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Mudgee, NSW, has got that small-town thing going on

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By Ryman White in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 January 2015

What does a country region need to put it on the map? For the Mudgee region of country New South Wales, it seems all it needed was pride, and the rest – a brilliant little town – grew from that. Now, one of Australia’s best kept secrets is a hotbed of wine, art, food and beer! [Check out the best dumplings in Mudgee and Mudfest, where you’ll see some awesome short films]

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Your lost luggage could be on sale at the unclaimed baggage centre, right now

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 5 January 2015

I lost my suitcase once. After three days of airline staff telling me it was lost for good, it was delivered to me at 3am by a cranky New Yorker. Some people aren’t that lucky. A small fraction of lost luggage gets lost forever and ends up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. […]

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These rice fields are so spectacular, they look like giant works of art

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 5 January 2015

Rice is pretty amazing. It’s the staple food of over half the world’s population and provides 20% of the world’s dietary energy supply. Not to mention making burritos all the more tastier! Many of us have probably seen a rice field-in person or in photos-and not given the landscape a second thought.

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This gas station toilet surprisingly looks better than your own room

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 2 January 2015

The next time you’re looking for an unrealistically cheap but fancy apartment, maybe you should try looking in Bohol, Philippines? Here’s the catch though: that swanky apartment is actually a gas station toilet!

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In Gifu, Japan, this mirror-walled cafe reflects the blooming cherry blossoms around it

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Art on Thursday 1 January 2015

Japanese architecture studio Bandesign have created a mirror-lined cafe in Gifu, Japan, along a riverside street along a tourist route. While the inner walls of the single-storey timber-framed building are angled in a way to reflect a row of existing cheery trees, the outer facades are covered in white-painted steel strips with flaming red doors that […]

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This Santa rides on cables high up in the mountains instead of a sleigh pulled by his reindeers

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 25 December 2014

Have you been good or bad this year? If you have behaved impeccably but don’t own a chimney, you may want to seat yourself inside a cable car at the scenic Shiniuzhai resort of Pingjiang county in Hunan Province of China. Because it is here that Santa has given Rudolph and his other reindeers some […]

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Come eat cereal from morning til night at London’s Cereal Killer Cafe

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 24 December 2014

There’s no shame in eating cereal for dinner, contrary to what some people might say. In fact, if given the choice between a home cooked meal and a bowl of cereal, I’d have a hard time choosing. And the staff at London’s Cereal Killer Cafe probably know the feeling. Located in Brick Lane, this cafe serves only cereal from 7am til 10pm.

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You can now order hotel rooms to come to you, wherever you are

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 24 December 2014

This is really quite something: mobile hotel rooms that come right to you, wherever you are. Hotel chain Scandic has launched its Scandic To Go stays for footloose travellers who want to pick the exact spot to sleep at, wherever they are. It’s like camping, with the comforts of a hotel room: the 18-sqm air-conditioned […]

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Get down, but not too dirty, at Mudfest 2015

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By Ryman White in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 December 2014

No need to worry, this ‘Mudfest’ isn’t about getting down and dirty. It’s all about kicking back and enjoying some of the season’s best short films!

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Take a heart-pumping lethwei class from the locals in Yangon, Burma

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 December 2014

Travel to Yangon for the sacred Buddhist landmarks and exquisite gardens, but don’t forget to do at least one thing any regular local would. Like practicing the 1,000-year-old Indochinese martial art, Lethwei. While watching lethwei is as thrilling as it gets, taking a class in this ancient sport will help you appreciate it like never before.

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This cosy BnB costs just $8.50 a night but its location may disturb you a whole lot

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 December 2014

Called the Ki no Ke Pension, this little bed-and-breakfast inn is located inside the runway area of Tokyo’s busy Narita Airport! It used to be the base of operations for protesters who were very much against the expansion of the airport’s original runway. Well, expanded it did and all around it too as Ki no […]

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Here’s what happens when you have a street full of firecrackers going off at once

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 13 December 2014

I’ve done some pretty stupid things in my life, but nothing like filling an entire street full of firecrackers. But someone obviously had to liven things up at a festival in Taiwan, so why not use as many firecrackers as possible? It looks like the entire town was in on this and donated their firecracker stashes, because that carpet of red is made up of firecrackers and firecrackers alone.

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Weird requests from travelling Aussies will make you shake your head in disappointment

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 12 December 2014

You’re an Aussie travelling through Europe and about to embark on a week-long trek through the Siberian wilderness, and suddenly your passport’s nowhere to be found. You’ve looked everywhere for it, too. The first thing you’d probably do (after cursing) is call an Australian consulate.

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The very silly and slightly rude names of 1,400 British towns

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 11 December 2014

Travel to Britain and you’ll be treated to more than just good hospitality and rainy days. You’ll also be treated to thousands of hilarious village and town names across the island. Names like ‘Brown Willy’, ‘Shag Rock’, ‘Assycombe Hill’, and even ‘Beggar’s Bush’. And with names like these, why let them go to waste on […]

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Now, this is novel: Sydney art gallery combines visual art with meditation

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By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 9 December 2014

The Artereal gallery, in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Rozelle, recently held a free event titled Inhale: From Meditation to Manifestation. Positioned as ‘the merging of contemporary art, community and consciousness’, the evening saw 40 or so guests welcomed into the intimate contemporary space for a meditation workshop with the main exhibiting artist, Noula Diamantopoulos, whose exhibition Inhale – receiving the divine gift, served as the ideal backdrop to allow the attendees to explore the benefits of meditation.

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