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This cosy BnB costs just $8.50 a night but its location may disturb you a whole lot

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 December 2014

Called the Ki no Ke Pension, this little bed-and-breakfast inn is located inside the runway area of Tokyo’s busy Narita Airport! It used to be the base of operations for protesters who were very much against the expansion of the airport’s original runway. Well, expanded it did and all around it too as Ki no […]

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Here’s what happens when you have a street full of firecrackers going off at once

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 13 December 2014

I’ve done some pretty stupid things in my life, but nothing like filling an entire street full of firecrackers. But someone obviously had to liven things up at a festival in Taiwan, so why not use as many firecrackers as possible? It looks like the entire town was in on this and donated their firecracker stashes, because that carpet of red is made up of firecrackers and firecrackers alone.

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Weird requests from travelling Aussies will make you shake your head in disappointment

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 12 December 2014

You’re an Aussie travelling through Europe and about to embark on a week-long trek through the Siberian wilderness, and suddenly your passport’s nowhere to be found. You’ve looked everywhere for it, too. The first thing you’d probably do (after cursing) is call an Australian consulate.

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The very silly and slightly rude names of 1,400 British towns

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 11 December 2014

Travel to Britain and you’ll be treated to more than just good hospitality and rainy days. You’ll also be treated to thousands of hilarious village and town names across the island. Names like ‘Brown Willy’, ‘Shag Rock’, ‘Assycombe Hill’, and even ‘Beggar’s Bush’. And with names like these, why let them go to waste on […]

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Now, this is novel: Sydney art gallery combines visual art with meditation

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 9 December 2014

The Artereal gallery, in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Rozelle, recently held a free event titled Inhale: From Meditation to Manifestation. Positioned as ‘the merging of contemporary art, community and consciousness’, the evening saw 40 or so guests welcomed into the intimate contemporary space for a meditation workshop with the main exhibiting artist, Noula Diamantopoulos, whose exhibition Inhale – receiving the divine gift, served as the ideal backdrop to allow the attendees to explore the benefits of meditation.

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In Norway, there’s an escalator for bicycles

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 8 December 2014

A cyclist’s worst enemy: uphill terrain. The solution: bulldoze all the hills build an escalator for bikes. In Trondheim, the biking capital of Norway, there’s a 130-meter bike escalator that helps riders up a steep street. It’s similar to a ski-lift, but instead of sitting down, riders place their foot on an angled platform and the machine will push them and their bike/scooter/baby stroller at a speed of 5 mph. Trampe, as it was originally called, can accommodate up to five people simultaneously.

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If you get into this taxi, there’s a psychotherapist waiting for you inside

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 3 December 2014

Taxi Stockholm of Sweden has launched a rather unique service in three of their cabs. Seated in the back seat of each is a psychotherapist ready to offer you a free consultation. For a limited time only, seeing that it is a two-week initiative started late last month, passengers may get to pour out their woes to any of the three psychologists on board. Mia Fahlén is one and she believes that much can be accomplished from even a short 10-minute session.

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Sorry, vegetarians! Table-side meat carvings were on the menu on Pan Am Trans-Atlantic flights in the 1960s

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 1 December 2014

Presented by Tiger Air

Vegetarian? Good luck flying on a Pan Am Trans-Atlantic flight in the sixties. In wanting to provide an A+ service to its passengers, Pan Am came up with a food service it thought all passengers would drool over: a meat carving for first class meal service. Roast beef was cooked in-flight and carved right before your eyes like you were seated in a first-class restaurant (with turbulence). And unlike today’s meals which are handed in boxes with tin foil, these steak dinners were served on real china (ok, some first class cabins actually still use china).

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Fact: The Ice Age happened in Australia, too

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Eco on Tuesday 25 November 2014

This article brought to you by amaysim

Think ‘ice age’, and you’d probably think about Antarctica. Maybe we napped our way through geography classes when we were young enough to be in school… still, who knew that there’s rather compelling geographical evidence to show that Hallett Cove Conservation Park has seen the ice age 280 million or so years ago?

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Nick Cave has started a Museum of Important Shit… and you can be part of it

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Sure, we can laugh when a sandwich that’s been half-eaten by a celebrity shows up on eBay and sells for an outrageous price. But even rock musicians can be fanatical too. At some point in Nick Cave’s semi-autobiographical documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, Cave and fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis talked about how they once saw a foul-tempered Nina Simone went onstage and stared the crowd down, foreboding what was to be a miserable set — and then went on to stick her chewed gum on the piano, wiped her head with a towel, and went on to deliver an unforgettable performance.

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Back in the 70s, Continental Airlines had some groovy inflight entertainment: two-player ping pong!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 24 November 2014

Presented by Tiger Air

Believe it or not, but back in the 1970s, air passengers weren’t spoiled with a huge assortment of video games to play while flying. In fact, Atari was just in its early days and arcade games weren’t nearly as highly developed as they are now. So to keep passengers occupied aboard Continental Airlines, passengers were treated to rather extravagant inflight entertainment: two-player ping pong.

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The exotic culinary adventures of Burmese cuisine

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Monday 24 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

There is a bounty of wonderful, exotic, and enticing food to be had in Asia, and we’re especially excited about the culinary specialities of Burma. Burmese food tends to suffer a bad rap – a rather unjustified bad rap in our opinion. While Burmese food can be somewhat oily, and lacks the spicing of the cuisine in neighbouring Thailand, with a bit of advice and background knowledge we’re confident you’ll return from Myanmar having savoured some truly tasty and memorable meals. They are flavourful and colourful and will leave you wanting more. Check out some of our favourites…

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Video simulation of the world’s tallest skyscraper will make your stomach churn

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2014

Warning: do not watch this demo video without a barf bag in hand. The Skyscraper in Skyplex Orlando is set to be the world’s tallest roller coaster when it opens in 2017. It will take thrill-seekers on a 570-ft climb before plunging into stomach-twisting turns, loops, and spins, all the way down the side of the tower. The video below gives you a first-person look at what’s in store. (Clue: lots of dizziness and screaming.)

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All hail the most surprising department store in Melbourne

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2014

This article brought to you by amaysim

We’re not really sure how to describe Ussed&Abbussed, but here’s a start: a self-styled ‘fashionable store in Cremorne catering for the label conscious’ that 1. claims to be the largest new and vintage retailer in Sydney; 2. carries over 2,000 labels at discounted prices; and 3. counts fashion models, designers, actors and editors among its clients.

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A flyer’s worst nightmare: the 747’s non-stop piano lounges of American Airlines

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 November 2014

Presented by Tiger Air

What could be more extravagant than the inflight entertainment we have on today’s flights? As it turns out, there is something more extravagant than today’s entertainment-the piano lounges of the 1970s. It sounds like something you’d only ever dream about, but back in the seventies, American Airlines offered passengers in economy a non-stop piano bar during flights. Ok, it wasn’t exactly a piano-it was an electric Wurlitzer organ, but I’m sure it would’ve been just as disruptive.

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