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Visit these ancient monasteries in Greece, 370 metres above ground

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

There’s only one place you need to go if you’re looking for amazing vacation photos-The Metéora. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, The Metéora is an area in Thessaly, Central Greece, where you’ll see incredible natural sandstone rock pillars towering over the earth. Look closely above and you’ll see that these natural wonders have either been carved into caves (thousands of years ago) or turned into the foundation for monasteries.

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The Blackman Hotel is the most artistic place you’ll stay in Melbourne

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 November 2014

Perfect for both leisure travelers and the corporate set, The Blackman hotel is unique in its artistry and design. Inspired by seminal Australian artist Charles Blackman, The Blackman is an imaginative, contemporary five star boutique hotel. It’s one of the best stays in Melbourne and is certainly amongst the most unique.

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You can request a slow and leisurely ride when you get into this Japanese cab

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Over in Yokohama in Japan, there’s a fleet of Turtle Taxis waiting patiently for passengers who’ll prefer a slower ride to those driven at breakneck speed. There are people like the elderly (remember Driving Miss Daisy?), pregnant women, mommies with young kids in tow and tourists who want to take in more of the city during commute who’ll appreciate such a service.

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Visit the Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park in Ho Chi Minh City and be schooled on Buddhism

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

Yes, it’s true. There’s a theme park in Vietnam devoted to Buddhism. The Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park is located just 15 kilometres outside of Ho Chi Minh City and uses dragons, unicorns, tortoises, and phoenixes as the sacred animals of the park.

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Queensland’s Coconut Island is your under-the-radar destination, with less than 200 inhabitants and crystal clear waters

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Eco on Wednesday 5 November 2014

This article brought to you by amaysim

If you’re searching for an idyllic paradise where fewer than 200 people live, you should definitely head straight to Coconut Island. Here is where paradise lies, just 10 degrees south of the equator and 130 kilometres northeast of Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.

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Yours Is A Very Bad Hotel: Hotel guests immortalize bad hotel experience with PowerPoint slides

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Haha, sarcasm never gets cold. On Nov 15, 2001, two business travellers from Seattle, Tom Farmer and Shane Atchison, turned up at the DoubleTree Club hotel in Houston with a guaranteed room booking that turned out not to be guaranteed after all.

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Just in time for summer: new California-inspired juice bar opens at Bronte Beach

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Tuesday 4 November 2014

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New to beautiful Bronte Beach, California-health inspired cold-pressed juice and raw foods cafe Cali Press has opened just in time for the Sydney summer. 100% raw, organic cold pressed juices, raw smoothies and organic whole foods, along with AllPress Espresso coffee, this place has it all.

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This Dutch couple just up and left their jobs to go have an epic adventure

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Monday 3 November 2014

Once in a while we all feel the urge to cast off our chains and take to the open road. Earlier this year that’s exactly what Pieter and Mandy did, they quit their jobs and set off on an indefinite adventure. After leaving their jobs in the Netherlands the couple purchased a pair of motorbikes and set off for distant Mongolia. Three months and sixteen countries later and they found that they had developed quite an appetite for their new life of boundless possibility.

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An inner Sydney coffee spot that really takes their caffeine seriously

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 3 November 2014

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People might tell you Melbourne is the country’s caffeine capital, and those Victorians sure know how to whip up a mean latte. But if you’re in the inner-city Sydney suburbs, you might want to drop into The Reformatory Caffeine Lab to grab one of the nation’s most serious cups of coffee.

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Step off the beaten track and stay in this cool cave hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 3 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

If you’re planning a trip to Turkey anytime soon (or just want to keep something in mind for that bucket list), you’ve probably got Cappadocia on that list. This incredible region is home to some of the wildest topography in the world, with rocky landscape made into caves people have been living in for more than 1,000 years.

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St. Helens: Tasmania’s under-the-radar sandy paradise

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 31 October 2014

This article brought to you by amaysim

When you dream of an exotic Australian getaway, you might think of the Goldcoast first. Maybe even a trip to Sydney for the white sandy beaches of Bondi or Manly. But hidden south, way down south, in Tasmania, you’ll also find the white sandy beaches you crave, in the hidden gem of St. Helens.

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A foot tour of Newcastle supporting our favourite small businesses

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Friday 31 October 2014

Newcastle. It’s that biggish town above Sydney, right? As Australia’s seventh largest city, Newcastle is making a name for itself as one of Australia’s best kept secrets. On the travel site, Lonely Planet, for instance, it was named one of the best 10 places in the world to visit. It’s little wonder, then, that one of the Lost At E Minor offices is located right in the heart of it.

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Keep calm at the doctors with the resident stress reliever: a ginger tabby cat!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 October 2014

Visiting the doctor can be a really terrifying experience if you think about all those needles, all those tools poking and prodding you, and of course, all those diagnoses. But one clinic in China has kept their patients’ worries at bay by employing the help of a four-legged friend.

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A visit to this Australian National Heritage national park provides an unparalleled rugged experience

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 October 2014

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Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians (Gariwerd) is a series of striking and rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. A national park in Victoria, Australia, the 167,219-hectare (413,210-acre) park is 260 kilometers (160 miles) west of Melbourne and 460 kilometers (290 miles) east of Adelaide.

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In Japan, there’s a sweets marathon where you can gobble up sweets and run

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 October 2014

Sweat is sweet! You can now sign up to go on a sweets marathon in Japan (take your pick from Fukuoka, Osaka, Tokyo, Chiba and Aichi), where you can run and indulge in sweets at the same time. Apparently, every 2-3km of the 10-km marathon route comes with feeding stations where you can tank up […]

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