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Melbourne’s second oldest pub is now the hottest live music venue in town

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 19 June 2015

From the outside, The Grace Darling Hotel looks like an untouchable piece of history. But beyond the bluestone – built in 1854 – is one of Melbourne’s hottest live music venues, and you’re invited to rock out with the best of ’em.

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Cruise down the ‘Venice of the Middle East’ in one of Dubai’s dhows

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 19 June 2015

There’s no doubt that Dubai is home to some of the world’s finest restaurants. But what you might not know is that the food is affordable, too. Of course, you can dine with foodies at high-end hotspots, but Dubai dining is just as eclectic as its population, with cuisines celebrated from every culture and at every price point.

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In New Zealand, this neon green sulphur lake is straight out of a comic book

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 18 June 2015

The Devil’s Bath in Wai-O-Tapu, as people fondly call it may look like pure evil at first glance. It looks like the radioactive skeleton-melting lake straight out of a comic book. Except that it’s anything but: the lake actually gets its bizarre gleaming green hue from the floating sulphur deposits in it — it is […]

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Venture on a night safari in Dubai and go star gazing with your friends

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 18 June 2015

When it comes time to spoil yourself – and we mean really spoil yourself – head to Dubai. This cosmopolitan city offers more than 300 days of guaranteed sunshine and boasts a safe environment for exploring any hour of the day. But when the sun goes down, there’s one place you’ll want to be, and that’s on a night safari with your friends.

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Soak up the sun on your own private beach at Dubai’s Jumeirah beach shoreline

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 June 2015

With 300 days of guaranteed sunshine every year, it’s no wonder Dubai has become a sunbather’s paradise. And this bustling city makes sure every visitor takes advantage of the weather by offering exclusive beach access at some of the world’s most exclusive clubs.

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Shop ’til you drop then learn how to ski in the middle of Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 June 2015

If you love to shop, then head on over to Dubai for a non-stop shop-a-thon. This is the place you want to be to pick up all your designer threads and lavish goods. But Dubai is not only a shopper’s paradise; it’s an adventurous wonderland. In this fascinating city, you can shop ’til you drop then learn how to ski right in the middle of Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates.

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Take a look at every passport from every country on this interactive website

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 15 June 2015

Waiting in line to get through customs in a different country can be exhausting. After a 12-hour flight the last thing you want to do is stand around with a bunch of cranky people. So if you’re anything like me, you like to play the passport game – guessing the country of everyone’s passport. 

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The incredible skies over Australia will leave you breathless

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 4 June 2015

Australia isn’t just a country with a zillion cute animals… and deadly ones. It’s also home to some of the planet’s most extraordinary skies. Simon Crerar put together an impressive list of Aussie skies that will leave everyone placing Downunder number one on their bucket list.

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Heading to New Zealand? Here’s the Lost At E Minor guide to Christchurch

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Wednesday 3 June 2015

A series of earthquakes between 2010 and 2011 devastated New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch. An estimated 1,000 buildings in the city’s CBD came down or were subsequently pulled down. (Stop for a second and try to count to 1,000. Each number represents an entire building!) The sheer scale of destruction can only be comprehended in person. Over two-thirds of the city is still rubble.

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A hotel in downtown Vienna that accommodates tourists and refugees

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 3 June 2015

Travel to Vienna and forget staying in one of those chain hotels. Come to this city and stay at Magdas, a boutique hotel. While you’re staying here, you’ll be helping provide employment and housing for young refugees.

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Yes, you can actually swim with the jellyfish in this tropical paradise

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 30 May 2015

Pack your bags, everyone, we’re going on holiday to swim with the jellyfish! Sounds bizarre (terrifying, if, like me, you’re afraid of jellies), but in fact there’s a stretch of water on Eil Malk island in Palau that contains millions of golden jellyfish.

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This little flower pot in Portland is actually the smallest park in the world

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 29 May 2015

What is this? A park for ants? This is Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon. Though it might look like just a simple flower pot in the middle of the road, it’s actually the world’s smallest park, measuring only two feet in diameter.

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Four friends travel the world to see famous scenes from film and TV

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 29 May 2015

In their series ‘Fan Girl Quest’, best of friends Tiia, Satu, Johanna, and Essi, visit iconic places around the world that have a special place in pop culture. Once there, they juxtapose a famous scene from a TV series or a movie against the same background, creating a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home.

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Yep, there really is a bar in Melbourne named after an eccentric 19th century brothel owner

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Friday 29 May 2015

With a name like Madame Brussels, you might be mistaken for thinking this Melbourne bar was named after an aristocrat. But as a matter of fact, Madame Brussels is named after an eccentric brothel owner of the 19th century.

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Here’s why the Cook Islands is the world’s hottest new eco destination

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 May 2015

Dotted in the South Pacific, south of Hawaii and only six hours non-stop from Sydney, lies the small, beautiful archipelago of the Cook Islands. A group of only fifteen islands, all surrounded by topaz coloured water. At the heart of the nation is the main island, Rarotonga, home to the majority of the country’s 12,000 residents.

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