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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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Yup, the view is pretty good from the highest waterfall in the world!

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, is a mighty beast, falling from 979 meters (3,212 feet) in the air. By the time the water reaches the bottom after a fall of 807m, it’s a fine mist which continues as the Gauja River. Named after the American aviator Jimmie Angel – the first person to fly over the falls in 1933 – Angel Falls is located in Venezuela and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Who knew that underneath the streets of London there’s a secret skatepark

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 August 2014

London: a city of intrigue, plotting and pigeons. The old metropolis’ centre sits on top of miles of sewers, crypts, passageways and abandoned tube tunnels (that’s ‘metro’ to you out-of-towners). Down there among the unexploded luftwaffe bombs and Guy Fawkes’ secret pad you might be surprised to find a fully functioning skatepark.

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You do not ride in this roller coaster, you walk

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 18 August 2014

If you are a wuss who is too delicate to withstand the heart-thumbing adrenaline of a roller coaster, this one is built especially for you and the rest of the octogenarians. Located atop the Heinrich-Hildebrand-Height in the Angerpark, overlooking the Rhine in Duisburg, Germany, the German Tiger & Turtle Magic Mountain roller coaster will not elicit a single scream from you as you do not ride but walk throughout its journey.

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This solitary house on an island is ideal for people who hate neighbours

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 August 2014

Hate people? Well, we’ve got the perfect place for you! Off the south coast of Iceland is a group of islands called Vestmannaeyjar. One of those islands is Ellioae, home to a single occupant: a mysterious house that sits by its lonesome with only seabirds as its neighbours.

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Now you can roam Britain’s Tate museum after-dark using a self-controlled robot

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 15 August 2014

Starting this month, the Tate museum in London is allowing the public to go through the museum’s collection after-dark, all while using self-controlled robots. Four robots have been designed for these museum adventures and can be controlled by people all over the world through a web portal.

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The neverending Tent City of Mina, Saudi Arabia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 15 August 2014

Now this is how to go camping! Mina is a small city located in western Saudi Arabia, and because of its location-just 8km from Mecca-it’s the ideal place to camp out during the Haj season. This place has more than 100,000 tents to choose from, each one measuring 8 by 8 metres, and constructed of fiberglass. Each tent is fully air-conditioned, too!

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Doting dad finds land for kingdom so that his daughter can be a real princess

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Last winter, when Jeremiah Heaton’s daughter Emily asked him if she could be a real princess, the doting father from Abingdon, Virginia gave her his word. Heaton, who has three children, then did some research and trekked across the Egyptian desert to a small, mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil.The area, about 800 square miles, is claimed by neither Sudan nor Egypt, the result of land disputes dating back more than 100 years.

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You can now jump off the world’s longest suspension bridge and live to tell about it

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 August 2014

For readers suffering from acrophobia, do yourself a favor and stop reading now. The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, measuring 1,800-foot-long, has opened at the Sochi National Park in Russia. It took two years, 740 tons of metal and 2,000 cubic meters of concrete for its completion, enabling visitors to enjoy the picturesque view of […]

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