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AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa: Sri Lanka’s amazing resort getaway that won’t break the bank

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Sunday 1 February 2015

AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka is luxury and relaxation done right. Located in Bentota itself, famed for its coastline and sunsets over the Indian Ocean, AVANI is perfectly situated right on the warm, gentle waves.

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Care to stay in this Airbnb luxury cable car that’s 9,000 feet above the French alps?

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 30 January 2015

Those with fear of heights need not apply. Airbnb has announced a contest that offers a night’s stay inside a cable car-turned-luxury hotel room situated 9,000 feet above the French Alps. The room comes with two beds, a fancy dinner, and breathtaking views of the surrounding snowy landscape.

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1 million residents of Beijing are living underground as part of the ‘Rat Tribe’

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 30 January 2015

Beijing might be known for its high rise buildings and millions of residents but below this enormous city you’ll find an underground world that’s home to around 1 million residents. Located in basements and former air-raid bunkers, these windowless rooms are home to people who can’t find ordinary accommodations above ground, or who are trying to save money in the big city.

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The world’s first airport terminal designed for animals will be ready in 2016

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 26 January 2015

Come 2016 and the world’s first airport terminal for animals will be opened at the John F Kennedy International Airport. Named The Ark, and built at a cost of US$48 million, the 178,000 square feet terminal will serve as a comfy waiting area for all animals while they await their turns at being transported to their destinations overseas.

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The beauty of Iceland and Norway captured in miniature form

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 24 January 2015

The video is called The Little Nordics and it was captured by DAMP Design’s Martijn Doolaard. Showing beautiful scenes of incredible fjords, kayak cruises, winding roads, and ferries sailing back and forth, this short video was recorded during Doolaard’s exploration of Norway and Iceland, in places such as Geiranger, Atlanterhavsveien, and Trollstigen.

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Drop everything and watch this close-up footage of lava pouring into the ocean off Hawaii

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Eco on Thursday 22 January 2015

Know what’s better than close-up footage of lava spilling into the ocean? Absolutely nothing. So you’ve got to watch this video. It’s actually quite mesmerizing. Kawika Singson used his GoPro to capture this pretty cool phenomenon off the coast of Hawaii, and you can’t help but wonder just how hot that water is getting with that neverending spillage of lava (which is around 1,100 degrees).

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Boat and bees on the roof, bed or hammock in your room? Take your pick at this hotel!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 January 2015

Hotel Daniel Vienna, which features installation art by Erwin Wurm in the form of a stranded boat on the building, as well as bees on the roof (they make honey that go toward the hotel’s inhouse bakery treats), has something else that other hotels can’t beat: rooms with beds AND hammocks. Wow.

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Mines in South Africa, visualised with what’s missing from them

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 21 January 2015

As South Africa’s first commercial mine, when the Blue Mine in Springbok started its operations in 1852, it paved the way for development as more mines – along with workers who settled nearby – opened. In recent years, the region’s inhabitants have been facing a much less illustrious future with the very last remnants of their copper deposits being mined.

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These colourful mountainous slopes in China make us want to run for the hills

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 20 January 2015

Somewhere in China’s Gansu province is Zhangye Danxia, an unusually colorful national geopark located in the northern foothills of Linze and Sunan counties’ Qillian Mountains.

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Can New Yorkers be more courteous? These posters are trying to make that happen on the subway

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 19 January 2015

For those who are unlucky enough to have ridden the New York City subway, you’ll probably remember a few things about your ride. First, there was probably some woman applying mascara in your car. Second, there was probably an obnoxious dance-off taking place along the journey. And lastly, there were probably more seats taken up by bags of groceries than actual people. New Yorkers aren’t rude, they’re just… different.

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Yes, you can race coffins competitively in Manitou Springs, Colorado

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 17 January 2015

Coffin races? What? Every October, the annual coffin race is a star attraction in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It’s no upstart either — going strong into its 20th year in 2015, the race sombrely commemorates the memory of a certain Emma Crawford, who died from tuberculosis in 1891. Certainly doesn’t hurt that it looks like a […]

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Think you could stomach working on an oil rig? Think again!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 16 January 2015

If you get even just a little bit queasy from catching a ferry, you might not want to watch this video. This is the Borgholm Dolphin installation, a gigantic oil rig stationed about 230 kilometres east of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Yes, it’s true: Singapore now has its own cat museum

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 15 January 2015

Wow, there’s now a new cat museum in Singapore that celebrates, well, cats. And we thought the Internet already had that covered. Dubbed Lion City Kitty, it’s not, as the name suggests, just random cat memorabilia on show.

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Believe it or not, an entire city lives inside this 14-story building

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 13 January 2015

Welcome to Whittier, Alaska, a town of just over 200 residents, where almost all of them live in a 14-story former Army barracks. Built in 1956, this building is called Begich Towers and inside you’ll find everything that a regular town is home to: a police station, health clinic, church, and a laundromat. There’s also […]

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How weird can Hello Kitty get in a museum? Pretty darn weird, trust me

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 13 January 2015

Hello Kitty is a Japanese character for kids, right? Um, I’m not so sure after scrolling through Mark Fauenfelder’s photos of the Hello Kitty exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

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