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Abandoned Civilisations unravels the mysteries of over 90 lost worlds

The fascinating stories behind over 90 lost worlds have been revealed in a new book laced with incredible pictures. Abandoned Civilisations by author Kieron Connolly reveals how vast societies can rise and fall, leaving behind ruined cities and towns that have been reclaimed by nature. It tells the stories of citadels overgrown by jungle, statues lying half-hidden in the sand and gigantic bizarre sculptures carved into rock faces. Pictured: The fortress at Masada in Israel, top left, Bagan in Myanmar centre, the tombs in the town of Myra in present day Turkey, bottom left, stone circles on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, top right, and the circular terraces at Moray in Cuzco, Peru, bottom right.

William Hanson on New York's Upper East Side or Upper West Side

The British north or the British south? North or south of the river? Upper East Side or Upper West Side? Here William Hanson enters the debate on the latter. He checks into the noble Pierre hotel on the Upper East Side and the contemporary Mandarin Oriental on the Upper West Side. The former has elevator attendants, the latter fancy cocktails and celebrity 'fans'. Find out which one gets the etiquette guru's vote.

The budget airline has already scrapped 30 services between Ireland and the UK that had been scheduled for tomorrow, due to the industrial action by Ryanair pilots based in the country.

Regional government chiefs want to limit the amount of alcohol on offer at airports in the Balearic Islands - which include Majorca, pictured, and Ibiza - and on incoming flights from the UK.

New research by British-based MoneySuperMarket found that one in ten holidaymakers refuse to pay for travel insurance despite a third of them having to seek medical assistance while abroad.

Analysts have revealed the truth about frequent flyer points and who wins. They argue that Qantas, who has the most popular program in Australia, wants their customers points to expire.

Here pilots including America's Patrick Smith, author of Cockpit Confidential, explain just how tricky flying planes is - and why amateurs would need vast amounts of luck to avoid a catastrophe.

The French capital is gearing up for one of its busiest summer seasons in recent years, which is set to bring in an unprecedented amount of tourists.

Think you know British road signs? The tricky quiz that mixes real and fake signs

Most drivers would like to think that they can tell the difference between a real and a fake road sign. But when 2,000 Brits in a study took a new tricky quiz that asked them to differentiate made-up signs from real ones found on Britain's roads - many didn't fare very well and not one scored 100 per cent. And if Brits themselves are unable to spot the difference, then what chance do tourists coming to the UK stand? See how you fare here.

The low-cost carrier has blamed air traffic control strikes in France as well a shortage of air traffic staff in Spain, German and Britain for a surge in flight delays and cancellations this year.

Southwest says the decision follows months of deliberation and isn't tied to any particular incident involving passengers with allergies.

The Anaheim park was said to have recorded its hottest day on record - and visitors decided to stay in air-conditioned comfort rather than brave the oppressive outdoor temperatures.

Thousands of England fans are heading to Russia by any means necessary to ensure they get to the World Cup semi final against Croatia in Moscow tomorrow night.

Locals in Thailand are stunned when a BOEING 747 turns up in a FIELD

When an enormous Boeing 747 appeared overnight in a muddy field in Thailand earlier this month, locals were left baffled. At first sight, the Queen of the Skies appeared to have landed on the remote patch of grass in Chai Nat, in the north of the country. Villagers flocked to take pictures of the jumbo jet, which has a distinctive purple and gold Thai Airways livery.

German photographer Ingo Gerlach was taking a tour of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya when he managed to pick out a leopard against the foliage, but can you spot the big cat?

Research by UK-based air travel analysts OAG revealed that the route between London and JFK generates six per cent of BA's total revenue and makes $24,639 (£18,500) on an hourly basis.

Airport workers in Ibiza claim productivity bonuses to casual workers are not being paid and criticise 'the constant changes of shifts'.

Meet the Swedish pilot who has set Instagram alight

This is the ex-hairdressing female pilot whose behind-the-scenes shots of her job and globe-trotting lifestyle have made her an Instagram star. First officer Sara Johansson from Borås, Sweden, has amassed more than 22,000 followers on the social media site thanks to her incredible images. Striking shots show the stunning blonde in her uniform at work in the cockpit or chilling inside an engine, while others show Sara on her days off exploring the exotic locations she gets to fly to. The 33-year-old has worked as a commercial pilot for two and a half years, flying both passengers and cargo on a Boeing 737. She now flies a Falcon 7X on corporate services.

A study by a British accountancy firm has found that there are approximately 64,000 Airbnb listed properties in the British capital, compared to 197,970 hotel rooms.

Sea levels could rise by six metres if the world meets the 2°C target, with tropical forests turning into fire-dominated savanna, according to research led by the University of Bern (stock).

Travelling by Eurostar to review Amsterdam's classy De L'Europe hotel

When Eurostar launched a direct service to Amsterdam from London St Pancras on April 4 it's likely that many people thought 'ah, marijuana, beer bikes and the Red Light District - plus canals' - all now within easy reach. Yes, they are. But there are several other very good reasons why Eurostar's new train ride to this watery wonderland is an extremely splendid thing – it means that one of Europe's classiest hotels, the De L'Europe (exterior inset), is under four hours away, along with fabulous wine bars and streets of such quaintness that it beggars belief. These were all on Ted Thornhill's itinerary on a trip to the city by Eurostar recently and he was left desperately yearning to return. Pictured: The hotel's chandelier-laden lobby (top left), one of its marble bathrooms (top right), its terrace dining area (bottom right) and one of its deluxe bedrooms (bottom left).

Peter Duncan traveled to Chile to meet his son in Patagonia. During his trip he got close to some of Chile's most dramatic glaciers and also explored the capital city, Santiago.

A mix of parks, power bikes, pop-up shops and bold architecture next to restored landmarks is Europe’s third-most visited city, after London and Paris.

Inside Hotel Lutetia in Paris after its £177MILLION refurbishment

The Lutetia hotel in Paris, favoured by the likes of Picasso and Hemingway, reopens this week after undergoing a 200million-euro (£177million) refurb that it hopes will win it the 'palace' label reserved for the most opulent of French lodgings. The new five-star Lutetia will re-open on Thursday (July 12) with a spa, indoor pool and jazz bar with a frescoed ceiling. It will offer 184 rooms, including 47 suites, down from its original 233 rooms. The new guests will pay rates starting at 850 euros a night, rising to 19,000 euros for the two-bedroom Presidential suite. Before the revamp the average rate was 300 euros.

The Salutation in Sandwich is owned by Gogglebox stars Dom and Steph Parker. Lunch on the terrace was a high point but breakfast took over an hour to arrive.

Join broadcaster and gardener Carol Klein in Tokyo during cherry blossom season. The unforgettable cruise also includes a stop in South Korea.

The most amazing football pitch locations in the world

It's known as the beautiful game - and sometimes it's played in beautiful places, as these pictures show. From Brazil to Singapore via Norway and Greenland, it's game on for eye-popping pitches. Among the world's most stunning pitches are those in Tasiilaq, Greenland, top left, the Faroe Islands, top right, the Malaysian jungle, bottom left, Singapore, bottom right, and an island in Norway, inset.

Caroline Hendrie picks ten of the best green-fingered trips to book now. The list includes a tour of Prince Charles’s beloved gardens and a holiday to Grenada to see some exotic blooms.

Video shows the two stuck on the line at Gatorland, Florida, on Saturday before staff is able to get the two down. The two were stuck for 20 to 25 minutes because the father weighed too much.

The actress remembers some of her best and worst holidays. She also reveals that her favourite place in the world is Tobago - mainly for the crab and dumplings.

Neil Clark packed his bags and checked into the 15th Century Bell Inn in the Norfolk market town of Thetford. The Dad's Army cast and production stayed there when filming from 1968-1977.

Pictured: The incredible scarf and carpet makers of Kashmir

MailOnline Travel's Sadie Whitelocks visited artisans (inset and top right) in the Kashmiri city of Srinagar. Cottage industries in the region are dying out with the rise of new technology, with youngsters just not having the patience to work in them, Sadie writes. Pictured: An intricate scarf being worked on during Sadie's visit (top left), a carpet-making studio (bottom right) and a worker weaving colourful silk (bottom left).

It's crammed full of art and serves up some of the best food in the state. And with budget flights launched this year, Dallas is set to become one of America's coolest getaways, says Hannah Summers.

The flyover states of Michigan and Ohio are drawing in visitors who are lured by the unexpected beauty of the Rust Belt. And the gateway to it all is 'America's Comeback City', Detroit.

British author Adam Jacot de Boinod found himself mesmerised by the raw emotion of flamenco in Spain. He watched one of the world's best dancers in this style - Irene Rueda (pictured).

Glenapp Castle is on the Ayrshire coast, around 90 minutes south-west of Glasgow. The hotel oozes opulence and is a 'doppelganger for Downton Abbey', writes Jo Kessel.

The Daily Mail's Hugh Gordon embarked on a bicycle tour through the valleys of the Julian Alps. He lapped up the stunning scenery and the excellent (and very cheap!) local wine and cheese.

New research has revealed that Hamilton, the capital of the tiny Atlantic island of Bermuda, is the most costly in the world to live in - for the fourth year in a row.

Police and ministers called on British holidaymakers to familiarise themselves with the steps to follow in the event of a security alert while away by watching a safety video.

Hurricane Beryl was located about 1,140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, a chain of islands in the Caribbean Sea, and is moving West. Forecasters say it'll deplete before hitting land.

Photograph of daring pose at Maho Beach provokes fury

 A Ukrainian acrobatic duo has been criticised for posing underneath a low-flying aircraft and ‘risking their lives and hundreds of others’. Yuliia Nos did a one-handed handstand on the head of her partner, Oleg Kolisnichenko, on Maho Beach on the Caribbean island of St Maarten-St Martin as a cargo plane passed right overhead. It seems that she was just mere feet away from the plane’s wheels as it came into land at the adjacent Princess Juliana International Airport. But instead of being impressed, some people reacted with fury when Mr Kolisnichenko posted the striking image to his Instagram page.

Couple convert vintage school bus into a solar powered mobile home

A couple who dreamed of a simpler life on the open road with their pet dog, Milo, have spent $40,000 (£30,000) converting a vintage school bus into a solar powered mobile home. Nicholas Underwood from Atlanta and his partner Heather Yandziak of Ashburn, Virginia, wanted to travel across the US and decided on a bus conversion. The adventurous pair wanted the ability to stay out in the wilderness for long periods of time so made a 1998 Thomas Vista 3600 School Bus fully solar powered.

Terrified British tourists were forced to flee from bars on the Spanish resort's main strip, Calle Mallorca, amid reports of a double shooting at one of the area's many nightspots.

Mallory Harrigan and her boyfriend Cliff Russell were fishing four miles off mainland Labrador in William's Harbour, Canada, when they spotted what they thought was a stranded baby seal.

Images chart most influential aircraft that have changed aviation 

A new book called 50 Airliners That Changed Flying has detailed the aircraft that have each been pivotal in changing aviation since 1914 when the first passenger planes were developed. It shows how aircraft moved from early piston planes with open cockpits to luxury airliners with sleeping berths, pressurised cabins and faster engines. Pictured are a Boeing 707, top left, an Imperial Airways boat plane, top right, Concorde, bottom left and a BEA Viscount 800, bottom right.

The Balearic island, which is popular with Brits, wants to join the ranks of other Spanish resorts such as Cullera and Gandia by introducing the penalties for leaving items dumped on the sand.

Dramatic footage shows Alex Nomernoy sprinting along the roof of the Sapsan - or Peregrine Falcon - express as it powers along the tracks in the Russian capital Moscow.

Nostalgic images show the development of Manchester Airport as it celebrates its 80th

Vintage images have shown how Manchester Airport has been developed over the past 80 years to become one of the world's major hubs welcoming almost 28 million passengers a year. Originally called Ringway, Manchester Airport opened in June 1938 with the first flight taking place two days later. It was operated by KLM on a Douglas DC2 aircraft and it carried up to 14 passengers to Amsterdam's Schipol Airport. Today around 107,000 travellers pass through the airport a day and the A380 flies from hub three times a day.

American group FlyersRights had taken the US Federal Aviation Administration to court to force them ensure airlines leave sufficient space so aircraft can be evacuated quickly in an emergency.

Inside the stunning New York hotel suite where Marilyn Monroe lived

The Lexington Hotel Autograph Collection on Manhattan's Lexington Avenue has unveiled its Norma Jeane Suite, in honour of Monroe's real name where stays cost from $1,200-a-night. As guests enter the suite, they are greeted with a marble entry foyer with pictures of both Monroe and DiMaggio dotted around the room. It has a subtle colour palate of black, white and pink with only flashes of red honouring the actress's love of bright lipstick. Guests in the suite can enjoy a spacious living room with huge sofas where they could watch Monroe's movies on the 55-inch high-definition flat-screen TV.

The Al Ghazal Lounge in Abu Dhabi International's Terminal 2 has been revealed as the top place to check into before a flight, with £21.45 ($28.76) bagging customers free drinks, food and Wi-Fi.

Those living in Leicestershire, Scotland and the far north of England can benefit from flying overseas from nearby airports in areas where children are still in class.

Budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair are rocked by strikes across Europe as one carrier cancelled 1,100 flights in a month of misery for holidaymakers. The Sheridan family (pictured) paid out £3,500.

Images see detailed sketches combined with photos of famous landmarks

Italian artist Pietro Cataudella started his project called CityLiveSketch in Sicily in 2014 and it sees him sketch the landmarks before taking snaps of them. He then merges them together to create the unusual images, which he likes to refer to as postcards. Among the 3D illusions he has created, they include images of the Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, top left, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, top right, the Houses of Parliament in London, bottom left and the Duomo Cathedral in Milan, bottom right.

A Ryanair jet lands at Dublin Airport

Members of the Irish Airline Pilots' Association at the budget airline voted 99 per cent in favour of industrial action claiming the Dublin-based carrier failed to meet demands on new working practices.

The world's most unusually-shaped swimming pools

These wacky watering holes take the art of swimming pool design to a whole new level. MailOnline has scoured the world for some of the kookiest places to dip, with a number of gems floating to the surface. At the Sweet Escape vacation home near Orlando, there is an ice cream-shaped swimming pool which follows the resort's candy theme. Meanwhile, at the Apartelle de Francesca apartment rental in the Philippines, there is a pool shaped like a foot, after the owner's fashion brand logo.

Would you take a holiday on a VOLCANO? The Azores offers an explosive family break

It is an extraordinary thing to holiday on a volcano. The beaches are black (bottom right), you can swim in hot springs and eat stews cooked by burial in volcanic earth (top right). Welcome to the Azores (main), writes Jake Wallis Simons, an archipelago of Portuguese islands marooned in the North Atlantic. He took his three kids (eight-year-old twins and a 10-year-old) there for an adventure that would give them memories that definitely won't blur into all the others when they are older.

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A Package Travel Directive is being launched which ministers said will give new consumer protections for 10 million holidays a year and save people tens of millions of pounds.

The special 'shinkansen' which is adorned with Hello Kitty's face inside and out made its first round trip Saturday between Osaka and Fukuoka, connecting Japan's west and south.

Mesmerising footage how shows more than 200,000 flights took off and landed on one of aviation's busiest days in history 

Flight monitoring service FlightRadar24 released the animated map showing aircraft filling the skies around the globe on Friday after tracking 202,157 aircraft taking off and landing in one day. The Swedish-based website added that it was the first time it had ever tracked more than 200,000 flights in a day and that at the peak time, over 19,000 flights were in the air at the same time.

The six new properties, which will be built across the UK and will be called Travelodge Plus are described as being able to meet the needs of 'budget travellers who want more style.'

The building, in Minchinhampton, began life as a chapel in 1902 and was named the Victoria Memorial Chapel to commemorate Queen Victoria in her passing. It held services until 1984.

MailOnline Travel's Dan Sanderson struggled to think of a time when all had seemed more right with the world than when he took his family to St James's Club & Villas in Antigua.

The new designs for Alitalia's customer facing staff were unveiled during Milan's Men's Fashion Week in a special presentation on the steps of the the city's famous Duomo di Milano.

Celebrities star in new star-studded British Airways safety video 

The award-winning actors have come together to create the second instalment of the celebrity filled safety briefing which will be shown before all British Airways flights starting this month. The video shows seven well-known faces who are seen 'auditioning' in humorous sketches while giving out important messages. They appear to be under the watchful eye of comedian Asim Chaudhry, who plays Chabuddy G as he attempts to direct their every move. Pictured are David Walliams, top left, Joanna Lumley, top right, Naomie Harris, bottom left, Olivia Colman, bottom right and Sir Michael Caine, inset

Actor Nigel Planer sailed down the Mekong river through Cambodia. Along the tour, he had a sobering experience at one of the country's infamous Killing Fields.

TV star Lisa Snowdown escaped to Marrakech for a chic city break. She stayed at the Mandarin Oriental - an oasis of calm a couple of miles from the famous Jemaa el-Fna marketplace.

You will be joined by Gregg Wallace on this appetising journey. Explore some of the region’s finest wine chateaux as you sail down the Garonne on a five-star river cruise ship.

International Airlines Group (IAG) announced that a new Austrian subsidiary named Level - the same as its low-cost long-haul brand - will launch in less than three weeks.

Described by its letting agents – Sotheby’s International Realty – as an ‘architectural masterpiece’, it is probably the perfect Italian countryside retreat.

Iraqi-British Hadid, who died in 2016, was the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture. For this Macau project, finished posthumously, two tower blocks were merged.

Inside the stunning London suite where Rudyard Kipling used to stay

Boasting exotic wallpaper and a plaster monkey swinging from one of the doors, a swanky hotel suite in London promises to transport guests to the colourful world of Rudyard Kipling. Brown's Hotel in London's Mayfair is where Kipling penned some of the Jungle Book and it has a rather fabulous suite in honour of the British writer. The 1,665 square foot Kipling Suite - which costs from £6,000 a night with breakfast included - boasts a large king size bedroom, a spacious living room area and a stunning master bathroom clad with Italian marble. Pictured from top left, clockwise to centre: The suite's entrance way, the living room, the master bathroom, the bedroom and a portrait of Kipling, inset.

Victoria Bischoff headed to Vis, an island off Croatia's Dalmation Coast where the much-anticipated Mamma Mia! sequel was shot. Unlike the film, her stay here was mayhem-free.

Here's our guide on how to spend a weekend in New York's hippest borough. Eat your way around Brooklyn’s favourite food market and make a beeline for the Botanic Gardens.

Alex Polizzi visited the Forest Holiday site near Winchester with her children. They sampled the new 'dine-in' experience where a private chef cooks for you in your cabin.

Actress and writer Carol Drinkwater shares her holiday heaven and holiday hell. Find out why she was stopped by police in Spain and read about her best trip to a remote Fijian island.

France has introduced a new reduced speed limit on many A and B roads. Here, The Mail on Sunday's Travel Editor issues tips on how to avoid being penalised.

Life in the fast lane: A weekend of glitz, glamour and fine dining in magnificent Monte

As a playground of the rich and famous, Monte Carlo conjures up images of glitz and glamour like no other. What the tiny principality of Monaco lacks in terms of size, it makes up for in stunning hotels and restaurants that have cemented the elegant destination as one of the world's most chic locations. Just a two-hour flight away from the UK, the coastal city - famed for its annual Grand Prix - is the perfect choice for a weekend of living life in the fast lane that will make you feel like a bona fide movie star, writes Louise Saunders, who stayed in the amazing Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort (top left, top right and bottom left). She also dropped in to the rather famous local casino (inset).

French air traffic controllers have called off their planned weekend strike too late for holidaymakers to avoid delays and cancellations to their flights.

Freddy Gray takes his 'townie' family to a farm in Sussex, to stay in one of six high-end lodges. With a pool, massages, pizza-making and wildlife galore, it proves a crowd-pleasing way to sample country life.

The world's funniest place names revealed

Should you continue half a mile to Ham or journey further on to Sandwich? MailOnline Travel has scoured the world for some of the most comical place names. They are so wacky it's hard to believe that they're real. Pictured, from top left clockwise: Cut and Shoot in Texas, Fertile in Iowa, Ham and Sandwich in Kent, Accident in Maryland, Condom in France and Sexbierum in the Netherlands.

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was a visual sensation. And that's not unlike her birthland, which bursts with colour and creativity. With the new V&A Kahlo exhibition, now is a great time to dive into her world.

Who wood live in a house like this? Home adorned with tree trunks hits the market for $7.6

Bringing a touch of the great outdoors inside, this kooky home in America is adorned with eye-catching pieces of wooden sculpture. The two-bedroom, five-bathroom property, located at 2700 N in Ashfield, Oregon, is currently on the market for $7.6million after its owners spend several years lovingly building it from scratch. From the outside, the 8,880 square foot home looks pretty standard but on walking inside, the place features an eclectic mix of lumber, from branches seemingly growing out of the walls to tree trunks propping up breakfast counters. Pictured, from top left clockwise to centre: One of the bathrooms, the kitchen, the main staircase one of the bathrooms, and an exterior view of the home.

Tour operators and hotels in the Caribbean nation have been given just a week's notice by the country's government of the new charges they must collect from holidaymakers.

Travel blogger Drew Goldberg, 27, from Arizona, visited a rural part of Malawi, where he discovered the unusual inn that has no mattresses on the beds and no electricity supply.

Private jet company set to bring luxury travel to the masses, with tickets starting from

Offering luxury jet travel for a snip of the price, a new airline is set to change up the aviation industry. AURA, which will start running flights in early 2019, has unveiled renderings of its state-of-the-art aircraft, complete with comfy armchair-style seats, large windows and slick interior design. A spokesperson for the Florida-based firm told MailOnline Travel that tickets will cost from $280 with frequent flights connecting Miami, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, and Los Angeles.

Barkingham Pet Hotel in California treats pampered pooches to a five-star experience, with double beds for them to sleep on, turkey 'muttloaf' for them to feast on and masseuses to massage them.

Grianan has two idyllic private beaches which look out on to Loch Rannoch in Perthshire, Scotland, and is nestled in the popular holiday destination of Pitlochry.

Close-up of a whale's tail wins the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the

A stunning close-up shot of a humpback whale calf's tail has been revealed as the grand prize winner of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Reiko Takahashi from Japan, who quit her office job to pursue her passion for underwater photography, took the striking image, titled 'Mermaid', off the coast of Japan's Kumejima Island. Along with choosing an overall winner, judges of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest went about selecting winning photos in three categories including 'nature', 'people' and 'cities'. Pictured, from top left clockwise: Reiko's grand-prize winning shot, Alessandra Meniconzi won first place in the 'people' category, Enrico Pescantini scored second place in the 'cities' group and Gaanesh Prasad came third in the same class.

The aircraft's new guise was unveiled this week as it rolled out of the paintshop in Toulouse, France. Airbus employees were asked to vote on a design for the large cargo plane.

Luxury rental in the Hamptons with a stunning ocean view rents for £29,000 A NIGHT

For deep-pocketed holiday makers, this luxury rental property in the Hamptons might appeal. Meadow Lane Estate in Southampton - which rents out for an eye-watering £29,299 a night - boasts a stunning ocean-facing location with amenities including a game room, tennis court, heated pool and gym. In total, the large main house can accommodate 18 people, with nine bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.

Horrifying footage has emerged of a shocking case of quokka cruelty. It shows a quokka lapping up alcohol from a goon bag on Rottnest Island. A man copped a $200 fine over the incident.

Clive Block, 70, from Poole, was travelling with his wife, Bev, a counsellor. She asked for a glass of water once they landed - after the Boeing 737 shook for 40 minutes when they were diverted to Madrid.

Minions and Cinderella - the world's best hotel rooms for kids

Ditching the mini bar for stashes of chocolates and sweets, these wacky and wonderful hotel rooms have been specially designed for children. For wannabe princesses, the Eloise Suite at The Plaza Hotel (inset) would be the ultimate place to kip - although stays come in at a bank-busting £1,653 ($2,193) a night. Meanwhile, aspiring knights might want to check out the castle-themed rooms at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel Singapore (bottom left), with turreted beds to keep them entertained. Other spots catering to tiny tots include the Gruffalo rooms at Chessington Safari Hotel (top right), the Despicable Me Kids’ Suites at The Loews in Orlando (top left) and the exclusive Cinderella Castle Suite at Walt Disney World in Florida (bottom right).

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it had 'widespread' concerns about the sites, which it has declined to name, and has also launched enforcement action against them.

Passengers have told consumer champions Which? how they faced demands for more cash after making a booking - and were left high and dry if they insisted the agent honour the original price.

Alaska, Norwegian, Southwest and Aeroflot winners in passenger awards

The Passenger Choice Awards took into account passenger feedback from almost one million flights across 428 airlines. Aeroflot (top left) was deemed the comfiest airline in Europe, while Southwest Airlines (top right) scored top points for its cabin service in the Americas. On the food front, Alaska (bottom left) came first in North and South America, with Norwegian (bottom right) being crowned the best budget carrier in Europe.

The French capital is on course for one of the biggest influxes of visitors in recent years during the peak season. But the city authorities admit that keeping all tourists safe can be difficult.

The sellers, who are thought to mainly come from West Africa and Bangladesh, are often found on Italian beaches trying to get unsuspecting visitors to buy their cheap items.

Hong Kong tourist board promotes the city with extraordinary pictures of ballet dancers

Striking eye-watering splits and sky-high leaps against the Hong Kong skyline, these ballet dancers certainly take the standard holiday 'jumping pose' to a whole new level. The Hong Kong tourist board has revealed a collection of stunning images by award-winning photographer Dean Alexander ahead of the city ballet's opening season. The eight ethereal images capture male and female performers in gravity-defying poses with various landmarks in the background. Pictured from top left clockwise: A dancer at Tin Hau Temple in Repulse Bay, a group with Hong Kong Island in the backdrop, two dancers on a traditional fishing boat and jumping among apartment blocks in Quarry Bay.

A new infographic reveals that in some cities, such as London, Bern and Oslo, taking a cab can be a very expensive undertaking. But in Cairo and Mexico City, it's a total bargain.

A hapless heron was waiting patiently by a pool of water at Amsterdam Zoo, completely unaware it had landed in a lion's enclosure. The moment is was spotted by a lioness was caught on camera.

On board the Alaskan train passengers can FLAG DOWN at any point on the route

Train journeys tend to start and end at railway stations. But in Alaska they do things a little differently - and run a train that picks up passengers who simply flag it down. Anywhere on the route. The service is called the Hurricane Turn Train (main) and it is, as the Alaskan Railroad website points out, 'a train like no other'. Pictured left is luggage and a pet dog being loaded on board after passengers flagged down the train.

Located north west of popular holiday destination Lanzarote and often hailed as 'paradise' with the best beaches in Spain, La Graciosa has been declared as the eighth Canary Island.

TripAdvisor reveals the world's most popular experiences for 2018

The world's top travel experiences have been announced by TripAdvisor, with a cooking class at a Tuscan farmhouse revealed as the most sought after and best-rated tour. The £87.60 ($116) experience, which sees people rustle up Tuscan cuisine from ingredients bought at a market, was followed in the rankings by a £28.60 ($37) bike tour of Berlin and a one-day sightseeing tour of New York, costing £64.41 ($84). Experiences in the UK were ranked separately, with a £139 ($184) trip to Stonehenge, which gives travellers exclusive access to the 'inner circle', bagging the number one spot.

A group called Dispac'h says that the area of western France, which is popular with British tourists, has been left with no affordable housing for local people or seasonal workers.

As the Dreamworld inquest continues studying the deaths of four people who lost lives during River Rapids Ride in 2016, holiday-makers appear to be avoiding previously popular Queensland park.

Hello Kitty bullet train is unveiled in Japan

Resplendent in shocking pink, a sleek 'Hello Kitty' bullet train, complete with special carriages festooned with images of the global icon from Japan, has been unveiled before it chugs into service this week. The special shinkansen or bullet train will run for the next three months between the western cities of Osaka and Fukuoka from Saturday, the West Japan Railway firm said, hoping that one of the country's most famous exports will boost tourism. Passengers will be in left in no doubt what train they are on, with Hello Kitty smiling down from the shades of every window and adorning every passenger seat cover.

Beluga whales Little Grey and Little White will become the first inhabitants of Iceland's open water sanctuary next spring, a reserve designed to give more freedom to whales held in captivity.

The cricket commentator visited the idyllic Caribbean island with his wife. They had a dreamy stay at the all-inclusive Bequia Beach Hotel on Friendship Bay.

Roll clouds form when a downdraft from an advancing storm causes moist warm air to rise. This then cools below its dew point and forms a tube-cloud. This roll cloud was spotted in Adamsville.

The stunning winners of a prestigious nature photo contest are revealed

A stunning shot of an enormous piercing blue chunk of ice in Iceland and an image of flames erupting from a volcano in Mexico are among the winning images of a prestigious photography contest run by The Nature Conservancy. This year the non-profit said its photo contest received a record number of entries, with 57,489 shots sent in from applicants dotted across 135 countries. Pictured, from top left clockwise: A polar bear in the high Arctic, a volcano erupting in Mexico, a chunk of glacier in Iceland and an extremely narrow slot canyon in southern Utah.

A Reddit user shared a snap of the breakfast they'd paid £5.70 for from Friska at Luton Airport, comprised of a cardboard box containing two triangles of pale toast, and three soggy poached eggs.

Private jet once owned by Elvis Presley for sale - again

A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back up for auction. Online auction site IronPlanet has announced that the plane with red velvet seats had returned to the market. A previous auction house said that Elvis designed the interior. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit. The plane was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley. It has been privately owned for 36 years and is sitting on tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico.

The remote Himalayan village with no road access and three hours of electricity a day

MailOnline Travel's Sadie Whitelocks ventured to the Ladakh region of northwest India where she trekked to the remote village of Rumbak. A translator she was travelling with explained that around 200 people live in the mountain community, with farming being the primary occupation. The residents only get electricity for three hours a day, from 8pm to 11pm, and there is just one spot for trekkers to stay in. Pictured: A villager returning home (top left), a view of Rumbak (main), the valley where the community is situated (top right), a tea room in one of the houses (bottom right) and butter tea being served (bottom left). 

Here's our pick of the top ten castles in Wales, many of which you can stay in. The list features Craig-y-Nos Castle, which is reputedly haunted by a 19th Century opera singer.

Tourists can tour Japanese cities dressed like Mario Kart characters

It's the video game that sees Nintendo characters whizz around on go-karts as they race on gravity-defying tracks. But tourists in Japan can go one better - and zoom around in a real-life Mario Kart game. Sort of. MariCAR tours allow fans of the game - or anyone who's partial to a zany outing - to dress as characters from it and tour Tokyo, Osaka and Okinawa in go-karts.

You will be joined by environmental campaigner Stanley Johnson in The Galapagos Islands. In South Africa you will travel alongside gardening presenter Nick Bailey.

Barney Colman gives his tips on how to spend the perfect weekend in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Sampling bao buns is a must, as is a healing dip in the sulphuric hot springs in Beitou.

Meet the couple who earn $100K a year travelling the world with their kitten Captain Ahab

From splashing around in the Bahamas to exploring the wilds of Antarctica, these photos reveal how one globetrotting couple have managed to create a business that allows them to travel the world and earn $100,000 a year as they go. Jonathan and Kach Howe, aged 33 and 30 respectively, both gave up their day jobs in 2013 and met while travelling in Luang Prabang, Laos. They now run their own travel and lifestyle site www.twomonkeystravelgroup.com and sell their skills in marketing and trip planning, with this spread of work bringing in $70,000 to $100,000. Pictured, from top left clockwise to centre: Kach at the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the couple catching up on some work, Kach swimming in the Bahamas, with her beau in Antarctica and the lovebirds with their cat, Captain Ahab.

The former England football manager shares some of his best and worst holiday experiences. He also reveals that he dreams of venturing to Antarctica.

Britons took advantage of the 77F tanning weather to flock outdoors, heading to beaches and some football fans basking in the sun to watch England take on Panama at the Isle of Wight Festival.

People walk at Kievskaya subway (Metro) station in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The Moscow subway hopes to provide an easy, safe and cheap way to travel around Moscow during the Confederations Cup or next year's World Cup. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

The Moscow Metro, which opened in 1935 and has 13 lines that criss-cross the city, is famous for its elegant and ample stations. And many of the stations are almost like art galleries.

Ditchling Cabin in West Sussex is built on the banks of Whitelands Reservoir and as well as having beautiful views of the lake, guests have the water all to themselves for fishing and swimming.

A blade above the rest! Revealing the 252-foot superyacht which comes with TWO helicopters

Taking the world of adventure yachting to new heights, one expedition vessel comes complete with two Airbus helicopters. The 252-foot SeaXplorer 77, from Dutch ship builders Damen, has been commissioned by an unnamed client who has a passion for the outdoors and wants to use the choppers for heliskiing and touching down in remote places. Explaining the inspiration behind his luxury cruiser, the anonymous owner said: 'Some people think that fans of outdoor activities should stay in fleabag motels and dry their wet socks on radiators. I believe that you can combine the most active outdoor adventures and sports with ultimate comfort.'

The Mail on Sunday's Tom Chesshyre checked into The Horseshoe & Castle located near the village of Cooling. He had a peaceful stay and was a fan of the hearty pub grub.

The Mail on Sunday's Frank Barrett gives his tips on where to stay if you're heading to Oberammergau Passion Play in 2020. He also helps out a family in search of a tennis-inspired break.

Photographer and film-maker Tyler Fairbank, 27, from New York, compressed stunning pictures into a three-minute flow-motion video after a recent trip to the African country.

From the Peak District to Essex via North Wales, they are images bathed in quality. Each one impressed the judges in a past Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

All-inclusive getaways for British holidaymakers are on the increase according to TravelSupermarket, which says it has seen a 13.5 per cent increase in these types of breaks being booked.

Inside the 65ft-deep man cave dug out by one man over 23 YEARS

These fascinating photos show how one man painstakingly created a jaw-dropping basement under his house, using just a hammer and chisel. Builder Levon Arakelyan (inset) spent 23 years crafting the incredible 65ft-deep, 3,000-square-foot subterranean space and he was even working on the project on the day he died in 2008, aged 67. He began working on it after his wife, Tosya, asked for a cool space for her potatoes. He got carried away. Today the hand-crafted cellar in the village of Arinj in Armenia is open as a museum and New Zealand-based Radio Free Europe photographer Amos Chapple recently journeyed to the attraction to shed some light on it.

The Daily Mail's Jane Fryer took her family on a motorhome holiday around southern Sweden. They journeyed across Smaland from Jonkoping to the sandy beaches of Oland.

Number Thirty Eight Clifton is a converted traditional townhouse with 12 rooms. The Inspector praised the 'delightful' staff and struggled to find any faults.

Harry Drew, from Exeter, was left with a bag so badly damaged after his flight from Barcelona to Bristol that it left his clothes inside - including a sentimental football shirt - ripped and torn.

The A330-200s were introduced to Virgin Atlantic’s fleet in March after the British-based airline founded by Sir Richard Branson acquired the planes from the now defunct Air Berlin.

The images all form part of a new book by photographer Steve Pipe, called Cumbria In Photographs, which is full of majestic vistas from around the magical county in northern England.

Toronto is often referred to as 'Hollywood North' as you're more likely to run into a film shoot on the city streets than in Tinseltown itself. Jennifer Newton discovers why the city has star power.

Inside the quaint Knoll House hotel where Enid Blyton stayed

Complete with homely interiors and sweeping seaside views, these photos show the hotel which is said to have inspired Enid Blyton's classic Famous Five children's novels. Picturesque Knoll House Hotel in Studland, Dorset, passed to new owners last year and efforts have been made to retain its traditional charm, with rooms featuring Roberts radios and vintage-style furniture adorning the place. Blyton, also famed for writing the Secret Seven and Noddy books, was such a fan of the historic guesthouse, that she would visit three or four times a year, often for weeks at a time. Nowadays rates start from £70 for a single room and £175 for a three bedroom suite.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona says that the job applicant must be 'comfortable working with various phone types' and 'courteous at all times'.

The Atlanta-based carrier says that from July 10, it will no longer be accepting the dogs on any of its services due to safety fears following biting incidents involving staff and passengers.

The Sky News anchor found out on a Nashville trip that BA's partnership with the White Company is a match made in heaven, with fliers treated to luxury bedding and amenity kits.

The Villa Sola Cabiati within the Grand Hotel Tremezzo in northern Italy dates back to the 1500s and is described as being a treasure trove of antique furnishings and original art.

The holiday rental opposite the house used as Harry Potter's birthplace in the Deathly

Harry Potter fans can immerse themselves in a world of wizardry and dark arts at this quaint holiday rental - because it sits right opposite the creaky old house that was used in the Deathly Hallows Part One as the birthplace of the young magic wrangler (inset). Pilgrims cottage (pictured) - which is available to rent from £470 per week - is situated in Lavenham, Suffolk, and the two-bedroom property can be found across the road from De Vere House. This beautiful old building is where the young wizard's parents were killed by Lord Voldemort, who then gave baby Harry his zig-zag forehead scar.

The study by Post Office Travel Money found the biggest price rises for fuel across Europe are in Andorra, Austria and France - the most popular destination for Brits who are driving abroad.

Air traffic controllers have announced industrial action at Marseille Airport on Saturday and Sunday affecting thousands of passengers with airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet.

Mary and Alex Herlocker, from Charleston, South Carolina, live in the 27ft-long trailer with their three children Georgi, eight, Margo, four, and two-year-old Jasper.

The Chicago-based carrier is pulling the stroopwafel from its early morning domestic US services and replacing it with a new complimentary maple wafer cookie made especially for the airline.

'Engine crack' caused British Airways fire at Las Vegas airport

A crack in an engine caused the British Airways jet to burst into flames at Las Vegas airport while the captain, Chris Henkey (inset) from Reading, Berkshire - hailed as a hero at the time - was to blame for a 'chaotic evacuation', federal investigators said. One flight attendant was seriously injured after fire ripped through the engine of the aircraft at McCarran International in September 2015. All 157 passengers and 13 crew on board the Boeing 777-236ER jet, which was bound for London, were able to evacuate but the plane was substantially damaged by fire. Investigators said Henkey took 22 seconds to shut off fuel to the engine that was on fire and that he called for an evacuation before completing an evacuation checklist. He left an engine running that hampered the deplaning process.

Sales of French Crémant have rocketed in the last two years at supermarkets in the UK, with nearly 4 million bottles sold last year. It is made in the same way as Champagne and the taste is similar too.

The five-star Dusit Thani resort in the Maldives says that it has all but ceased working with bloggers and influencers after being bombarded with requests for free stays and other perks.

Conde Nast Traveller has announced the 2018 Hot List of its favourite new hotels from around the globe ranging from cool, quirky properties to super luxurious resorts.

The Airbnb image that fooled guests into thinking they'd booked a rental with a big pool

They say the camera never lies. That may be true. But as this photograph shows, it can definitely be hilariously crafty. The image here duped a group of young men from Scotland into thinking they were getting an Airbnb rental in Croatia that would feature a full-size pool table. In fact it was just children-sized, the owners having used a clever angle to make it look big. One of the group, Brian Ashe, posted a series of images on Twitter showing the picture from the listing and how big the actual table was. Uploading a side-by-side image, he said: 'Hahahaha when one of the troops books an Airbnb specifically for the pool table.'

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