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Here’s what it takes to keep an Emirates airplane in the skies

Sorrel Kesby Contributor

By Sorrel Kesby in Cool Travel on Tuesday 14 April 2015

We all know that airplanes are large and expensive to run (why else would we pay a fortune to fly?) but few of us realise the sheer scale of what it takes to keep one of these flying monsters in the air. Keith Carter, Vice President of the Emirates Overhaul Workshop in Dubai, recently gave us unprecedented access to where the vast Emirates fleet gets serviced, repaired and polished.

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Instead of walkways and signs, a new airport terminal in Japan has a running track

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 14 April 2015

Now you won’t just feel like a track and field athlete as you’re running through the airport, trying to catch your flight – you’ll also look like it as well. At the newly-opened Terminal 3 of the Narita Airport in Japan, a running track has been built to help travelers find their way around and make walking a much more pleasant experience.

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Walk across an entire nation in one morning in the beautiful Cook Islands

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Tuesday 14 April 2015

The island of Rarotonga is the capital and main island of the Cook Islands, found halfway between Sydney and Los Angeles, with only twelve thousand people calling it home.

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You can combine your daily yoga class with standup paddle boarding in the Cook Islands

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Monday 13 April 2015

Savasanah. Lying on an eight­-foot standup paddle board in the Cook Island’s Muri lagoon, hiding behind the four small mutus (Cook Island Maori for island), you are protected by the waves that make it over the reef.

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This is the mysterious ‘Dr. Seuss’ house that sits in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 13 April 2015

When you venture out into the Alaskan wilderness, you’d expect to see snow, trees, hopelessness, and probably more snow. But in the town of Willow, you’d find something very different: a house that looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale. Called the ‘Dr. Seuss House’ by locals for its imaginative façade and unique structure, the house towers over the deserted snowy landscape, sticking out like a sore thumb.

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Marlon Brando’s private island resort in French Polynesia

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By Laura McWhinnie in Cool Travel on Sunday 12 April 2015

It was 1960 when Marlon Brando came across the island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia while filming ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’. Immediately enchanted by the island’s beauty, the Polynesian way of life and his Tahitian co-star Tarita Teriipaia who became his third and last wife, Brando set about acquiring his very own piece of paradise.

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An exclusive New York social club is only open to dogs and their human owners

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 9 April 2015

Sometimes you want to take your laptop to a cafe and have your four-legged friend accompany you. Sometimes you want your dog to socialize with other dogs but can’t find an appropriate space for that to happen. And sometimes you want to socialize with people, but only dog people. Enter Ruff Club!

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Gotham Air flies you to your destination in NYC, just like Uber

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 6 April 2015

The beauty of using Uber is the convenience of it all. Need a car to come get you? A few clicks and you’re done. But what happens when you’re stuck in Manhattan traffic and you’ve got to make it to the airport in a short period of time? No Uber car could ever get you there fast enough. That’s why you’ll have to go with Gotham Air.

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Husband wins free vacation without his wife, sends back miserable photos of himself

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 3 April 2015

This is what true love looks like: miserable. When 34-year-old Kevin Blandford won a free trip to Puerto Rico without his wife and kid, he showed the world how disappointed he was with the saddest vacation pics ever.

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Staff at Art Series Hotels in Australia are reviewing the guests starting April 17th

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 3 April 2015

Currently, there are more than 40 million reviews on TripAdvisor, telling you where to stay, where not to stay, where to eat, where not to eat, and so on. Well, the Art Series Hotel Group has other plans. Starting April 17th, instead of guests leaving reviews of their stays at Art Series hotels, hotel staff will instead leave the reviews… of the guests.

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This is a bus many of us wouldn’t mind taking to work, especially on Mondays!

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 3 April 2015

Welcome on board the newest coffee and smart-gadget friendly bus that’s bringing on the smiles in San Francisco. Launched by Leap, you get to travel in cafe-style mode while sipping your favourite brew as you plug into cyberspace via its many power outlets. There is free WiFi too.

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Stay at Hotel Hotel in Australia’s capital for some serious R&R

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 March 2015

Hotel Hotel is one of the many great reasons to visit Australia’s capital. And after spending lots of time between Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra (with the help of Hotel Hotel) this hotel seems to be the coming-of-age destination for hipsters everywhere!

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Four reasons to stay calm when your flight is delayed

Sorrel Kesby Contributor

By Sorrel Kesby in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 March 2015

Every traveller has been made angry or helpless due to a flight delay. At the time you were more than likely tired, hungover, or an unhappy combination of the two, and you may or may not have got out your annoyed voice.

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You can now own parts of a penis-shaped island in Fiji for just $122,000

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 March 2015

Located just off Vanua Levu in Fiji, the island of Mavuva is a tropical paradise that looks like a giant penis. And you can live on it for the low, low price of $122,000.

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Everything you wanted to know about plane food but were too afraid to ask

Sorrel Kesby Contributor

By Sorrel Kesby in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 March 2015

Ever wondered how long that meal you’ve been given on a flight has been sitting in the galley? On a recent tour of the Emirates catering facility in Dubai I unearthed some interesting facts about what they’re doing to try and remove the stigma of ‘plane food’.

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