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The beauty of Iceland and Norway captured in miniature form

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 24 January 2015

The video is called The Little Nordics and it was captured by DAMP Design’s Martijn Doolaard. Showing beautiful scenes of incredible fjords, kayak cruises, winding roads, and ferries sailing back and forth, this short video was recorded during Doolaard’s exploration of Norway and Iceland, in places such as Geiranger, Atlanterhavsveien, and Trollstigen.

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Drop everything and watch this close-up footage of lava pouring into the ocean off Hawaii

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Eco on Thursday 22 January 2015

Know what’s better than close-up footage of lava spilling into the ocean? Absolutely nothing. So you’ve got to watch this video. It’s actually quite mesmerizing. Kawika Singson used his GoPro to capture this pretty cool phenomenon off the coast of Hawaii, and you can’t help but wonder just how hot that water is getting with that neverending spillage of lava (which is around 1,100 degrees).

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Boat and bees on the roof, bed or hammock in your room? Take your pick at this hotel!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 January 2015

Hotel Daniel Vienna, which features installation art by Erwin Wurm in the form of a stranded boat on the building, as well as bees on the roof (they make honey that go toward the hotel’s inhouse bakery treats), has something else that other hotels can’t beat: rooms with beds AND hammocks. Wow.

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Mines in South Africa, visualised with what’s missing from them

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 21 January 2015

As South Africa’s first commercial mine, when the Blue Mine in Springbok started its operations in 1852, it paved the way for development as more mines – along with workers who settled nearby – opened. In recent years, the region’s inhabitants have been facing a much less illustrious future with the very last remnants of their copper deposits being mined.

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These colourful mountainous slopes in China make us want to run for the hills

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 20 January 2015

Somewhere in China’s Gansu province is Zhangye Danxia, an unusually colorful national geopark located in the northern foothills of Linze and Sunan counties’ Qillian Mountains.

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Can New Yorkers be more courteous? These posters are trying to make that happen on the subway

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 19 January 2015

For those who are unlucky enough to have ridden the New York City subway, you’ll probably remember a few things about your ride. First, there was probably some woman applying mascara in your car. Second, there was probably an obnoxious dance-off taking place along the journey. And lastly, there were probably more seats taken up by bags of groceries than actual people. New Yorkers aren’t rude, they’re just… different.

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Yes, you can race coffins competitively in Manitou Springs, Colorado

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 17 January 2015

Coffin races? What? Every October, the annual coffin race is a star attraction in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It’s no upstart either — going strong into its 20th year in 2015, the race sombrely commemorates the memory of a certain Emma Crawford, who died from tuberculosis in 1891. Certainly doesn’t hurt that it looks like a […]

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Think you could stomach working on an oil rig? Think again!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 16 January 2015

If you get even just a little bit queasy from catching a ferry, you might not want to watch this video. This is the Borgholm Dolphin installation, a gigantic oil rig stationed about 230 kilometres east of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Yes, it’s true: Singapore now has its own cat museum

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 15 January 2015

Wow, there’s now a new cat museum in Singapore that celebrates, well, cats. And we thought the Internet already had that covered. Dubbed Lion City Kitty, it’s not, as the name suggests, just random cat memorabilia on show.

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Believe it or not, an entire city lives inside this 14-story building

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 13 January 2015

Welcome to Whittier, Alaska, a town of just over 200 residents, where almost all of them live in a 14-story former Army barracks. Built in 1956, this building is called Begich Towers and inside you’ll find everything that a regular town is home to: a police station, health clinic, church, and a laundromat. There’s also […]

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How weird can Hello Kitty get in a museum? Pretty darn weird, trust me

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 13 January 2015

Hello Kitty is a Japanese character for kids, right? Um, I’m not so sure after scrolling through Mark Fauenfelder’s photos of the Hello Kitty exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

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South Korea’s Busan port is one of the best places to take photos after-dark

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 12 January 2015

During the day, Busan-South Korea’s second largest metropolis-is a bustling city with a huge shipping and trading industry. By night, this beautiful city comes alive in other ways. Busan is located on the southeastern-most tip of the Korean peninsula, with the country’s longest river-the Nakdong River-flowing through the west, emptying out into the Korea Strait.

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One photographer captures the roads less travelled of the world

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 9 January 2015

Many of us travel to places we’ve seen in movies or read about in books, but one photographer-Andy Lee-has made a note of travelling to places that are far less populated. Roads, as he calls his photo series, is all about one thing: exploring new ground.

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This van is equipped with everything a man needs to travel the world in (and a potted plant)

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 8 January 2015

Mike Hudson quit his job as a systems engineer in 2013 to travel the world. And for that, he bought a 10-year-old van from eBay, retrofitted it into a one-man kingdom filled with an extendable bed, a desk, a refrigerator, a sink and cooker, a toilet and shower, and all the electricity he needs generated […]

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This is the exact point where two mighty oceans meet

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 January 2015

Cape Agulhas might not look like much, but this place is where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. It’s also the most geographic southern tip of Africa, 170 kilometres southeast of Cape Town. Portuguese navigators originally named it Cabo das Agulhas, which is Portuguese for Cape of Needles.

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