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From a five-star beachfront resort in Thailand to an anything-but-basic business hotel in the heart of Denver: Expedia reveals the best-reviewed hotels of the year

Though diverse, all of the top-rated hotels have a minimum guest review score of 4.6 out of five in commonIn Bermuda, the Royal Palms Hotel ...

My family and other animals: The couple who live on a Kenyan safari camp where elephants and lions roam free

Saba Douglas-Hamilton and Frank Pope live with their children in Kenya among a community of 500 elephantsSamburu has one of Africa's largest free-roaming elephants ...

'We wore armoured underwear in Mogadishu': TV travel presenter Simon Reeve on touring Somalia's bullet-ridden capital and meeting Honduran crime lords... and why it's good to take risks

Travel presenter is fronting the Big Little Tent Festival camping initiative'Kids need to get mucky, muddy, off the couch and outdoors,' Reeve says From Mexico to ...

Archaeologists believe 3D printers could recreate treasures destroyed by ISIS

Archaeologists are planning to 'flood the Middle East with 3D cameras'They want to digitally catalogue every treasure under threat from jihadistsExperts would then use 3D printers ...

Pygmy whale washes up on on Apollo Beach in Victoria in rare sighting

A rare pygmy whale was found washed up on Apollo Beach in Victoria No evidence on the carcass to suggest the whale struggledOnly five sightings of ...

Grumpy Cat is immortalised at Madame Tussauds

Debuting later this year in the US, the waxen cat will be a moving modelShe will be the first ever moggy to be immortalised ...

British Airways plans to increase economy seat sizes to give passengers more room

The airline received complaints on TripAdvisor owned website SeatGuruSeats on new Dreamliners will be half an inch wider than current onesAirline will also change ...

Scientists discover a bigger version of the Great Barrier Reef underwater

Researchers recently explored the 'Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park' reef off southern Australian coastBecause the reef is located deeper underwater than the Queensland reef, it's ...

Has your face ever gone numb on a plane? It's all due to pressure build up

'Unilateral facial paralysis' is far more common than you might thinkPhenomenon is actually do to a pressure build up in the middle earAccording to a ...

Universal Orlando announces Fast & Furious themed ride to open in 2017

Fast & Furious: Supercharged to take riders on high-octane race adventureGuests will also 'explore the headquarters of Toretto and his team'Universal Studios' Hollywood unveiled a ...

Temple on top of a mountain in rural Spain advertises for a care taker

Virgin of the Rock are offering year's contract to the successful applicantPost offers free accommodation at temple of the Mare de Deu de la Roca No ...

Plates and cutlery scattered in plane aisle following 'dispute among cabin crew'

A shocking image shows items strewn between guests in a plane aisleReports say that fliers feared the noise was caused by technical failureOne website said ...

North Korea's international airport boasts chocolate fountains and souvenir shops

At first glance, Pyongyang's brand new terminal seems state-of-the-artBut the airport's internet room doesn't actually provide internet accessIn fact, attempts to open any browser resulted ...

London's first cruise ship terminal to open in Greenwich in 2017

Mayor Boris Johnson approved plans for Thames terminal at GreenwichEnderby Wharf in SE10 will soon allow mid-size commercial ships to dockBorough cabinet members hope that ...

Portugal's Alentejo is transformed for The Flower's Festival with floral canopies

The Flower's Festival in the heart of Portugal's Alentejo is a sea of thousands of delicate petals in every colourThe display in Campo Maior is made ...

Man smuggles baby saltwater crocodile in his workboot from Darwin to Brisbane

A man has been prosecuted for transporting a croc on a flight last yearIt was in a cardboard canister inside one of his work bootsThe ...

Photographer Kurt Arrigo captures amazing pictures of ships at sea

Professional sailing photographer Kurt Arrigo travels the world snapping the top yachting racesThe award-winning snapper from Malta is regularly commissioned to capture Rolex-sponsored events He said ...

Nicole Fitzsimons killed in motorbike accident in Koh Samui Thailand

Nicole Fitzsimons was killed in a motorbike accident in Thailand in 2012Nicole wasn't wearing a helmet and was knocked off the bikeThai police allegedly tried ...

100-acre Spanish village on sale for £146k in Northwest Spain

The abandoned town of O Penso in Northwest Spain is now on the marketIts last resident died a decade ago and it has been uninhabited ...

Northern Lights top British holidaymakers' travel bucket lists

A trip to see the Northern Lights tops 48% of travellers' holiday wish lists Visiting Niagara Falls and doing an American road trip were popular tooStudy ...

British Airways to launch direct route to Silicon Valley with Dreamliners

This will be the only direct service from Europe to San Jose, California Mineta International Airport is just 20 minutes to Apple and Google HQFares will ...

Photos show llamas in Argentina posing for selfies with tourists

Photographer snapped photos in Mirador El Infiernillo, ArgentinaLlamas pose for photos pulling hilarious faces for the cameraThe animals are a relative to camels and are ...

Black Rock Municipal Airport built every year and used for a single WEEK

Every August, tens of thousands descend on Nevada to enjoy the Burning Man festival at the end of August Black Rock Municipal Airport is constructed annually ...

Flight attendants reveal the things passengers do that annoy them the MOST

Facebook page set up for flight attendants reveals their real pet hatesIssues of passenger hygiene feature prominently in grievance listManners and behaviour towards cabin staff ...

Almost a THIRD of the world's 36million annual flights take off from America

There are 36.5 million flights annually, but some countries fly more oftenAmerica flies the most frequently with 9,553,214 flights recorded in 2014Other top ten countries ...

Chinese pensioner dives into the sea over 200 times a day

Zhang Quantong, 73, has been diving in Qingdao for more than 10 yearsHe goes to the pier almost daily and can make over 200 dives ...

Briton Carl Lee Thompson swept out to sea to his death in Canary Islands

Carl Lee Thompson drowned after getting caught in a strong current Fiancee Sally Barrett managed to raise the alarm, but it was too lateBeach where tragedy ...

Family escape attack by Calais migrants who launched metal pole at their car

EXCLUSIVE: Marius Mihaescu was approaching border at 30mphTravelling with wife and daughter, 4, when 'terrifying' attack took placeGiant iron pole smashed through front light and ...

Photographer Paul Reiffer captures he most spectacular sunsets and sunrises

Paul Reiffer, form Dorset, travelled the globe waiting for that perfect chance to snap the stunning landscapesAfter 10 years of trying, he finally managed to ...

Anglesey's The Marram Grass cafe named in the prestigious Good Food Guide

The Marram Grass cafe is at White Lodge Caravan Park on AngleseyTwo brothers run the former greasy spoon-turned gourmet dining spotWaitrose's Good Food Guide profiles ...

UK weather to see torrential rain and TORNADOES sweep in this weekend

A one-day heatwave will see temperatures hit 30C in London and 28C in Norwich while Birmingham could see 26CHot and humid air is expected to be pushed into ...

The Big Brother house at Elstree Studios residence will be open to the public

The space will be available for team-building days, parties and meetingsSince 2002, the house has been located at Elstree Studios in HertfordshireThere will be four ...

Ryanair loses legal battle and more than 2M passengers could claim compensation

In 2014, it was ruled that fliers have six years to make a flight delay claimThe budget airline was attempting to reduce this time to ...

Academics warn of the dark consequences of frequent flying

Academics found that although flying is glamorised, there are drawbacksThe Darker Side of Hypermobility study found jet leg caused many issuesConstant exposure could lead to cognitive ...

Photographs and footage show yacht sinking off Greek island of Mykonos

Local media said four foreigners were rescued unharmed after the large superyacht hit a reef at dawn Reports suggest the vessel is the 106ft Aloha, a ...

Uber launches take-away delivery service and in New York they will pick up your dry cleaning

The taxi delivery app launched UberEATS this week in selected citiesCustomers in Chicago, Toronto and New York and others can order mealsThe company say selected ...

Spain's wild west: Inside Fort Bravo Texas Hollywood studios in Almeria

The expansive replica Western-style town was initially built as a film set in the 1960s, but is now a tourist hot spotStunt actors perform daily ...

Cochin International Airport in India becomes the first powered by solar energy

Cochin International Airport runs on a 45-acre plot of 46,000 solar panels producing 60,000 units of electricity a dayThe green initiative makes the Indian airport ...

Whale watching tourists only saw dead endangered whales in Iceland

American tourist Timothy Baker witnessed the grim spectacle firsthandHe quickly took photos and then contacted several animal rights groupsThe organisations have since called on Iceland ...

Ben Nevis drone video shows Rob Johnson's solo climb

Rob Johnson used a camera and remote-control drone to capture amazing scenes in the Scottish HighlandsHis four-minute video offers a fascinating and rare view, and ...

Wildlife photographer Dennis Fast captures playful polar bears in a field of wild flowers

Wildlife photographer Dennis Fast captured these stunning images in the northern part of the province of ManitobaIn the shots, the white giants can be seen ...

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Inside Virginia TV killer Vester Flanagan's soulless apartment

Images from inside Vester Flanagan's apartment show he lived sparse lifeHad no decoration on the walls, and no pictures of family or friendsOnly images are ...

Former Army chief urges more troops to 'speak up' for Afghans 

General Sir Richard Dannatt called for veterans to help Afghan interpretersUrged them and public to sign a petition so they are given refuge in Britain Explained ...

International tourists still favour NSW but Victoria is catching up fast as sightseers flock to 'hipster' alleys and laneways 

New South Wales continues to be the most popular tourist destinationSecond place was taken by Victoria after it scored a 12% increaseAfter 16 years, Queensland ...

Florida parents 'left their baby outside a bar and checked on him between shots'

Antonio Nieves, 28, and Amy Schafer, 27, charged with child neglect without great bodily harm; Nieves is also facing a domestic battery countPolice in Margate, ...

Kim Jong-Un boasts that the threat of North Korea’s military muscle secured peace along the border with the South…amid fears for the fate of top officials he dismissed for allowing the stand-off to escalate 

Rival Koreas threatened strikes against each other earlier this weekIt followed landmine explosions which maimed South Korean soldiersSeoul resumed propaganda broadcasts critical of Kim Jong Un's ...

Neil Gaiman reveals Terry Pratchett wanted his unfinished work destroyed by a steamroller

Author told his friend that his work should be 'put in middle of the road'Gaiman, Good Omens co-author, is 'ridiculously glad' that did not happenSir ...

'I don't hold a grudge... This is just one of those things': Widow reveals how Bake Off contestant Mat Riley caused crash which killed her husband

Mr Riley's car crashed into Michael Turner's motorbike in Uckfield, SussexThe 51-year-old died one week later in hospital from severe head injuriesMr Riley served ...

Savannah State University shooting: Georgia campus gets all-clear after person injured in gun attack

An American university placed its campus on lockdown after a shooting that left one person hospitalised. One man was shot and wounded in the student union ...

Boat packed with migrants sinks off coast of Libya with up to 200 feared dead

GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING First boat with 50 people sank followed by second carrying 400 passengersMany in second boat had been trapped in the boat's hold when ...

Jamie Oliver's anger at junk food ads in BGT and X Factor

Father of four was appalled to witness fast-food ads during BGT recentlyWants prime-time shows to face same regulations as children’s channels Family-oriented shows 'can contain ...