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In Sweden, you can get a free bike if you use it three times a week

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 June 2014

In West Sweden, the city of Gothenberg has been dangling free bikes to residents in a bid to get its inhabitants to leave their cars behind. Incorporating the bike into their lifestyle for six months, three dozen such residents here have been showing the rest of the city how it’s done. The catch? Actually ride […]

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Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Slow Food movement

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 June 2014

In the North-East extremity of Italy, on the axel between Western and Eastern Europe, lies the area of Friuli Venezia Giulia, known for its diverse landscapes, rich culture and mouth-watering cuisine, with gastronomic specialities boasting quality certification provided by the Slow Food presidia. Hungry to find out more?

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Such manners! Japan fans clean stadium after World Cup loss

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 June 2014

My mother taught me that manners maketh man, that good etiquette and moral-standing are what separate us from the beasts! That is not to say that I listened to her in the slightest… Sure I find it easy to be magnanimous when i’m on the winning team, but if I wind up on the side of defeat then it’s batten-down-the-hatches temper tantrum time. Most likely more of us are like this than we care to admit, but not the Japanese it seems.

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Riva Lofts: a design hotel in Italy’s beautiful, historic Florence

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 June 2014

Riva Lofts, nestling quietly on the banks of the Arno river in Italy’s beautiful, historic Florence, is variously referred to as a design hotel and an architect’s hotel, and offers luxurious relaxation amidst traditional architecture, beautifully juxtaposed with a modern finish.

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At Japan’s Café Little Zoo you can sip coffee with iguanas, falcons and snakes

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Saturday 14 June 2014

Ahhhh….Tokyo, the city of many cute little pet cafés, each filled with adorable animals waiting patiently for you to pet away your urban stress. Such pet therapy is common in rapid-pace Tokyo and other cities of Japan. Many apartment regulations have strict policies against pet ownership so the idea of having a drink while you […]

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At this hospital in Huai-an, China, nurses dress up as flight attendants

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 13 June 2014

In the city of Huai-an, China, there must have been a boardroom meeting conducted within a hospital whereby a board of director must have been worried sick about the fear and depression of patients having to stay in their hospital. ‘I know!, said he, ‘Let’s have our nurses dressed up like flight attendants so our […]

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Hold on! This is THE tallest, fastest, steepest water slide in the world

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 June 2014

I advise you to bring an extra pair of underwear. That is, if you can manage to drag yourself up the world’s tallest, fastest, steepest water slide, Verruckt, in Kansas. Located at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Verruckt – which translates to ‘insane’ in German – is a jaw-dropping, adrenaline-pumping 168-feet and 7-inches high. How high is that, exactly? That’s taller than the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls! Riders – four of you – will be seated in a raft.

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This guy traveled to 36 countries in 600 days on a motorbike: we interviewed him

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 June 2014

Now THIS is a selfie! Photographer Alex Chacon traveled 36 countries in 600 days and took this amazing and jealousy inducing 360 panorama selfie along the way. In this exclusive interview, he talks more about his epic journey and gives his best advice to those who want to follow in his footsteps – or bike tracks, rather. [you can read our original post about him here.]

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Yes, students actually rush to school to study in a classroom like this

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 June 2014

The Wall Art Project is a non-profit organization based in Tokyo. To encourage a sense of wonderment and possibility amongst students as far away as India and Tibet, the organization has launched the Wall Art Festival, where artists are invited to share their inspiration and creativity, and bring their art into schools. One of the artists who came on board this meaningful project was Japanese artist Yusuke Asai. Asai paints with basically anything he can get his hands on – tape, pens, leaves, dust and mud.

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Fiji Airways: A review of Business Class, from a first-timer

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 June 2014

We had a chance to fly long-haul with Fiji Airways in the hallowed section that they call business class, but should probably be called bliss-while-floating-on-a-cloud. Seriously. Flying from Australia to most places in the world is long haul. And pretty much everyone dreads it. It’s exciting to get there, but the travelling time is the killer.

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A Japanese village where dolls outnumber humans

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 9 June 2014

Nestled deep in the valleys of Shikoku Island in Japan is a small and almost forgotten village called Nagoro. Once a bustling center with a dam, a big company and hundreds of inhabitants, the village slowly became deserted as its residents moved to bigger cities in search of better jobs, while those who were left behind continue to die. Such was the forlorn situation that greeted Japanese artist Ayano Tsukimi when she returned to her beloved village eleven years ago.

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How different countries of the world spend a Sunday

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 6 June 2014

What’s a Sunday to you? Is it relaxing in the garden? Watching movies? Socializing with friends? Maybe it’s playing sports. Or even working. Sunday is spent all different ways across the globe and Hungry House was able to put together a pretty neat infographic to demonstrate just how different we all are in spending the […]

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Be warned: Russian taxi drivers will paint you blue if you don’t pay them

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 5 June 2014

DO NOT, we repeat, DO NOT complain about the taxi fare or refuse to pay the taxi drivers in the Russian city of Nizhny. This is especially true if blue is so not this season. If you are rebellious and care not for our advice, these drivers will gang up on you, force you to […]

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This terrifying 335-foot ride in Florida will drop you face first at 60 mph!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 5 June 2014

Better bring an extra pair of underwear when you try out this ride. And while you’re at it, bring an EMT as well. Falcon’s Fury is a 335-foot ride that’s set to terrify park goers this coming spring at Busch Gardens Tampa with its 60-foot, face first drop.

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Feeling stressed? Why not spend a night at this Korean prison

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 3 June 2014

Are you seriously stressed from your daily hustle and bustle? Do you feel worried, tensed and prone to fidgeting every five minutes? Perhaps a stint inside a prison would do you wonders. Not any good old prison, of course, but one conceptually called ‘Prison Inside Me’. Standing on the outskirts of Hongcheon, about 58 miles […]

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