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Looks familiar? It’s the house that inspired Pixar’s ‘Up’

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 27 March 2014

Would you sell your old and tiny house for a million dollars? In 2006, Edith Macefield of Seattle turned down such an offer, paving the way for her home to become the inspiration for Disney/Pixar’s hit movie, ‘Up’. The 84-year old woman made headlines when she refuse to sell her property to developers, forcing them […]

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This man brings books to rural communities on his donkey via Biblioburro

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 27 March 2014

Here’s a teacher on a mission! For more than ten years, Luis Soriano Bohorquez has been delivering books to children in rural parts of Colombia, all on the back of a donkey. He stores all the books in his own home – 3,480 in total – and carries 120 books at a time aboard his […]

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Here’s how you eat food in different countries

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 26 March 2014

Taboos are everywhere, even when it comes to dining. Lucky for you, a dining etiquette infographic by Visual.ly has been made to make sure you never make a faux pas while abroad. This chart features some things you might not be aware of while dining overseas, such as, be ready to share your food while […]

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Stunning photos taken soaring above Turkey in a hot air balloon

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 26 March 2014

Sure, hot air balloon rides are in every country, but nothing quite beats a hot air balloon ride above Cappadocia. Alfonso Salcedo took these amazing photos above the surreal landscape of Cappadocia, in Turkey’s Central Anatolia region. The area is known for its ‘unusual moon-like landscape. It’s mixture of naturally formed hills, deep canyons, valleys, […]

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Only in Australia! Water Buffalo invade the streets of inner-city Sydney

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By Patrick Effeney in Cool Travel on Tuesday 25 March 2014

These hipster pets seem to be getting weirder and weirder! It used to be that a gerbil in a cage or a trio of fish in a bowl was enough for most. But Sydney’s Newtown, long renowned as the city’s hipster central, home to the weird, wonderful, and downright wacky, has just raised the bar.

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Underground cities you might not even know about

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 25 March 2014

This lineup of underground cities will amaze. And to be fair, this list put together by i09 features a few cities that aren’t really underground (like Petra for instance), but are carved deeply into the face of mountains and hills, making them just as amazing as their underground counterparts. The largest installation in the world […]

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Want to climb Mt Everest? Bring garbage bags, you’ll have to clean up your mess

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in Cool Travel on Saturday 22 March 2014

As of Monday, according to new legislation, every climber on Mount Everest has to bring back eight kilograms (17.6 pounds) of garbage to help clean up the 8,848 m (29,029 ft) high peak. The Everest has become the world’s highest garbage dump and waste left by courageous climbers is seriously threatening the health of neighboring […]

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This is how you celebrate the start of spring – the Festival of Colours

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 21 March 2014

Holi is a popular springtime celebration that takes place on the last full moon of the lunar month. And it just so happened to start on St. Patrick’s Day (so extra partying for those that celebrate both!). The Holi festivities begin with bonfires and prayers, and then celebrations that include coloured water being squirted onto […]

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Photos of famous landscapes zoomed out to show the reality of their locations

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 21 March 2014

If you’ve traveled to one of the great wonders of the world, or even to a famous landmark, you’ll know that sinking feeling you get when reality collides with your dreams. What was once a renowned place to visit, full of beautiful color on postcards and in books, is somehow not all it’s cracked up to be. No one tells you about the fast-food restaurants right by the pyramids, or the swap of garbage the Taj Mahal looks over.

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Motorheads, Ferrari Land is coming to Spain

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 March 2014

Get set for an incredible adventure, motorheads! Ferrari Land is coming to Spain. Expected to open in 2016, this theme park is billed as ‘an opportunity for the whole family to experience and discover the world of Ferrari‘.

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An abandoned cinema in the Egyptian desert

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 13 March 2014

Here’s something you don’t see everyday! An abandoned outdoor cinema in Egypt. This cinema was captured by award-winning Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas and seems to have been installed “somewhere in the beginning of this millennium”. But it was built by Frenchmen, not Egyptians. The tale behind the abandonment of the cinema is quite interesting (some […]

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Tokyo’s Cafe Est! Est! is a sweet tooth’s paradise

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 13 March 2014

There are dessert cafes and then there are places like Cafe Est! Est! in Tokyo. This incredible venue is home to some of the Japanese capital’s most famous desserts. Why? They stack ‘em high! Ice cream sundaes are piled high with scoops and ice cream cones are added to the mix to make the dessert […]

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Hooray, vandals! You can now scrawl on the Great Wall of China without fear of arrest

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 12 March 2014

Graffiti is such a huge problem for the Great Wall of China that the authorities there apparently decided to give up a specific part of it for visitors to leave their mark on, so as to contain the damage and spare the rest of the iconic stone monument. There are also plans to erect an […]

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Behold this chapel, it comes with thousands of human bones

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 11 March 2014

Look beyond the innocuously humble facade of the Kaplica Czaszek chapel — which is located in an old town in southwestern Poland — and you will find the skulls and bones belonging to thousands of war casualties. Back in the days between 1776 and 1804, its local priest Vaclav Tomasek apparently collected, cleaned and assembled […]

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Volcanoes can create smoke rings better than you can

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 7 March 2014

Who knew volcanoes could do other things aside from erupting and causing widespread panic and fear? Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy can now spew smoke rings, or scientifically known as ‘vortex rings’, after it erupted in November of last year. The rings can measure up to 160 feet across and last up to ten minutes if properly formed. After leaving the volcano, it can travel up to half a mile above the Earth’s surface.

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