's our guide to some of the best solo adventures, from a cruise along Portugal's Douro River to a trip around the Emerald Isle...

Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don't have to. This week: Free child places for summer holidays.

James Litston checks into The Northgate, which has a sense of 'playful opulence' and 'upbeat staff', serves 'exceptional' food and has Bury's sights on its doorstep, including the 1,000-year-old abbey.

Airbnb's most-liked homes on Instagram in 2021, from Utah to France

The top-ranked abode (top left) - in Utah - garnered over 60,000 likes, with users of the photo-sharing site bowled over by the breathtaking mountainous views it affords lucky guests. Other U.S Airbnbs on the list include a former home of two Georgia governors (top right), a stunning A-frame cabin in Vermont and a North Carolina treehouse (top middle) described by the host as 'radical off-grid therapy'. The ranking also includes an impressive houseboat in Serbia (bottom left) and a 'gorgeous' Mexican villa (bottom middle). Read on for the full list, presented here in reverse order...

One lucky tenant will have the opportunity to live rent-free for a whole year in a beautifully restored home with a chic modern fit-out tucked away in a quaint Sicilian village.

Celebrate London's regal connections and prepare for Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee on visits to Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle.

The best new hotel arrivals around the world in 2022, from New York to Bali and the Cote

With travel restrictions easing at last in many parts of the world, holiday destinations near and far are welcoming tourists again. These are the stunning new hotels and resorts that you'll want to be booking this year, from city breaks to wellness retreats and long-haul romantic getaways. There's also a Mayan-inspired newcomer in Mexico, Michelin stars in Majorca and more. Pictured: The LUX* Grand Baie in Mauritius (bottom right); the new Sandals on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao (middle right); Orlando's Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser experience (top right); doorless Buahan in Bali (inset); and Aman New York (main).

Which? Travel investigated the prices of a week's stay in six different UK holiday hotspots - from Cornwall to North Yorkshire - in June 2022, comparing different accommodation types.

The Inspector is impressed with his bedroom, the friendly staff, the buzzy restaurant and the hotel's proximity to the Scottish capital's pub-lined Rose Street. Princes Street is nearby too.

An immense 91-DEGREE drop and speeds of up to 76mph: Video footage reveals the thrills in store on the new extreme coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (and riders' priceless reactions)

The roller coaster is the 10th at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida, with the theme park announcing that it will open on March 11. The clip includes a stomach-churning POV section of the immense drop - and shows the priceless reactions of riders as they anticipate it then hurtle downwards and around the track, which is more than 4,000ft long.

The Daily Mail's Rob Crossan finds that Marazion, 15 miles from Land's End, has golden brown pasties, pretty streets and a beach of 'buttery sands' going for it.

For a true taste of laid back Barbados luxury look no further than Lone Star

Behind a chic but unassuming converted 1940s garage exterior on the west coast of Barbados lies a true gem of a boutique hotel. As soon as you pass through the narrow reception of the Lone Star , the building opens out into a chic verandah bar and restaurant simply furnished with white sofas and linens against rich mahogany floorboards - all perfectly selected to frame the star of the show.... the white sands and azure sea of Barbados.

The 95-year-old, made his way to the Tykky forest, inside the Arctic Circle, where ice and snow covers the red fir trees to form sentinel formations, in the latest episode of Green Planet.

Aspen chic: Vacation like Mariah Carey and Beyonce at The Little Nell

Aspen has long been the playground for the rich and famous, but even in a town awash with luxury hotels and exclusive chalets, there is one standout place to stay; The Little Nell.

Dubai's nerve-jangling 'Sky Views' attraction features a glass walkway and glass slide

Sky Views Dubai, by real estate developer Emaar, is set on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the iconic twin-towered Address Sky View hotel. Guests reach it via a dedicated elevator that zooms up the outside. When guests step out a reminder of the altitude - 219.5 metres - is emblazoned on a wall. The attraction offers incredible views of Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai and Sheikh Zayed Road.

Dozens of tiny little sand hoodoos - which are typically rock formations made from strong winds and erosion - popped up along Lake Michigan after a cold and windy January.

Sebastian Alexander from Hereford, Herefordshire, said his 'luxury' trip turned into a nightmare when he arrived at the resort that looked 'like a prison camp'.

The 2021 World Ski Awards names the best chalets, hotels and resorts - with Verbier

Verbier in Switzerland has been named the 'World's Best Ski Resort' for the first time, knocking France's Val Thorens off its perch. Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by ski industry professionals and by the public in a range of categories, including best resorts, hotels, chalets and tour operators. This year, more than 2.2million people cast their votes. It was a double victory for Verbier, with the five-star W Verbier ranked as the 'World's Best Ski Hotel' for the sixth consecutive year. Other major winners at this week's online awards ceremony included Switzerland's Chalet Zermatt Peak, which sits 'in the shadow of the majestic Matterhorn', and was named the 'World's Best Ski Chalet'; and Austria's 'exquisite' Aurelio Lech, which was awarded the 'World's Best Ski Boutique Hotel' gong. For the ninth year running, Deer Valley was named as America's best ski resort, while Thredbo won the gold medal for Australia's best ski resort. Read on for the full list of winners...

A £35,000-a-night riad and a coastal A-lister haven watched over by navy personnel: TV show goes behind the scenes of ultra-luxury hotels in Italy, Mexico and Morocco 

The second episode of The World's Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes through the keyhole of more staggeringly expensive rooms at some of the most exclusive hotels on the planet. And it takes us behind the scenes to reveal how staff keep the richest and most discerning guests in the world happy. The curtains open in Marrakesh, at Royal Mansour's Grand Riad, which costs £35,000 a night (top right and bottom right). Next, the cameras fly to Mexico, where they drop into Villa One at One & Only Palmilla. Finally, the camera crew travels to Fiuggi in central Italy, home to Palazzo Fiuggi (main), a 'luxurious state of the art medi-spa'...

Every week, our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don't have to. This week: Train trips across Europe.

Kavi, a two-tonne Asian bull, is seen plonking himself down onto Ashoka and shuffling about to create the perfect spooning position in their home at Sydney Zoo.

Dubai No1 destination in the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, with London top

The winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings specific to each award subcategory from travellers on Tripadvisor for accommodations, restaurants, and things to do in destinations worldwide over the 12 months between November 1, 2020, and October 31, 2021. After Dubai and London, the rest of the top five comprises Cancun, Mexico (third); Bali, Indonesia (fourth), and the Greek island of Crete (fifth). Here's the full list of winners...

State media said tigers and other animals can be easily alarmed when so close to the glass. Chinese-government owned media said it would need to evaluate whether the glass was soundproof.

The discovery off Tahiti's shores suggests there may be more unknown large reefs in our oceans, given only about 20 per cent of the entire seabed is mapped, according to UNESCO scientists.

Worth a shot! The Mexican train that offers unlimited tequila cocktails

Welcome aboard the amazing Jose Cuervo Express, which runs from and to the city of Guadalajara in Mexico. There are four classes onboard the train - express, premium plus, diamond and elite - and all are treated to an 'educational tequila tasting guided by a tequila expert'. Those in diamond and elite are handed champagne flutes containing ultra-premium Reserva de la Familia tequila.

Melbourne may not have a fancy opera house like the one in Sydney, but it is home to a buzzing arts scene, a brilliant cricket ground - and some of the best food in Australia. Here's our guide...

Inside the first new hotel on the Strip in over a decade: Dazzling footage of the mind-boggling 3,500-room Resorts World Las Vegas (and there's a peek inside its £11k-a-night Palace Suite)

Travel writer Jo Kessel (inset) filmed her stay at the 'mega' Vegas resort, which has oversized rooms, the world's largest LED globe, a 5,000-seat theatre (the biggest in town), seven swimming pools and a casino space the size of two football pitches. Her video has the inside scoop on the best places to dine (there are 40 restaurants) and drink, including Alle Lounge on 66, the hotel's top-floor rooftop bar that has a Strip view like no other...

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The Fosse Dionne riddle: The mystery of France's seemingly bottomless spring

The spring is set in the pretty pastel-coloured town of Tonnerre in Burgundy, through which the River Armancon flows - and spews out more than 300 litres of water per second. Between the years of 1974 and 1996 two brave divers lost their lives attempting to solve the mystery, getting into difficulties in the narrow passageways that lie beneath the surface.

Old railroad car is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Airbnb in Iowa

If you're looking for somewhere quirky to stay, we've got the inside track on an Airbnb that could be just the ticket. The CR Station Train Caboose Airbnb near the town of Decorah, Iowa, is a former caboose - a type of American railroad car used to carry train crew, commonly the conductor and the brakemen, at the end of a freight train. Inside, it's got accommodation for four people - with a double bed and a bunk bed - and a refrigerator, shower, and barware for mixing cocktails. Jim Dotzenrod and his daughter Danielle bought the caboose for $8,000 (£5,864). It took six months and $4,000 (£2,925) for the pair to transform it into the 'charming and cosy' rental it is today. Here's a glimpse inside...

Live on a cruise ship... without breaking the bank: Inside the 'affordable' new residential vessel offering apartments from £268,000

Renderings were recently unveiled for a stunning floating condo called Somnio, which will offer ultra-luxury apartments starting at £8.1million. But she's by no means the only option for a cruise-ship-style life at sea. The Utopia and The World residential ships have already attracted buyers. But they too are expensive, with residences costing from $4.4million (The Utopia) and from $2million (The World). However, there is good news for those with shallower pockets who want to live on a cruise ship. MV Narrative, a 'residential community at sea', has one to four-bedroom apartments and studios starting at just $366,667 (£268,170). The cost will soar, however, for those in the market for one of the two-storey penthouses, which are priced at up to $8million (£5.8million). These vast homes can stretch to 1,970 sq ft (183 sq m). Read on for more on the new ship, which is being built in Croatia and due to launch in 2024...

Caribbean holidays: A guide to Cuba, from the charms of Havana to the joys of Varadero

The pandemic has been tough on Cubans, but a feeling of normality is slowly returning. Cuba has had a remarkable couple of years after the government pulled off an astonishing feat by developing its own Covid vaccines, Soberana 02 and Abdala. More than 80 per cent of the population is fully dosed, making it the safest place in the Caribbean to visit. Two years without tourism has, however, collapsed the economy. Last summer, protests flared as shortages grew. Visitors bringing foreign currency are welcome as international travel starts up again. So here are our recommendations on how to make the most of a trip...

Jo Kessel checks in to The Edwardian Manchester for a Dayuse 'daycation'. Impressed by her spa treatment and the room service, she says: '"Daycationers" are definitely on to something.'

A marine biologist had a 'once in a lifetime encounter' when she captured pictures and footage of a rare blanket octopus swimming through the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Fantasy-film photo: The picture of a storm cloud in Arizona that looks like a giant DRAGON

This incredible image was taken by top photographer Michael Shainblum near Tucson, Arizona. He was lucky to capture the formation as it quickly disappeared. He told MailOnline Travel that he didn't realise that it looked like a dragon at first. He said: 'A few people pointed out that it looked like a dragon. And I was like, "Oh you're right, it looks like the dragon from The NeverEnding Story or Smaug [from The Hobbit, inset]."'

Nations globally should agree to a UN treaty so they're committed to legally binding targets to combat plastic pollution, a report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said.

On this eight-day river cruise, you'll be treated to a special private performance by the three stars in the majestic setting of Vienna's Palais Liechtenstein.

A four-star resort that offers five-star family fun on Antigua, the Caribbean island that

Self-proclaimed 'Antigua veteran' Dan Sanderson and his family spend seven nights at The Verandah Resort and Spa, which is nestled in the island's Long Bay. 'The resort caters for holidaymakers of all ages from honeymooners wanting a little romance to families seeking entertainment and activities,' he reveals. The 'incredible ocean views', free water sports and the weekly 'cook out' win him over - and he's particularly impressed by the on-tap Baileys cocktails. 'The Sandersons thoroughly enjoyed our stay,' Dan reveals.

The well-coiffured white lion was photographed by director and photographer Simon Needham, 55, at the Glen Garriff Lion Conservation in Harrismith, South Africa.

Winter sun holidays: Escaping to the lagoons and beaches of Rodrigues, Mauritius' tiny

Sarah Bridge travels to Rodrigues, a 42-square-mile island east of Mauritius surrounded by coral reefs. It is the place where Mauritians themselves come to relax, Sarah says. She checks in to the Domaine de la Paix guesthouse, the number-one-rated guesthouse on Tripadvisor for the whole of Rodrigues. By day, she takes a boat trip to a nearby island, Ile aux Chats, and by night, she dines at the lively beach town of Anse aux Anglais. Summing up the trip, Sarah says of Rodrigues: 'It is known for its tranquillity, its lack of development and its beautiful wildlife as well as the beaches, which rival anything Mauritius has to offer.'

Boutique hotels are all the rage - so much so that their one-of-a-kind style is increasingly being emulated by chain hotels that are ditching identikit corporate properties...

Belgian Kim De Klop says people often don't expect somebody who looks like her to be flying planes. She says: 'Often, "are you cabin crew?" is the first question people ask me.'

Want to slope off to France for a ski holiday? Take the TGV to Les Arcs and you're getting an amazing two-for-one deal - one of Europe's greatest train journeys and a world-class resort

Ted Thornhill took a TGV through glorious scenery from Paris to Bourg-St-Maurice and from there a funicular up to Les Arcs, part of the Paradiski ski area that boasts 425km (264 miles) of runs. Here Ted describes how the train hugs the shoreline of France's largest natural lake and glides through the spectacular Tarentaise Valley (inset), how the funicular ascends a track with a 39% gradient before reaching a resort with 'superbly varied terrain' and eye-catching modernist architecture (top right). His lodgings are at a handy self-catering Pierre & Vacances apartment. Read on for more on a truly memorable ski holiday adventure...

These images - mostly taken in Surrey - are the work of Richard Searle, who says: 'It takes persistence for woodlands to give up their secrets, but once they do, a real beauty is revealed.'

Each year since 1989, the Icehotel has been built and rebuilt using just snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjarvi, 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle next to the shores of the Torne River.

France holidays: A review of the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris located near the

Hotel Splendide Royal Paris occupies a 19th-century mansion house - and has just 12 suites. Ted Thornhill checked in and stayed in the Suite Elysee (main, middle right and bottom right), 'a haven of hushed elegance'. He claims that the room 'would get the royal seal of approval from King Louis XVI and any French monarch before him you care to mention'. Read on for more and to find out why he gives the hotel full marks...

Keeba Critchlow checks into country house hotel Cavens, located on the Solway Firth. She writes: 'Everything at Cavens is geared towards peace and relaxation.'

Tom Chesshyre travels to the French ski resort of Les Deux Alpes and finds that 'there are a few French Covid rules you have to know about' before a planning a ski holiday.

The most exciting secret places to eat, sleep and visit in the French Alps revealed 

'The French Alps are among the most beautiful places on earth.' So say the authors of incredible new book Wild Guide - French Alps (Wild Things Publishing). And they've got the stunning pictures to prove it. The tome has been written by Paul and Helen Webster, who have been visiting the French Alps for 20 years. It contains hundreds of photographs by Paul and reveals hidden mountain peaks, delightful hillside restaurants, fairytale villages, plunging waterfalls and pristine lakes. All there to be discovered and experienced. The authors also urge readers to 'step back into history to explore lost ruins, forts and caves and to wander where wolves still roam free'.

Route 66 - then and now: Fascinating book matches vintage photographs with modern shots that show remarkable preservation of the historic Chicago to LA road's time-capsule landmarks

Written by author, photographer and collector Joe Sonderman, Route 66 Then and Now compares vintage photographs of the US highway with modern pictures taken from the same angle. 'While some businesses have survived and thrived on the Mother Road, others are rusting ghost-town relics, but both are equally fascinating,' the publisher, Pavilion, reveals. Travelling back in time to the opening of the legendary highway in 1926, it charts the preservation - and deterioration - of the many famous stop-offs along the way. Here you'll find a selection of mesmerising old and new pictures from the book...

Tuscany holidays: The little-known coast of this sublime region is Italy at its

Mark Palmer stays at L'Andana hotel in Italy's Maremma region. Impressed, he describes the hotel as 'old-school Italy', set in an 'imposing house' that is surrounded by vineyards. His days are spent making the most of the Tuscan coastline, unwinding at Le Cannucce beach club and exploring the 'bustling little town' of Castiglione della Pescaia. He observes: 'A lot of people are hardly aware that Tuscany has a coastline, with, as it happens, glorious sandy beaches, rugged coves, dunes, marshlands and sleepy hilltop villages.'

The new Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Photographs show the stunning '1,000 Trees' building

It's architecture that has branched out to stunning effect. These photographs show the breathtaking '1,000 Trees' building, set along Suzhou Creek in Shanghai, China, that has been likened to the 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon' thanks to its facade of illuminated hanging and standing plants. The 15-acre retail complex recently opened to the public and, with 1,000 living, breathing trees in place, was able to live up to its name from the off. But the greenery doesn't stop there - eventually, it will also be smothered in 250,000 plants, approximately 125,000 of which have already been planted.

Jon Clarke explores Spain's Sierra Morena on a wilderness escape with George Scott Rides, which features horseback rides through 'open meadows' and nights spent 'sleeping under the stars'.

The town of Lopburi, around 90 miles north of the capital Bangkok, holds an annual festival to honour the primates. Now, the streets of the city are ravaged by thousands of the violent macaques.

A £180k-a-week villa and the £56k-a-night NYC penthouse where Meghan Markle had her babyshower: New TV show goes behind the scenes of the world's most exclusive places to stay

On-call Michelin-starred chefs, pop-up ice-skating rinks and elephants wandering past your infinity pool. New series The World's Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes through the keyhole of eye-wateringly expensive rooms - some of which have never been seen by the public before - at some of the most exclusive hotels on the planet. And it takes us behind the scenes to reveal how staff keep the richest and most discerning guests in the world happy. Read on for more on the eye-opening series. Episode one visits The Mark Hotel in New York (top right), Vila Vita Parc in the Algarve (main), and South Africa's Royal Malewane (bottom right).

The joys of pelting around the Highlands on an electric mountain bike

Carlton Reid and his wife, Jude (main), enjoyed a cycling adventure in Scotland's dramatic Cairngorms. Their bikes were equipped with Shimano's latest electric mountain bike assist system, EP8, which provides enormous torque boosts for climbing hills. They stayed at Bunchrew House (insets), a Scottish mansion house with links to the Jacobite Risings and a cedar tree in the grounds planted in the 1700s.

This is the breathtaking moment a juvenile giraffe runs after a truck full of safari enthusiasts in South Africa.The youngster did not behave aggressively.

Germany and South Korea hold onto joint second spot, while Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain share third place. The ranking has been produced by the Henley Passport Index.

Luxury holidays: The world's top 100 hotel suites in 2022 revealed

The ranking includes a £22,000-a-night suite in Paris that features an exact replica of a bed in Marie Antoinette's quarters, lodges set on an eroded volcanic crater in Rwanda (top right), a room in a Scottish hotel described as an 'opulent extravaganza' and a four-floor chalet in Colorado costing a cool £33,000 ($45,500) a night.

The Maldives vs the Caribbean: Which is the undisputed home of tropical perfection?

James Henderson, who has spent decades visiting the Caribbean, ventures to the Maldives to compare the archipelago's resorts, beaches and restaurants with that of his favourite tropical destination. He stays in two of five Sun Siyam Resorts - Iru Veli (main, top right, middle right and bottom right) and Iru Fushi (inset). His verdict? 'While I would never want to forgo the captivating charm of the Caribbean, I'm certainly longing to return to the Maldives, for utter relaxation and beguiling desert-island beauty.'

Spain's best new hotels for 2022 revealed, from Ibiza to the Costa del Sol and Barcelona

If you're in the market for a trip to Spain in 2022, forget checking into the Costa Crummy and try one of these stunning hotels instead. The line-up includes a sensational Six Senses retreat in Ibiza, a magnificent new Club Med in Marbella, luxurious lodgings in Barcelona and Madrid and a 13th-century finca in Mallorca with infinity pools and beehives for fresh honey. The sweet-life awaits...

Siobhan Grogan checks into The Painswick, which takes its name from the village it's in. She writes that the property 'feels more like a friend's (rather splendid) house than a 17-room hotel'.

Ultimate escapes: New coffee table book reveals amazing cabins, remote cottages and

Not every cabin in the wood is the stuff of horror films, as a beautiful new coffee table book reveals. How To Get Away: Cabins, Cottages, Dachas and the Design of Retreat, by Laura Todd and published by Lannoo, sheds light on the world's most spectacular 'escapes', from cabins in the woods to chic coastal cottages. The escapist spaces that feature in the book include an artistic property built into a mountain in Lebanon, a 1960s haven on New York's Fire Island, and an off-the-grid retreat just outside Marrakech, Morocco. Todd interviews the owners and designers behind each property, guiding readers on a tour through these unique homes. Here's a peek inside some of the breathtaking homes that are illustrated in the compendium...

The tiny cubs, one male and one female, were six weeks old when they were found by sugarcane farmers in Nirgude Village, Maharastra, India on January 2.

It is illegal to hunt wolves inside the boarders of Yellowstone National Park, but those that venture outside into bordering states, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, are fair game for hunters.

Caribbean holidays: Discover the British Virgin Islands' resorts, pristine beaches and

The British Virgin Islands are a tranquil alternative to tourist-heavy Antigua, an hour's flight away. Regular visitors will see big changes across the islands since the hurricanes struck - even though they appear just as green as before, carpeted in cactus-studded rainforest and exotic flowers, the beaches seem to sparkle more than ever. Here we round up the best new and refurbished hotels on the British Virgin Islands, from eco-wellness retreat The Aerial (main, top right and bottom right) to Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda to the tiny yachting hot-spot island resort Saba Rock (inset)...

Chefs at Westerns Laundry, in Highbury, which has received rave reviews for its up-market dishes, startled Instagram users on Thursday when they revealed the £18 creation.

People from around the world have shared the best examples of comical goings on in the workplace - with the very best collated in a gallery by Bored Panda .

Inside the stunning New York hotel that celebrities find irresistible: The Mail checks into The Mark (but sadly not the $75k-a-night penthouse where Meghan Markle had her babyshower) 

MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill is mightily impressed with the ultra-powerful shower in his room at The Mark, an A-lister magnet housed in a 1927 building at the corner of Madison Avenue and 77th Street. He also approves of the vividly eye-catching decor by legendary French designer Jacques Grange and the seductively opulent restaurant where he dines on a 'rip-roaring' cheeseburger and a salted caramel sundae, with popcorn.

Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don't have to. This week: Summer bargains.

Iceland holidays: Stepping into Sky Lagoon, a blockbuster new geothermal infinity pool in

Sky Lagoon is a new geothermal pool set in a rocky headland on the edge of Reykjavik. Neil Simpson visits and is blown away by the Atlantic views, the swim-up bar and the top-notch spa. 'Feeling wonderfully alone, I float effortlessly past jet-black volcanic rocks as snow begins to fall,' he says, adding: 'The wow-factor beats anything I felt at the bigger, land-locked Blue Lagoon.' Read on for more on the 'enchanting' new pool...

Bargain holidays: A week in Malta for £98 is one of the sensational deals in our must-read

We have waited a long time for this moment. And now the new rules on travel have kicked in, there has been a surge in bookings, with Jet2 reporting a 150 per cent increase and Skyscanner, the airline comparison website, an immediate 81 per cent rise in online enquires. And with fares to Spain as low as £9 this month, £15 in April and £31 in June, according to Skyscanner, this could turn out to be a bumper year for bagging a travel bargain. Here's our guide to some of the best holidays available, from Turkey to Sicily - plus the latest entry requirements in Europe...

The bold structure, under construction in Denver's River North Art District, was dreamt up by Chinese design firm Mad Architects, which describes the crack as a 'landscaped rift'.

Staycation travel: New British hotels opening their doors in 2022, from London to

Staycationers, prepare to rub your hands with glee, because a host of eye-catching new hotels and guesthouses are throwing open their doors up and down the British Isles this year. Here's our guide to the best of the new openings, which includes a countryside hotel overlooking Windsor Great Park (inset), an 18-room boutique hotel on Chester's historic Rows (top right and bottom right), and a cluster of cabins set in a Norfolk apple orchard (main).

Monty Don starts in Venice and travels down the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic, through Greece and ending in Hydra in three hour-long programmes airing on the BBC.

During this memorable dance-themed river cruise you'll visit fascinating and picturesque cities and towns in Normandy and end the trip with two nights in Paris.

Pictured: Fifteen Fifteen, the amazing new tower in Vancouver that looks like a game of

Prospective homeowners with a head for heights will love this new development in Vancouver - because it has rooms that cantilever out over the street. Pictures reveal how these floating rooms make the stunning new residential tower resemble a game of Jenga. Being inside one will 'create the sensation of floating high above the city, the ocean, and the mountains', say the architects. The 42-storey tower is called 'Fifteen Fifteen' and it's set to be built in the Coal Harbour neighbourhood of the Canadian city - and it's due to open in 2026.

Kate Johnson uses the Parklane Resort and Spa as her base from which to explore Limassol's beaches, 'irresistible' shops and cafes, and to sample local delicacies.

Pictured: The amazing Qatar World Cup 2022 stadium built from hundreds of reused SHIPPING

Located near Doha Port, the innovative 40,000 seat venue, called Stadium 974, consists of a modular steel frame and 974 shipping containers - hence the name. Many of the containers are used to form the exterior walls around the stadium. Others are located inside the structure and filled with the likes of toilets and concession stands. The whole structure has been built in such a way that it can be deconstructed at any time and either rebuilt in another location or refashioned into a series of smaller venues.

The amazing winners of the inaugural New York Photography Awards

These images show the unadulterated beauty of the Big Apple and beyond. They are all winning and runner-up photographs from the inaugural New York Photography Awards which, despite the name, is actually open to any photographer over 18 'out to define themselves through their eye-catching photos... who have a story to tell'. There is, of course, a 'New York Photography' category, but entrants could also submit photographs to categories that included 'Architecture', 'Black & White', 'Commercial', 'Nature' and 'People'. The judges chose from over 3,000 photographs submitted from more than 50 countries, selecting winners based on 'the creative messages and nuances behind each photograph'. A shot of a thunderous New Zealand waterfall and a picture of a castle emerging from the fog in Tuscany impressed the judges and in the 'New York' category a spectacular bird's-eye view of Manhattan and a mesmerising shot of a lightning bolt hitting One World Trade snared runner-up gongs. Here you'll find MailOnline Travel's pick of the winners and runners-up…

Aviation photographer Christopher McGreevy captured the breathtaking flight of a Dassault Falcon 8X private jet through the small valley that crosses San Diego County.

The images for the video were taken by professional photographer Michael Shainblum, from San Francisco, during multiple visits to New York between 2016 and 2019.

It's due to start operating on Christmas Day under Asa Seaside Railways, and will link the Tokushima and Kochi prefectures in Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan.

The list was compiled by Time Out's global network of 'over 100 expert editors and independent local writers', and is made up of 'simply unmissable' experiences and openings on the horizon.

The 55-ton boulder was originally part of a bluff 500ft above the Fountain City house, but became dislodged on April 24, 1995. Amazingly, the owners escaped unscathed...

UK hotels: A review of Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, a West Sussex restaurant with rooms

Visitors to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens near Horsham can now spend the night in one of ten 'sumptuous' bedrooms. Annabelle Thorpe checks in and finds that the beds are as soft as 'marshmallow'. However, she says that 'the restaurant is arguably the biggest draw.' After dining at the Michelin-starred Interlude, run by renowned South African chef Jean Delport, she admits: 'It was an extraordinary meal, and it felt delightfully smug to slip upstairs while other guests waited for taxis.'

Carol and Chuck Bauer, from Minnesota, lined up for a duel in the freezing cold on New Year's Day. The contents of their water pistols froze as they came out, producing spectacular jets of ice.

Pictured: The 85mph 'Ferrari-of-the-seas' hyperyacht with a garage for the owner's

Behold the 88ft Gran Turismo Mediterranea by Rome-based Lazzarini Design Studio. It also features gull-wing side openings and foil wings that deploy at speeds of over 23mph. The garage is located at the back of the yacht, and is formed by a platform that can also be used as a sundeck. Various 'automotive design' references influenced the appearance and the function of the yacht. Read on for more...

A drawing of a fox is seen on the frozen Pitkajarvi lake north of Helsinki, Finland, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. An architect-designer in southern Finland has returned to a frozen lake with a snow shovel to draw a large animal on the ice for the sixth year in a row to create a short-lived artwork that he hopes will "make people happy and encourage them to go out to hike in a beautiful nature." The size of the figure on the ice is about 90 meters (295.3 feet) from edge to edge.  (Pasi Widgren via AP)

This is the sixth year in a row that architect-designer Pasi Widgren has created artwork on Lake Pitkajarvi, north of Helsinki. In previous years, he used a shovel to sketch a bear and an owl.

Italy holidays: Why you'll feel like you're dreaming at Ca' di Dio - a classy new Venice

James Murphy checks in to the 'remarkable' new Ca' di Dio hotel in Venice - 'lodgings that are conducive for dreaming'. He's impressed by the stylish decor, the quintessentially Venetian view from his corner suite, and the attentive staff. James reveals: 'Remarkably, they have created a haven that draws together so many of the signature elements of this vibrant city but also sets you apart from the busy tourist bustle so synonymous with Venice.'

The photos, originally posted on the Ridiculous Real Estate Reddit thread and collated by Bored Panda, feature some design choices that are just too weird to even comprehend.

Shocking footage shows the owner struggling to hold onto the wild cat underneath its front legs as it furiously moves its claws through the air in the Sabahiya area, south of Kuwait city.

Jaw-dropping 27ft-high tower at Dubai hotel made from 54,740 Champagne coupes claims Guinness World Record for the world's largest drinking glass pyramid 

Atlantis, The Palm and Moet & Chandon are toasting being awarded the Guinness World Record for the world's largest drinking glass pyramid. A grand total of 54,740 Champagne coupes were stacked atop one another by a steady-handed team of six from the Dutch company Luuk Broos Events to form a 27ft- (8.23m) high pyramid in the Dubai hotel. Moet & Chandon Champagne was then poured over the glittering tower, filling the glasses. The feat beat Luuk Broos Events' own record of 50,116 glasses, set in Madrid in 2017.

Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don't have to. This week: Walking holidays for first-timers.

Titled 'Project H1', the 504,000 sq m development will be based near the mountains in South Korea's capital, Seoul, and will be completely car-free. Here's a closer look at the 'smart city'...

Atlas of Dark Destinations maps out over 300 of the world's 'dark tourism' sites

If you want your next break to be something more meaningful than merely getting away from it all, new book Atlas of Dark Destinations is a good way of mapping out an itinerary. Author Dr Peter Hohenhaus explains in the introduction that dark tourism is a way of engaging mindfully with the real world when travelling. 'Not all travellers simply want escapism,' writes Hohenhaus, who points out that dark tourism is a way of learning about history and broadening horizons - 'and for the most part is perfectly legitimate'. The author, who has been studying dark tourism since 2007 and has been to some 900 dark destinations around the world, explains: 'Just think about it: if you've ever visited a memorial museum or stood by the grave of a famous person then you, too, have engaged in dark tourism. It might be said that almost everybody is a dark tourist to some degree, at least occasionally.' Over 300 places feature in the tome, located in 90 different countries, including prisons, concentration camps, nuclear test sites, volcanoes, and ghost towns. Read on for more on some of the fascinating, moving and often chilling sites revealed in the book...

Inside the 'Time Travel Mart' in Los Angeles where you can buy dinosaur eggs and mammoth

Getting the essentials in when you're a time traveller is a hassle, but The Echo Park Time Travel Mart in LA - which has been running since 2008 and is billed as a 'convenience store for time travellers' - has all the basics covered. The slogan stamped across the entrance? 'Whenever you are, we're already then.'

The Holiday Guru is always on hand to answer your questions. And with the pandemic causing mass confusion among travellers, the Guru's advice has never been more sought-after.

Margaret Hussey does a meditation session in a forest and hits the sauna in the Finnish Lakeland region - and finds that 'nature governs everything' in the area.

Stunning scenery is guaranteed in the Nordic countries, but throw in exploring ice caves and aurora borealis hunting and you've suddenly got the adventure holiday of a lifetime on your hands.

2022 holidays: The best places to go this year for globetrotters of every kind, from Egypt

Another frustrating year for travel has drawn to a close - but what lies ahead? We think there are good reasons to be optimistic about getting away in 2022. The USA is open; flights to Europe are ridiculously cheap and there are plenty of holidays on sale to exotic destinations such as Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Mexico. This year will also bring a feast of fresh adventures, new destinations and landmark anniversaries to entice us back on the road. Here's our pick of the best places to go this year, from Egypt to Montenegro...

Herefordshire is one of England's best-looking counties. And it produces some of this country's most delicious fayre, from succulent beef and juicy blackcurrants to amazing beer, gin and cider.

A microadventure... in maximum style: Inside GWR's Pullman service - England's last dining car - then wild camping on magical and misty Dartmoor

Carlton Reid and his son, Josh (pictured), took folding bikes on GWR's Pullman service from London Paddington to Newton Abbot. They cycled to Dartmoor in the dark after disembarking using a handlebar-mounted navigation device, having first dined handsomely on pan-fried cod, butternut squash and coconut curry, and Kingston black pear tart.

The Inspector checks in to The Loch & The Tyne and is won over by his 'huge bed' and the adjoining restaurant, where he dines on the chef's 'sensational' signature chicken butter.

The world of travel is once again opening up. Where have you been fantasising about visiting in 2022? We asked some travel-loving celebrities what's in store for them this year…

Britain's star attractions: Astronomer captures dazzling cosmic shows in the skies above

Dan Monk, the Director of Astrophotography at Northumberland's Kielder Observatory, photographs the stunning skies over the likes of Northumberland, the Lake District and Wales. One photograph captures the majesty of the Milky Way, which he explains is 'roughly 100,000 light-years across', while another illustrates the Andromeda Galaxy - a 'collection of half a trillion stars' - and a third shows the Comet Neowise passing the earth at 144,000mph. Here you'll find some awe-inspiring examples of Dan's work...

Greece holidays: Inside a stunning brand-new Hilton hotel, The Royal Senses Resort & Spa

Sarah Holt checks into The Royal Senses Resort & Spa Curio Collection by Hilton. The hotel is set in a sheep-strewn swathe of countryside in the centre of Crete's north coast and Sarah discovers that its designers have gone to 'extra lengths to impress'. The pools are particularly praiseworthy. She writes: 'The sea-view pool area is something to write home about. Its two infinity pools are landing-strip long and surrounded by a dizzying selection of Bali beds and loungers with crash-mat-thick mattresses.' Read on for more, including her verdict on the spa, the food and the service.

Pictured: The stunning £252million superyacht designed to look like a 'superluxury

What happens when you cross a superyacht and a skyscraper? You get the 'Malena'. The striking £252million superyacht measures 360ft (110m) in length, 85ft (26m) from the waterline to the top of the mast, and features tiers of balconies that look 'much like those found on luxury residential apartments'. Josh Rodriguez, who owns Rodriguez Design, the Dubai-based firm behind the concept, says: 'With the side balcony system, we wanted to create the feeling of being on a superluxury skyscraper. Wherever the yacht is docked or moored, the city will have a new addition to its skyline.'

You'll visit three of Europe's great capitals, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, and watch Anton and Erin perform at an intimate and historic venue in Vienna.

Italian researchers found 114 marine animal species coexisting on remains of a warship that sunk during a fight between the Romans and Carthaginians that occurred on March 10, 241 BC.

Merdeka 118, the world's second-tallest building, is now complete, reaching a height of

The new Merdeka 118 skyscraper, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is set to open by the end of next year. The 118-storey tower has knocked the 2,073ft- (632m) high Shanghai Tower in China off its perch as the world's second-tallest tower. Dubai's Burj Khalifa, however, still takes the lead at a whopping 2,717ft (828m) in height. The exterior of Merdeka 118, which was designed by the Australian firm Fender Katsalidis Architects, is made up of triangular glass panels. Its upper floors will feature an observation deck - set to be the tallest in Southeast Asia - called 'The View at 118', and further down, 17 storeys will encompass a Park Hyatt Hotel. Here's a closer look at the spectacular new megatall tower…

Lopburi in Thailand has been laying on an annual feast of fruit for its population of macaques since the late 1980s, part religious tradition and part tourist attraction.

With Hotel Jardin Tecina as their base, Jane Knight and her son explore all that La Gomera has to offer. She observes: 'Just a 50-minute ferry ride from Tenerife, little La Gomera feels a world away.'

Florida-based Marine engineering firm Triton Submarines said it 'threw out the rule book' when it came to designing its new first-of-their-kind Triton 660/9 and 660/7 AVA submarines.

Produced by Boat International magazine , which describes itself as the 'global superyacht and luxury lifestyle authority', the list ranks 101 vessels by overall length.

New York hotel review: Inside Ace Hotel Brooklyn

MailOnline Travel's Samantha Lewis finds that the lobby of Ace Hotel Brooklyn, in Boerum Hill on the edge of Downtown Brooklyn, 'is fizzing with energy' when she arrives, with 'people finishing off Zoom calls, groups of friends chatting over cocktails and cool couples on Hinge dates'. She continues: 'The Ace brand has a reputation for turning buildings into social hubs for travellers and the local community. Clearly, it's already working its magic here.' Read on to find out why the rest of the hotel also impresses her... prompting a four-star rating.


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