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Bucket list alert: Get up close with orphaned baby elephants in Kenya

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 25 August 2015

Instead of taking a holiday to relax on the beach, travel to Kenya’s David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and check out adorable orphaned baby elephants.

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Fancy catching a movie smack bang in the middle of the Thai jungle?

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 24 August 2015

A lot of travellers have a rule when visiting new places: never go to the movies. It’s because you can’t soak up the culture in a dark theatre, nor meet the locals. And catching a flick at home is pretty easy anyway. But there’s an exception to this no-movie rule and it lies in the jungle of Thailand.

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This cute Parisian bakery serves up some very naughty baguettes (NSFW)

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 24 August 2015

Who said Paris was the centre of sophistication? French people love their phallic-shaped bread just as much as anyone! Legay Choc Boulangerie is run by two brothers (one straight, one gay) who just happen to have the surname ‘Legay’… and just so happen to sell penis-shaped baguettes.

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You’ve gotta put this communist-themed Beirut bar on your bucket list

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 24 August 2015

Whether you’re a leftie or just want a good beer while you’re in Beirut, you must stop in at Abu Elie. From the outside, this joint looks nothing more than a rundown hole-in-the-wall bar, but step inside and you’ll become a comrade of the communist era.

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You’ll never sleep a wink at this haunted English B&B

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 24 August 2015

Picture your very worst night in a hotel. Leaky roof? Loud neighbours? Weird stench? Multiply that by a thousand and you’re almost picturing a night spent at the Ancient Ram Inn, England’s most haunted hotel.

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Love cars? This Taiwanese restaurant is full of vintage VW Beetles and Mini Austins

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By Kristine Li in Cool Travel on Sunday 23 August 2015

Now you can dine inside a mini Austin at a restaurant in Taipei called P.S. Bubu.

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Say goodbye to the sun for 60 days in this Alaskan town

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 21 August 2015

Barrow is a city located 1,300 miles south of the North Pole – it’s the northernmost American city. What makes this town so special? Every year in mid-November the sun sets as normal, but the next day it doesn’t rise. In fact, the sun remains below the horizon for 60+ days.

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Live moments from ‘The Lion King’ at the greatest migration on earth

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Sunday 16 August 2015

There’s an unforgettable scene in The Lion King when Simba gets caught in a wildebeest stampede. You know the one – hundreds of thousands of wildebeest fearlessly dash towards him as he precariously holds onto a branch, oh and then his father Mufasa gets pushed to his death by Scar. It’s a tragic scene but also an incredible one that actually takes place every year (minus the Scar dying bit) and you’re invited to watch it.

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You can stay in Medieval luxury at Leeds Castle

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 14 August 2015

Think you’re too good for the wide open spaces that everyday citizens camp on? Then head to Leeds Castle and stay in a village on a one-acre Castle vineyard!

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Camp with the wolves in the snow at this wildlife centre in Norway

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 13 August 2015

Most wolf sanctuaries only allow you to interact with wolves from behind a fence. At Norway’s Polar Park, visitors can get up close with these majestic animals and spend the night in their enclosure in something the wildlife centre calls a ‘Howl Night’.

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Elephants use a hotel lobby as a shortcut to get food on the other side

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 13 August 2015

At the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, I guess you could say that there is – literally – an elephant in the room. An entire herd of them, actually!

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Hide out in Amsterdam at a hotel suite that’s hidden behind a bookcase

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 12 August 2015

Love books and privacy? Amsterdam’s Hotel Not Hotel is probably a dream for you. This very funky hotel is known for its quirky hotel rooms, but one – the Bookcase Room – is set apart for its over-the-top quirkiness. You see, this hotel suite is located behind a bookcase and unless you know about this secret room, you’d be none the wiser that a person was sleeping just feet away from you in the hotel library.

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Is this the weirdest town name ever? Intercourse, PA

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 11 August 2015

For those of us ashamed to admit where we come from, have a thought for the people of Intercourse, PA. This unincorporated village in Lancaster County has a small population of just over 1,200. Oh, but if that wasn’t crazy enough, a town north of Intercourse is named Blue Ball. We kid you not.

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This London coffee shop used to be a Victorian men’s loo

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 7 August 2015

Everyone knows London is a coffee lover’s dream with thousands of cafes located across the city. But there’s one cafe that’s really got our attention: Attendant. This place was built in 1890 and was formerly a Victorian toilet block.

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Kids cook and serve up meals at this ridiculously cute cafe in The Netherlands

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 7 August 2015

If you’ve ever been served up ‘food’ by kids, you’ll probably cringe at the thought of sitting down to a meal at Kinderkookkafe in Amsterdam. Soggy sandwiches filled with jelly and cheese just isn’t appetizing at all. But since 2004, kids of all ages have been running this cafe with only a little bit of help from adults.

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