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Explore Sydney’s coffee scene with this one-of-a-kind walking tour

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Tired of the usual walking tour? Need a change of scenery that will perk you up? Sydney Coffee Trail is a self-guided walking tour by Urbanwalkabout that takes you from quaint cafes to all-day breakfasts to café-cum-bookstores. Cafes include: Allpress Zetland, Brooklyn Hide, The Rope and Anchor, Marlowe’s Way, and Amersand Café & Bookstore.

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At this pancake stand in China, you can buy a pancake AND get a song

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 26 September 2014

An 80-year-old man, Wu Siying, has become a minor celebrity of sorts with his ‘Buy One, Get One’ business proposition. Wu sells pancakes in his hometown of Pingyao Ancient Town in Shanxi Province. When you buy a pancake from him, he’ll serenade you with a song, accompanied by his guitar, for free.

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You can stay at this mountain cabin 8,300 feet high on the Italian Alps absolutely free

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Do you fancy some awe-inspiring, panoramic views over the Italian Alps? They’re naturally free for the taking, courtesy of Mother Nature. But what if we tell you there’s some snuggy accommodation you can stay in the vicinity that’s absolutely free? Would that hasten your climb up the mountain? This little cabin in question is built at 8,300 feet (2,531 metres) on the top of Foronon Buinz Mountain, in the Julian Alps of Italy.

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This is the deepest swimming pool in world at 131-feet deep!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Perhaps not the best pool to leave your kid unattended. The world’s deepest pool, called ‘Y-40 The Deep Joy’, is located at the 4-star Hotel Terme Millepini complex in Montegrotto Terme, Italy. It measures 21×18 meters (69×59 feet) and has a maximum depth of 40 meters (131 feet). That’s like diving the height of a 12-story building!

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Fiji is home to an incredible two story floating bar

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Monday 15 September 2014

What does paradise mean to you? Clear waters, cloudless skies, warm sun and freshly made pizza? Well, if that’s your definition of cloud nine, then look no further. Bobbing amidst the waves off the coast of the virtually uninhabited Mamanuca Islands of Fiji is Cloud 9, Fiji’s only two story floating bar.

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Why settle for a home by the ocean when you can get a house suspended above it?

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Buying a house near the ocean is so 2013. This year it’s all about the house suspended over the ocean. Because if you’re shelling out big bucks for the view, you might as well get the best you can, right? Now, this home is just a conceptual property for now, but with stunning views of the ocean and those magnificent cliffs along the Great Ocean Road, how could you not want this to go ahead?

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This guy takes foot selfies to the next level by traveling to Russia’s remote places

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 1 September 2014

Somewhere in the remotest regions of Russia, one anonymous man is waking up to the sight of picturesque landscapes. In fact, the vistas are so picturesque, he decided to take lots of selfies – foot selfies, that is. Sticking to his foot selfies theme, he captures the places he visits from inside his tent with […]

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Where do airline workers sleep during long haul flights? These images reveal all

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 30 August 2014

If, like me, you always thought airline staff were living it up on long-haul flights when they went to ‘rest’, you’ll be surprised to find out there’s actually no special treatment given to these hard workers. Crew Rest Compartments, or CRCs, are designed with such tight spaces in mind that some airplanes have crew member […]

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Cerbero is a 14-year-old poodle that’s travelled more than the rest of us

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 28 August 2014

Lately we’ve seen a slew of dog bucket list photos and videos making the rounds on the Internet. But what if a dog’s owner simply took their beloved pooch travelling just for the sake of good times? Ety Fefer took her 14-year-old poodle all around the world and documented every moment with a cute but hilarious blog titled Cerbero on the Road. So, where has Cerbero been in his 14 years?

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This might seem like a giant wave, but it’s actually a cool rock formation in Australia

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Surf’s up! Or maybe not. This is Wave Rock, it’s an interesting piece of natural rock formation you can find near the town of Hyden in Perth, Western Australia. As you can see, it looks like a giant wave that’s about to break. It’s 46 feet high and 360 feet long, and is part of a hill called Hyden Rock.

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Partygoers sleep in huge beer cans at Denmark’s annual Skanderborg Music Festival

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Every August, Denmark puts on an incredible music fest called the Skanderborg Music Festival. This year the festival boasted performers such as Skrillex, 50 Cent and Bastille in the line up. But that’s not the only cool thing about this festival. For the truly die-hand fans, the festival’s favourite beer, Royal Unibrew, offers giant beer can accommodation on-site.

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Check into this hotel, get isolated and have marine fishes checking in on you

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 25 August 2014

The Manta Resort is a one-of-a-kind, multi-room hotel that sits on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba, off the east coast of Africa. But their guest rooms are all separated from each other and all come with an underwater space four meters below the water surface for you to ogle at some beautiful marine life and sleep in, if you can shut your eyes away from what unfolds all around you.

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Thanks to Airbnb, you can stay overnight in a Sydney IKEA for just $11

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 25 August 2014

You’ve always wanted to take a quick nap while shopping at IKEA but now’s your chance to spend the night! Those bright and colourful rooms are no longer just for show, thanks to a new initiative with Airbnb. For one night only, IKEA is opening up to customers, offering three luxurious (as luxurious as IKEA can get) suites in its Tempe, Sydney branch.

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The annual Flower Festival in Madeira, Portugal, is just bursting with colour

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By Eugenia Viti in Cool Travel on Friday 22 August 2014

Not only is Portugal’s resort island Madeira a beautiful year-round resort destination, with wonderful beaches and drinks, it also holds the annual Flower Festival every spring. The festival happens two weeks after Easter in the main streets of Funchal’s center. It’s a four day event that includes a children’s parade, a Wall of Hope, and […]

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Taiwan bus drivers are taking over the roads as creepy zombies

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 22 August 2014

For the annual Hungry Ghost Festival, a Taiwanese bus company allowed some of its drivers to dress up as frightening zombies for the day…and these were the results. This iconic festival takes place on the 15th night of the 7th month every year (on the Chinese lunar calendar), when the spirits of the dead are […]

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