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Yes, you can race coffins competitively in Manitou Springs, Colorado

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 17 January 2015

Coffin races? What? Every October, the annual coffin race is a star attraction in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It’s no upstart either — going strong into its 20th year in 2015, the race sombrely commemorates the memory of a certain Emma Crawford, who died from tuberculosis in 1891. Certainly doesn’t hurt that it looks like a […]

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Think you could stomach working on an oil rig? Think again!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 16 January 2015

If you get even just a little bit queasy from catching a ferry, you might not want to watch this video. This is the Borgholm Dolphin installation, a gigantic oil rig stationed about 230 kilometres east of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Yes, it’s true: Singapore now has its own cat museum

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 15 January 2015

Wow, there’s now a new cat museum in Singapore that celebrates, well, cats. And we thought the Internet already had that covered. Dubbed Lion City Kitty, it’s not, as the name suggests, just random cat memorabilia on show.

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Believe it or not, an entire city lives inside this 14-story building

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 13 January 2015

Welcome to Whittier, Alaska, a town of just over 200 residents, where almost all of them live in a 14-story former Army barracks. Built in 1956, this building is called Begich Towers and inside you’ll find everything that a regular town is home to: a police station, health clinic, church, and a laundromat. There’s also […]

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How weird can Hello Kitty get in a museum? Pretty darn weird, trust me

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 13 January 2015

Hello Kitty is a Japanese character for kids, right? Um, I’m not so sure after scrolling through Mark Fauenfelder’s photos of the Hello Kitty exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

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South Korea’s Busan port is one of the best places to take photos after-dark

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 12 January 2015

During the day, Busan-South Korea’s second largest metropolis-is a bustling city with a huge shipping and trading industry. By night, this beautiful city comes alive in other ways. Busan is located on the southeastern-most tip of the Korean peninsula, with the country’s longest river-the Nakdong River-flowing through the west, emptying out into the Korea Strait.

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One photographer captures the roads less travelled of the world

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 9 January 2015

Many of us travel to places we’ve seen in movies or read about in books, but one photographer-Andy Lee-has made a note of travelling to places that are far less populated. Roads, as he calls his photo series, is all about one thing: exploring new ground.

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This van is equipped with everything a man needs to travel the world in (and a potted plant)

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 8 January 2015

Mike Hudson quit his job as a systems engineer in 2013 to travel the world. And for that, he bought a 10-year-old van from eBay, retrofitted it into a one-man kingdom filled with an extendable bed, a desk, a refrigerator, a sink and cooker, a toilet and shower, and all the electricity he needs generated […]

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This is the exact point where two mighty oceans meet

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 January 2015

Cape Agulhas might not look like much, but this place is where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. It’s also the most geographic southern tip of Africa, 170 kilometres southeast of Cape Town. Portuguese navigators originally named it Cabo das Agulhas, which is Portuguese for Cape of Needles.

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Mudgee, NSW, has got that small-town thing going on

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By Ryman White in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 January 2015

What does a country region need to put it on the map? For the Mudgee region of country New South Wales, it seems all it needed was pride, and the rest – a brilliant little town – grew from that. Now, one of Australia’s best kept secrets is a hotbed of wine, art, food and beer! [Check out the best dumplings in Mudgee and Mudfest, where you’ll see some awesome short films]

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Your lost luggage could be on sale at the unclaimed baggage centre, right now

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 5 January 2015

I lost my suitcase once. After three days of airline staff telling me it was lost for good, it was delivered to me at 3am by a cranky New Yorker. Some people aren’t that lucky. A small fraction of lost luggage gets lost forever and ends up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. […]

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These rice fields are so spectacular, they look like giant works of art

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 5 January 2015

Rice is pretty amazing. It’s the staple food of over half the world’s population and provides 20% of the world’s dietary energy supply. Not to mention making burritos all the more tastier! Many of us have probably seen a rice field-in person or in photos-and not given the landscape a second thought.

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This gas station toilet surprisingly looks better than your own room

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 2 January 2015

The next time you’re looking for an unrealistically cheap but fancy apartment, maybe you should try looking in Bohol, Philippines? Here’s the catch though: that swanky apartment is actually a gas station toilet!

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In Gifu, Japan, this mirror-walled cafe reflects the blooming cherry blossoms around it

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Art on Thursday 1 January 2015

Japanese architecture studio Bandesign have created a mirror-lined cafe in Gifu, Japan, along a riverside street along a tourist route. While the inner walls of the single-storey timber-framed building are angled in a way to reflect a row of existing cheery trees, the outer facades are covered in white-painted steel strips with flaming red doors that […]

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This Santa rides on cables high up in the mountains instead of a sleigh pulled by his reindeers

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 25 December 2014

Have you been good or bad this year? If you have behaved impeccably but don’t own a chimney, you may want to seat yourself inside a cable car at the scenic Shiniuzhai resort of Pingjiang county in Hunan Province of China. Because it is here that Santa has given Rudolph and his other reindeers some […]

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