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Gotham Air flies you to your destination in NYC, just like Uber

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 6 April 2015

The beauty of using Uber is the convenience of it all. Need a car to come get you? A few clicks and you’re done. But what happens when you’re stuck in Manhattan traffic and you’ve got to make it to the airport in a short period of time? No Uber car could ever get you there fast enough. That’s why you’ll have to go with Gotham Air.

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Husband wins free vacation without his wife, sends back miserable photos of himself

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 3 April 2015

This is what true love looks like: miserable. When 34-year-old Kevin Blandford won a free trip to Puerto Rico without his wife and kid, he showed the world how disappointed he was with the saddest vacation pics ever.

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Staff at Art Series Hotels in Australia are reviewing the guests starting April 17th

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 3 April 2015

Currently, there are more than 40 million reviews on TripAdvisor, telling you where to stay, where not to stay, where to eat, where not to eat, and so on. Well, the Art Series Hotel Group has other plans. Starting April 17th, instead of guests leaving reviews of their stays at Art Series hotels, hotel staff will instead leave the reviews… of the guests.

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This is a bus many of us wouldn’t mind taking to work, especially on Mondays!

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 3 April 2015

Welcome on board the newest coffee and smart-gadget friendly bus that’s bringing on the smiles in San Francisco. Launched by Leap, you get to travel in cafe-style mode while sipping your favourite brew as you plug into cyberspace via its many power outlets. There is free WiFi too.

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Stay at Hotel Hotel in Australia’s capital for some serious R&R

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 March 2015

Hotel Hotel is one of the many great reasons to visit Australia’s capital. And after spending lots of time between Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra (with the help of Hotel Hotel) this hotel seems to be the coming-of-age destination for hipsters everywhere!

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Four reasons to stay calm when your flight is delayed

Sorrel Kesby Contributor

By Sorrel Kesby in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 March 2015

Every traveller has been made angry or helpless due to a flight delay. At the time you were more than likely tired, hungover, or an unhappy combination of the two, and you may or may not have got out your annoyed voice.

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You can now own parts of a penis-shaped island in Fiji for just $122,000

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 March 2015

Located just off Vanua Levu in Fiji, the island of Mavuva is a tropical paradise that looks like a giant penis. And you can live on it for the low, low price of $122,000.

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Everything you wanted to know about plane food but were too afraid to ask

Sorrel Kesby Contributor

By Sorrel Kesby in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 March 2015

Ever wondered how long that meal you’ve been given on a flight has been sitting in the galley? On a recent tour of the Emirates catering facility in Dubai I unearthed some interesting facts about what they’re doing to try and remove the stigma of ‘plane food’.

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Ever wanted to be part of an international cabin crew? This is how you do it

Sorrel Kesby Contributor

By Sorrel Kesby in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 March 2015

I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Emirates Cabin Crew training facility in Dubai (yes, you hate me, I get it) and I discovered some pretty interesting facts about the training these ladies and lads have to go through to get you that next bourbon and Coke.

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This booth is one of 62,000 in a city-sized wholesale market in China

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 7 March 2015

You thought being in a Tesco or Ikea was crowded enough, but looks like they’ve met their match in this 43-million-square-foot market in China. Located in Yiwu, China, this is the world’s largest ‘small commodities’ market – meaning they sell everything from fake flowers to clothing and toys.

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These photos prove airports are just as interesting as their cities outside

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 27 February 2015

Sometimes airports are more interesting than the places you visit. Inside an airport there’s a micro-city of activity. People rushing for a flight, people feasting on overpriced bar food, people hunting for the perfect souvenir. Not all cities have that.

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This Uzbek city has become a ship graveyard in the middle of the desert

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 27 February 2015

Mo’ynaq used to be a bustling fishing community in Uzbekistan, with tens of thousands of residents. But with the Aral Sea having dried up, the city has become a ghost town of sorts, with its major tourist attraction now being the rusting fishing boats that once brought prosperity to the region.

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In Sweden, designers have made a playground and a maze completely out of ice and snow

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 25 February 2015

In celebration of the winter festival in Kiruna, Sweden, PinPin studio collaborated with ICEHOTEL to create a playground and a maze completely out of snow and ice. Called ‘Kiruna Winter Playground’, it features a giant maze, two slides, a snow lantern, and ice benches.

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Japan’s underground automated bike parking is something every country should have

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 20 February 2015

While the rest of us struggle with bike chains and bike theft, the Japanese have already solved these problems with underground bike parking-lots managed by robots!

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Valentine’s day came and went, now see where those bouquets actually came from

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 February 2015

If you thought your Valentine’s roses came from a small, family-owned farm where joyful workers frolicked in the fields and handpicked roses for the love of handpicking roses, you’d be wrong. Chances are, if you live in New York or Miami and didn’t buy your roses from a farmstand, you probably bought them from a store that imported them all the way from a rose farm in Puente Piedra, Colombia.

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