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Take a ride through the Jamaican forest on a custom-made bobsled

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 10 July 2015

While lying on the beach all day sounds like the perfect way to spend your vacation in Jamaica, there’s actually more to this Caribbean island nation than you thought. Into adrenalin rushes? This is definitely the place to be. Make your way to Ocho Rios on the north coast of Jamaica and explore the rainforest. Except, instead of trekking through the rainforest, why not take a custom-made Jamaican bobsled through?

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Venture to Fiji and check ‘swimming with manta rays’ off your bucket list

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 10 July 2015

If you’re looking for your next adventure, forget the hustle and bustle of crowded city streets for sightseeing and head to the pristine waters of the Fiji Islands. Tucked away in the South Pacific, this extraordinary paradise is home to more than 330 islands and offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with manta rays.

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Fiji is home to an incredible two story floating bar

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Thursday 9 July 2015

What does paradise mean to you? Clear waters, cloudless skies, warm sun and freshly made pizza? Well, if that’s your definition of cloud nine, then look no further. Bobbing amidst the waves off the coast of the virtually uninhabited Mamanuca Islands of Fiji is Cloud 9, Fiji’s only two story floating bar.

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Who’s up for staying on the edge of this Peruvian cliff?

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 7 July 2015

Don’t ever let a daredevil book your accommodation if you’re travelling through Peru’s Sacred Valley.

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Man living in Milwaukee paints ‘Welcome to Cleveland’ on his roof to troll airline passengers

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Sunday 5 July 2015

In 1978, artist and photographer Mark Gubin and his assistant were having lunch on his roof when the latter noticed how the house stood in the flight path of planes headed to Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport. She told him to make a welcome sign, and so he did, except it read, ‘Welcome to Cleveland’.

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New Zealand’s pancake rocks are a sight to behold!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Sunday 5 July 2015

Travel to New Zealand and you’ll be treated to some of the planet’s most beautiful landscapes. While you’re there, make your way to Paparoa National Park and over to Dolomite Point to find Pancake Rocks. Funny name but a beautiful location where eroded limestone cliffs form an unforgettable coastline.

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Stunning images of glowworms in 30-million-year-old limestone caves in New Zealand

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 2 July 2015

If photographer Joseph Michael isn’t working for the New Zealand tourism commission, someone get him a job quick. His long-exposure photos of glowworms in caves are simply amazing and make us want to pack our bags immediately!

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All the bling you ever wanted is waiting for you at Dubai’s Gold Souk

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 25 June 2015

No outfit is complete without a little bling, and if you’re shopping for the perfect piece, you’ll want to pack those bags and head to Dubai. This incredible city is a shopper’s dream, offering a vast array of retail experiences.

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Champagne and strawberries in the desert? At this luxury resort, everything is possible

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 24 June 2015

There’s only one place to go when you want to be treated like royalty – Dubai! This incredible city boasts more than 300 days of guaranteed sunshine, making it an ideal destination for any traveller seeking new adventures. And you can’t experience it all within a one-time stopover, either. There’s just too much to discover.

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Enjoy a martini 200 metres above sea level at Dubai’s Jumeirah Skyview Bar

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 June 2015

If we could put one bar on our bucket list, it would be Dubai’s Jumeirah Skyview Bar. Not only does the Skyview Bar give you amazing views of downtown Dubai, but it’s located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab – meaning, you’re literally on top of the world while you’re here.

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Check out this awesome mega-library in Mexico City

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 22 June 2015

Not all libraries are old and crickety. Venture to Mexico City and step into the Biblioteca Vasconcelos and you’ll be gobsmacked by what you see. This library – mega-library to be precise – is a work of art and covers an area of 38,000 square metres.

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Dance the night away in an exclusive Dubai club put on by designer Roberto Cavalli

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 22 June 2015

Pack your bags, gals, and jet off to Dubai where sunny weather is guaranteed, with beautifully warm days during the summer and mild days during the winter. There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, from shopping malls and souqs (open-air marketplaces), to thriving arts and culture hotspots – making this city of friendly people a holiday maker’s dream any time of the year. But don’t just explore the city during the day; Dubai is a safe metropolis for continuing your sightseeing in the evening, too.

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Aussie photographer goes on an epic US road trip and takes every picture with his phone’s camera

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 22 June 2015

It’s hard not to envy renowned Australian photographer, Patrick Stevenson. He has just finished an epic road trip across the United States that took him from the sunny streets of LA to the epicenter of arts and music at Coachella, and then eastward to the big lights of New York City. He took along his DSLR camera for work, but when it was time to embrace the fun of American road tripping, Stevenson got rid of the bulk and took every photo with the HTC One M9.

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In China, a firefly-themed park just opened in Wuhan, Hubei

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 19 June 2015

Firefly lovers now have a destination to go to for their illuminating fix: the world’s first firefly-themed park in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province.

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Melbourne’s second oldest pub is now the hottest live music venue in town

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 19 June 2015

From the outside, The Grace Darling Hotel looks like an untouchable piece of history. But beyond the bluestone – built in 1854 – is one of Melbourne’s hottest live music venues, and you’re invited to rock out with the best of ‘em.

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