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A foot tour of Newcastle supporting our favourite small businesses

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Friday 31 October 2014

Newcastle. It’s that biggish town above Sydney, right? As Australia’s seventh largest city, Newcastle is making a name for itself as one of Australia’s best kept secrets. On the travel site, Lonely Planet, for instance, it was named one of the best 10 places in the world to visit. It’s little wonder, then, that one of the Lost At E Minor offices is located right in the heart of it.

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Keep calm at the doctors with the resident stress reliever: a ginger tabby cat!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 October 2014

Visiting the doctor can be a really terrifying experience if you think about all those needles, all those tools poking and prodding you, and of course, all those diagnoses. But one clinic in China has kept their patients’ worries at bay by employing the help of a four-legged friend.

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A visit to this Australian National Heritage national park provides an unparalleled rugged experience

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 October 2014

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Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians (Gariwerd) is a series of striking and rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. A national park in Victoria, Australia, the 167,219-hectare (413,210-acre) park is 260 kilometers (160 miles) west of Melbourne and 460 kilometers (290 miles) east of Adelaide.

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In Japan, there’s a sweets marathon where you can gobble up sweets and run

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 October 2014

Sweat is sweet! You can now sign up to go on a sweets marathon in Japan (take your pick from Fukuoka, Osaka, Tokyo, Chiba and Aichi), where you can run and indulge in sweets at the same time. Apparently, every 2-3km of the 10-km marathon route comes with feeding stations where you can tank up […]

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Set your adrenalin alight on this Fijian jet ski adventure

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Picture this: a vast expanse of tropical islands in every direction you look, blue skies above, and a smattering of ocean life gently swimming around you. Would you really want to interrupt this blissful solitude with a heart stopping guided safari on a super fast jet ski? Really? Heck yeah!

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Cool things that multi-task better than you and I: an electric road in South Korea

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Here’s a serious road with some serious design. Located in South Korea, there’s a 15-mile stretch of road that runs between Gumi city station and In-Dong district that not only provides a paved way for traffic to get from A to B, but powers electric vehicles at the same time.

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Get your adrenalin pumping when you dive with a shark just meters away at this seafood capital of Australia

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 27 October 2014

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Sharks alive! This is the only place in Australia where you can get up close and personal with the super scary Great White Shark! We’re talking about Port Lincoln, located on the South Australian coast, with its growing international reputation as a blue water playground for yachting, scuba diving, tuna fishing, sea lion spotting and yes, shark cage diving for a real close encounter with the fearsome underwater predator. Movie buffs may be keen to know that parts of the movie Jaws was filmed here.

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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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This stunning wildlife oasis may just be the most underrated Australian island you’ll ever visit

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 21 October 2014

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Montague Island, on the New South Wales South Coast, has been touted as ‘one of wild Australia’s most underrated destinations’ in the edition of Lonely Planet’s East Coast Australia. The island was once a weed-ridden wasteland, devoid of trees and unfriendly to native wildlife, with some very reluctant penguins forced to build nests in the weeds. Over the past 10 to 15 years, it has undergone a massive cleanup.

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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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