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Best job perk ever? This creative agency sends its employees off with $1,500 budget to travel for inspiration

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 24 October 2014

What, for real? thinkPARALLAX, a creative agency based in Californian coastal beach city Encinitas, is giving each employee $1,500 to travel anywhere they like to in the world and get inspired. They even get an additional paid day off to do this. As the agency states on their site, the idea for this initiative hinges on having ‘happy employees… with energizing experiences that will allow them to continue creating exceptional work for our clients’.

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You don’t HAVE to be a thrill-seeker to explore the beautiful limestone caves of Fiji (but it helps)

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Thursday 23 October 2014

Caves are a part of the unknown world, the untouched. Like the dark side of the moon, many don’t get to experience the world’s deepest dwellings of geography. But it is actually possible for anyone. Immersed in living geology, cave floors and roofs are full of fascinating structures, like stalagmites and stalactites formed by millions of years of water drips. In Fiji, limestone caves have been a part of civilization dating back 4,000 years ago. [More magical Fiji here]

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The London tattoo museum with a difference: real life models!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 18 October 2014

Take a stroll through the Human Gallery and you’ll realize this is no ordinary museum. As part of The International London Tattoo Convention, this gallery in London showcases human exhibits in shadow boxes, behind golden frames.

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Cafe Nookie could well be the smallest hole-in-the-wall coffee shop in Australia

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 17 October 2014

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Let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? Cafe Nookie may arguably be THE SMALLEST CAFE IN AUSTRALIA. If you crane your neck to look inside this 2m x 2m hole-in-the-wall cafe tucked in between Buckingham Street and Elizabeth Street on Cleveland Street, you can see one cheerful barista, one commercial espresso machine and grinder, and one 1950s-style sign that says, ‘I just don’t give a sh#t’.

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150 street artists descended on this Tunisian village and painted stunning art at every corner

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 15 October 2014

Gather 150 street artists from 30 different countries, set them free in a village to let their creative juices flow and what do you get? In the case of the village of Erriadh on the Tunisian island of Djerba, also known as the Island of Dreams, any exterior surface was considered prime target for a […]

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In Prague, you can sit back and relax in an authentic beer bath while sipping unlimited beer

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 14 October 2014

Travel to Prague and you’ll find the world’s greatest spas, with ancient spa therapies keeping you relaxed and rested. But these spas are not like the others. These spas feature bathtubs full of warm water, brewer’s yeast, hops and malt that are thought to release stress, fatigue and tension over 30 glorious minutes.

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World’s oldest airline celebrates 95 years and wants to thank one person – YOU!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Saturday 11 October 2014

The company was officially established October 7, 1919. This marked the first ever Dutch airline passenger flight. Ever since, KLM has continued to fly high in more ways than one. 95 years of excellent service and flight exploration is definitely something worth celebrating. How should an airline commemorate such a significant mark in their history? By adding a special 95 Years anniversary decal to their widebody aircraft models and thanking the people who made their success possible. And, that’s you!

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One man aims to visit every single Starbucks in the world

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Food and Packaging on Friday 10 October 2014

Houston-based Rafael Lozano has spent more than $180,000 in a bid to visit every Starbucks in the world. So far, this coffee fan has travelled more than 150,000 miles over six continents, and has been able to visit 11,733 outlets so far (probably more at the time of publishing). Lozano actually started his Starbucks quest […]

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Cosy up and sample the family recipes of Israel at this Redfern cafe

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 10 October 2014

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Nestled along a beautiful tree-lined street at Redfern is Kepos Street Kitchen, where chef and owner Michael Rantissic draws on the best of his childhood meals while growing up in Israel. Mix these family recipes with some classical training and a constantly-developing palate and you’ll have dining devotees return for a menu steeped in strong Mediterranean influence with a Middle Eastern twist.

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This cafe in Melbourne will lift your spirits with caffeine… AND lots of cats!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 6 October 2014

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Cats, cats and more cats. If you’re having a cup of joe in Melbourne and think you’re hallucinating way too many cats prancing about and stretching their paws out at the cafe, know that your coffee hasn’t been spiked. You’re probably just at Cat Cafe Melbourne in Queen Street, the first of its kind in the Australian city.

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Unique Sydney pop-up wine bar opens in an urban oasis

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Saturday 4 October 2014

Summer’s nearly here, Sydney. What better way to celebrate than by kicking back and drinking wine in an immersive urban sanctuary. In the heart of the city, an urban oasis bar will crop up Thursday, October 9. Locals are invited to grab a glass and enjoy the scenery designed by Stoneleigh Metro’s designer, Steve Cordony. Inspired by New Zealand’s natural beauty, Cordony has created a lovely, earthy getaway right in the center of Sydney.

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Canberra’s buildings get painted with crazy light projections at night

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 3 October 2014

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Every autumn, Australia’s capital city Canberra takes on a different glow at night as its iconic attractions lend their facades to an invasion of architectural light projections and throw their doors open till late. Uh huh, that’s right, we’re talking about Enlighten, which comes with live performances, tours, talks, exhibitions, events and various surprising experiences.

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This quaint Sydney store has tons of old-school vinyl records

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 3 October 2014

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Attention, Sydney hipsters! Everything you’ve ever wanted in a vintage store can be found in Newtown. Revolve Records and Relics, as the name implies, is a specialty store that deals in vinyl records and vintage wares. Once inside you’ll be blown away by the nostalgia of old-school records stacked all over the place.

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Experience a super hairy encounter at the only hair museum in the world

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 3 October 2014

Leila Cohoon is a former hair stylist who just can’t get enough of hair. So passionate about hair is Leila that she began collecting hair art way back in 1949. She buys and restores them – wreaths, jewelry, and portraits with real hair glued on.

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Dive in Rowley Shoals, the ‘secret’ Great Barrier Reef

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 2 October 2014

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All right, we all know about the Great Barrier Reef. On the other side of Australia in the west and south of the Timor Sea, there’s Rowley Shoals, which is a much less famous, but no less impressive coral reef system. It is made up of three atolls brimming with over 200 coral species and 600 tropical fish species.

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