On her visit to Sicily, Fiona McIntosh discovers the 'sort of wild, untouched beauty you'd expect to find in South Africa or Australia'. She explores the coastal region between the towns of Sciacca and Agrigento, before heading inland 'past silent hill towns and abandoned farms into the agricultural heart of Sicily' to stay at a unique hotel with a back-to-nature philosophy.
Train vs plane: Travel experts pit a British Airways flight against a 125mph Avanti West Coast express in a race from Manchester to London - and the footage is fascinating
Avanti's trains whisk passengers between Manchester Piccadilly railway station and London Euston in just over two hours. So is the plane realistic competition for such a short journey? Is the inevitable airport faff worth enduring? Travel experts at The Points Guy (TPG) decided to find out...
From Big Ben in Peter Pan to the fairytale castle in Frozen: Disney reveals 30 real-world locations that have inspired its most-loved films over the past 100 years
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, The Walt Disney Company has opened its vaults to reveal a list of 30 locations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa that have inspired its films and theme parks over the past century. These locations have been revealed in a series of photographs, so fans can compare the real-world attractions with how they've been reinterpreted by Disney's filmmakers and designers.
What the world wants to VISIT: Fascinating map shows the most popular landmarks in (almost) every country, from Stonehenge to the Statue of Liberty
On the map - generated using five years of Wikipedia page view data - country names have been supplemented by the national landmark that is most frequently read about on Wikipedia, in a bid to uncover the world's most 'wondered about' landmarks and attractions. Among the most popular landmarks across the globe, there are 32 cultural and historical sites, 32 parks and reserves, 26 ancient ruins, 20 mountains and volcanoes, 17 bodies of water, 15 religious landmarks, nine islands, seven modern architectural sites and two deserts.
Life's a French-Riviera-style beach in swanky Salcombe: Harbour Beach Club hotel is the perfect base for exploring Britain's most expensive seaside town with a toddler in tow
Louise Saunders checked in with her family, describing the setting as 'hard to beat' and praising the staff for helping to make the hotel 'the ideal beachside bolthole for families'. She writes: 'Any parent to a toddler knows that holidays with our little bundles of joy can be somewhat... challenging. The journey! The routine! The sleeping arrangements! But it's a case of sweet relief at Harbour Beach Club in the salubrious seaside town of Salcombe.'
I'm a modern-day butler and these are the dos and don'ts for laying the PERFECT dinner table, from the golden rule for arranging glassware to the biggest 'no-no' for the seating plan
Laying beautiful tables is all in a day's work for Royal Household-approved butler Daniel Prattley - and he's willing to share his expertise. Prattley, 50, has been a full-time butler since 2009 and works for a variety of ultra-high-net-worth individuals in luxury villas and grand estates around the world for several weeks at a time.
Head for this chic, adults-only all-inclusive in Lanzarote and you'll be sure to have... an awesome autumn
Jane Knight checks into Secrets Lanzarote at Puerto Calero in the south-east of the island. 'This is not the kind of all-inclusive where guests wear a wrist band and mop up free booze at the eternal buffet,' she reveals, detailing how the resort is home to 'calm' swimming pools, an 'excellent' sushi restaurant and 335 rooms - but it 'doesn't feel anything like that size'.
The world's 50 best hotels for 2023 named: A luxury Italian property is No.1, Claridge's in London flies the flag for the UK and Aman New York is America's top entry. Which is YOUR favourite?
Twenty-one of the winning properties are in Europe, the UK has six entries and Asia is home to 18 of the world's best hotels - and dominates the top 10. Beach lover? Then note that Soneva Fushi in the Maldives (No.7 overall) is within 20 metres of a beach and is also named the Lost Explorer Best Beach Hotel.
Airline 'lost' my suitcase for TWO MONTHS even though my AirTag locator showed it was at the airport (and when I got it back '£1,000 worth of items were missing')
The debacle began after Sarah Waite, 25, landed in Athens, having flown in from Los Angeles via Paris. She described the experience as 'horrible and traumatising'. It was the trip of a lifetime for Sarah, who travelled to Athens to pursue her dream of learning modern and ancient Greek literature.
All-weather wonder: Discovering that the world's biggest ski domain - which includes Kate and Wills' beloved Courchevel - is still a thrill-seeker's dream when there's NO SNOW
Carlton Reid travelled to Les 3 Vallees in the French Alps and discovered that when there's no snow there - it's a paradise for hikers and cyclists. He writes: 'Les 3 Vallées is a gravity-junky's dream. You can drop on two or three wheels or throw yourself off the peaks strapped to a parapente but with waterfalls, wildflower meadows, and a wealth of walking trails, it's also a hiker's paradise.'
MARK PALMER: I served guests on a luxury cruise ship for a week... My encounters with the 'Frightening Five' proved they're anything but plain sailing!
MARK PALMER: I stand next to Thierry and listen to the Captain as he thanks all 107 guests for choosing Uniworld at the start of this luxurious Rhone river cruise from Arles, in the south of France, to Lyon, on board the 135-metre S.S. Catherine, named after the actress Catherine Deneuve. Sportingly, but with understandable apprehension, Uniworld has agreed to let me join the crew for what can best be described as work experience. There are 51 other crew and we're an international bunch, including 13 from Bulgaria, 11 from Romania, nine from France and just one from the UK. Two, if you count me.
A VERY brave wildlife expert is filmed letting 500 fire ants sting his feet - which are left in 'absolute agony' and covered in pustules - as fears are raised over a UK invasion
Ohio-born Coyote Peterson filmed himself walking barefoot through a nest of fire ants for the Brave Wilderness YouTube channel, to demonstrate what they're capable of, with his feet receiving around 500 stings during the onslaught. The fire ant (solenopsis invicta) is tiny, but packs a punch, biting into skin with its mandibles, then stinging once attached. Fourteen hours after the fire-ant attack and 'pustules have come out in full force' over Coyote's feet.
Birds (and big cats) of paradise: Sri Lanka is best known for its elephants - but wildlife of a different kind is the real attraction
Dominic Couzens travelled around Sri Lanka on a bird-watching tour. His itinerary included the Sinharaja Rainforest, where you can see all 33 of the island's unique bird species. He writes: 'This Unesco World Heritage site is a treasure trove (even the poisonous snakes are unique, making for a potentially impressive epitaph) that's filled with huge flocks of birds that are among the largest and most varied in the world.'
Revealed: In 38 destinations around the world hotels are CHEAPER than Airbnb and Vrbo rentals, says Which? - with a price gap of up to £84 per night
The watchdog compared the cost of thousands of hotels - excluding five-star hotels - with 300,000 one-bed listings on Airbnb and Vrbo around the world, from San Francisco to Southwold, and found the price for rentals outstripped the average cost of a hotel in 38 of 50 destinations. Private rentals are almost a fifth (19 per cent) more expensive on average - private rental listings are £120 ($148) on average, compared to £101 ($125) for hotel rooms.
I'm an adventure photographer - and these are some of the incredible pictures I've taken around the world, from iceberg 'mazes' in Antarctica to 'lost worlds' in Australia
Josselin Cornou's quest for capturing epic pictures has led to him 'abseiling through canyons, jumping with camera gear above waterfalls, getting up close to volcanoes, [and] capturing Australia during a snowstorm'. The French-Australian photographer tells MailOnline Travel: 'I try to go out of my comfort zone and create photos that some would think are not possible. It's about going off the beaten path - with respect to nature, always.'
Making a splash! The extraordinary winners of the 2023 Ocean Photographer of the Year awards revealed... which do YOU think is the best?
The annual contest has a mission to 'shine a light on the beauty of the ocean and the threats it faces'. Thousands of drone and underwater images were entered into the contest, with a heartwarming picture of fish taking refuge under a turtle and a striking shot of a pair of playful humpback whales among those that caught the judges' attention. This year's winning and commended shots were captured everywhere from Mexico to Australia...
The price of happiness in every country revealed: Fascinating map details the annual salary each nationality needs to be content - so how much cash would keep YOU cheerful?
Researchers have revealed the amount of money that citizens in 173 countries need per year to be happy, plus the salaries that'll keep Britons cheerful in 29 cities and towns. Any amount above these optimum income points 'has no effect on an individual's happiness', according to the study from foreign exchange provider S Money.
The ultimate guilt-free luxury stay: Inside Italy's first truly sustainable hotel, where single-dose shampoos are banned and leftover food is turned to compost
Welcome to Conca Park, a four-star property in picturesque Sorrento - a spot beloved by the Kardashians - that has impeccable eco-credentials. In fact, with climate change an increasingly hot topic, this zero-waste hotel - the first truly environmentally friendly property in Italy - is blazing a trail for all future hotels.
Six reasons why you NEED to visit Guernsey this autumn, from 27 stunning beaches to WWII time capsules and sea views that inspired French painter Renoir
The second-largest of the Channel Islands, lying in the English Channel around 30 miles from the French coast, Guernsey offers plenty that's comfortably familiar for British travellers, served with more than a soupcon of Gallic flair. Less busy (and glitzy) than jet-setting big sister, Jersey, Guernsey averages a balmy 61 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) in September and 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) in October, so it's still warm enough for walks along the beach or island hopping to the car-and-crowd-free sanctuaries of Sark and Herm, while there are plenty of pubs and museums to duck into if the weather takes a turn.
Discovering a secret corner of Lithuania that has the best sunset in the world (and the beaches aren't bad either)
Jo Kessel, whose grandfather was Lithuanian, travels to the Baltic state to learn more about her family history. During her tour, she visits Lithuania's Baltic coastline, and finds that it's a 'gem that locals have managed to keep secret... till now'. She spends time in the seaside resort of Nida, which is 'glamorous without being ostentatious', and cycles to the neighbouring village of Preila, where the beach 'has sand soft as talc and surprisingly warm water'.
Fit for a Disney princess! First-look images reveal the 'royally reimagined' five-star Disneyland Hotel in Paris, which will reopen in January 2024 after a huge makeover
Disney said in a statement that 'every centimetre of the interior of this legendary establishment is undergoing a complete "reimagination" - from the spectacular grand lobby to the luxuriant rooms and suites'. Future guests at the not-so-faraway hotel, Disney said, will experience 'a new luxury concept interwoven with beloved royal Disney characters both classic and new'.
England's best and worst motorways and A roads for 2023 ranked by drivers, with the so-called 'backbone of Britain' slated as 'terrible' - so which is YOUR favourite route?
The ratings come from a new satisfaction survey of motorways and major roads by independent watchdog Transport Focus. The study quizzed more than 9,000 road users about their last journey on a motorway or major 'A' road managed by National Highways, with those polled asked to rate their journey times, the management of roadworks, surface quality, how safe they felt, the quality of the permanent signage and the electronic signs.
A marvellous minster: Exploring Southwell, England’s smallest cathedral city... and discovering it's packed with charm and history
While exploring Southwell, Neil Clark learns that this historic Nottinghamshire spot was an important stopping point for dignitaries en route to York back in the Middle Ages. After checking out its 'magnificent' cathedral, he admires the half-timbered inn where Charles I spent his last night as a free man and explores the Southwell Workhouse and Infirmary, which is the best preserved 19th-century workhouse in the country.
You've been drinking tequila… all wrong! Etiquette expert William Hanson reveals that the 'noble drink' is not given the respect it deserves (and that's probably the fault of Americans)
Mr Hanson explains how you've been drinking tequila wrong in a viral TikTok video. He told MailOnline: 'Tradition in Mexico suggests that tequila is a noble drink.' Read on to find out how it's treated more respectfully in its country of origin...
Costa del Classy! Marbella's 'New Golden Mile' of chic hotels and charming restaurants is shaking off the city's blingy reputation
The 'New Golden Mile' is an 18-mile stretch of sand that lies between Marbella and Estepona. Mark Porter visits the area and reveals that 'money is pouring in for luxury developments here'. He bases himself at the newly opened METT Hotel & Beach Resort, a 'stylish' five-star property that proves to be an 'oasis of calm'.
I'm a travel photographer - here are 15 incredible pictures I captured of one of the world's most remote inhabited regions
Photographer Andrew Newey visited Zanskar, a hard-to-reach Himalayan valley region in northern India. Summing up the allure of the region, he says: 'In my opinion, it's the remoteness, staggering beauty of the snow-capped mountains, the generosity and hospitality of the people that make the Zanskar so special and magical.'
The best UK towns and villages are named by Which? Wells is No.1 - while Gretna in Scotland and Bodmin in Cornwall are ranked bottom
We do like to be beside the seaside, but there are plenty of stunning British towns and villages to discover away from the coast, Which? reveals. It has named some of the best - and worst - inland towns and villages in the UK, drawing up a ranking based on a survey that asked holidaymakers to rate their experiences of visiting 94 inland towns and villages in the last year. Destinations were rated across seven categories, including scenery, food and drink, peace and quiet, tourist attractions, and value for money...
The awe-inspiring winners of a prestigious nature photo contest, from a shot of a crocodile attack to a picture of a prancing polar bear cub... which is YOUR favourite?
All About Photo (AAP) magazine's nature photography contest celebrates photographers who 'beautifully capture the essence of nature, highlighting the magnificence of landscapes, wildlife, and flora and fauna'. Twenty-five photographers have been presented with awards. They hail from 11 countries worldwide, from the U.S to India and beyond - here's a look at their incredible work...
Live the high life during delays: You don't have to fly business to be pampered at independent airport lounges. Here's our guide to the UK's 'Big Three'...
Travellers have long been able to book lounges run independently of the big carriers. Simply turn up or, preferably, book in advance - peak-time spaces can fill up. There are many independent lounges in UK airports now. Here's our guide to them, with expert verdicts from headforpoints.com, thepointsguy.com and cabinbagsonly.com...
The FISH DOORBELL internet users can 'ring' to help marine life along on their migration journey (and it's made a huge splash on the internet)
An underwater camera has been installed at the Weerdsluis lock in Utrecht. Internet users watch fish approach it on live webcam footage and ring a digital 'bell' to request the lock is opened for them. This year, internet users rang the bell over 105,000 times to help many thousands of fish through the lock.
Inside the incredible debut UK restaurant by a legendary French chef whose CV includes TWO restaurants with three Michelin stars
MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill snared a kitchen counter seat at Yannick Alleno's Pavyllon restaurant, set within the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. He writes: 'It's a game-changer - artistry and a soupcon of flamboyance, but food that's filling, too. And the service? A masterclass in how it should be done.'
Traveller films the 'gruelling and exhausting' reality of climbing up 12,000ft Mount Fuji in Japan, one of the world's most photographed peaks
'Climbing Mount Fuji was one of the most challenging physical feats I've experienced,' says Jo Kessel, who went up and down the mountain - the highest in Japan - in just one day. She adds that she was determined to capture the 'whole escapade' on camera - 'sweat, exhaustion, stumbles and all'. Jo says of the mountain: 'The Japanese call it "Fujisan" and it's thought to bring good luck, which is a curiosity seeing as the mountain is actually a giant volcano! It last erupted in 1708 and, while still active, it comes with a very low risk of eruption.'
Disney Cruise Line unveils its brand-new ship, launching in 2024 - with features including a Mickey Mouse ride, an Aladdin-inspired 'grand hall' and a Zootopia sweet shop
Disney Treasure - Disney Cruise Line's sixth ship - is being constructed at Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard. The vessel, a sister ship to Disney Wish, which launched last year, promises to 'unlock the far-reaching realms of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel and embrace dynamic tales from beloved Disney Parks attractions, through captivating and immersive experiences on the high seas'.
Britons rank their top 25 quirky cultural experiences in and around Europe - and the winner is France's Festival of the Giant Omelette, whipped up with 1,500 eggs
The Festival of the Giant Omelette tops a new 'bucket list' of lesser-known, must-see-and-do experiences that can be found across the continent, drawn up from a survey of British holidaymakers. Garnering 43 per cent of the vote, the Easter event celebrates the legend that Napoleon's army once feasted on an omelette in the village where crowds now gather to watch a giant 1,500-egg omelette being made.
No wonder they're sleepless in Seattle: Thirty years after the romcom put the waterfront city on the map, it has established itself as one of the buzziest - and most affluent - in America
On his tour of Seattle, Peter Wilson found that the 'compact' city is 'now attracting more people than ever as it's where so many cruise ships head off to Alaska'. His visit took him to some of the city's top attractions, including Pike Place Market, the century-old waterfront hub that features often in the Tom Hanks romcom Sleepless In Seattle. Peter notes: 'With glittering water all about, Seattle is undoubtedly romantic.'
I'm a Wrexham local - here are the top things to do in the Welsh hotspot, which has shot to fame since Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds bought the football club
Reynolds took over Wrexham AFC with his friend, sitcom star Rob McElhenney, in 2021. The team's fortunes have been transformed under the celebrity duo's leadership, with the Red Dragons getting promoted to League Two in April, ending their 15-year exile from the Football League. And it's game on for Wrexham's tourism industry too, with the allure of the A-listers leading to a surge in holidaymakers in the city. There's been a 44 per cent rise in the number of visitors arriving by rail since April, according to Trainline, and Airbnb has recorded a boom in Wrexham getaways over the past couple of years...
British Airways launches HUGE end-of-summer sale, with deals that include return New York flights from £333 and a seven-night holiday to the Algarve... for just £219pp
British Airways Holidays says that it is offering 'a wide range of enticing holiday packages for customers booking their flight and hotel together'. Those jetting off to far flung destinations in the Caribbean, says British Airways Holidays, 'can enjoy week-long holidays to Tobago from £599pp, Barbados from £749pp and Antigua from £719pp'. For European City breaks lovers, these start from £139pp for two nights, for flights and a hotel.
Beauty of the Balkans: Billions are being spent on gleaming marinas and plush hotels to turn tiny Montenegro into the St Tropez of the Adriatic
Harriet Sime checks out one of Montenegro's latest hotel openings, Mamula, a 'beautifully restored' 19th Century fortress that stands on its own tiny island. The hotel is one of the 'exclusive developments' that the local government hopes will 'attract the world's biggest spenders' to Montenegro, she says. However, Harriet notes that 'despite all this new money', the country 'seems to have kept hold of its quiet charm'...
From the LAVA-PROOF 'Apocalypse Jacket' to a £795 'cocoon' garment for long flights (or trips to Mars) - discovering why UK firm Vollebak makes the world's best travel clothes
Vollebak says it creates clothing 'that feels like you're buying from the future', with its range also including a jacket that glows (Brad Pitt owns one of these). Carlton Reid tests some of the clothing out - and is mightily impressed, describing the garments he tries as the best travel clothing he's ever worn.
Thought Hiltons were bland? Think again: Inside a unique haven by the U.S hospitality behemoth on the French Riviera - with beaches that rival the Maldives just moments away
MailOnline's Ted Thornhill checks into Le Hameau des Pesquiers Ecolodge & Spa, which lies in the Port-Cros National Park, on a stunning double tombolo that connects the port area of Hyeres (a favourite holiday spot for Queen Victoria) with the picturesque Giens peninsula, with the paradise 'Golden Islands' of Porquerolles, Port-Cros and Le Levant short ferry rides away.
You've been SITTING all wrong! Etiquette expert William Hanson reveals the correct way to position yourself on public transport - and the one thing you should never do...
William Hanson offers advice on the correct way to sit in a now-viral TikTok clip. He tells MailOnline Travel: 'So many people [man-spread] without realising - and not just men. People from all backgrounds and genders. It's very selfish and can make some people feel threatened - or annoyed.'
From 'murder hornets' to midges: The insects that could ruin your holiday - how to keep them at bay and what to do if they ATTACK
Have a bee in your bonnet when your holiday is interrupted by the sound of buzzing insects? Look no further as we reveal the do's and don'ts when it comes to dealing with bugs that bite or sting, according to experts. In this extensive guide of 17 insects around the world, professionals tell the MailOnline Travel where they are found, how they can hurt you, and how to treat bites. Understanding how different insects behave 'can go a long way' to avoiding nasty bites, says vet and exotic animal care specialist Luana Factor. How to repel them? Good quality insect repellent serves as protection against many insect bites as well as wearing the right clothing, sleeping under a net, and avoidance, bite prevention expert Howard Carter recommends.
Inside Darwin's dreamland: The creatures of the Galapagos Islands are oblivious to humans - but you'll remember them and their spectacular natural habitat for the rest of your life
On her visit to the Galapagos Islands, Claudia Joseph catches sight of short-eared owls and snorkels in 'crystal-clear' waters amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins. She writes: 'That's the joy of the Galapagos - getting to see nature up close and personal.' She sails on expedition yacht La Pinta for a four-night cruise around the islands...
The place to stay in style-capital Milan? A stylish hotel, of course! Inside Casa Baglioni, a plush bolthole that boasts beautiful bedrooms, a stunning rooftop bar and a Michelin-starred restaurant
Carlton Reid checks in, describing Casa Baglioni as a 'sophisticated bijou bolthole' with '30 design-focussed suites and rooms'. The building that houses the hotel was previously the showroom for the German Phillip Plein fashion brand, before reopening earlier this year after an extensive and expensive renovation.
Cruise ship rebirth: Crystal Serenity's owners went bust - but she's back and shining brighter than ever
Neil Darbyshire sails on cruise ship Crystal Serenity's first outing since her extensive rebuild. He reveals that the ship's guest capacity has been reduced to 740 passengers, which 'gives the common areas, lounges and restaurants a feeling of space and queues are non-existent'. He adds: 'The accommodation is bright and subtle, with fine attention to detail.'
The UK's 24 best and worst airports for 2023 named by Which? - Liverpool John Lennon is No.1, London City is second and 'overcrowded' Manchester T3 ranks bottom... AGAIN
The rankings have been produced by a new survey by Which? that asked nearly 4,000 travellers to rate their experiences at UK airports and terminals over the past year. Respondents ranked airports based on eleven categories, including seating, staff, toilets and queues at check in, bag drop, passport control and security.
Magical full moons, thrilling thunderstorms and eerie underwater chasms: The breathtaking winners of the 2023 Black and White Photo Awards revealed
This year, thousands of images were submitted by photographers from 92 countries worldwide, focusing on themes such as 'landscape' and 'flora and fauna'. Pictures that caught the judges' attention were captured everywhere from the mountains of Canada to the rolling hills of northern Italy. 'The results have exceeded all our expectations,' the judges said of the winners and finalists...
Lasagne pies, a chapel that starred in The Da Vinci Code and surroundings used for thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps... why Peebles in Scotland makes for a great British getaway
During his visit to the town (main), Rob Crossan visits a museum dedicated to Thirty-Nine Steps writer John Buchan, who spent his childhood holidays there; finds himself 'beguiled' by Rosslyn Chapel (top right and bottom right) - 'a batty place of worship'; and he checks into the Cringletie hotel (top left), a 19th-century castle surrounded by 'brooding woodland' where guests enjoy complimentary whisky and shortbread.
The incredible vending machine that serves cakes in CANS - with a travel influencer declaring the canned strawberry shortcake it dispenses 'genuinely delicious'
Travel content creator Maz Green, who posts eye-catching photos and videos to Instagram and TikTok to hundreds of thousands of followers using the handle 'Where To Find Me', found the vending machine in the Adores Shibuya arcade in Tokyo.
The Balearics know how to party, but they can charm too - and nowhere does it better than the archipelago's smallest island, which has talcum-powder-soft beaches - and just 10,000 residents
Will Hide found there's 'not an awful lot' to do on Formentera - but 'therein lies its charm'. His days were filled with bike rides, dips in remote bays and 'exceptional' lunches. Summing it up, he says it offers a 'perfect opportunity for a Mediterranean late-season holiday, far from the madding crowds, where you embrace your inner hippy and practice the supremely under-rated art of doing next to nothing'.
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I'm a modern-day butler working for ultra-high-net-worth clients - here's what has surprised me most about the job (and the one mistake you can NEVER make)
Daniel Prattley has been a full-time private butler since 2009, and works for a variety of clients in luxury villas and grand estates for several weeks at a time. 'I think of myself as a "modern-day" butler,' the Royal Household approved butler tells MailOnline Travel, pointing out that many still carry outdated notions of butlers being Downton Abbey-esque characters. Turning this stereotype on its head, the 50-year-old, who is originally from Devon in the south of England, shares videos on TikTok that document the reality of working as a butler in the contemporary age.
Inside Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's luxurious 1906 superyacht, which helped them escape 'prying eyes' (and YOU can charter it for a trip... if you have a spare £16,000)
Named Kalizma, the 45m- (148ft) long vessel served in both World Wars for the Royal Navy before it was ushered into the celebrity world, hosting Taylor and Burton's A-list pals and members of royalty. It was refitted in 2020, with a statement noting that 'she has been restored in a manner that ensures her soul is unaltered and her heritage resurfaced'.
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Is last minute really cheaper than early bird? If you want the cheapest deals for a 2024 European holiday in the sun, THESE are the best times to book...
Holidaymakers could save hundreds of pounds by booking next year's summer getaway early rather than leaving it to the last minute, new research by Which? Travel has revealed. But it's wise not to book too early. Here are the findings in full for July trips to Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Italy, mainland Spain and the Canary Islands...
Forget speed bumps! The French village where SQUIGGLY LINES have been painted on roads to stop drivers from speeding (and it's working... but also making them feel sick)
The markings were painted on road sections leading into a T junction in the village of Baune, which lies near the city of Angers in the country's Maine-et-Loire region. Proving controversial, one social media user said the lines were 'destabilizing' to drive over, while another suggested they could be 'dangerous'.
It's Hi-de-SkyPark! Light-up slides, the UK's longest seesaw - this £2.5 million playground is helping Butlin's Skegness reach new heights
Joanna Tweedy describes the new SkyPark, which was unveiled in Skegness this spring, as 'a playground so amped up it feels as if it's landed from the future'. She adds: 'Butlin's three UK sites, Skegness, Minehead and Bognor Regis, now firmly rival Center Parcs for the UK holiday park dollar, thanks to investment in recent years, keeping founder Sir Billy Butlin's original vision buoyant in the 21st century.'
The Red, the Dead and the Med: Israel’s in flux, but as vibrant as ever – whether you’re floating in its saline sea, exploring King Herod’s city or savouring the buzz of Tel Aviv
Angela Epstein finds that Israel is a place where the 'welcome is palpable'. She reveals: 'Its people are inquisitive, direct and just utterly thrilled you want to visit.' Angela details how you can visit the country's 'three seas' during a visit, noting: 'Thanks to the country's diminutive size - less than 300 miles from tip to toe - visiting each "sea" is easily done in one road trip.'
From an adorable shot of a TINY baby turtle to a haunting image of a sunken passenger plane: The jaw-dropping finalists of the 2023 Ocean Photographer of the Year awards revealed
The prestigious annual contest is described as 'a celebration of our beautiful blue planet as well as a platform to highlight the many plights it is facing'. Thousands of photographers entered photographs into this year's competition, showing the full spectrum of ocean life with everything from aerial imagery to underwater photography. They span from the Red Sea to the waters of Antarctica...
Pie in the sky! Eye-popping video shows 'brave' couple dining on a picnic table that's suspended 295ft over a thundering waterfall
In the head-spinning footage, Florida native Christianna Hurt and her rapper boyfriend can be seen sipping on wine and tucking into a picnic spread while hanging over Cascata da Sepultura, a waterfall in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. They booked the experience through local adventure firm Rota Aventura, which describes it as 'a non-traditional picnic in the middle of the most beautiful waterfall there is'.
Find Florida's refined side: Nature reserves, quiet beaches, courteous locals - Fort Myers is worlds away from Orlando's theme parks and Miami madness
During his time in this corner of south-west Florida, Mark Porter explores some of the islands near Fort Myers, as well as the city itself. He says that Fort Myers 'was put on the map by, among others, those leading lights of the American industrial revolution, Henry Ford and inventor Thomas Edison'. Ford and Edison had neighbouring summer houses in the city, he reveals.
Sensational seaside swimming - in total safety! Lavish new photo book reveals the world's most magical saltwater sea pools, from Cornwall to Australia... which one is YOUR favourite?
Showcasing 66 'saltwater sanctuaries' around the world, Sea Pools by Chris Romer-Lee is said to be 'a celebration of sea-swimming'. 'Whether they are hewn from rock or cast onto a natural rock shelf these pools always solve a problem: providing safe access to water,' Romer-Lee writes in his tome. He adds that there's an 'unfettered joy to be found in entering sheltered tidal waters cradled by a concrete or rock enclosure, protected from the turbulent sea beyond the walls and yet still being nourished by rich saltwater and marine life'.
Mum reveals genius packing hacks to get a week's worth of clothing into a small carry-on rucksack - and she promises it'll save you 'hundreds' on 'extortionate' airline baggage fees
Jenna Carr, who goes by the name 'The Travel Mum' on TikTok, says: 'Budget airlines allow you to bring a free "personal item" on board... each passenger, including children, gets their own rucksack.' The mum of one, from Worksop, Nottinghamshire, adds: 'Over time the hundreds of pounds you save on luggage really adds up. By making a few changes to how we travel as a family we've been able to travel so much more.'
You've been eating croissants all wrong! Etiquette expert William Hanson reveals how to consume the pastries (and says the French habit of dipping them in coffee is a no-no)
Eating croissants is a national pastime in France, but the French love of dipping them in coffee isn't acceptable in Britain - 'or indeed high society anywhere', according to etiquette expert William Hanson. He added: 'It's a practice best reserved for when at home. With the curtains closed.'
Should you greet people with kisses? Remove your shoes indoors? Offer to pay the bill at dinner? How to avoid offending the locals on your European summer holiday revealed
Making a bad impression is clearly a common concern for travellers - this year, there has been a 52 per cent increase in Google searches for 'what is offensive in Europe'. Help is at hand via the language experts at Preply, who have created a 'European Etiquette Guide' to help you brush up on your European customs ahead of a trip to the continent.
An enchanted place! The home of Winnie-the-Pooh and co has glorious walks, unusual wildlife and lots of history
Clive Aslet explores Ashdown Forest, the setting of A.A. Milne's famous stories about his son Christopher Robin and his toys, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and Pooh bear. He describes it as a 'magical corner of East Sussex, between East Grinstead and Crowborough'. Clive adds: 'Although the South-East of England is one of the most densely populated areas of Europe, this remains a place of open vistas, where you can walk and wonder.'
Belgium’s medieval marvels: Brussels, Ghent and Bruges can all be reached by rail from the UK. But which of these beauties comes out on top?
Annabelle Thorpe discovers that you can easily visit Ghent, Brussels and Burges in less than a week, as 'journeys between each city take no more than hour'. However, one of the three stands out as her favourite. Why? She says: 'There's a quirkiness to the city, with its bohemian backstreet quarters, dimly-lit bars and unexpected virtual reality tours.' Read on to discover which one it is...
You've been stirring your tea all wrong! Etiquette expert William Hanson reveals the 'rookie mistake' most people make when mixing milk and sugar in one's cuppa
There is perhaps nothing more quintessentially British than enjoying a cup of tea. But etiquette expert William Hanson has some advice about how to stir one that may shock many Britons. In a viral Instagram clip, he reveals what the 'rookie mistake' is...
Pictured: Mattel's first-ever theme park, opening in Arizona in 2024 complete with a life-sized Barbie Beach House and 'pulse-pounding' Hot Wheels roller coasters
Construction is already underway on Mattel Adventure Park, which will open at the VAI Resort hotel complex near Phoenix. Another attraction is themed around Masters of the Universe action figures, while a fourth is inspired by Thomas the Tank Engine. A statement declares: 'We promise, you've never seen a park quite like this one.'
From the 'Hamptons of Istanbul' to a mind-blowing cliffside monastery and a time-capsule car-free island, 11 reasons why your next holiday should be to Turkey
Turkey really does have it all - as we reveal here. Our list will take you back in time, to places that feel like another planet - and to locations that feel like sheer heaven. It's a showstopper-only inventory of places to visit guaranteed to fire up the wanderlust in even the most jaded of travellers. Read on for more...
Air India reveals a sneak peek video of brand-new cabins, with every class reimagined as part of a mammoth £315million fleet upgrade
The carrier said that the refurbishment programme of its fleet of 43 wide-bodied legacy aircraft will begin in mid-2024. The 'fly-through' video shows viewers the all-new first class, business, premium economy and economy cabins in a Boeing 777-300ER.
Eurostar first class vs standard: Travel experts film a high-speed rail trip from London to Paris in the priciest and cheapest seats to see if a £130-plus 'business premier' upgrade is worth it
Ever wondered what it's like to travel in Eurostar's swankiest class - business premier? Two travel experts from The Points Guy lift the veil, and reveal whether it's worth paying the extra, which can be over £130 more than standard class. The pair film their experiences in business premier class and standard on a trip from London to Paris. Read on for more, from barely noticeable recline functions and food that 'looks like a bucket of sick' to swanky lounges and free onboard Champagne.
Expectation... versus reality! Travellers reveal what picture-perfect holiday hotspots can REALLY be like, from 'super-claustrophobic' Italian towns to the 'rainy and windy' Maldives
Social media is jampacked with flawless holiday snaps - but it's worth taking these glossy posts with a pinch of salt. That's the message shared by a handful of TikTokers who have taken it upon themselves to reveal how some of the world's most beloved holiday hotspots can be a bit of a letdown.
The America and Europe of yesteryear: Fascinating new photobook takes you back in time, revealing London truck drivers, Irish gravediggers and New York commuters in a post-war world
Roam American and European cities of yesteryear, courtesy of this beautiful new photobook. Eyes on the City, published by DelMonico Books, showcases more than 100 images by legendary photographer Evelyn Hofer, time-capsule photos that show urban landscapes and people going about their daily lives in the postwar era - the 1950s and 1960s. DelMonico Books says: 'The photographs feature landscapes and architectural views combined with portraiture, conveying the unique character and personality of these urban capitals during a period of intense structural, social and economic transformations after World War II.'