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The Indonesian paradise reduced to waste and toxic chemicals

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 15 April 2014

Believe it or not, 35 million people are still relying on this river for drinking and washing. The river in question? The Citarum in Java, Indonesia. It’s now thought to be the dirtiest river in the world, with reports claiming that household waste, toxic chemicals and even dead animals are among the things you’ll find […]

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Unbelievable (real) places on Earth that look (totally) Photoshopped

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in Cool Travel on Monday 14 April 2014

The world is a truly unique place. Our friends at Distractify have compiled an impressive collection of surreal looking real places on Earth that captures everything from Bolivia’s mysterious Salar De Uyuni salt flat that makes those walking on it look like Jesus, bizarre sentinel trees that completely freeze in Finnish winters, and phytoplankton created sparkly seas in the Maldives.

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This giant beagle is actually a bed & breakfast in Idaho

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 11 April 2014

Your dreams of sleeping deep inside the belly of a giant Beagle is now within reach. Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed and breakfast guesthouse, which if you haven’t noticed by now, is a giant beagle. The owners of this unique guesthouse are Frances Conklin and Dennis Sullivan, who […]

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Portland’s Peculiarium is creepy, cool and totally quirky

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 9 April 2014

You can bet you’ve never visited any place like the Peculiarium. This store-meets-museum sees visitors come from all over the world, eager to check out the weirder side of Portland, Oregon. Inside, you’re treated to a 10-foot-tall Bigfoot replica (which is the tallest he’s been reported to be), an interactive alien autopsy, a haunted Victorian […]

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Just how bad is the smog in China? Enough for a delivery of fresh mountain air

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 8 April 2014

We’ve all heard (or seen) the smog of China, with thick blankets of pollution covering the entire city skylines across the country. But what happens when it gets too much? You send in fresh air, of course. A Henan-based travel company shipped 20 bags of air to Zhengzhou as ‘a special treat for residents’.

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The dangerous sport of South African train surfing

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 April 2014

Italian photographer and filmmaker Marco Casino went to Katlehong, one of the largest townships in South Africa, to document a rather dangerous subculture and sport: train surfing. It involves ‘jumping aboard moving trains and surfing on carriage roofs, dodging 3,000 volt electric cables. Some say it’s a means of finding release or even a way to express themselves’.

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Poland’s preserved prison tattoos, all in the name of research

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 April 2014

Poland’s Jagiellonian University has some pretty interesting research collections. And one of them includes a jaw-dropping collection of prison tattoos preserved in formaldehyde. It’s not there so much for shock value as it’s there for a look into the past. ‘Tattoos back then were markedly different than their modern counterparts,’ where they used a method […]

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The awesome, outrageous, and bizarre toilets of Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 April 2014

Why relieve yourself in a cold and unimaginative cubicle when you can experience a toilet visit in style? RocketNews24 has come up with 11 of Japan’s most bizarre public restrooms and invites you to take a peek. What will you find? Oh, you know, a urinal overlooking the city of Sapporo, a glass box of a toilet standing in the middle of a ‘lush garden’, a ski-themed toilet, and a toilet tucked behind a bookshelf in a secret passageway.

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Malaysian villages offer gifts and blessings to ancestors in a spectacular ceremony

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 April 2014

More than 90 miles from Kuala Lumpur, members of the Mah Meri tribe give thanks in an ancestor-worship ceremony that takes place each year. Intricately-carved masks, flowers and incense, loads of food, and dancing are just some of the things you’ll see during the festival, Ari Muyang. The date of the festival ‘changes every year, […]

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Photos of Japan’s middle-aged female abalone divers

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 1 April 2014

Photographer Nina Poppe has opened our eyes in a big way. Thanks to her fascination with female niche communities, she’s been able to follow a group of Japanese abalone divers in the spring and late summer to catch some pretty extraordinary pictures.

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Don’t look down! Polishing the glass walkway of the Grand Canyon

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 31 March 2014

There are two people in life: those that aren’t afraid of heights and those that, oh, nope, no way. These pictures show technicians from Abseilon USA polishing more than 40 panes of glass underneath the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon. The Skywalk extends 70 feet from the edge of the canyon, ‘offering views of the […]

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Swedish guy offers free stay on private island for creatives

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 28 March 2014

This is for real: Singapore-based Swedish author Fredrik Härén, is now inviting creatives to stay at his private island near Stockholm for free. The idea came to him when he bought his first island in the Philippines as a creative escape, and wanted to share the experience when he bought a second island in Sweden. […]

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Looks familiar? It’s the house that inspired Pixar’s ‘Up’

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 27 March 2014

Would you sell your old and tiny house for a million dollars? In 2006, Edith Macefield of Seattle turned down such an offer, paving the way for her home to become the inspiration for Disney/Pixar’s hit movie, ‘Up’. The 84-year old woman made headlines when she refuse to sell her property to developers, forcing them […]

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This man brings books to rural communities on his donkey via Biblioburro

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 27 March 2014

Here’s a teacher on a mission! For more than ten years, Luis Soriano Bohorquez has been delivering books to children in rural parts of Colombia, all on the back of a donkey. He stores all the books in his own home – 3,480 in total – and carries 120 books at a time aboard his […]

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Here’s how you eat food in different countries

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 26 March 2014

Taboos are everywhere, even when it comes to dining. Lucky for you, a dining etiquette infographic by Visual.ly has been made to make sure you never make a faux pas while abroad. This chart features some things you might not be aware of while dining overseas, such as, be ready to share your food while […]

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