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All the bling you ever wanted is waiting for you at Dubai’s Gold Souk

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 25 June 2015

No outfit is complete without a little bling, and if you’re shopping for the perfect piece, you’ll want to pack those bags and head to Dubai. This incredible city is a shopper’s dream, offering a vast array of retail experiences.

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Champagne and strawberries in the desert? At this luxury resort, everything is possible

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 24 June 2015

There’s only one place to go when you want to be treated like royalty – Dubai! This incredible city boasts more than 300 days of guaranteed sunshine, making it an ideal destination for any traveller seeking new adventures. And you can’t experience it all within a one-time stopover, either. There’s just too much to discover.

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Enjoy a martini 200 metres above sea level at Dubai’s Jumeirah Skyview Bar

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 June 2015

If we could put one bar on our bucket list, it would be Dubai’s Jumeirah Skyview Bar. Not only does the Skyview Bar give you amazing views of downtown Dubai, but it’s located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab – meaning, you’re literally on top of the world while you’re here.

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Check out this awesome mega-library in Mexico City

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 22 June 2015

Not all libraries are old and crickety. Venture to Mexico City and step into the Biblioteca Vasconcelos and you’ll be gobsmacked by what you see. This library – mega-library to be precise – is a work of art and covers an area of 38,000 square metres.

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Dance the night away in an exclusive Dubai club put on by designer Roberto Cavalli

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 22 June 2015

Pack your bags, gals, and jet off to Dubai where sunny weather is guaranteed, with beautifully warm days during the summer and mild days during the winter. There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, from shopping malls and souqs (open-air marketplaces), to thriving arts and culture hotspots – making this city of friendly people a holiday maker’s dream any time of the year. But don’t just explore the city during the day; Dubai is a safe metropolis for continuing your sightseeing in the evening, too.

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Aussie photographer goes on an epic US road trip and takes every picture with his phone’s camera

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 22 June 2015

It’s hard not to envy renowned Australian photographer, Patrick Stevenson. He has just finished an epic road trip across the United States that took him from the sunny streets of LA to the epicenter of arts and music at Coachella, and then eastward to the big lights of New York City. He took along his DSLR camera for work, but when it was time to embrace the fun of American road tripping, Stevenson got rid of the bulk and took every photo with the HTC One M9.

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In China, a firefly-themed park just opened in Wuhan, Hubei

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 19 June 2015

Firefly lovers now have a destination to go to for their illuminating fix: the world’s first firefly-themed park in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province.

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Melbourne’s second oldest pub is now the hottest live music venue in town

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 19 June 2015

From the outside, The Grace Darling Hotel looks like an untouchable piece of history. But beyond the bluestone – built in 1854 – is one of Melbourne’s hottest live music venues, and you’re invited to rock out with the best of ‘em.

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Cruise down the ‘Venice of the Middle East’ in one of Dubai’s dhows

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 19 June 2015

There’s no doubt that Dubai is home to some of the world’s finest restaurants. But what you might not know is that the food is affordable, too. Of course, you can dine with foodies at high-end hotspots, but Dubai dining is just as eclectic as its population, with cuisines celebrated from every culture and at every price point.

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In New Zealand, this neon green sulphur lake is straight out of a comic book

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 18 June 2015

The Devil’s Bath in Wai-O-Tapu, as people fondly call it may look like pure evil at first glance. It looks like the radioactive skeleton-melting lake straight out of a comic book. Except that it’s anything but: the lake actually gets its bizarre gleaming green hue from the floating sulphur deposits in it — it is […]

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Venture on a night safari in Dubai and go star gazing with your friends

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 18 June 2015

When it comes time to spoil yourself – and we mean really spoil yourself – head to Dubai. This cosmopolitan city offers more than 300 days of guaranteed sunshine and boasts a safe environment for exploring any hour of the day. But when the sun goes down, there’s one place you’ll want to be, and that’s on a night safari with your friends.

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Soak up the sun on your own private beach at Dubai’s Jumeirah beach shoreline

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 June 2015

With 300 days of guaranteed sunshine every year, it’s no wonder Dubai has become a sunbather’s paradise. And this bustling city makes sure every visitor takes advantage of the weather by offering exclusive beach access at some of the world’s most exclusive clubs.

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Shop ’til you drop then learn how to ski in the middle of Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 June 2015

If you love to shop, then head on over to Dubai for a non-stop shop-a-thon. This is the place you want to be to pick up all your designer threads and lavish goods. But Dubai is not only a shopper’s paradise; it’s an adventurous wonderland. In this fascinating city, you can shop ’til you drop then learn how to ski right in the middle of Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates.

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Take a look at every passport from every country on this interactive website

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 15 June 2015

Waiting in line to get through customs in a different country can be exhausting. After a 12-hour flight the last thing you want to do is stand around with a bunch of cranky people. So if you’re anything like me, you like to play the passport game – guessing the country of everyone’s passport. 

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The incredible skies over Australia will leave you breathless

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 4 June 2015

Australia isn’t just a country with a zillion cute animals… and deadly ones. It’s also home to some of the planet’s most extraordinary skies. Simon Crerar put together an impressive list of Aussie skies that will leave everyone placing Downunder number one on their bucket list.

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