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😊🤠😷 The Daily Mail's Harriet Sime (inset) boards Celestyal's MS Olympia (pictured) for a three-night cruise around the Greek islands and the Turkish Riviera. 'It's quite possibly the world's cheapest cruise,' she says. While she finds that the ship's decor could do with a refresh, she's impressed by the impeccable service, delicious food and brilliant entertainment, as well as the day trips - her favourite is to the 'sleepy' island of Patmos (bottom left). 'As the cost of living crisis escalates, bargains such as this might not be around for ever,' Harriet says.


😊🤠😷 The ultimate inspiration for your next beach holiday has arrived. An annual ranking of the 50 best beaches in the world reveals 2022's top strips of sand - and they are truly drool-worthy. The top spot goes to Playa Conchal in Costa Rica, a tiny beach covered in crushed seashells that's described as 'paradise'. Turquoise Bay in Australia - offering a 'truly blissful beach experience' - comes second, while 'pristine' Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is third. Also making the top five are Florida's Siesta Beach (fourth) and Punta Mosquito in Mexico (fifth). The top-ranking British Isles beach is Cornwall's Pedn Vounder. Its 'crystal-clear blue water and white sand' propels it into eighth place, with Keem Bay in Ireland coming 19th.

😊🤠😷 You've got your bucket list, now it's time for the shopping list. These are the essential items for a sensational break, ranging from clever gadgets to chic beachwear.

😊🤠😷 Our list of enchanting gems includes an ancient Wiltshire inn that appeared in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (main), a Cambridgeshire pub with an 11th-century gravestone in the floor of its restaurant and a boozer in Wales that you 'fall off the world' to reach. The list has been curated by accommodation website Stay in a Pub, which lists around 1,500 inns with rooms. Many of them are steeped in legend, but none more so than these historic boozers. Pictured top right is a room at The Bell in Ticehurst, which has a history that dates back to the 13th century, and bottom right is a four-poster room at The Guy Fawkes Inn in York, which dates back to the Georgian period.

😊🤠😷 Alice Smellie gives Somerset's The Holcombe a glowing review. She stays in one of the dog-friendly lodges, which features freshly made cookies and a wood-burning stove.

😊🤠😷 Oxford University's Professor Hans Bauer has been studying Africa's lions for 25 years. In that time their numbers have dropped 43%. Here he argues why trophy hunting is failing to help.

😊🤠😷 When nature-loving Kyle Kana'iaupuni Robertson first got his cat Pōhaku a year ago he would take him around parks in Sheffield on a lead like a dog. Then he took his furry son on camping trips.

😊🤠😷 The vessel is the work of the design group State of Craft, based in London and Ottawa, Canada. It's 'inspired by the elegance and performance of the mako [inset]', it says. How fast can it go? Mako speeds and more - between 40 knots (46mph) and 50 knots (58mph). Within the striking overall design, one eye-catching feature is a helipad platform on the foredeck, which can be lowered into the deck below as an aircraft storage space. The foredeck is also home to a swimming pool that offers 'dramatic views extending through the entire yacht'.

😊🤠😷 Third place in the ranking goes to a visit to Birmingham's Balti Triangle, the culinary birthplace of the 'Balti' curry, followed by a canal boat staycation in fourth.

😊🤠😷 Mark Jones, who has been holidaying in Norway for 25 years, visits the city of Stavanger (bottom right) for the first time and finds that it's a 'sweet, calm, clean, cobbled Norwegian town'. He explores the 'brilliant' Petroleum Museum there (inset) and the local beach, which has one and a half miles of clean, pale sand. Further down the coast at Borestranda beach (top right) he stays at Boretunet 'Tiny Houses' - a hostel and surf school made out of old wooden shipping containers. 'It looks a lot slicker than it sounds, although the interiors take their design inspiration from the average teenager's bedroom,' he observes. Read on for more on his trip to the west coast of Norway...

😊🤠😷 Edward Chisholm, left by his French girlfriend was alone and penniless in Paris. The English writer took a job as a waiter and lived hand to mouth subsisting on cigars


😊🤠😷 Recognised by its decadent interiors, this eight-bedroom, 1929 Grade II listed home in Amersham, called High and Over House, has also been host to New Tricks and Mr Selfridge.

😊🤠😷 The outrageous car - most of which is a 2005 Phantom - was built by Danton Arts Kustoms, run by Frenchman Alexandre Danton. He spent three months on the build, which involved extending the Phantom using the shell and rear axle of a 2005 BMW seven series, the latter accommodating the extra wheels. On the outside, other extras include a roof rack with a yellow light bar and extra side steps. The seats have been re-leathered and Danton has added 90s-style aircraft entertainment screens for passengers in the back to enjoy.

😊🤠😷 Hotel Amano is housed in a 1980s office building near Covent Garden. The Inspector stays in a 'Goldy' room and finds that the hotel has a 'distinctly international vibe'.

😊🤠😷 Angela Epstein goes on a 'cinematic journey' through Formby beach forest on the West Lancashire Coastal Plain. 'It's hard to beat the magic of Formby,' she admits.

😊🤠😷 Trident, designed by a California-based designer, has two huge freestanding masts that can tilt 70 degrees forward and rotate 360 degrees. The six-deck vessel is home to two helipads, two swimming pools, and a large piano bar and saloon. As for accommodation, there's an owner's suite, VIP suites, 10 guest cabins and room for up to 20 crew. Here's a closer look at the incredible vessel...

😊🤠😷 Mark Porter goes on a cycling holiday in Jutland, snaking through the 'architecturally magnificent' port of Vejle before heading south to Sonderborg.

😊🤠😷 Tim Briggs lost his Apple AirPods on a flight from Austin, Texas, to London Heathrow, three weeks ago. Now is tracking the daily trips to and from work of the person who took the wireless headphones.

😊🤠😷 Annabelle Thorpe stays in an elegant stone villa on the tranquil north-east coast of Zakynthos, 'a world away from the resorts that fringe the southern half of the island and give it something of a party reputation'. Highlights of her trip include a visit to Navagio Beach (main), where the water is 'deep cerulean, vivid teal, a sparkling electric blue'; dining at waterfront terraces, and exploring the town of Volimes, where shops sell bottles of locally produced olive oil and jars of honey. 'This is the Greece we've been dreaming of for the past two years,' Annabelle concludes. 'Lazy afternoons beneath azure skies, crystalline seas and simple dinners of zingy tzatziki, succulent grilled prawns and nutty baklava. It's wonderful to be back.'

😊🤠😷 Incredible footage shows the Norwegian Sun, a 2,000-passenger Norwegian Cruise Line ship, smack into the 'growler' near the Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay.

😊🤠😷 This video shows the mortifying moment Ross Bamber, 26, from Norfolk, dropped an expensive engagement ring in a lake while trying to propose to his girlfriend Geri Ashforth, 23.

😊🤠😷 Tourist Jerone Tan checked into the five-star-rated Tower Suites hotel in London, located mere yards from the Tower of London, expecting a 'floor-to-ceiling outlook' in his room, as depicted in one of the photographs displayed when he booked it. The promo photograph showed the Tower of London beyond the windows, fresh flowers on the coffee table and desk, and patterned cushions. Mr Tan posted a photograph of the actual room to Twitter alongside a promo image, with his reality-check picture showing how an outside wall extends halfway up the windows and a total lack of Tower of London. The flowers, meanwhile, are conspicuous by their absence.

😊🤠😷 Cormac Connelly-Smith jetted over to Austin on Virgin Atlantic's new Dreamliner service, and declares that 'at times it doesn't feel like Texas at all'...

😊🤠😷 Avoid the popular Dover-to-Calais route and experience lesser-known sailings that can take you across to France from quieter ports along the south coast.

😊🤠😷 What are the first things that come to mind when you think of train travel? There's a good chance they won't be king-size beds, spas, butler service, midnight lobster brunches and soaks in roll-top baths. But they will be if you step aboard the world's most incredible sleeper trains. Here we present 19 of them, including the ultra-luxurious Royal Scotsman (top right), which has berths costing up to £12,500, Australia's remarkable Spirit of Queensland (top left), which has airline-style lie-flat seats, and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (bottom left), on which you can enjoy those aforementioned lobster brunches...

😊🤠😷 British free climber Adam Lockwood, 21, recorded the moment he dangled from Dubai's tallest crane, more than 1000ft in the air, by just his hand (pictured).

😊🤠😷 The pregnant Hermann's tortoise was found hiding under the floor of an ancient workshop that was destroyed during an earthquake in 62 AD. The animal's egg was fossilized inside it.

😊🤠😷 Lucy Lovell checks into Glebe House for a taste of East Devon's food renaissance and finds a 'fresh take on a British B&B'. The guest house - which is inspired by the Italian agriturismo model - is known for making everything from scratch for its 30-seater restaurant (the pigs outside aren't kept as pets). Inside, Lucy finds 'perfect' porridge sourdough, seriously good porchetta, and modern decor featuring 'feisty, fun' artwork that has won the hotel a huge following on Instagram.

😊🤠😷 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: the country's most tempting food festivals.

😊🤠😷 TOM PARKER BOWLES: It's just past 10pm on the softest of Welsh summer nights and the whole room shakes to a throbbing bass beat. There's a disco light, cutting through the Stygian gloom...

😊🤠😷 Ailbhe MacMahon checks in to the Tui Blue Sensatori Biomar in Sa Coma, a resort town that was created in the 1980s. The hotel is part of the brand's 'five-star' Tui Blue Sensatori offering, a series of hotels 'designed for indulgent experiences'. Her 'airy and elegant' room (inset and top right) in the adults-only area features a private terrace and a swim-up pool, and is furnished in natural materials. She's impressed by the pools (main) and the all-inclusive buffet offering, but finds that some of the a la carte restaurants are hit and miss. 'The hotel offers everything that travellers love about all-inclusive holidays, but with a twist,' she says. Pictured bottom right is Porte de Soller, which guests at the resort can visit as part of a full-day island tour.

😊🤠😷 'It's hard to understand why New York sees its summer as the low season,' writes Sarah Turner, who jetted over on Aer Lingus's new direct flight from Manchester to JFK.

😊🤠😷 On this superb four-day tour you'll visit bloomin' lovely spots including Highgrove House and Hidcote Manor, where you'll meet The One Show's gardening expert, Christine Walkden.

😊🤠😷 MailOnline Travel's Siobhan Grogan spends a night in the suite, which is spread over 3,498 square feet (325 sq m) on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill hotel. Emphasising its size, she says: 'I could barely even hear my two children when we were in separate rooms.' The suite has four bedrooms, a grand piano, a dining room and a study and is elegantly decorated in calming shades of grey and taupe with mahogany furniture throughout. 'If this is how the other half lives, I could definitely get used to it,' Siobhan remarks.

😊🤠😷 Each of the 14 rooms at the historic Swan Hotel in Arundel is named after a Sussex river or South Downs landmark, and they range in size from snug to indulgent. James Litston checks in...

😊🤠😷 'It's tennis... but not as we know it,' says Tom Chesshyre, who gave padel tennis a try at Hurawalhi Island Resort in Lhaviyani Atoll, and found that it's 'easy to pick up'.

😊🤠😷 Wild Guide Balearic Islands reveals stunning spots in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, showing a side of the islands that's 'at odds with their touristy reputation'.

😊🤠😷 Jane Knight is very taken by The Double Red Duke, in Oxfordshire. She writes: 'The car park is overflowing when we arrive and walk into a world we don't want to leave.'

😊🤠😷 Abandoned Islands by Claudia Martin is a lavishly illustrated compendium of 'some of the world's eeriest places... a brilliant pictorial exploration of lost worlds'. The book is packed with photographs of 180 abandoned places, taking the reader on a spellbinding tour of deserted outcrops scattered across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. Readers will behold a medieval Scottish castle that appeared in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, an island off the coast of Florida that's home to 'the largest brick structure in the Americas', and an island in Brazil that's too dangerous to visit because it's home to a huge population of poisonous vipers.

😊🤠😷 Thomas W Hodgkinson rented a converted van for a family break. 'There had been a feeling of romance in the freedom of the road,' he says of his trip, which took in Arundel Castle and Climping Beach.

😊🤠😷 Every week Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don't have to. This week: why you should visit Sweden's capital.

😊🤠😷 The 75km-long (46-mile) road is in Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang Province. Its original purpose was to provide passage through the Kunlun Mountains for local farmers and herdsmen. Since it opened in July 2019, they've been sharing it with YouTubers, Instagrammers and drone operators, eager to document its almost unreal aesthetics.

😊🤠😷 Two Dubai restaurants were given two-star ratings, another nine gained one star and 14 received the Bib Gourmand for value-for-money gourmet fare.

😊🤠😷 Lizzie Enfield ventured on a four-day 'singing holiday' in Venice, forming a 40-strong choir with other holidaymakers and performing in the San Trovaso church on the last night.

😊🤠😷 'If you like a bit of culture with your coastline, Minorca is the place to come,' says Jane Knight, who stays in a villa in the centre of the island, and travels everywhere from Minorca's former capital, Ciutadella, to the village of Fornells. Highlights of her trip include a visit to Hauser & Wirth's latest art gallery on Isla del Rey and dinner at the pretty garden restaurant of the Relais & Chateaux hotel Faustino Gran in Ciutadella, where she enjoys the fish of the day. Describing the island, she says: 'This small island, just 35 miles long and ten miles wide, turns out to be one huge open-air museum fringed by more sandy beaches than the rest of the Balearics put together.'

😊🤠😷 Lesley Bellew sails through France on Uniworld's SS Bon Voyage - which she describes as a 'floating chateau'. Her group manage to knock back 800 bottles of wine...

😊🤠😷 With Parga Beach Resort as her base, Annabel Venning explores all that this Greek gem has to offer. The town is seldom overcrowded and locals navigate the narrow streets by moped, she finds. However, according to Annabel, 'the safe, sandy beaches are the star attractions'. She recommends visiting nearby Valtos beach, which is considered the best beach in western Greece. One day, she charters a boat and goes cruising around Paxos and Antipaxos, stopping for lunch in the port of Gaios. Read on for more on her time in the picturesque Greek town...

😊🤠😷 Holidaymakers waiting to board an easyJet plane to Manchester tried to break out of the stuffy unventilated room through a fire exit before discovering their flight had been cancelled.

😊🤠😷 An Airbnb that sits on the edge of a cliff has become available for $103 a night on the coastline of Chile. Built in 2018, the cabin includes large windows that offer breathtaking views if the ocean.

😊🤠😷 The Vineyards of Britain, published by Fairlight Books, is a labour of love by wine expert and photographer Ed Dallimore. He writes: 'At the start of April 2021, I hit the road to discover as many of the most interesting producers of wine in Britain as I could. This is their story - the story of the wines they make, the places they grow the grapes and the reasons behind it all. I hope I make a good travelling partner, and that at least a few of the tales inspire you to taste the wines for yourself. It's so very much worth it.' Pictured: Fenny Castle Vineyard, Somerset (top left); Charlie Herring vineyard, Hampshire (top right); Squerryes, Westerham, Kent (bottom right); Sandridge Barton Estate - the home of Sharpham Wine, Stoke Gabriel, South Devon (bottom left); and Camel Valley, Bodmin, Cornwall (inset).

😊🤠😷 British couple Richard Brailey, 71, and wife Patricia, 66, had their dream holiday in Canada ended in a 'nightmare' when they were ordered off their plane by armed police with no explanation.

😊🤠😷 The Inspector calls at The Tawny, an 'ambitious' hotel near Stoke-on-Trent. 'Young children hopefully will see it as some sort of adventure in nature,' he observes.

😊🤠😷 Councillors have voted to ask officials to draw up proposals which will ban new-build second homes and holiday lets in some areas of East Sussex.

😊🤠😷 The wild moment was captured on camera at the Goat Island lodge in the Northern Territory with Kai Hansen refusing to back down from the charging 2.5m reptile.

😊🤠😷 The images were taken by Toronto-based Andrew Budziak. They take viewers on a journey through some of Canada's most sublime spots. And up close with its wildlife.

😊🤠😷 Thomas W. Hodgkinson stays at Riu Helios Paradise, which is £40 a night all-inclusive - including alcohol. He ventures to 'Funny Pub' - 'where all the action is'...


😊🤠😷 Carlton Reid checked into The Green Marmot capsule hotel, which lies a few steps away from Zurich's glorious Grossmunster church. The hotel has won awards for its cosy cubby holes, he reveals. Made from light birchwood, each capsule contains a fold-out wooden table, a circular mirror and a plug point. 'It's not for the claustrophobic or the shy - your privacy is protected merely with an itsy-bitsy curtain, open at the top,' he notes. Read on for more on the hotel...

😊🤠😷 New York is expensive. But with planning and know-how, it is possible to eat, drink, explore and sleep in this wonderfully buzzy city without burning a big hole in your wallet.

😊🤠😷 British racing driver Jenson Button checks in to our travel Q&A. He also discusses his most recent getaway - an 'epic' break in Napa - and his biggest packing disaster.

😊🤠😷 There are pools. And then there are rooftop pools. Whether lingering at the water's edge with a cocktail or enjoying a few easy laps before dinner, there are few greater pleasures than taking in sweeping views from a sun-baked pool without the clamour of street level. Here's our pick of rooftop pools that are making a splash around the world. The list includes a record-breaking infinity pool in Dubai (main), the rooftop pool at ME Barcelona (bottom right), the pool on the 30th floor of the Bangkok hotel 137 pillars (inset), and the pool at The Silo Hotel in Cape Town (top right).

😊🤠😷 The Woolly Mammoth bones were discovered in a cave underneath Pembroke Castle in South Wales by a team of archeologists showing evidence of prehistoric life in the area.

😊🤠😷 Holidaymakers have been warned to brace themselves for a summer of flight cancellations and delays as airlines face a staffing crisis.

New Channel 5 show goes behind the scenes on Virgin Voyages cruises - and it's not always plain sailing... 

😊🤠😷 Channel 5's new reality show The Cruise offers an 'unfiltered, energetic glimpse' into the lives of Virgin Voyages' crew and passengers, with the first episode diving inside the £500million Scarlet Lady as she sets sail from Miami on a five-night Caribbean cruise. The episode gets off to a shaky start when it's revealed that a departing passenger has 'managed to trash' one of the 78 luxury 'Rockstar' suites on board, cracking the marble tiles in the designer bathroom. Read on for more on the new series...

😊🤠😷 For most homeowners, trimming the hedge shouldn't take more than a couple of hours. But Richard Bushby spends an entire week cutting the full-size maze behind his three-bed semi

😊🤠😷 ALEXANDRA SHULMAN: Whoever would have thought that a picture of a 59-year-old woman in a rather ordinary bikini in Greece would make headlines across the world.

😊🤠😷 Google has calculated that over the past 15 years, Street View cars have travelled over 10million miles and collected more than 220billion images.

😊🤠😷 Dustin Campbell, from Louisiana, shot the sweaty-palm footage at the Marakele Animal Sanctuary in South Africa. 'It was awe-inspiring,' he said.

😊🤠😷 As we mark the Platinum Jubilee of the most widely-travelled head of state on Earth, let's celebrate all the places she has been to along the way, says Robert Hardman.

😊🤠😷 Holidaymakers at the Vinpearl complex on Hon Tre Island can board the sub for a 30-minute dive past shipwrecks and reefs, and amid all manner of marine life.

😊🤠😷 The 2025 world cruise, with fares from £69,389 to £191,949, is by Regent Seven Seas Cruises. At 150 nights, it's the longest in the cruise line's history. The cruise, on the Seven Seas Mariner ship (main and inset), has been reserved by 'loyal past guests' as well as over a third of guests who will be new to Regent's 'unrivalled experience'. The voyage embarks on January 7, 2025, from Miami, Florida, to San Francisco, California, and discovers 'incredible destinations' in South America, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, Asia and Alaska.

😊🤠😷 Lawmakers in Vigo, a city in the Galicia region, said anyone found relieving themselves 'in the sea or on the beach' will be forced to shell out £640 under new rules.

😊🤠😷 Mark Mallender, 40, noticed the smokey smell as soon as he stepped into his double room at the Premier Inn in Dover on May 8 while he was travelling for work but was later fined £100.

😊🤠😷 Sarah Hartley describes the Moroccan city as a 'mystical, magical oasis'. She based herself at La Mamounia, a hotel with world-class gardens and Art Deco interiors.

😊🤠😷 The 2022 CVCEPhoto competition - organised by Club Vasco de Camping Elkartea mountaineering club in Spain - received 'thousands' of entries from more than 60 countries.

😊🤠😷 Photobook Venezia - Through a Venetian's Eye is by local photographer Federico Povoleri, who captures the feel of a city threatening to drown in tourist hordes. Publisher Teneues says: 'His black-and-white portraits of the city's people, architecture, and daily life show everything you thought you knew from a whole new angle: enchanting, gripping, and intimate. Povoleri has created a wistful love letter to his hometown while warning us of the creeping destruction that threatens this incomparable beauty. Povoleri helps us see the magic beneath the endlessly photographed surface.'

😊🤠😷 Carol Driver and her family check in to Orlando's new Lake Nona Wave Hotel. Her days are spent at 'out-of-town attractions', from the Kennedy Space Center to the Everglades.

😊🤠😷 Hannah Summers checks into the 'chic world' of Ikos Andalusia, which lies between Marbella and Estepona. She says that the new resort 'is sure to be a hit'.

😊🤠😷 Ian Walker and his wife were charmed by the 'timeless class' of the hotel's San Pietro Suite (top right, bottom right and bottom left) during their four-day break in Italy. After a whistle-stop walking tour around the Italian capital, stopping off at the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Pantheon, they made their way back to the hotel, which sits at the top of the Spanish Steps (inset). 'It was bliss to return to the Hassler, with its cloak of effortless luxury, superb service, Michelin-starred food and a chilled drink on our lovely terrace,' writes Ian. Their trip also featured a stay at the 'elegant' Hotel Vannucci in the medieval town of Citta della Pieve in Umbria.

😊🤠😷 Is there anyone who has a good word to say about wasps? They build sinister white nests in our attics and sheds, have a ferocious sting and ruin summer picnics.

😊🤠😷 An adult male tiger made a stunning visit to a neighborhood in the Mexican western city of Toluca on Tuesday morning after escaping from the property where he was kept.

😊🤠😷 San Francisco Then and Now by Dennis Evanosky and Eric J Kos tells the story of a city that has risen from the rubble of earthquakes to become a 'world-class metropolis with international appeal'.

😊🤠😷 If you haven't been to Switzerland yet, it's likely you'll start making plans to visit shortly after gazing upon the pictures here, which show the country in its spring, summer and autumn finery.

😊🤠😷 More than 20,000 images captured by photographers from 115 countries have been submitted to the awards, with the overall winner primed to take home a £5,000 cash prize. The contest's overall winner will be announced on September 8, with the winning images travelling around the world in a touring exhibition. Will Nicholls, wildlife cameraman and Director at Bird Photographer of the Year, says: 'We've seen stunning images this year. We celebrate birds and conservation through images, and it is always a pleasure for everyone on the judging panel to see the work of such talented photographers.'

😊🤠😷 Early on in the pandemic, many airlines completely cut in-flight refreshment offerings (aside from perhaps a hasty water bottle delivery). Slowly but surely, airlines are reintroducing the amenity.

😊🤠😷 A 1960s 'party pad' in Surrey once owned by Sir Tom Jones, 82, has gone on sale for £650,000. Sir Tom bought the house in 1966 for just £7,950. The retro home offers a classic 60s design.

😊🤠😷 Sadie Whitelocks saw gorillas in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, including a mother and her one-month-old baby (top right), went on safari in Akagera National Park and trekked up Mount Karisimbi, Rwanda's highest point (main and inset). Bottom right is a peek inside the room at Virunga Lodge that Sadie stayed in. Read on for more on her incredible Rwandan adventure...

😊🤠😷 Toby Walne tries 'the biggest scampi in the world' on a four-day foodie tour of Kvarner Bay, which also includes a visit to the Michelin-starred Restaurant Alfred Keller on the isle of Losinj.

😊🤠😷 This is the incredible moment amateur photographer Stuart Murray, 56, took a photo of a sunset and captured the light in a shape of an angel near his home in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

😊🤠😷 We've sorted them into three categories to suit different budgets: under £600 per person for seven nights, under £800pp and under £1,200pp - and thrown in some long-haul bargains, too.

😊🤠😷 If you're a couple looking for a romantic villa but don't want to rattle around a large property, or pay for rooms you won't be using, check out these great love nests on the Continent...

😊🤠😷 The Daily Mail's Sian Boyle stays at Tui's all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace (top right, bottom right) and explains that while getting 'giddily day-drunk on daiquiris in the 35c heat', she realises she's not the only one who has chosen Costa Rica for a post-pandemic holiday debut. She reveals: 'Out here are several canny Britons who've all had the same idea about which Costa to visit: Why choose the Costa del Sol when for the same price you can experience Costa Rica?' Other highlights of her trip include walking in cloud forests, seeing the active Arenal volcano (main) and the stunning Catarata del Toro waterfall (inset), and visiting the Don Juan coffee farm in Monteverde, where she learns how coffee is produced from fruit to steaming cup. At the end of her trip, she reveals: 'I depart Costa Rica grateful for the charm of these people and their warm, optimistic and exhilarating country.'

😊🤠😷 Ten of the giant Airlander 10 machines will be assembled in a green aerospace manufacturing cluster in the county, creating 1,800 jobs across South Yorkshire.

😊🤠😷 The baby bear, called 'Hakvan', was pictured guzzling from a milk bottle after his rescue but he is now being prepared for a move to a bear sanctuary in Bursa after being cared for in Hakkari.

😊🤠😷 Skyflyer at Bollywood Parks Dubai is taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza. The ride took 600 days to build and 120 days to install.

😊🤠😷 The 'improbably narrow' Pencil Tower Hotel, pencilled in to be built at 410 Pitt Street in Sydney's business district, measures 328ft high (100m) but is just 16.4ft (5m) wide.

😊🤠😷 The 2022 Travellers' Choice 'Best of the Best' Things to Do Awards celebrates the world's 'most amazing tours and activities', ranking experiences based on travellers' reviews and ratings over the past 12 months. Swooping into second place in the global ranking is a Dubai desert trip that features quad-biking and a barbecue, while a guided tour of Hawaiian island Oahu's North Shore area ranks third - also earning the top spot in the U.S ranking. Read on for more...

😊🤠😷 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: sculptures in the great outdoors.

😊🤠😷 A Canadian plus-size woman took to TikTok to document her experience of what it's like to 'travel when you're fat.' Jae'lynn Chaney, 25, has seen her weight fluctuate since her illness in 2019.

😊🤠😷 A new 'OMG!' filter on Airbnb allows travellers to find only the most weird and wonderful stays. We've used the filter to pick out 10 Airbnbs that'll make you shout 'OMG!'

😊🤠😷 With a carefully curated selection of cosy retreats, new coffee-table book Northern Hideaways shows that - far from scary - remote cabins can be breathtakingly enticing.

😊🤠😷 Kristen Black from Atlanta uploaded a video to TikTok in which she puts clothing inside a rolled-up jumper at Dublin Airport then wraps it around her neck in a 'ta-da' moment.

😊🤠😷 The competition is run by travel photography blog Capture the Atlas, which has revealed 25 gold-star winning images.


😊🤠😷 Behold some of the properties around the world listed by rental platform Plum Guide, which bills itself as a 'Michelin Guide for holiday homes'. It says 'we don't list a lot of homes - just the right ones'. Read on and you might just wonder if it should substitute 'right' for 'extraordinary'. Pictured: A turreted rental in Los Angeles (bottom right); an eight-bedroom home in Beverly Hills Plum Guide describes as 'dripping in opulence' (inset); a home in the Algarve 'that has to be seen to be believed' (main), and the breathtaking Somerleyton Hall in Suffolk (top right).

😊🤠😷 With an authentic Georgian inn, The Old Vine, as his base, James Litston explores the landmarks of Winchester. 'You're never far from history here,' he observes.

😊🤠😷 In its busiest month since March 2020, more than 5.3 million people came through Britain's largest airport, compared to just 675,200 in May 2021.

😊🤠😷 The first photographs have been revealed of the hotly-anticipated £250million (€290million/$300million) megayacht by luxury hotel group Ritz-Carlton. Interior images of the 623ft (189m) vessel, christened Evrima, reveal the exquisite standards guests can expect, with slick contemporary furnishings offering a five-star-hotel feel. Two images showcase the ship's 'grand suite' (top right, bottom left), complete with a modern living room and dining area, a spacious terrace and a large bedroom with a king bed. Meanwhile, the vessel's 'signature suite' (top left) and two-story 'loft suite' have also been pictured for the first time, with the same attention to detail running throughout.

😊🤠😷 A young travel blogger has showcased the reality of trying to snap a picture in a European destination that has become 'Instagram famous'.

😊🤠😷 The Holiday Guru is always on hand to answer your queries. And, with travellers around the UK facing flight cancellations, his advice has never been more sought-after.

😊🤠😷 Carlton Reid checked into the 'fresh and shiny' Gantry hotel in Stratford, which he describes as being superb value for money for London. Read on to find out why...

😊🤠😷 'Strange Slope' lies 30km (18.6 miles) northeast of the city of Shenyang in China's Liaoning Province. The strange optical illusion that the slope creates was first discovered in 1990.

😊🤠😷 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: swim-up hotel suites - set to be the year's biggest holiday upgrades. They let you slip straight into the pool from a private terrace opening from your room. And you might be surprised to learn that they aren't just for the super-rich - swim-up suites are increasingly available across Europe and beyond in all budget ranges. From elegant, modernist rooms at the romantic Olea All Suites hotel on Zakynthos (main) to deluxe, family-focused swim-up suites at the Lara Barut Collection hotel on Turkey's south coast, here's where to book...

😊🤠😷 Antonia Hoyle hoped that a three-day-sea retreat would help her to feel more serene and calm. The retreat included meditation and mindfulness by the Scottish coast.

😊🤠😷 On this fabulous six-day trip you'll enjoy Julie Andrews-themed performances on your way to visit stunning Salzburg - setting for The Sound Of Music.

😊🤠😷 Las Vegas doesn't just rely on its considerable razzle-dazzle to keep the tourists pouring in. Alongside the 24-hour casinos, sprawling themed hotels and famous concert venues, the city is a constantly evolving adults' playground with ever-changing thrills to entertain everyone from high rollers to hen dos. From the new Virgin hotel (inset, bottom right) to the renovated Nobu Hotel Las Vegas (top right), and from the beautifully extravagant Vanderpump a Paris restaurant to the epic Resorts World (main), Siobhan Grogan reveals how Sin City is back with a bang...

😊🤠😷 The 'outstanding' ship, which sank on May 6, 1682 after hitting the Norfolk sandbanks in the southern North Sea, was uncovered 28 miles off the coast of Great Yarmouth half-buried on the seabed.

😊🤠😷 Groom-to-be Alex Sisan, 29, from Worthing, West Sussex, was joined by 13 others for a boozy two-day stay in the Dutch capital then had to travel by ferry, train and bicycles to get home.

Elizabeth line vs Heathrow Express vs black cab: Travel experts put London's shiny new £18.9billion train service to the test in a race to Terminal 2 from the West End

😊🤠😷 London's shiny new £18.9billion Elizabeth line has been hailed as a transport revolution. But how does it measure-up speed-wise on the classic Central London to Heathrow journey against the capital's trusty black cab and the lauded Heathrow Express? Three travel experts from The Points Guy UK found out, filming a fascinating race between the three modes of transport from Oxford Circus to Heathrow Terminal 2 on the day the Elizabeth line opened, Tuesday May 24.

😊🤠😷 Mostly wearing black, eight subway surfers were caught on camera on the roof of a J-train heading to Brooklyn from Manhattan's Lower East Side on Friday. The suspects remain unidentified.

😊🤠😷 Brand new five-star hotel The Nici, which is perched on Bournemouth's West Cliff, is opening its doors to guests after a £27million refurbishment and mirrors that of Miami's South Beach.

😊🤠😷 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: Rooftop bars in London.

😊🤠😷 It occupies a plot on the tycoon's Son Bunyola Estate - part of the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio of posh properties - and will 'bring the original building back to life'.

😊🤠😷 The gold, silver and bronze medal winners of the 2022 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence have been announced, selected from hundreds of tourism businesses across England, including hotels, self-catering accommodation, B&Bs, glamping operators, attractions, restaurants, pubs, and museums. VisitEngland said in a statement: 'The prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, running for more than 30 years, celebrate and champion innovation, quality and best practice across the industry recognising businesses and individuals who raise the bar of England's tourism offer.' Read on to find out which businesses reigned supreme...

😊🤠😷 The 28-year-old and her male companion, 29, were fined $400 by police after footage showed her launching the rented vehicle down the famous steps in Italy.

😊🤠😷 The number of British buyer enquiries for a home in Spain was up 36 per cent in April this year compared to a year earlier, according to Rightmove.

😊🤠😷 With the 'rustic-chic' two-star Hotel Infantado as her base, Jo Kessel explores the medieval town of Potes and sets off on a scenic hike in the Picos de Europa mountains.

😊🤠😷 Ailbhe MacMahon checks into the Mr Hare room at Lancashire's Freemasons at Wiswell pub before enjoying a tasting menu of beautifully presented ingredients.

😊🤠😷 Author Victor Sebestyen, who was a baby when his family left the city as refugees in 1956, shares his guide to the city, noting that the two towns of Buda and Pest didn't become unite until the latter part of the 19th century. 'Budapest has grandeur, if faded around the edges,' he says. He recommends staying at the 'pricey but always reliable Gresham Palace (bottom right), a secessionist gem set on the riverbank facing the more sedate Buda side of the city'. Head to Cafe Kor for traditional Hungarian food and go on a tour of Budapest Opera House, which reopened in April after a lavish four-year refurbishment. Victor also highlights the poignant sites to visit in the city, such as the Holocaust memorial along the Danube.

😊🤠😷 The company behind the new zero emissions vessel, Artemis Technologies, is based in Belfast and headed by Olympic sailing champion Iain Percy.

😊🤠😷 Ski resorts have become a dream for most Aussies who can't afford the accommodation and day pass prices ski field operators charge, yet there are a few cheaper options around.

😊🤠😷 Taken during some 60 expeditions around the world, Chasing Light showcases some of explorer and photographer Stefan Forster's best-ever shots.

😊🤠😷 Check into Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay and hike along smugglers' routes and abandoned pirate hideouts - Ibiza's new visitor is one who embraces slow travel, keen to discover secret places on the isle.

😊🤠😷 Simply getting down on bended knee doesn't cut it for everyone. Instead, some lovebirds are splashing as much as £200,000 on popping the question - and that doesn't include the ring. Speaking to MailOnline Travel, four companies in the U.S, UK and Australia that plan luxury proposals - Black Tomato, The Yes Girls, The Heart Bandits and My Proposal Co - have revealed the most extravagant engagements they have fulfilled for clients.

😊🤠😷 The Fernandina Island Galápagos giant tortoise is confirmed to be alive by scientists at Princeton University, USA. A female discovered in 2019 has the same genome as century-old specimen.

😊🤠😷 Festival fever is back this year in the UK after a period of enforced hibernation. And there's no excuse for not finding an event to match your interests...

Traveller films her trip on the world's biggest cruise ship, with POV footage showing her scream-filled descent down the tallest slide at sea and a peek inside the £20k 'Royal Loft Suite'

😊🤠😷 Jo Kessel (main) films her four-night voyage from Barcelona on the new £1billion ($1.35billion) Wonder of the Seas which, she says, 'has more to see and do than any other large cruise ship ever built'. The video gives the inside scoop on where to eat and drink and shows Jo trying a Southern cocktail that's served with a rasher of candied bacon. Elsewhere in the video, Jo is seen braving the ship's zip-line (bottom right) and the Perfect Storm waterslides. 'You have to see it to believe it,' she says of the new ship.

😊🤠😷 I went on a trip to Geneva, and easyJet cancelled my flight home. I booked a pricier ticket with BA as I needed to get back quickly - should easyJet still pay for it?

😊🤠😷 Scottish traffic police looked stunned when they found an alpaca peering out a car window during a routine check. The black estate car was travelling on the A84, Craigforth, Stirling, on Monday.

😊🤠😷 The otherworldly Everest Base Camp sits at a lung-busting altitude of over 17,000ft. Siobhan Warwicker wrapped up warm for a trek of a lifetime...

😊🤠😷 Scarborough's Toulson Court wins alongside Tulemar Bungalows & Villas in Costa Rica - the top hotel in the world - and Brazil's Hotel Valle D'Incanto, the world's most romantic hotel.

😊🤠😷 The 20 stunning properties here, from Brittany to Burgundy, are havens of unabashed luxury, with gracious wood panelling, fine frescoes and ancient fireplaces. The list has been compiled by travel firm Sawday's - 'passionate defenders of all that is special'. Its in-country manager in France, Nicky deBouille, says: 'We adore chateaux because so much of what we love about France can be found in one. A chat to the owners will set one's imagination alight with stories of revolution, royal visits, and revelry.'

😊🤠😷 Harriet Sime checks into the 'charming' No 1 Bruton hotel in Bruton and concludes: 'It's easy to see why the Of Mice And Men author chose this pretty town as his base.'

😊🤠😷 Indian yacht design firm Bhusan Power Design is behind the 'Zion' superyacht, which measures 360ft (110m) in length and 52ft (15.8m) in width. The superyacht is packed with 'innovative features' that blend 'beauty with functionality', according to the designers. Other features on board include a 'beach club', a gym, a master suite and 10 'luxury' guest rooms. Here's a closer look at the incredible superyacht...

😊🤠😷 Roberto E Wirth died on Sunday, June 5, his family confirmed. Wirth became the general manager of celebrity-favourite Hotel Hassler in 1982 and took full ownership in 2001.

😊🤠😷 Christopher Biggins boards Princess Cruises' Sky Princess on a Miami round-trip sailing to the Western Caribbean. 'There's nothing you can't get on this magnificent ship,' he says.

😊🤠😷 America's awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, Britain's historic Tower of London, Iceland's Blue Lagoon, the iconic Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls. For many, visiting these tourist attractions is the trip of a lifetime. But what's it like to work at them… every day? Does it ever get dull? MailOnline Travel spoke with staff from these five world-famous places to discover how they feel about their roles, what goes on behind the scenes and what bizarre sights they've witnessed, from travellers getting arrested for hitting golf balls off the rim of the Grand Canyon to bathers bursting into tears of happiness in the Blue Lagoon. Here's everything they revealed…

😊🤠😷 Zoey Goto begins her journey at Dolly Parton's childhood log cabin in Sevierville and ends it at Graduate Nashville, a hip boutique hotel where Dolly is love-bombed throughout the fabulous interiors.

😊🤠😷 The Westminster, part of Hilton's Curio Collection, opened just over a year ago. According to the Inspector, the hotel sets out to 'engender a mood of mystery and intrigue' with its decor.

😊🤠😷 Amazing Theatres of the World: Theatres, Arts Centres and Opera Houses, written by Dominic Connolly, is an 'opulent pictorial celebration of the world's greatest theatres'.

😊🤠😷 Caroline Hendrie gets a sneak peek of Norwegian Prima in the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice. 'The vessel is a hive of activity, buzzing with 2,300 workers,' she says.

😊🤠😷 The annual Evolo Skyscraper Competition celebrates 'visionary ideas' that 'challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments'. U.S architecture and design magazine Evolo has been running the prestigious competition since 2006. This year the jury chose from over 400 futuristic skyscraper designs, but the entries that impressed them the most dealt with themes such as global warming, natural disasters and over-population. Here's a closer look at the contest's striking winners and finalists...

😊🤠😷 The Holiday Guru is always on hand to answer your questions. And with the airports across Europe facing flight cancellations and massive queues, the Guru's advice has never been more sought-after.

😊🤠😷 TOM LEONARD: The 1960s and 1970s are often described as the Golden Age of air travel. In 1965 alone, a million women were interviewed for 10,000 jobs as 'sky girls' on U.S. airlines.

😊🤠😷 Hugo Healy, 26, from Brighton, has set Instagram alight with his breathtaking drone photography, with locations from Saudi Arabia to Iceland via Scotland.

😊🤠😷 Ted Thornhill checks into Hotel Chateau du Grand-Luce, built in 1764 by Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay III, a friend of King Louis XV. Read on for his verdict...

😊🤠😷 According to Neil Armstrong, the Scottish retreat is 'an excellent base for all sorts of adventures - hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, rare bird watching'. He reveals: 'A former coaching inn, it's a somewhat unprepossessing stone building in an incredible location, nearer to Bergen, Norway, than to London, England.' During his stay, he dines on 'excellent' fish and chips, venison and simply grilled white fish and samples some fine malt whiskies while 'gazing out over a spectacular Highlands vista'. Summing it up, Neil describes it as an ideal destination for 'getting away from it all'.

😊🤠😷 Tuscany may be loved by the Brits for its cypress-topped hills and glorious sunflower fields, but for the Italians it is Versilia Riviera, just a short drive from Pisa and Lucca, that is the star attraction. There are plenty of stunning hotels to choose from along the coast, such as Hotel Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole, which is perched above the Tyrrhenian Sea. Explore charming towns and villages such as Forte dei Marmi and Castiglione della Pescaia and go diving around the tiny, crescent-shaped island of Giannutri. Here's our guide to the coastline...

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😊🤠😷 On this special four-day tour, you'll take in the fragrant wildflower meadow at Highgrove House, Prince Charles' Cotswolds retreat.

😊🤠😷 A baby woodpecker's hair-raising adventure was captured on video after the bird got entangled in the locks of North Carolina-based Brittany Bronson, before being freed and taken to a sanctuary.

😊🤠😷 Will Hide checked in to a 'country comfortable' room - one of four - at The Hare & Hounds Inn in the hamlet of Bowland Bridge. He describes it as a 'great spot to escape the bedlam in the world right now '.

😊🤠😷 Wonder of the Seas, the £1billion Royal Caribbean behemoth, can carry 6,988 passengers and 2,300 crew. Lesley Bellew marvels over its size as the ship sails into the Port of Barcelona...

😊🤠😷 Vicki Reeve checks into St Enodoc Hotel in Rock where 'nothing is flashy or try-too-hard'. She enjoys a nine-course tasting menu at Karrek, the 'smarter, more intimate' of the hotel's two restaurants. 'Suffice to say this is one of the most exquisite meals I've ever had,' she declares. As for her room, it has superb estuary views, a super-king-size bed and a fresh white bathroom with Bramley toiletries. Read on for more on the Cornish retreat...

😊🤠😷 Ahead of English Wine Week later in June, David Atkinson heads to Wythall Estate Vineyard in rural Herefordshire, whose Pinot Noir won Gold at the Independent English Wine Awards 2022.

😊🤠😷 The city of Bonn is a relaxed spot on the banks of the Rhine with cobbled streets, a burgeoning food scene and vast green spaces. Here's the Daily Mail's guide to where to eat and stay in the city...

😊🤠😷 Unplugging yourself from the mayhem of the mainland has never been easier - thanks to Airbnb's handy new 'islands' filter. The rental website's tool reveals a flurry of highly enticing offshore retreats, including a surprisingly affordable Scottish hideaway (top right), where guests can spot seals from a hot tub, to rentals off the coast of Colombia (main and bottom right) surrounded by the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea and log cabins located amid the tranquillity of a remote Canadian lake (inset).

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😊🤠😷 From today, any uniformed Virgin Atlantic cabin crew employee can show off their tattoos in a bid to 'encourage staff to be themselves' and 'champion individuality'.


😊🤠😷 An Iditarod sled dog that heard the call of the wild and escaped during this year's race in Alaska was found alive and healthy in May, three months and 150 miles later. 

'Driving in Cornwall is terrifying and Stonehenge underwhelming, but we loved the food and York was the best part': American travellers reveal the ups and downs of their first UK visit

😊🤠😷 U.S couple Cara Atwell and Jeremy Davis visited the UK for the first time in March this year. They stayed in London - then went on a road trip around England and Scotland. Cara revealed that they had to watch a YouTube video on operating the hire-car's manual gears. And then she found driving the winding lanes of Cornwall and Devon 'terrifying'. Read on for more, including which cities they think Americans will love and their surprise at the standard of food in the UK...

😊🤠😷 Social media users around the world shared snaps of the 'what were they thinking?' moments, including one woman who stuck her foot through drywall. The snaps were posted on Bored Panda.

😊🤠😷 Flybe has reconnected Heathrow with Leeds as a flight route. But is it a better option than LNER's 125mph express service from King's Cross railway station?

😊🤠😷 Here's our guide to the best of the Cote d'Azur, from the 'celebrity playground' of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, which lives up to both its history and hype, to the budget-friendly Hotel Le Sud.

😊🤠😷 The Tango D10S plane was unveiled last week before it tours Argentina for Maradona fans to visit on the ground. The plane will also visit Barcelona and Naples, where Maradona led Napoli to its only two Italian league titles in 1987 and 1990. Qatar, which hosts the World Cup later this year, will be the aircraft's final stop of the tour.

😊🤠😷 The collection has been released by the British Film Institute to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Included is film showing Queen Victoria (above) in her carriage during her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

😊🤠😷 Bamburgh is followed by second-place Llandudno, Wales, and Scotland's St. Andrews in third place in Which?'s annual survey, which polled thousands of UK holidaymakers.

😊🤠😷 Siobhan Grogan boards Disney Dream - one of four Disney ships, with a fifth launching this summer - in Port Canaveral, Florida. 'Like the Disney theme parks, it's a slick operation designed to charm the whole family,' she says. Features onboard include an all-you-can-eat ice-cream station, a Goofy-themed mini-golf course, a lavish sweet shop and a big screen showing non-stop Disney films. Siobhan is particularly impressed by the food, noting that the two fine-dining restaurants on board 'would thrill any Michelin star-seeking foodie with exquisite plates of wagyu beef and lobster, impeccable white-gloved service and vintage wine lists'. Here's more on Siobhan's voyage...