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Floating pizzeria is located in the picturesque waters off Fiji

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 23 May 2015

Most pizzerias are basic – a counter, a few chairs, and a case for cold drinks. Nothing special, really. But travel to Fiji  and you’ll find the world’s most picturesque pizzeria, surrounding by turquoise water and sunny skies.

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Melbourne’s smallest gallery is located outside Australia’s smallest bar!

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 22 May 2015

You might think that all art galleries are huge buildings full of empty space and a few pieces of art stuck on the walls. Not in Melbourne. This city’s smallest gallery is called Trink Tank and it’s located right outside Australia’s smallest bar, Bar Americano.

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Add this to the bucket list: The beautiful deserts of Namibia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 21 May 2015

What countries do you have on that bucket list? Perhaps Brazil for its beaches or Russia for its history? Here’s another one to add to that ever-increasing list: Namibia. This is where you’ll not only find the friendliest people on Earth, but also the most unique landscape, including DeadVlei.

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Spectrum Street Art adds colour and light to a rebuilding Christchurch

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Visitors to Christchurch will immediately be struck by the sheer number of buildings (1,240) which have come down since the 2011 earthquake. But colour is slowly creeping back into this re-emerging city.

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Only in Melbourne would they turn an unused car park into an edible gardening club

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Monday 18 May 2015

If you’ve laughed at the thought of gardening while living in a big city, Popup Patch proves it can be done, and collectively, too! Using the roof of an unused car park behind Federation Square, a handful of Melburnians got together to create a popup vegetable garden smack bang in the heart of the city, where everyone can enjoy getting their hands dirty while harvesting their very own produce.

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Explore colourful modern art on a remote island in the Pacific

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 May 2015

When we think of modern art we think of the Tate Modern or the MOMA. But the tiny nation of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific is also offering itself to tourists as a budding modern art scene, but in a truly tropical environment… and the weather is definitely better here than in London or NY (we might argue the art is, too!).

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Chinese company pays for all 6,400 employees to vacation in Paris

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 15 May 2015

In a cool initiative that Lost at E Minor will soon be involved in (wink, wink), a Chinese company has paid for all of its 6,400 employees to go on a four-day holiday to France.

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Christchurch’s Rekindle fuels the art of recycling (in a city that needs it)

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Friday 15 May 2015

How can artists help a city where 70% of the buildings have come down since its 2011 earthquake? Recycling the building waste into art, and in the process shining a light on the importance of reclaiming reusable resources from waste.

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Alabama Hotel: an art hotel in inner city Hobart

Kate McCarthy Reader Find

By Kate McCarthy in Cool Travel on Friday 15 May 2015

Hobart is becoming so art-centric, it’s seriously brilliant. The Alabama Hotel is situated in the city’s CBD and has recently been revived and re-opened after a near-decade-long hiatus.

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This awesome Melbourne bar donates money to the country your beer is from

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 15 May 2015

When was the last time you went to a non-profit bar? The fact is, most bars are in it for themselves, but one very special bar in Melbourne’s CBD is aiming to change the way we think… and drink.

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Christchurch’s Hotel Montreal: luxury a rebuilding city needs

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 14 May 2015

Hotel Montreal is Christchurch’s newest luxury boutique hotel. Opened mid-2014, the hotel stays true to its name by incorporating European flair with contemporary style. A polo theme runs through the hotel, with guests able to eat at the popular Polo Bar, and most of the decorations are buyable, should you feel so inclined.

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MONA in Hobart, Tasmania: The largest privately-owned museum in Australia

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Thursday 14 May 2015

On a recent trip to Tasmania, I had the opportunity to visit MONA, which after hearing so much hype and doing an abundance of background reading, I predicted would be a highlight of my already-amazing trip. I wasn’t wrong.

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The stunning painted cliffs of Tasmania shows Mother Nature at her finest

Chiang Lup Hong Reader Find

By Chiang Lup Hong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 13 May 2015

A friend of mine moved to Tasmania to further her studies and took some road trips while she was there. From her pictures, I came across incredible Triassic sandstone formations known as the Painted Cliffs.

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Nightmare flight! Young woman writes a hilarious letter to the hellish passenger behind her (we all nod in agreement)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 13 May 2015

We’ve all had that one flight where we swore we’d never fly again thanks to the awful person we had to sit next to or in front of. But have a bit of sympathy for Lau Munyee, a passenger on Air Asia who scored a cheap deal flying from Singapore to Sydney. She thought she scored a great deal for a redeye flight. But she says she didn’t sleep a wink, and it’s all because of one very bad passenger behind her.

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Want to see the best street art in Australia? Just venture down Hosier Lane in Melbourne

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 May 2015

If you’re looking to set your eyes on some serious street art – street art where some of the world’s best artists come to play – you don’t have to travel to New York or Buenos Aires. Some of the very best street art is right in Melbourne’s backyard. And by backyard I mean smack bang in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

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