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Taiwan bus drivers are taking over the roads as creepy zombies

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 22 August 2014

For the annual Hungry Ghost Festival, a Taiwanese bus company allowed some of its drivers to dress up as frightening zombies for the day…and these were the results. This iconic festival takes place on the 15th night of the 7th month every year (on the Chinese lunar calendar), when the spirits of the dead are […]

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Yup, the view is pretty good from the highest waterfall in the world!

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, is a mighty beast, falling from 979 meters (3,212 feet) in the air. By the time the water reaches the bottom after a fall of 807m, it’s a fine mist which continues as the Gauja River. Named after the American aviator Jimmie Angel – the first person to fly over the falls in 1933 – Angel Falls is located in Venezuela and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Who knew that underneath the streets of London there’s a secret skatepark

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 August 2014

London: a city of intrigue, plotting and pigeons. The old metropolis’ centre sits on top of miles of sewers, crypts, passageways and abandoned tube tunnels (that’s ‘metro’ to you out-of-towners). Down there among the unexploded luftwaffe bombs and Guy Fawkes’ secret pad you might be surprised to find a fully functioning skatepark.

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You do not ride in this roller coaster, you walk

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 18 August 2014

If you are a wuss who is too delicate to withstand the heart-thumbing adrenaline of a roller coaster, this one is built especially for you and the rest of the octogenarians. Located atop the Heinrich-Hildebrand-Height in the Angerpark, overlooking the Rhine in Duisburg, Germany, the German Tiger & Turtle Magic Mountain roller coaster will not elicit a single scream from you as you do not ride but walk throughout its journey.

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This solitary house on an island is ideal for people who hate neighbours

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 August 2014

Hate people? Well, we’ve got the perfect place for you! Off the south coast of Iceland is a group of islands called Vestmannaeyjar. One of those islands is Ellioae, home to a single occupant: a mysterious house that sits by its lonesome with only seabirds as its neighbours.

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Now you can roam Britain’s Tate museum after-dark using a self-controlled robot

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 15 August 2014

Starting this month, the Tate museum in London is allowing the public to go through the museum’s collection after-dark, all while using self-controlled robots. Four robots have been designed for these museum adventures and can be controlled by people all over the world through a web portal.

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The neverending Tent City of Mina, Saudi Arabia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 15 August 2014

Now this is how to go camping! Mina is a small city located in western Saudi Arabia, and because of its location-just 8km from Mecca-it’s the ideal place to camp out during the Haj season. This place has more than 100,000 tents to choose from, each one measuring 8 by 8 metres, and constructed of fiberglass. Each tent is fully air-conditioned, too!

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Doting dad finds land for kingdom so that his daughter can be a real princess

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Last winter, when Jeremiah Heaton’s daughter Emily asked him if she could be a real princess, the doting father from Abingdon, Virginia gave her his word. Heaton, who has three children, then did some research and trekked across the Egyptian desert to a small, mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil.The area, about 800 square miles, is claimed by neither Sudan nor Egypt, the result of land disputes dating back more than 100 years.

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You can now jump off the world’s longest suspension bridge and live to tell about it

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 August 2014

For readers suffering from acrophobia, do yourself a favor and stop reading now. The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, measuring 1,800-foot-long, has opened at the Sochi National Park in Russia. It took two years, 740 tons of metal and 2,000 cubic meters of concrete for its completion, enabling visitors to enjoy the picturesque view of […]

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Welcome on board to a flight filled with sumo wrestlers

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 11 August 2014

When you hear of some flights being fully packed, it is quite unlikely that sumo wrestlers would come to mind. But apparently, they do fly. And in packs too. Recently, 29 of them from the historic sumo neighborhood of Ryogoku in Tokyo boarded a plane to Okinoshima in Shimana Prefecture of Japan for some heavy workouts with their trainers on the rural island.

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You can now book a room inside a crane for your vacation

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 8 August 2014

We have found the perfect hotel room where there will be no next door guests talking non-stop or making the walls shake till three in the morning. Two, in fact and both are located inside a crane! The next time you’re in Netherlands, do check out Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel in Amsterdam and Crane Hotel in Harlingen.

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Everything in this London cornershop is made from felt

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 7 August 2014

In a bid to bring her local community together, Lucy Sparrow raised £10,744 (roughly US$18,000) via a Kickstarter campaign to fund the  transformation of a deserted store space located in Bethnal Green of London. What’s extraordinary about it? Everything inside The Cornershop is made out of felt – canned goods, newspapers, toiletries, cigarettes – all 4,000 of them, including a full-size cash register replica!

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Cthulhu finally gets his own currency

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 1 August 2014

This must be one of the weirdest things we’ve seen on the Internet all day: a community of Cthulhu devotees apparently are waiting for the release of the Cthulhu currency that will reward one worshipper when the ‘Great Old One’ awakens. Huh?

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If you want to visit Anus or Blowhard, you can find them on this map

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 1 August 2014

The twelve year old in you would be so happy to come across this map. Geotechnologist Gary Gale has not only compiled a name list of places around the world that sound most crass to delicate ears, he has also located them and put them on a map he titled Vaguely Rude Place Names Of […]

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A hotel which doesn’t exist gets multiple reviews on Trip Advisor

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 1 August 2014

Don’t you just adore the rather quaint hotel featured in the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel? Apparently, some of us like it so much we have made fantasy trips to it and left reviews of our imaginary stays.

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