MailOnline Travel's Sadie Whitelocks (inset) travelled to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard for a nine-day ski and camping trip with an all-female team. Their aim was to conduct crucial scientific research around climate change and the deterioration of Arctic sea ice ahead of a North Pole expedition in 2023. The team was accompanied by a rifleman but also took turns looking out for polar bears throughout the night, so they were all trained on how to use the rifleman's very big gun.
Revealed: Autumn half-term flight prices to holiday hotspots up 42% on average compared to pre-Covid levels, with flights from Gatwick to Dublin soaring to a whopping 281%
Consumer champion Which? studied data from airfares analyst Skytra and found huge price rises for flights from across the UK. The average cost of one-way half-term tickets for six popular destinations came in at £212 this year compared to £150 in 2019. Skytra chief executive Elise Weber said rising fuel costs, pent-up demand and airport passenger caps are all contributing to higher fares.
The best restaurants for 2022 named by Tripadvisor - with an eatery in the Lake District declared the world's No.1 for the second year in a row (and a Hawaiian grill is top in the U.S)
The Old Stamp House Restaurant in the picturesque town of Ambleside, Cumbria, has been named the world's best fine-dining eatery as part of Tripadvisor's 2022 Travellers' Choice 'Best of the Best' Restaurants Awards, which are decided by an algorithm that analyses the millions of reviews and ratings collected in a year from travellers around the world. Oro Restaurante in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the second-best restaurant in the global ranking, followed by Madonnina del Pescatore in the Italian seaside town of Senigallia. Read on for the ranking in full...
Which one will be on YOUR staycation bucket list? The UK's best hotels and restaurants for 2022 honoured at the 'Oscars' of the UK hospitality industry
At a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by the AA at Grosvenor House in London, gongs were presented in categories including 'Hotel of the Year', 'Restaurant of the Year' and 'Chefs' Chef of the Year'. Grantley Hall has been named England's Hotel of the Year, The Balmoral takes the same title for Scotland and Llanerch Vineyard is Wales' Hotel of the Year. The gong for England's Restaurant of the Year, meanwhile, goes to Socius, a 'gem of place' in Burnham Market, Norfolk. Newport's Gem 42 is Wales' Restaurant of the Year and The Cellar, a restaurant in the Fife coastal town of Anstruther, is Scotland's Restaurant of the Year. Read on to see which other establishments have been handed prizes at the 2022 AA Hospitality Awards...
Bars you reach by boat - and boats that are bars! The drinking spots that put the water into watering hole, from a floating tiki hut in Antigua to a London cocktail barge and a schooner in NYC
These are the bars that put the water in watering hole. MailOnline Travel has scoured the Seven Seas (and the odd canal) for the best floating and island bars, from converted tankers to historic ships and from homebuilt tiki huts to incredible eco-hostels. MailOnline Travel's Sadie Whitelocks has visited a couple of them, including the Kon Tiki bar (top right) in Antigua. She writes: Luckily, the bar chairs are bolted down so there's no risk of toppling over at sea. Barmaid Emma is a much-loved character in the area and she makes her own purple-hued vodka "death shots" served from holes in an old wooden ski. It made my throat burn - but had a butterscotch aftertaste. When I asked for the toilet, Emma simply directed me to the sea.'
Inside the first ship from the 'great value' new British cruise line Ambassador, showing the vessel's Wimbledon-inspired decor and cheap drinks (a glass of bubbly is just £3.20)
Jo Kessel boards Ambience in Essex for a seven-night trip to the Norwegian Fjords. During her sailing, she soaks in the hot tub, enjoys a Balinese massage, and is impressed by her seven-course meal at the speciality restaurant Sea and Grass. She says: 'If you're looking for a gleaming new vessel with fancy amenities and high-tech entertainment, this is not it. If you're after a ship that harks back to the classic age of cruising, this is your vessel.' Here's a glimpse at her experience of the ship...
Seaside sensation: Discovering why Folkestone is so much more than the entrance to the Channel Tunnel (for starters, there's this stunning beach house with views to France to stay in)
Folkestone in Kent is a town with a reputation as being a gateway to somewhere else. During the First World War 10million men were shipped from the harbour there to the frontline. In the following decades, it was a busy ferry port and now it marks the start of the Channel Tunnel. Ted Thornhill discovers it has a lot going for it as a holiday destination. He stays at The Breakers Beach House (pictured), which occupies a prime spot on the seafront. The property sleeps up to 11, has three terraces, two kitchens, a wood-burning stove, plush beds and offers sensational views. Read on for more...
Inside the astonishing Michelin-starred Palace of Versailles restaurant that takes diners back in time with a King Louis XIV-style feast - theatrically served by staff in period outfits
Le Grand Controle, an exquisite hotel set within the grounds of the Palace of Versailles that was built in 1681 by former resident Louis XIV's favourite architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart - offers guests a showstopping five-course Michelin-starred 'feast' by superstar chef Alain Ducasse that takes them back to the time of Louis XIV's reign. Candles flicker as dishes inspired by meals eaten by Louis, aka the 'Sun King', are theatrically announced by staff in period costume (complete with stockings and wigs) - then served on beautiful porcelain. MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill tucks in...
A beacon of cool that's sizzling value: Inside trendy new hotel Lighthouse Athens, which has a superb rooftop pool with Acropolis views and rooms from just £85 a night
Lighthouse Athens, in Omonia Square, is the fourth hotel by Tel Aviv-based Brown Hotels to open in the Greek capital. Ted Thornhill checks in, and while he finds his room a bit on the dark side, he describes his king-sized bed as 'sumptuous' and the property as 'hip'. The Acropolis lies about two miles away - walking distance or a short hop by taxi or on the subway. Read on for more...
Qatar Airways is named world's best airline at the 'Oscars of Aviation' for the seventh year running, with BA 11th, Delta top in the U.S and Ryanair declared No.1 budget European carrier
Qatar Airways reigned supreme over 350 airlines at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2022, with Singapore Airlines in second place and Emirates in third. Airline of the Year 2022 was not the only accolade that Qatar Airways received at the prestigious awards, which took place at The Langham Hotel in London. Gongs for World's Best Business Class, Best Business Class Airline seat and Best Business Class Lounge Dining can also be added to the trophy cabinet. Read on to discover other noteworthy prizewinners...
Put some wind in your sails: There's nothing more invigorating than a traditional clipper cruise around some of the great sights of the Med
Sara Macefield boards the tall ship Star Clipper in Monaco for a voyage along the French Riviera, all the way to Corsica. She enjoys an early morning yoga session on the deck, spots giant yellow-fin tuna from the bowsprit nets at the prow and feasts on steak, lobster and fresh fish in the dining room. As the sailing draws to an end, she admits that despite having stopped off at stunning ports en route, Star Clipper 'proves to be the real showstopper' of the trip.
From an adorable picture of a cheetah mother and her cubs to a shot of a gorilla who 'stares into your soul': The astonishing winners of the 2022 Black and White Photo Awards revealed
These photographers prove they don't need all the colours of the rainbow to create truly mesmerising work. Their photography has been honoured in the Black and White Photo Awards 2022, a photography contest that gives a platform to 'incredible' monochrome photography around the world. The contest, which is in its inaugural year, welcomed photographic submissions across five categories - landscape, architecture, street, portrait, and fauna and flora. The breathtaking shot of a cheetah and her cubs, captured by Belgian photographer Johan Willems, reigns supreme overall, earning the £873 (€1,000) grand prize. Here is MailOnline Travel's pick of the black-and-white images that garner accolades in the awards...
A journey to eccentric Mersea Island - Britain's most easterly inhabited isle - and a stay at a once-derelict inn that's now a gastropub with 'vibrant' rooms serving 'exquisite' food
Neil Armstrong checked into The White Hart Inn, which is set in the island's West Mersea village, and found that it boasts 'six very comfortable, individually designed double bedrooms'. His room, Little Ditch, is named after one of the many marshy waterways in the area. The food well and truly won him over, with a meal that included 'lushly savoury' watercress and eel soup and 'spectacular' roast cod. Another highlight was a visit to Cudmore Grove Country Park, where 300,000-year-old fossils have been found.
Beat the squeeze in toasty Tenerife (or balmy Benidorm): Why not avoid soaring bills with a long blast of cheap winter sun... for as little as £9 a night?
The American 'snowbirds' have been doing it for years - flocking to sun-kissed Florida to escape harsh winters in the north of the country. And now Britons are following the trend of escaping to warmer climes abroad, especially as the cost-of-living crisis begins to bite. With long-stay hotel rooms available for bargain prices, it's certainly a much more pleasant way to spend hard-earned savings than losing them to hefty household bills…
A Sicilian sizzler: Pretty Palermo is perfect in autumn, with fewer crowds and temperatures in the mid-20s (and these days the Mafia have a lower profile)
Nigel Tisdall says that Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, has 'an enigmatic element to it, with its baking hot interior, religious fervour and associations with organised crime'. On his visit to Palermo, he explores the beyond-OTT Sicilian Baroque interiors of Santa Caterina church and wanders through the city's bountiful Capo market, before heading for a dip in the 'bewitching' Tyrrhenian Sea at Mondello beach (main). 'All in all, Palermo is ideal for an authentic Sicilian short break combining cultural wonders, terrific food and poolside downtime,' he concludes. Pictured bottom right is the pool at his hotel - Villa Igiea.
From the 'poshest pub in Britain' to spellbinding hotels and the Ferrari of farm shops: Why the Cotswolds is more irresistible - and hipper - then ever before
Jane Knight reveals the best places to eat and stay in the Cotswolds - and reflects on her own visit to The Fox (bottom right), a 'rustic-chic' new pub with rooms in Oddington. 'The Cotswolds is so cool these days that its reputation as a honeypot for traditional tourists has changed completely, and it now draws a hip crowd whatever their age,' she says.
Your ticket to ride somewhere... spectacular! Europe's best scenic railways revealed by Which? - with a magical Welsh train journey ranking No.1
The Ffestiniog Railway, which cuts through the countryside in Wales, is the No.1 scenic train line in Europe. It tops a new ranking by Which? of Europe's '10 best scenic railways', generated from a survey of more than 1,400 travellers, who were asked to rate their favourite scenic journeys across the continent. Second place in the list is shared jointly by Norway's Bergen Railway and the Bernina Express, which weaves from Switzerland to Italy, with Switzerland's Glacier Express taking the bronze medal. Which? says: '[The] top 10 unique train rides all [have] one thing in common - the magic of the scenery outside.' Read on for stunning pictures of the 10 railways that make the cut...
Pictured: The amazing £1.3million pod homes that sit on pillars above water and in the treetops, featuring panoramic windows and landing pads for drone deliveries
It's a new wave of waterfront living. Futuristic pod homes - called SeaPods - that sit 7.5ft (2.2m) above the water on a post that's anchored to the seabed are under construction in a factory in Linton Bay Marina, Panama. Don't fancy the idea of life on the ocean? You can live in one on the land too. The land-based alternative is known as a 'GreenPod', and it's said to be like a 'futuristic treehouse'. A third 'ecologically and economically friendly' model for both land and sea, called the EcoPod, is also under construction. Read on for more on the quirky abodes...
'It was out of this world!': Adventurer Vanessa O'Brien tells MailOnline what it was like to go into space on board Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin rocket - and reveals her incredible never-before-seen souvenir pictures taken from inside the capsule
A British-American adventurer has revealed what it was like travelling into suborbital space for the first time aboard Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin rocket-capsule - and has unveiled exclusively to MailOnline Travel her incredible souvenir photos. Vanessa O'Brien, 57, experienced the 'final frontier' this August and never-before-seen images show her floating around the capsule 65 miles up wearing blue nail polish that matches her spacesuit, with the Earth forming an eye-poppingly majestic background.
Flippin' amazing: Astonishing images show daredevil divers leaping from an 88ft platform and plummeting at 50mph into Switzerland's Lake Lucerne for the Red Bull cliff-diving contest
Aidan Heslop, 20, from the UK won in the men's division while Rhiannan Iffland, 31, from Australia took home gold in the women's competition. Heslop performed four 'high-quality dives' over the two competition days, including one that featured four somersaults and three and a half twists that propelled him to a comfortable 40-point victory over his nearest rival, Gary Hunt.
Brand new 220mph 'TGV of tomorrow' unveiled that will launch in 2024 with 'modular' coaches that can be converted from first class to second, 5G Wi-Fi and 20% more seats
France's state-owned railway company SNCF has placed a 2.7billion-euro (£2.3billion/$2.7billion) order for 115 TGV Ms - which have a longer, more aerodynamic nose - with the first completed trainset recently presented at maker Alstom's La Rochelle workshop. The next major step will be the 'dynamic test phase' at 200kph (125mph) in Velim in the Czech Republic, by the end of 2022. 'This opens the first chapter in a long period of testing for this high-speed train,' said Alstom. In total, 4,000 jobs will be generated by the TGV M project.
Not an all-inclusive fan? Inside a swish new feature-packed and family-friendly Club Med resort in Marbella that will convert you (especially if you're an exhausted parent)
Dan Sanderson and his family checked in to the recently opened 486-room Club Med Magna Marbella - where the focus is on 'children having the time of their lives'. So great for parents. There are lush gardens, five swimming pools - including a family waterpark - an adult-only Zen Zone and a children's club with 'brilliant' staff. 'From the moment you get up, to midnight and beyond there's never a dull moment,' writes Dan.
From a Beyonce-inspired apartment block in Australia to a VERY skinny New York tower: The world's 10 best skyscrapers of 2022 revealed in prestigious awards
Designing a skyscraper is a tall order, but the winners of this year's Emporis Skyscraper Awards have clearly got the hang of it. In the 22nd year of the annual awards, the top 10 were selected from an international pool of more than 600 skyscrapers that were completed in 2021 and stand at least 100m (328ft) tall. Read on to discover which skyscraper designs impressed the jury the most...
Pictured: The incredible 'mirror' beach in Japan that has become an Instagram sensation - with droves of tourists taking pictures of their reflections in its tide pools
Chichibugahama Beach, on Shikoku Island, is dotted with tide pools that reflect the sky - resulting in a striking photo opportunity. The beach has been tagged over 175,000 times on Instagram and even has its own Instagram page, which showcases the best mirrored snapshots captured by visitors. Popular poses that travellers strike include jumping in the air, holding up balloons, or walking with props such as umbrellas. Read on for more on the curious attraction...
Nothing beats the awesome views from the world's coolest infinity pools... so which hotspot will YOU choose for a holiday that leaves you walking on water?
You don't need to wade way out into the sea or the middle of a lake to get a sense of the infinite. Fabulous infinity pools are designed to give you a frog's-eye view of the world tumbling away at the water's edge, all without having to check tide times or worry about conditions getting a little rough for swimming. Perhaps you want to complete a few lengths while elephants and zebras cool off at a nearby watering hole, or stare out from the water's edge over the clifftops of Italy's most majestic coastline (inset). Or simply take in the moodiness of the Lake District without having to face up to the inclement weather. You'll find infinity pools that allow you to do just that - and here are some of the world's most enticing examples...
Is THIS the most stunning place to stay in the French capital? Inside the uber-luxury Cheval Blanc Paris, which boasts Europe's largest indoor hotel pool and pinch-me views of the river Seine and skyline
Ted Thornhill checks into one of Cheval Blanc Paris's 72 rooms and declares that it's an 'extraordinary' hotel. He writes: '[It] delivers on every level, from the breathtaking views and incredible location by the river Seine (top right) to the impeccable service, from the superb dining options to the sensational bedrooms and from the spoil-me-rotten Dior Spa that features the largest indoor hotel swimming pool in Europe (main) to the way luxury oozes from every inch of the interior. And then there's the art - eye-catching throughout. Often museum-worthy.'
Hail Hydra... the ultimate Greek paradise: Inside the dreamy island where cars (and mopeds) are banned - and it's just 90 minutes from Athens by ferry
If there were Greek island Top Trumps, this 12-mile-long Saronic Gulf honeypot would be nigh-on unbeatable. So says Ted Thornhill, who spends eight days on the island, discovering remote beaches, magical coves and rustic tavernas. All wheeled vehicles are banned on the island, which 'generates a remarkably tranquil and carefree vibe'. Read on for more...
A talented flock of photographers! The spellbinding winners of the 2022 Bird Photographer of the Year awards revealed
The Bird Photographer of the Year awards, an annual contest celebrating bird life, this year received more than 20,000 submissions from around the world. Commenting on the winning images, Will Nicholls, Director of Bird Photographer of the Year, says: 'Once again our talented photographers have cast a light on the incredible diversity of bird life that we share our planet with. But it is also a stark reminder of what we stand to lose if we don't continue to look after the natural world and fight for its protection from the many threats that exist today.' Read on to see the magnificent prizewinners...
You'll be thunderstruck! From a monster storm cloud in Australia to a VERY long train in the Sahara - the incredible winners of the 2022 Drone Photo Awards revealed
The winners of the 2022 Drone Photo Awards are in, and they're likely to leave you thunderstruck - especially the two that show dramatic storm clouds brewing. This year, thousands of aerial images were submitted to the contest by over 2,600 photographers from 116 countries worldwide. As well as documenting spectacular storms, scenes captured by the winning entries include a crocodile feasting on a dead hippopotamus in Zambia, a pair of polar bears playing together in the Arctic, and a huge iron ore train weaving through the Sahara Desert.
Italy's fab five: The colourful clifftop villages that make up Cinque Terre is one of the world's most beautiful coastal landscapes - here's how to enjoy its highlights
Fiona McIntosh bases herself in a B&B in the largest of Cinque Terre's 'gelato-coloured' villages, Monterosso, from which she sets off each morning to walk a stretch of the Cinque Terre trail. 'Walking really is the most wonderful way to see the Cinque Terre as the trails which wind along the coast between each village offer the most spectacular views of the teal-blue sea below,' she says. Her afternoons are spent cooling off in the sea and basking in the sunshine on Monterosso's beach. She says of the region: 'The soul-lifting beauty of the walks, the food, the sea and the paintbox-pretty villages mean it's about time the Cinque Terre was claimed as a very British Italian holiday destination.'
An enchanting Scottish woodland, a stunning 'UFO cloud' and mist spilling over mountains in Italy: The amazing winners of the 2022 iPhone Photography Awards
The winners for the 2022 iPhone Photography Awards show that some Apple smartphone users don't need any upgrade in camera equipment to produce something truly memorable. The annual awards, which is in its 15th year, received 'thousands of submissions from all over the world', with many of this year's winning shots depicting 'beauty rising out of isolation' and honouring 'photography's ability to build bridges across lost connections', according to the judges. Other images that impressed the jury include a dramatic shot of the Empire State Building looming over New York, an adorable picture of a curled-up fox, and a dynamic picture of a blowhole erupting in Australia. Here's MailOnline Travel's pick of the magnificent winners and finalists...
Guilt-free cruising: The amazing new cruise ships that are green, clean and luxurious, from ice-breaking expedition vessels to swanky river boats
Le Commandant Charcot (main), the newest addition to French line Ponant's fleet, is a leader in a new wave of greener cruise ships. The ship, which ferries passengers in the 'lap of luxury', has a hybrid electric and liquid natural gas (LNG) propulsion system and is filled with eco-innovations that vastly reduce the impact of bringing visitors to the delicate environments of the Arctic and Antarctic. Other green ships to sail on include Havila Voyages' Havila Capella (bottom right), which is a hybrid LNG electric ship, and the A-Rosa Sena (top right), which uses a hybrid propulsion system.
Ditch the sunlounger - and go wild! From hearing the howl of wolves in Italy to watching golden eagles swoop in remote Scotland, the best breaks for incredible animal encounters
There is little more exhilarating than seeing some of the world's rarest and most spectacular wildlife in its natural habitat. And these habitats - the shadowy crags of mountains, dense green rainforests, vast expanses of ocean - are often remote and far flung from the usual tourist trails, so getting to them can be an entire adventure in itself. So if you're ready to ditch the sunloungers in order to witness mother nature's most jaw-dropping spectacles, here are the pick of the best holidays designed to showcase Earth's extraordinary creatures while protecting them and their often fragile environments.
Glamping with giants: Pack your trunk to bed down with elephants in amazing bubble tents deep in the jungles of Thailand
Phineas Wilson says that you 'certainly won't forget sleeping with elephants' at Anantara Chiang Rai hotel, which lies in the Golden Triangle Elephant Camp in North Thailand. He reveals: 'We were joined by two giant beasts just ten yards away. Their ears flapped as I sat up, feeling a little absurd exposed to the elements in my striped pyjamas by the banks of the River Ruak, with Myanmar (formerly Burma) a few yards across the water.' He enjoyed a candlelit dinner on the deck of his tent, and watched the nearby elephants 'endlessly chomping grass, trunks swooshing the air as they tucked in'. Read on for more on the Thai retreat...
Harbour the desire to live somewhere wacky? The incredible new apartment block in Amsterdam that's shaped like a ship - and looks like it's floating on water
The Sluishuis residential building juts out over the IJ waterfront on the outskirts of Amsterdam, creating the illusion that it's 'floating' on the water - and it has been designed to resemble from some angles the bow of a ship. Small boats can even sail under a triangular opening at the base of the building - which brings light and views of the water to the inner apartments - and dock within an inner port.
Train vs plane from the English to the Scottish capital: Travel experts film a fascinating race between a 125mph LNER Azuma and an easyJet Airbus A320 from London to Edinburgh
London to Edinburgh has long been one of the UK's classic rail journeys, heavily romanticised by the Flying Scotsman and today a 400-mile route serviced by state-of-the-art 125mph electric trains. They're an understandably popular option to reach the capital of Scotland - Time Out's 'best city in the world 2022' - from the capital of England. Their hottest competition? Undoubtedly the plane, with hopper flights whisking passengers from the south and over the border in around an hour once airborne. Both modes of transport have their devotees - but which is quickest? Travel experts from The Points Guy UK decided to find out...
From a rusting theme park to mysterious disused farmhouses: Captivating new photo book reveals the hypnotic 'beauty' of Britain's abandoned places
The mesmerising qualities of decay and neglect are brought to light in these haunting photos. They are by Yorkshire-based photographer Simon Sugden, who delved into derelict buildings across the UK and documented his finds in a new tome titled Abandoned Britain, published by Amberley Books. While the buildings he captured have been left empty, 'often to gently decay and rot', the publisher notes that 'a ghostly presence of their previous life remains'.
Hidden cities, submerged pirate towns - and the river that vanished in FOUR DAYS: Fascinating tome tours the world's lost and disappearing sights
You're invited on a voyage across every continent to all corners of the world in search of the lost, disappearing and vanished. Your guide is author and cultural commentator Travis Elborough, who in Atlas of Vanishing Places: The Lost Worlds As They Were And As They Are Today ( Aurum Press ) - with the help of fascinating maps by Martin Brown - investigates not just how the world appears today, but how it once looked. Elborough charts natural wonders that are shrinking at an alarming rate, from the Congo Basin Rainforest to the Everglades and the Dead Sea, and threatened man-made worlds, from Skara Brae in Orkney to the vast ancient city of Chan Chan in north-west Peru. There's also the river in Canada that vanished in four days - and the submerged pirate town in the Caribbean.
Globetrotting mum's viral TikTok video reveals a timesaving hack for packing and unpacking - place outfits in a clothes divider, drop it into a suitcase... then hang it up afterwards
Lora McLaughlin Peterson's 'one-step pack and unpack travel hack' video shows her filling a wardrobe divider with folded clothes and collapsing it into her suitcase. When she arrives at her destination, she simply takes out the divider and hangs it up. The 52-year-old, who lives in Los Angeles, tells MailOnline Travel that she shot the video when she was travelling to New York - a place she often visits with her family. She has since used it when packing for trips to London and the Bahamas. She notes that a wardrobe divider is 'one of those things that we all have access to and it's budget-friendly'. 'It works with any suitcase, as you can buy the size that fits the luggage you already own,' she says.
A world-class onsen in Stockholm? Weird, but it works: Inside the city's spectacular 'Japandi' hotel - which has a blissful hot-spring bathing complex and amazing Baltic Sea views
Carlton Reid checked into Stockholm's Yasuragi hotel. In terms of aesthetics, 'Japandi' styling - a combination of Scandanavian functionality and Japanese aesthetics - runs throughout. The onsen too, Carlton says, is a fusion of cultures with several hot water pools and four saunas, including an outdoor one with 'an oblong window looking out over the Baltic Sea, the view partially and deliberately obscured by gently rustling pine trees'. Read on for more...
The UK's favourite historic attractions ranked by Which? - Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire and the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh are joint top, Shakespeare's Birthplace is bottom
The ranking has been drawn up using the results of a Which? survey of thousands of its members. They were asked to rate over 6,700 UK experiences using nine criteria. This year marks the second time the Royal Yacht Britannia has topped the UK historic attractions ranking. Coming a close joint second are Culzean Castle and the Roman Baths and Pump Room in Bath. Read on for the full results...
Tenerife will tickle your taste buds: Forget the island's reputation as a party hotspot... it's the FOOD that's now luring visitors
Sudi Pigott ventured to Tenerife to discover 'why it has become quite the foodie hotspot... so long as you know where to look'. Well, she does - and reveals all here. She stayed in the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach hotel (main), which at breakfast offers 'a bread range to make a Bake Off winner swoon', ate at the likes of Starfish Restaurant (inset and top right) and reflected on it all at Les Teresitas beach (bottom right).
Blissful beaches. Heavenly tavernas. And a pretty town where his latest thriller is set - former cabinet minister Alan Johnson says... You can't beat Crete
Alan's love affair with Crete began in 2014 when he first visited the island with his wife, staying in 'a one-bedroom place in the middle of nowhere'. That middle of nowhere was Livadia village, where they would eat at a threadbare cafe-cum-general-store 'run by a surly chap named Dimitri'. 'Each table had its own uninterrupted view of the sunsets across the specular surface of the sea,' Alan writes. Here he recalls that blissful first visit and reveals his favourite parts of the island, from the city of Chania (main) to the 'gorgeous' Samaria Gorge (bottom right) and from Agia Galini to Elafonisi beach (top right).
A century after his great-grandfather discovered Tutankhamun's tomb, Lord Carnarvon takes a cruise down the Nile - and is dazzled by its sublime treasures
Lord Carnarvon (inset left) journeys down the Nile with his wife aboard the Viking Osiris (main), which he was recently made godfather of. Their voyage comes 100 years after Lord Carnarvon's great-grandfather discovered Tutankhamun, along with the archaeologist Howard Carter (inset right). On their 12-day trip the couple take in Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings - and fly over it in a hot air balloon - gaze upon the Pyramids of Giza, marvel at the antiquities housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, are wowed by Karnak Temple, and have a special dinner at the Winter Palace hotel where Lord Carnarvon's great-grandfather used to 'entertain and throw parties'.
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Power your way through Provence: An electric bike gives a whizzy new perspective on the beautiful byways of southern France
Setting off from La Coquillade (bottom right), a hotel for cycle enthusiasts, Mark Porter peddles through honey-coloured villages and along the oldest road in France on his bike tour. 'Trips like mine focus on the villages and vineyards of Luberon,' he explains, adding: 'France's enormous network of cycleways and planned routes make it one of the most cycle-friendly countries on the planet. And what better way to burn up the calories of its fabulous gastronomic tradition?' Read on for more on his e-bike odyssey...
Best vs worst UK hotel chain: MailOnline compares top-ranked Premier Inn with bottom-rated Britannia (and it doesn't take long to discover why the latter gets slated...)
Britannia has been named the UK's worst large hotel chain by Which? for nine years running. This year it scored a miserly 49 per cent in a survey by the consumer champion, far below Premier Inn, which topped the list with a score of 79 per cent. But what is the difference between the best and the worst? And is the worst really that bad? We decided to find out. With UV torches to sweep for stains packed in our bags, we checked into a Britannia hotel in London and a Premier Inn in Cambridge to put the two chains head to head. Ailbhe MacMahon checked into the Premier Inn and was impressed by an 'extremely comfy' bed, 'really polite' staff and 'brilliant value' breakfast. Ted Thornhill spent the night in the Britannia and discovered why the chain has such a poor reputation - a huge blue skip marred the entrance, dirty glasses were waiting for him outside his room and in the morning dirty plates and cutlery from the night before tainted the public spaces. Read on for more...
A sensational infinity pool, jaw-dropping views and looks worthy of a starring role in a Bond movie: Inside the amazing new cliffside Corfu hotel with a licence to impress - A LOT
MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill checks into the recently opened Angsana Corfu hotel and discovers a retreat with 'palatial swagger' with sweeping views of the Ionian Sea. He says his sea-view room is 'the last word in serene luxury', the infinity pool a 'true wonder' and the food at the hotel's fine-dining restaurant, Botrini's, 'exquisite'. He also reserves plenty of praise for the hotel's beach club. He writes: 'Guests [at the hotel] all generally carry smug expressions, brought on by the realisation that they've hit the hotel jackpot.'
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Way to glow! Mesmerising new photo book captures the beauty of Britain by night, from a seaside village in Yorkshire to one of England's most famous trees
See Britain in a different light courtesy of these illuminating photos. They feature in the new book Britain by Night, published by Amberley Publishing, which celebrates the atmospheric nighttime photography of British landscape and astrophotographer Mark McNeill. McNeill, who is based in the North-West of England, says that the idea for the book 'was to try and capture Britain in a unique way'. 'Most people take photos during the day; well, I get a buzz out of taking photos at night, so I thought I'd travel the whole of Britain,' he writes. Here is a selection of 15 of the striking images that are showcased in the tome...
The UK's most popular hiking routes revealed, with the trek up Ben Nevis top, the climb up Snowdon ranking No.2 and a Yorkshire Dales trail in third place
This is according to new data from Strava, the social platform for sports, which also shows that the climb up Whernside peak in the Yorkshire Dales and the trail for Pen y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales, are popular with hikers. Since the pandemic, the number of global Strava users uploading information about their hikes has tripled, the platform reveals. Read on for more on Britain's favourite hikes...
After Italy's fines for wearing bikinis - other seemingly innocent activities that could mean a hefty fine abroad, from building sandcastles to taking a souvenir pebble
It pays to research the local laws before heading off on holiday, as we reveal here. Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy all have rules that may surprise you. Other banned activities in Europe include washing hair, sleeping on the beach and drinking in public. And don't turn up in a car with a GB sticker...
The world's coolest streets in 2022 ranked by Time Out - and it's Montreal's Rue Wellington that's No.1, followed by a 'beautiful' Melbourne road and (part of) the A82 in Glasgow
The annual Time Out ranking, which is in its second year, sets out to 'shine a spotlight on some of the most culturally-vibrant and dynamic microcosms of cities globally'. The 33-strong list was compiled from a survey of more than 20,000 global city-dwellers, who were asked to nominate their city's coolest street. Time Out's global editorial team then whittled down the selections, taking into account 'food, drink, fun, art, culture, nightlife and community vibes'. Time Out says that first-place Rue Wellington in Montreal offers 'killer cocktail bars, stellar brunch spots, some of the best sandwiches in town and even a sandy urban beach'. Here is the full ranking...
Welcome to the family... Italian style: Venturing off the beaten track to discover the villas and hotels that remain out of the clutches of the corporate giants
For those who prefer character and style to the bland uniformity of the corporate chains, staying in a beautifully restored villa, palazzo or hotel that's family-owned and run is the perfect way to experience la dolce vita. And with increasing numbers of Italian aristocrats and wealthy families opening their palatial homes to guests, the choice of historic, character-filled accommodation has never been greater, or grander. Here's our guide on where to stay, from a 13th-century palace in Lombardy to a Tuscan villa that 'oozes unpretentious luxury'...
All hail the Faroes! This magical and mysterious Danish archipelago is closer than you think and offers spectacular scenery and a mighty Viking welcome
Island-hopping around the Faroes, Lucy Daltroff finds that 'with miles of cliffs, mountains and waterfalls, this is one of the world's most mysterious and magical landscapes'. On the tiny island of Skuvoy, she gets the chance to experience village life, enjoying Faroese home dining in a little stone cottage. She also visits the small national art gallery, Listasavn Foroya, and catches a boat from Vestmanna, on the west of the island of Streymoy, to see the 'spectacular' bird cliffs nearby. 'The Faroes are an enticing getaway,' she admits.