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Small Dakota town for sale, the bar is yours for free

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Saturday 5 July 2014

Cough up US$400,000 and you can have your very own township, called Swett in rural, southwestern South Dakota to be exact. In the 1940s, the town was bustling with 40 people, a few houses, a post office and a grocery store.

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Blogger travels around Europe accompanied by cutout of deceased dad

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 July 2014

When a beloved leaves you behind, what would you do? In Jinna Yang’s case, her father passed away in 2012 from stomach cancer. To honor her dad who had worked hard to raise her and never travelled abroad during his lifetime, she had a life-size cutout of her dad made, quit her job, gave up her New York apartment and flew to Europe with it.

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There’s a town in Morocco that’s painted in shades of blue

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Saturday 28 June 2014

Now that there is something you should definitely add to your travel bucket list! Chefchaouen is a surreal town in Morocco’s Rif Mountains. Amidst idyllic valleys and gorgeous hillsides, you can see the place has one very distinct and memorable feature: the color blue. Set against the arid landscape, vast palettes of blue and white adorning the town’s old Spanish and Moorish architecture make it stand out like a sore thumb.

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You can bounce up and down 180 feet high inside this huge slate mine

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 27 June 2014

It’s high time we reconnect with the kid inside us because the world’s largest underground trampoline has just been unveiled in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales, in United Kingdom. Bounce Below is a network of trampolines and slides mounted to the walls of an abandoned slate mine at dizzying heights of up to 180 feet above the ground. To pump up the adrenaline, kids and the young-at-heart can climb, bounce, slide, and jump in the netting amidst a dazzling technicolor light show.

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Surreal underwater river in Mexico is the stuff of dreams

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 27 June 2014

Somewhat reminiscent of this park in Austria’s Gruner See that becomes submerged in lake water every June, in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, an optical illusion of an underwater river occurs naturally with a layer of hydrogen sulfate looking like the real river deal.

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Fabulous costumes donned by Japanese football fans

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 26 June 2014

Japanese football fans are getting a neat reputation these days for their unparalleled sporting spirit — they recently stayed behind after a World Cup match to clean up their litter, despite having just watched their team lose to Ivory Coast. As this photo roundup in The Huffington Post shows, Japanese fans also appear pretty winning […]

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Only in Athens: Stavros Mellissinos, sandal maker and world-renowned poet

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 25 June 2014

Go to Athens for the incredible history and architecture. For the food. For the people. But go to also meet a world-renowned poet, who just happens to be a sandal maker, too. The Poet Sandal Maker of Athens, as Stavros Melissinos is called, has worked on crafting sandals all his life and today he and […]

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In Sri Lanka, reading the news will keep these darned mozzies away

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 24 June 2014

Mosquitoes are never fun — and in Sri Lanka, which has been facing a dengue fever epidemic (over 30,000 were infected last year alone), these annoying bug bites and buzzing are even less of a laughing matter. Recently, one of the nation’s newspapers, Mawbina, in conjunction with a public awareness campaign together with Leo Burnett […]

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Only in Athens: A Greek fast food eatery that looks every bit like a circus

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 24 June 2014

Wow, this is just dizzyingly fun. Architect Minas Kosmidis, who is behind the circus-in-town look of Biribildu Souvlaki (‘souvlaki’ is a sort of kebab-like Greek fast food) restaurant in the Alimos municipality of Athens, makes us want to run away to the circus immediately. The interiors come complete with numerous circus lights, cut-outs of carousel […]

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In Sweden, you can get a free bike if you use it three times a week

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 June 2014

In West Sweden, the city of Gothenberg has been dangling free bikes to residents in a bid to get its inhabitants to leave their cars behind. Incorporating the bike into their lifestyle for six months, three dozen such residents here have been showing the rest of the city how it’s done. The catch? Actually ride […]

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Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Slow Food movement

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 June 2014

In the North-East extremity of Italy, on the axel between Western and Eastern Europe, lies the area of Friuli Venezia Giulia, known for its diverse landscapes, rich culture and mouth-watering cuisine, with gastronomic specialities boasting quality certification provided by the Slow Food presidia. Hungry to find out more?

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Such manners! Japan fans clean stadium after World Cup loss

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 June 2014

My mother taught me that manners maketh man, that good etiquette and moral-standing are what separate us from the beasts! That is not to say that I listened to her in the slightest… Sure I find it easy to be magnanimous when i’m on the winning team, but if I wind up on the side of defeat then it’s batten-down-the-hatches temper tantrum time. Most likely more of us are like this than we care to admit, but not the Japanese it seems.

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Riva Lofts: a design hotel in Italy’s beautiful, historic Florence

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 June 2014

Riva Lofts, nestling quietly on the banks of the Arno river in Italy’s beautiful, historic Florence, is variously referred to as a design hotel and an architect’s hotel, and offers luxurious relaxation amidst traditional architecture, beautifully juxtaposed with a modern finish.

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At Japan’s Café Little Zoo you can sip coffee with iguanas, falcons and snakes

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Saturday 14 June 2014

Ahhhh….Tokyo, the city of many cute little pet cafés, each filled with adorable animals waiting patiently for you to pet away your urban stress. Such pet therapy is common in rapid-pace Tokyo and other cities of Japan. Many apartment regulations have strict policies against pet ownership so the idea of having a drink while you […]

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At this hospital in Huai-an, China, nurses dress up as flight attendants

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 13 June 2014

In the city of Huai-an, China, there must have been a boardroom meeting conducted within a hospital whereby a board of director must have been worried sick about the fear and depression of patients having to stay in their hospital. ‘I know!, said he, ‘Let’s have our nurses dressed up like flight attendants so our […]

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