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Volcanoes can create smoke rings better than you can

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 7 March 2014

Who knew volcanoes could do other things aside from erupting and causing widespread panic and fear? Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy can now spew smoke rings, or scientifically known as ‘vortex rings’, after it erupted in November of last year. The rings can measure up to 160 feet across and last up to ten minutes if properly formed. After leaving the volcano, it can travel up to half a mile above the Earth’s surface.

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Name your own Mars crater for as little as $5

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 March 2014

Forget flowers, forget chocolates – the best gift to get someone is a Mars crater! Well, naming rights, anyway. Company Uwingu is offering the naming rights for Mars craters beginning at $5 and up, depending on size. Uwingu claims there’s around 500,000 large unnamed craters on this planet and that you can also ‘help name the map grid rectangles of all the Districts and Provinces in our address system – the first ever address system for Mars’. All at a cost, of course.

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Hang out with wild horses on Assateague Island

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 March 2014

Every summer, as the sun starts to warm up the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean, exhausted tourists flock to Assateague Island. More than half of this 60km long island belongs to Maryland and the rest is part of Virginia, but the whole thing is basically owned by feral (‘wild’) horses, who have no problem hanging out with humans. And that is exactly what they do, with the greatest of ease. [This post got more than 1,600 comments on our Facebook Wall! Check it out]

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Shop ’til you drop! Shopping at the world’s witchcraft markets

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 4 March 2014

I’m not so sure you’ll be getting your fresh French bread and locally-made cheese at these markets. Located around the world (from Bolivia and Togo to Mexico and Peru), you can buy almost anything at the market, including all the necessities to perform your own witchcraft spells. Wondering what’s on offer at these incredible markets? […]

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Jack Kerouac’s On The Road: The driving directions

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 1 March 2014

Gregor Weichbrodt took it upon himself to mark out all the places across America that Jack Kerouac and his friends went to in Kerouac’s novel, On The Road. Next he used Google Directions API to calculate all the directions between the locations, making the series of directions alone a grand tome of 55 pages in […]

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A photographic tour of Pitcairn Island (inhabited by just 48 people)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 1 March 2014

Imagine living on an island Paradise. For 48 people, this is home, or as it’s commonly called, Pitcairn Island. Located in the southern Pacific Ocean, the island is inhabited by the descendants of Bounty mutineers, with just four main families occupying the area. If you’re thinking about joining this community and don’t have ties to […]

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A cork globe that keeps track of all your travels

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 28 February 2014

Finally, a globe that serves some kind of purpose in your room other than gather dust. This cork globe by ‘Suck UK’ is perfect for jetsetters, backpackers, nomads, people who love to brag about their adventures, and aspiring world conquerors.

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Yes, an artist designed an ice hotel in Hokkaido, Japan

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 27 February 2014

We’ve heard of pop-up shops before, but pop-up ice hotels? In Hokkaido, Japan, there exists a hotel that will last only as long as the temperature allows it. ‘Ice Hills Hotel’ was the brainchild of local real estate company, ‘Creative Hokkaido’, as part of their initiative to help promote the creative culture of their snowy island.

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Rabbit Island in Japan is either a dream come true or your worst nightmare

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 22 February 2014

Yeah. I’m not so sure I’d be ok with hundreds of rabbits leaping their way behind me. But the girl in this video is! The tiny island of Okunoshima, is sometimes known as Rabbit Island, and there are a few theories as to why there are so many bunnies around. One theory is that there […]

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Watch out for the giant hedgehog in South London

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 21 February 2014

Well this is certainly a way to get people’s attention. Don’t worry, this giant hedgehog isn’t real (that’d be front page news!), but rather a 7ft-tall installation at Clapham Common in South London. Why? It’s to promote Sir David Attenborough’s 10-part series Natural Curiosities. This makes you feel naturally curious, right? The giant hedgehog was […]

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Russian salt mines look like they were born in the 1970s

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Who knew abandoned salt mines could get so… groovy. Deep beneath the Russian city of Yekatinberg, there exists miles and miles of abandoned mines that will make you believe you’re on a trip. A different kind of trip, if you know what I mean. The following images show the salt mines’ psychedelic patterns embedded on its walls, giving you Mother Nature’s brand of rave.

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Forget the cruise lines, now you can travel via cargo ship

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 February 2014

So all your friends have been on cruises. They’ve sailed the seas and stopped off at exotic islands along the way. But that’s so 20th century! There’s a new traveling trend and it involves sailing on large ships, but not cruise ships – cargo ships! Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff made the leap from cruise to […]

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Good luck peering over the counter of this Peruvian McDonald’s

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 18 February 2014

Ad campaigns are getting more clever by the year. Take for instance this fantastic McDonald’s guerilla marketing campaign by the Peru-based Fahrenheit DDB agency. Wanting to take adults back to their childhood, this creative team raised the counter in one McDonald’s outlet so adult customers ‘were forced to look up and pint at things in […]

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Where does that soccer ball come from? Probably right here in Sialkot

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 14 February 2014

Sialkot is a city and capital of Sialkot District, located north-east of the Punjab province in Pakistan.You might know the area as the birthplace of one of the country’s founders. But this is also where up to 60 million soccer balls are produced every year, making up to 70% of the world’s total production. Other […]

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Join the “mile-low” club and stay the night in the Lovers Deep bespoke submarine

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 12 February 2014

So you’re staying at a regular hotel for Valentine’s Day? If you really want to impress that other-half, book you and your partner a night’s accommodation at the Lovers Deep, a bespoke submarine that will actually travel 200 metres under the water. The Mile-Low Club offers private speedboat transfers as standard and can include extras such as helicopter transfers, petal-scattering services and champagne breakfast in bed.

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