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A world map marked with locales Tom Waits has sung about

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 7 February 2014

There’s something about the power of music: it transforms you to a whole different place from where you physically are. Then there are the actual places that the tunes are composed for, or make mention of. The Tom Waits Map, made by Swedish Waits fan Jonas Nordström, takes that idea and runs with it right across the world map with a pin on every geographic location that Waits has sung about. Obviously, we love it.

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Learn how to sneeze in 10 different languages

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 February 2014

Well, I learned something new today. According to these cute illustrations by cartoonist James Chapman, there are a variety of sneezing sounds, depending on nationality. In the infographic, he shows sneeze sounds in 10 different languages. So while English has the usual ‘achoo’, the Vietnamese go ‘hat xi’, the polish go ‘a-psik’, and when you’re in Germany, sneeze like ‘hatschi’. As a bonus, when you’re in the Philippines, it sounds like ‘ha-ching’.

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The largest unmechanized laundry facility in the world is in Mumbai

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 February 2014

Tucked away in Mumbai is Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, the largest unmechanized laundry facility in the world. Today the site is not only a place for washing clothes, but a huge tourist destination, drawing ‘thousands every year who come to witness the relentless productivity and cramped living conditions of Mumbai’s human washing machines’.

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This steampunk pub in Romania simply oozes all things nice

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 February 2014

What wouldn’t we give to get our butts to the barstools at this cool place in Cluj, Romania? We are literally drooling over these pictures of Joben Bistro. Unfortunately the place appears to be closed for now, but just check out the avant-garde ‘cool industrial meets warm rustic’ steampunk-like decor that is too kickass for […]

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Celebrate summer with a haunted tour of Sydney

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 February 2014

Summer doesn’t have to be all sun, sand, and surf. Sometimes it can be about death, fear, and goosebumps! A ghost tour of Sydney’s most haunted places may be just what you need to kick off a great summer. After all, a brush with death and ghastly spirits will surely get you in the mood for sunflowers and all of summer’s offerings. There are plenty of ghost tours around the city.

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They like to go out in style: lively coffin art from Ghana

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 4 February 2014

When we finally move on to the afterlife, we’re probably going to be put in a dull and discreet coffin. But not the Ga people of Ghana. They like to go out in style. Fantasy or figurative coffins, are colourful and creative functional coffins designed and made by specialized carpenters in Greater Accra Region in […]

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Celebrate summer by watching an Outback camel race

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 4 February 2014

A small budget might not take you to the deserts of Dubai, but it might just be enough to take you to the Camel Cup in Northern Territory. Camel races, belly dancers, hot air balloons, rickshaw races, food, and beer? I say Best. Summer. Ever.

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Visit the Holy Land … in Argentina!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 4 February 2014

Brazil might have Christ the Redeemer but Argentina has Tierra Santa. This theme park brings old Jerusalem to Latin America with a 40-foot Jesus, faux primitive huts, over 500 plastic Romans and Jesuits, and tons of kitsch. Visitors can take part in ‘recreations of such famous events as the last supper, where diners can eat […]

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Celebrate summer in Australia by journeying to the centre of the Earth

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 3 February 2014

While most of your friends are at the beach, you’re taking a different path… straight down to the centre of the Earth! The Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo, Victoria, had its heydays between 1939 and 1954, when miners were able to extract about $37 million in today’s currency. Soon after it shut down, the Bendigo City Council bought the mine for $6,000 in 1970 and began transforming it into a secret villainous lair the top tourist destination it is today.

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Freezing temperatures created a path to the sea caves of Lake Superior

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 3 February 2014

You know it’s cold when a previously inaccessible set of sea caves can now be visited by thousands of tourists by walking on the frozen ice. For the first time in five years, the sea caves near the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin can now be accessed – at least for the next few weeks – by foot. In the summer months, visitors usually take a boat to access the caves. In winter, the caves are inaccessible, as Lake Superior is considered unstable and dangerous to walk on.

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Daredevil climbers take on Tasmania’s 200ft Totem Pole

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 3 February 2014

Thought Tasmania was just apple orchards and the end of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race? Think again. This island state of Australia is an outdoor lover’s paradise, with wild coastlines and incredible rainforests to explore. And a 200-foot natural climbing wall called the Totem Pole. Located in Cape Hauy, the Totem Pole is a […]

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Skateistan: Combining skateboards with education in Afghanistan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Sunday 2 February 2014

Using skateboards as a ‘tool for empowering youth,’ Skateistan is not your ordinary non-profit program in Afghanistan. For starters, Skateistan works with kids aged 5 to 18, focusing especially on girls and working children to give them better opportunities in education, leadership and friendship.

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Rats! Proof that a pest control service actually works

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 1 February 2014

Take a stroll down Paris’ Rue des Halles for a spot of shopping, maybe a quick bite to eat. And while you’re there, don’t forget to drop into Julien Auroze & Co, a specialty shop that’s been in business since 1872. Here you’ll find the very best pest control in the business, because unlike most […]

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Superb cocktails and dining at Sydney’s Rabbit Hole Bar

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Saturday 1 February 2014

The Rabbit Hole Bar on Elizabeth Street in Sydney’s CBD takes its name from the hole down which Alice plunges in Lewis Carroll’s famous book. Doug Laming, the 25-year-old manager and co-owner, chose this name not because of the bar’s location – tucked away below street level – but as a result of the weird yet wonderful culinary and alcoholic creations that can be found there. Specifically, the vast array of incredible molecular cocktails.

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Welcome to the future: Bangkok’s robot restaurant

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 January 2014

If you’ve ever traveled to Bangkok and missed out on dining at the Hajime Robot Restaurant, kick yourself now! It may look like a regular restaurant, serving up sushi, kurobuta and BBQ buffet, but Hajime is the first restaurant in Thailand to use ‘genius robots’ to serve food. The Hajime robot was developed by Thai […]

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