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Anti-terror checks are now a thing in Beijing subway stations, and so are massive crowds

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 3 June 2014

When the train is full and the bus is packed and you’re already running late, it’s usually a good excuse to pull a sickie from work (in my case, anyway). So have a thought for commuters in Beijing who are now subjected to anti-terror checks on the subway. Anti-terror checks are great – they keep […]

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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 Tuesday 3 June 2014

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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A South African subculture where designer clothes are destroyed and money is burned, literally

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 3 June 2014

The Izikhothane is a subculture in South Africa where gang members buy expensive designer clothes they can’t afford and then ‘engage in elaborate dance-offs with rival gangs to demonstrate who is the most extravagant’. It usually involves destroying clothing and setting money on fire, because, you know, that’s how you show ‘em who’s boss. ‘Izikhothane are […]

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To stop public urination, ‘pissing tankers’ now patrol the streets of Mumbai

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 2 June 2014

India has a wet problem. And it has nothing to do with their droughts. Years of campaigns, big and small, have failed to stop grown men from urinating in public at anywhere and any time they feel like it. Even setting up more public urinals and imposing huge fines didn’t stop the random splattering, so […]

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Sweet! Here’s a room made out of chocolate (and yes, you can lick the walls)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 2 June 2014

Chocoholics, your wish of a chocolate room has come true! Scottish artist Anya Gallaccio created this new installation named Stroke at Jupiter Artland in Edinburgh. And yes, if you dare, you may lick the walls. Here’s what Jupiter Artland had to say about the installation: ‘The entire room is covered in thick dark chocolate, lightly […]

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You can literally sit amongst the clouds at this Japanese resort

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 29 May 2014

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, in the Yūfutsu District of Japan, is a multi-complex family resort that is open all year round. It is popular for its expansive slopes and famous for its finely powdered snow. But what draws new and repeat visitors to the resort even more is the stupendous Sea of Clouds phenomenon that envelopes them completely. The resort’s terrace, located at 1,088 meters above sea level, is reached via chairlifts that carry skiers up the mountain in winter.

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Get massaged by 20-foot pythons in the Philippines for free!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 28 May 2014

There’s nothing better than to get a soothing and relaxing massage for the low, low price of free. Except maybe getting a free massage with four 20-foot Burmese pythons as your therapists! At the Cebu City Zoo in the Philippines, courageous guests can get a spa treatment from snakes, weighing a combined total of 250kg. […]

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These photos reveal just how rapidly the world is changing

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture, Cool Travel on Tuesday 27 May 2014

If you’ve ever marveled at the incredible pace of this growing world, you’re in good company. Just years ago, in fact 20 or 30 years, some cities were still arid deserts and more countryish than city. For instance, in 1990, UAE’s Dubai tall skyscrapers and millionaire’s paradise was nothing but a dream, and a desert. […]

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Wanderlust: a lake in Palau where you can swim with millions of golden jellyfish and not get stung

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 19 May 2014

How to one up your friends: 1. Go to Jellyfish Lake in Palau 2. Swim with the non-harmful golden jellyfish and take lots of selfie videos 3. Tell them the jellyfish are actually deadly and you’re just too much of a badass to care. This is a video of Nana Trongratanawong snorkeling amongst the millions […]

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Possibly the world’s first Baby Jesus clinic is in Bolivia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 19 May 2014

Even Jesus needs a little fixing now and then. But where do you take a baby Jesus when he breaks? To the Bolivian Baby Jesus Clinic, that’s where. Located in La Paz, art restorer Rafael Gonzales takes damaged Jesus figurines from all over the country, with some pieces quite precious at more than 300 years […]

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Watch whales migrating around the Hawaiian islands from your home

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 16 May 2014

This is pretty amazing. The Smartmine Whale Tracker actually allows you to follow sperm, beaked, false killer, and pigmy killer whales ‘as they migrate around the Hawaiian islands’. The data collection is provided by Dr. Robin Baird of Cascadia Research, and goes toward a larger research project that studies the movements and habits of whales […]

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Photographer travels to 36 countries in 600 days: this is the enthralling video he created about it

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 15 May 2014

Remember that time you told yourself, ’one day I’m going to travel the world,’ but never did? Behold, the video that will make you so jelly, you’re going to start packing as soon as possible! Photographer Alex Chacon travelled through 36 countries in 600 days, logging in an unbelievable 202, 690 km using five different motorcycles. Using a GoPro and a monopod attached to it, he captured a 360 panorama selfie of his entire trip.

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In Japan, you can flag down a Turtle Taxi to crawl you slowly to your location

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 14 May 2014

If you ever find yourself getting into a cab in Yokohama, know that you can take one of these Turtle Taxis, which, unlike what its name suggests, doesn’t actually look like a turtle. However, you have the option of pressing a button at the back of the driver’s seat if you prefer to take your […]

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You’ll never guess what New Yorkers had to say to an abandoned camera in Washington Sq Park

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 14 May 2014

If you could say anything – anything at all – what would you say to the world? We get to see how New Yorkers go about this task. A man set up a camera and left it alone in Washington Square Park, asking strangers to tell the world anything. What do you think people said to the camera?

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An adults-only ‘night library’ with beer has been crowdfunded in Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 13 May 2014

Shunsuke Mori had a brilliant idea of a special night library in Shibuya, where adults could unwind in the evening with a drink in one hand and a classic book in the other. And thanks to the Japanese crowdfunding site Campfire, his dream is becoming a reality.

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