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The world is full of amazing places – natural and man-made. Our team travel the globe in search of the absolute best; spectacular, inspiring places that make you gawk with disbelief. Plan a trip or explore from your desk. It’s up to you.

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A copycat town of Austria’s Hallstatt, smack bang in the middle of China

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right? This seems to be the way things are going in Huizhou, China. A real estate development company has replicated the picturesque city of Hallstatt in Austria with lookalike buildings and quaint cobblestone laneways.

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Meals are delivered by roller coaster at this bizarre Bavarian restaurant

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

Looking for a place to eat while travelling through Germany? Head south to Bavaria and don’t stop until you reach Nuremberg. When you get to Nuremberg, don’t stop until you reach the Rollercoaster Restaurant.

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Rough night on the town in Tokyo? Cozy up in a tiny capsule til morning

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

It’s happened to the best of us – we have a bit too much fun on a night out and we miss the train. Or, we’re about to catch the train but we feel too under-the-weather to sit in a rattling carriage for an hour ’til we arrive home. So Japan came up with a brilliant idea: the capsule hotel.

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Fancy swimming in a bright pink lake? In Senegal you can!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

There are a lot of wonderful things to see in Senegal, but if there’s one thing you absolutely must see in this small African nation, it’s Lake Retba. 

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A Breaking Bad café just opened and it’s the coolest thing ever

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

In Istanbul, coffee lovers are satisfying their caffeine addiction at a Breaking Bad-themed café called Walter’s Coffee Roastery.

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One of the coolest things you can ever do is visit Bangkok’s floating markets

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

Bangkok is a photographer’s dream with its incredible architecture and dizzying nightlife, but if you want to take a photo that will still be talked about years from now, head just outside of the city to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Yes, floating.

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Ride the cable car up the side of a mountain to dine at this Swiss restaurant

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 28 July 2015

If you like to work for your dinner, head to Switzerland and dine at one of the most breathtaking restaurants in the world.

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This entire hotel is made out of salt. Yes, salt!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2015

You’ve seen the great ice hotels of the world but if there was one ingredient you were sure you couldn’t build a hotel out of, it’d be salt. Because salt belongs on the table, right? Well, wrong. Welcome to Bolivia’s Hotel Palacio de Sal.

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This Norwegian hotel has a floor dedicated to single ladies

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2015

Oslo’s Grand Hotel is one of the most famous hotels in Norway. It’s where the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize resides every year to receieve an ovation on the balcony (in the Nobel Suite) and it’s also where writer Henrik Ibsen used to eat every single day. But what really sets this hotel apart from the rest is their ladies floor. 

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Dine at The Rock, a restaurant in Zanzibar perched high on a… rock

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2015

Out of all the restaurants on Earth, The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar has got to have the very best view. Perched 7 metres high on a rock wedged in the Indian Ocean, this place is unlike any other dining experience.

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Adrenalin junkie? Then Belize’s Great Blue Hole is for you

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2015

I know, I know, the name doesn’t do it justice but the Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is a must if you’re travelling through Central America. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1996, the Great Blue Hole was originally a limestone cave that started to form about 150,000 years ago. Today, it’s one of the greatest places for experienced divers to explore.

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Balls of steel? Then head to Romania’s Transfagarasan Highway with drops of 1,000 feet

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 24 July 2015

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson once called the Transfagarasan Highway the best road in the world. It’s easy to see why. This beautiful stretch of road was built as a strategic military route back in 1974 and stretches for 90km along the incredible Fagaras mountains of Romania.

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Dive off the coast of Fiji from one of the most isolated places on Earth

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 20 July 2015

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to holiday, you’re in luck. There’s a holiday spot so isolated, you’ll think you’ve stepped into another dimension. But fear not, this is just the oasis of Fiji, an archipelago of more than 330 islands scattered around the Pacific Rim.

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These photographs show the true beauty of the Galapagos islands

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 16 July 2015

The wildlife and fauna of the Galápagos Islands were studied by Charles Darwin back in 1835 – and it’s easy to see why the famed naturalist and geologist chose this place to dock during his voyage. It’s simply stunning. Fast forward more than 175 years and photojournalist Amy Toensing also found herself on the islands, taking some of the most stunning images of wildlife and landscapes we’ve seen.

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Feast your eyes on Fiji’s reefs and rainforests on a thrilling helicopter ride

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 13 July 2015

Paradise really does exist and it’s located in the South Pacific, just under 5,000 kilometres from Australia. We’re talking about Fiji, and if you haven’t already booked your ticket to this beautiful oasis, you’ll want to after seeing what you can do here.

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