Thatched cottages: Treasured feature of villages under threat

They are the architectural epitome of Englishness. But the thatched cottage, a treasured feature of chocolate-box villages, is under threat, conservationists have warned.

The Wild Baroness Rothschild

Baroness Nica Rothschild ruled over The Stanhope Hotel in New York City, but people didn’t realize she kept disturbing secrets locked up in her rooms.

Inside the homes of great artists: must-see museums around the world

How dangerous is free diving, and would you take the plunge?

Would you attempt to dive to a depth of 831 ft (253 m) and resurface without the aid of oxygen? Well that's exactly what one man accomplished to be crowned free diving world champion! Free diving is a mode of underwater diving that relies on breath-holding until resurfacing rather than the use of breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. It's a fascinating but high-risk extreme sport that enjoys widespread popularity around the world. But why would anybody want to plunge to such depths in the first place? Well, actually, you'd be surprised! Click through and learn more about how this unique discipline evolved, and meet some of the individuals responsible for its ascent into the mainstream.

5 places to eat and drink this weekend July 20-21 in Hong Kong; think cocktails, Doraemon

From a charity dinner benefiting the community to a cocktail bar run by two veterans of the Hong Kong scene, our picks for the weekend Whether this weekend is scorchingly hot or lashing with rain, a good meal and a stiff drink should do wonders. If you haven't planned your dining itinerary ahead of time, here are some ideas to prep your palate. 1. ...

I transformed this rundown cottage into a stylish dream home

A tired, crumbling cottage in Sydney's inner-west that was 'so rundown it was borderline liveable' has been transformed into a coastal oasis that'll make it feel like you're on holiday everyday.

From ‘Spirit of Stone’ to ‘Forsaken Zone’: Is there a Jerusalem School of Art?

What does it means to be living in Jerusalem? What does it mean to be born here?

Weird things that have washed up on beaches

While we usually find shells, fish, and pretty pebbles on beaches, there have been some pretty weird discoveries in the last century. On the beaches near busy shipping routes, for example, some of the most bizarre merchandise has been found, including cat-shaped telephones and giant hairballs. There has also been strange natural phenomena and devastating environmental pollution. If you're curious about what crazy objects have been found on our beaches, take a look through this gallery.

Why preserving US national heritage is so important

The United States is blessed with some truly exceptional national heritage sites and cultural landmarks. Numbering numerous historic properties, these unique places connect Americans to their past. But little of this architecture would have survived the centuries were it not for the dedicated work of organizations like the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a leading member-driven movement whose aim is to support the preservation of America's diverse historic buildings, neighborhoods, and heritage through its programs, resources, and advocacy. Indeed, the idea is to protect the identity of a nation, where lives, stories, and memories began. Click through and visit some of America's most important cultural attractions.

From border skirmishes to polo players, how violence manifested along ancient Silk Road

Analysis found a remarkably vibrant region with an up-close relationship to the dangers of the ancient trade route Popular imagination paints the Silk Road as an exotic trade route, with dedicated merchants slowly transporting their wares from China to Europe, and vice versa. In reality, most merchants used only a small portion of the route, helpin...

Damanhur: inside the secret underground Temples of Humankind

Did you know that there is an underground complex of temples that were built in secret in Italy? Excavations started in 1978, and it took approximately 15 years to complete. Inside you will find a number of rooms that are astonishing works of art. But who built these, and why? And can you actually visit the temples? Click through the following gallery and find out the answers to these and more questions.

The most mysterious shipwrecks in history

History and archaeology enthusiasts, treasure hunters, and divers alike love a good shipwreck! Indeed, we have been using vessels for millennia; these have been instrumental for our survival and our fun, from battles to travel. It's safe to say that our oceans are full of shipwrecks. Some have been found, and some have been explored, but many remain there, untouched. Click through the following gallery and dive deep into the most mysterious shipwrecks in history.

37 shocking airline incidents that will leave you speechless

Here are the strangest things to happen on planes, from loose doors to groaning intercoms.

Shattered families bed down at airports amid global IT outage

Airports around the globe faced massive disruptions and delays due to a widespread IT outage. Passengers experienced long lines, missed flights, and chaotic scenes as airport operations were severely impacted, causing a global travel meltdown.

Want to Keep Deer From Eating Your Garden? Here's What to Plant

If Bambi likes to visit your garden, this list is for you.

Different ways that spirits may communicate with us

Have you ever spotted a wild animal during the day and felt it was there to tell you something? Ever felt your hairs stand on end when listening to a song you haven't heard in years? If so, it's possible a spirit was trying to contact you. Indeed, many people believe that our loved ones stay in contact with us via various channels, even once they have passed. Curious? Check out this gallery to find out more.

History's greatest archaeological discoveries

Imagine if the Roman city of Pompeii had not been discovered, or if Howard Carter had not stumbled across King Tut's tomb. Fortunately, archaeology has unearthed these treasures and many other historic sites, amazing monuments, and priceless artifacts. Click through and discover some of the greatest archaeological finds in history.

A developer is planning a commercial spaceport near Las Vegas that includes a pilot school and STEM academy

Real estate developer Rob Lauer is planning a commercial spaceport near Las Vegas that includes a hotel and rooftop observation deck.

Tourists who've ruined historic artifacts and attractions

For some reason, certain people traveling abroad seem to think that normal rules of conduct just cease to apply. Like most tourists, they want to go see the ancient marvels and modern manifestations of culture in museums and galleries, and yet they leave a trail of waste in their wake, sometimes including the art and artifacts. Of course, it's not always on purpose, but, as you'll soon see, many times it really is out of sheer stupidity. Through selfies, graffiti, and other foolish antics, these people are oftentimes responsible for stricter tourist regulations, huge restoration bills, and even the irreparable damage of priceless artifacts. Curious to hear the stories? Click through and find out.

I want to see the world with my spouse. How do we do that on a budget?

"For Love & Money" answers your relationship and money questions. This week, a reader wants to travel abroad and doesn't know where to start.

How To Live Like “Royale”-ty On Your Next Trip To Palm Beach

When Maxine Simmons (Kristin Wiig) sashays onto the 1969 Palm Beach, Florida high society scene on “Palm Royale" (Apple TV), her beguiling smile and saccharine sweet Southern accent mask a woman who’s desperate to climb the social ladder. Enter Maxine’s aunt-by-marriage, Norma Dellacorte (Carol Burnett), a bevy of longstanding socialites who will d...

My holiday home was burnt down by millionaire YouTube family

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Collier-Woods, 53, spent £15k turning the bus into a luxury home in an East Sussex woodland, but was left distraught when he rented it to YouTube stars The Wilson Family.

The 20 cheapest cities to visit in 2024

Travelling without breaking the bank is possible! In fact, many affordable destinations await travellers looking to explore the world. From South America to Europe and Asia, discover the 20 least expensive cities to visit in 2024.

The 20 Best Luggage Brands Worth Investing In

From Samsonite to Rimowa, Tumi to Away—here's what you need to know about each one.

12 Magical and Super Affordable Poconos Resorts to Book ASAP

These hidden gems are about to be rediscovered.

Paris Olympics: why is surfing being held in Tahiti and why aren’t the locals happy?

The village of Teahupo'o is 15,730 kilometres from Paris, making it the furthest away a venue has ever been from the host city Although Paris was selected as the host city for the 2024 Olympics, not all the events will take place in the French capital. Football is spread throughout the country, while sailing events are taking place in Marseille, bu...

20 of America's Best Historic Homes You Definitely Have to Visit

Yes, it's time to plan a trip!

Joy, a museum host at the National Museum of Singapore | Ordinary People

What if your passion could be something more for society? In 2017, multiple visits to the National Museum would see Joy realise the joys that the museum brought, so why not do more? Since 2018, Joy has served as a museum host and now a docent, as she guides visitors in learning more about Singapore's history. Watch more:

Microsoft outage: Thousands are left in limbo for hours at UK airports

Thousands of holidaymakers were left in limbo for hours at UK airports today after the Microsoft outage grounded more than 100 planes.

Boy with autism found dead in the water at resort near Disney World

Rakim Akbari, 3, wandered away from a resort just outside of Walt Disney World at some point on Thursday morning, prompting a missing child alert.

After a Night at These Luxurious New International Hotels, You’ll Never Want to Come Home.

Wanderlust is not a deadly sin.

Beautiful Cities in Greece That Deserve More Love

Don't overlook these hidden gems!

Discover the mysterious secrets of the world's strangest abandoned islands

The planet's most curious abandoned islands and their secrets.

American Airlines flight attendants reach new contract deal

By Rajesh Kumar Singh CHICAGO (Reuters) -American Airlines' 28,000 flight attendants have reached a tentative labor agreement with the company, their union said on Friday. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents the flight attendants, said the deal addresses their concerns about compensation, work rules and retroactive pay. It did not offer more details. Reached

How does Venice manage to float on water?

Emerging like a mirage from the Adriatic Sea is a floating city that defies the expectations of architecture. As it floats above the water, the city of Venice is not merely a product of Renaissance artistry; it is a triumph of medieval engineering and a testament to human ingenuity that has stood the test of time. But how does this city of marble remain afloat? And is it true that Venice is actually sinking? Click through this gallery to find all the answers.

31 remote islands where residents live in tranquil isolation

From palm-fringed atolls in the blue Pacific to scientific research outposts in the frigid Antarctic wastes, these are the most remote islands that people call home.

25 Beautiful Cities Around the World to Add to Your Travel Bucket List

These skylines will give you a surge of inspiration.

Long queues at Heathrow as passengers wait for flights following global IT outage

Footage posted online at Heathrow Airport shows long queues building as the fallout from the global IT outage continues.

The most beautiful parks in the world

National parks often make great places to visit on holiday. These natural havens are a great way to discover local culture and much more besides while taking in majestic landscapes. Here are the 30 most beautiful parks in the world.

Photos: Murals fill West Palm Beach, Florida

Photos: Murals fill West Palm Beach, Florida

13 Beautiful City Skyline Photos Snapped Around the World

Dazzling views from the top await.

Gorgeous American winegrowing region tipped as new vineyard hotspot

This southern state has turned into America's next great wine frontier with 300 wineries and 4,000 acres of grapes.

Some airports were forced to use whiteboards to handwrite flight information due to the global IT outage

Belfast International Airport and Singapore Changi, around 7,000 miles apart, both resorted to low tech means of keeping passengers up to date.

Cyanide teacups in Room 502: Mystery of the Bangkok hotel deaths

Six people were found dead in a locked hotel room - but what happened remains a mystery.

Whip up a moon-like crater

Want to learn more about the moon and how craters are formed? This neat NASA experiment will take your learning to new heights.

Beauty spot named 'friendliest town' in US is being shunned by hikers

A quaint town in Northern California is suddenly being avoided. The town would previously welcome about 6,000 visitors a year but plans appear to have changed at the last minute.

Drive-thru coffee shop on way despite traffic fears

It will be created at a hotel near the M40 after councillors reluctantly gave planning permission.

'It was a tough decision': French family forced to sleep in airport

'It was a tough decision': Family forced to sleep in airport following IT outage. People have been forced to sleep at Edinburgh airport after all hotels were fully booked following the global IT outage.

Fascinating then-and-now photos show how Spain's Benidorm transformed from a tiny fishing village into one of Britain's favourite and brashest package holiday resorts

Benidorm wasn't always a land of bright lights and package holidays. MailOnline looks back at the history of Spain's most famous resort with photos dating back to the 1960s.

34 Rare Vintage Photos of The Plaza Hotel

It’s always been the place to be.