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A hotel in downtown Vienna that accommodates tourists and refugees

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 3 June 2015

Travel to Vienna and forget staying in one of those chain hotels. Come to this city and stay at Magdas, a boutique hotel. While you’re staying here, you’ll be helping provide employment and housing for young refugees.

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Yes, you can actually swim with the jellyfish in this tropical paradise

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 30 May 2015

Pack your bags, everyone, we’re going on holiday to swim with the jellyfish! Sounds bizarre (terrifying, if, like me, you’re afraid of jellies), but in fact there’s a stretch of water on Eil Malk island in Palau that contains millions of golden jellyfish.

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This little flower pot in Portland is actually the smallest park in the world

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 29 May 2015

What is this? A park for ants? This is Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon. Though it might look like just a simple flower pot in the middle of the road, it’s actually the world’s smallest park, measuring only two feet in diameter.

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Four friends travel the world to see famous scenes from film and TV

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 29 May 2015

In their series ‘Fan Girl Quest’, best of friends Tiia, Satu, Johanna, and Essi, visit iconic places around the world that have a special place in pop culture. Once there, they juxtapose a famous scene from a TV series or a movie against the same background, creating a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home.

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Yep, there really is a bar in Melbourne named after an eccentric 19th century brothel owner

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 29 May 2015

With a name like Madame Brussels, you might be mistaken for thinking this Melbourne bar was named after an aristocrat. But as a matter of fact, Madame Brussels is named after an eccentric brothel owner of the 19th century.

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Here’s why the Cook Islands is the world’s hottest new eco destination

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 May 2015

Dotted in the South Pacific, south of Hawaii and only six hours non-stop from Sydney, lies the small, beautiful archipelago of the Cook Islands. A group of only fifteen islands, all surrounded by topaz coloured water. At the heart of the nation is the main island, Rarotonga, home to the majority of the country’s 12,000 residents.

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Floating pizzeria is located in the picturesque waters off Fiji

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 23 May 2015

Most pizzerias are basic – a counter, a few chairs, and a case for cold drinks. Nothing special, really. But travel to Fiji  and you’ll find the world’s most picturesque pizzeria, surrounding by turquoise water and sunny skies.

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Melbourne’s smallest gallery is located outside Australia’s smallest bar!

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 22 May 2015

You might think that all art galleries are huge buildings full of empty space and a few pieces of art stuck on the walls. Not in Melbourne. This city’s smallest gallery is called Trink Tank and it’s located right outside Australia’s smallest bar, Bar Americano.

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Add this to the bucket list: The beautiful deserts of Namibia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 21 May 2015

What countries do you have on that bucket list? Perhaps Brazil for its beaches or Russia for its history? Here’s another one to add to that ever-increasing list: Namibia. This is where you’ll not only find the friendliest people on Earth, but also the most unique landscape, including DeadVlei.

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Spectrum Street Art adds colour and light to a rebuilding Christchurch

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Visitors to Christchurch will immediately be struck by the sheer number of buildings (1,240) which have come down since the 2011 earthquake. But colour is slowly creeping back into this re-emerging city.

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Only in Melbourne would they turn an unused car park into an edible gardening club

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Monday 18 May 2015

If you’ve laughed at the thought of gardening while living in a big city, Popup Patch proves it can be done, and collectively, too! Using the roof of an unused car park behind Federation Square, a handful of Melburnians got together to create a popup vegetable garden smack bang in the heart of the city, where everyone can enjoy getting their hands dirty while harvesting their very own produce.

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Explore colourful modern art on a remote island in the Pacific

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 May 2015

When we think of modern art we think of the Tate Modern or the MOMA. But the tiny nation of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific is also offering itself to tourists as a budding modern art scene, but in a truly tropical environment… and the weather is definitely better here than in London or NY (we might argue the art is, too!).

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Chinese company pays for all 6,400 employees to vacation in Paris

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 15 May 2015

In a cool initiative that Lost at E Minor will soon be involved in (wink, wink), a Chinese company has paid for all of its 6,400 employees to go on a four-day holiday to France.

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Christchurch’s Rekindle fuels the art of recycling (in a city that needs it)

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Friday 15 May 2015

How can artists help a city where 70% of the buildings have come down since its 2011 earthquake? Recycling the building waste into art, and in the process shining a light on the importance of reclaiming reusable resources from waste.

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Alabama Hotel: an art hotel in inner city Hobart

Kate McCarthy Reader Find

By Kate McCarthy in Cool Travel on Friday 15 May 2015

Hobart is becoming so art-centric, it’s seriously brilliant. The Alabama Hotel is situated in the city’s CBD and has recently been revived and re-opened after a near-decade-long hiatus.

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