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Canberra’s buildings get painted with crazy light projections at night

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 3 October 2014

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Every autumn, Australia’s capital city Canberra takes on a different glow at night as its iconic attractions lend their facades to an invasion of architectural light projections and throw their doors open till late. Uh huh, that’s right, we’re talking about Enlighten, which comes with live performances, tours, talks, exhibitions, events and various surprising experiences.

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This quaint Sydney store has tons of old-school vinyl records

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 3 October 2014

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Attention, Sydney hipsters! Everything you’ve ever wanted in a vintage store can be found in Newtown. Revolve Records and Relics, as the name implies, is a specialty store that deals in vinyl records and vintage wares. Once inside you’ll be blown away by the nostalgia of old-school records stacked all over the place.

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Experience a super hairy encounter at the only hair museum in the world

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 3 October 2014

Leila Cohoon is a former hair stylist who just can’t get enough of hair. So passionate about hair is Leila that she began collecting hair art way back in 1949. She buys and restores them – wreaths, jewelry, and portraits with real hair glued on.

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Dive in Rowley Shoals, the ‘secret’ Great Barrier Reef

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 2 October 2014

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All right, we all know about the Great Barrier Reef. On the other side of Australia in the west and south of the Timor Sea, there’s Rowley Shoals, which is a much less famous, but no less impressive coral reef system. It is made up of three atolls brimming with over 200 coral species and 600 tropical fish species.

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Explore Sydney’s coffee scene with this one-of-a-kind walking tour

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 1 October 2014

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Tired of the usual walking tour? Need a change of scenery that will perk you up? Sydney Coffee Trail is a self-guided walking tour by Urbanwalkabout that takes you from quaint cafes to all-day breakfasts to café-cum-bookstores. Cafes include: Allpress Zetland, Brooklyn Hide, The Rope and Anchor, Marlowe’s Way, and Amersand Café & Bookstore.

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Attendees of this festival slept on hammocks that hung across the Italian alps

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 30 September 2014

That’s definitely going on my NOT-bucket-list list. At Italy’s biggest slackline festival, the International Highline Meeting, attendees (or slackers, as they’re called) showed how they love laughing at the face of death by doing stunts and taking photos as they balanced precariously on tightropes hanging above the Italian Alps.

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At this pancake stand in China, you can buy a pancake AND get a song

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 26 September 2014

An 80-year-old man, Wu Siying, has become a minor celebrity of sorts with his ‘Buy One, Get One’ business proposition. Wu sells pancakes in his hometown of Pingyao Ancient Town in Shanxi Province. When you buy a pancake from him, he’ll serenade you with a song, accompanied by his guitar, for free.

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You can stay at this mountain cabin 8,300 feet high on the Italian Alps absolutely free

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Do you fancy some awe-inspiring, panoramic views over the Italian Alps? They’re naturally free for the taking, courtesy of Mother Nature. But what if we tell you there’s some snuggy accommodation you can stay in the vicinity that’s absolutely free? Would that hasten your climb up the mountain? This little cabin in question is built at 8,300 feet (2,531 metres) on the top of Foronon Buinz Mountain, in the Julian Alps of Italy.

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This is the deepest swimming pool in world at 131-feet deep!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Perhaps not the best pool to leave your kid unattended. The world’s deepest pool, called ‘Y-40 The Deep Joy’, is located at the 4-star Hotel Terme Millepini complex in Montegrotto Terme, Italy. It measures 21×18 meters (69×59 feet) and has a maximum depth of 40 meters (131 feet). That’s like diving the height of a 12-story building!

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Fiji is home to an incredible two story floating bar

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Monday 15 September 2014

What does paradise mean to you? Clear waters, cloudless skies, warm sun and freshly made pizza? Well, if that’s your definition of cloud nine, then look no further. Bobbing amidst the waves off the coast of the virtually uninhabited Mamanuca Islands of Fiji is Cloud 9, Fiji’s only two story floating bar.

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Why settle for a home by the ocean when you can get a house suspended above it?

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Buying a house near the ocean is so 2013. This year it’s all about the house suspended over the ocean. Because if you’re shelling out big bucks for the view, you might as well get the best you can, right? Now, this home is just a conceptual property for now, but with stunning views of the ocean and those magnificent cliffs along the Great Ocean Road, how could you not want this to go ahead?

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This guy takes foot selfies to the next level by traveling to Russia’s remote places

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 1 September 2014

Somewhere in the remotest regions of Russia, one anonymous man is waking up to the sight of picturesque landscapes. In fact, the vistas are so picturesque, he decided to take lots of selfies – foot selfies, that is. Sticking to his foot selfies theme, he captures the places he visits from inside his tent with […]

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Where do airline workers sleep during long haul flights? These images reveal all

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 30 August 2014

If, like me, you always thought airline staff were living it up on long-haul flights when they went to ‘rest’, you’ll be surprised to find out there’s actually no special treatment given to these hard workers. Crew Rest Compartments, or CRCs, are designed with such tight spaces in mind that some airplanes have crew member […]

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Cerbero is a 14-year-old poodle that’s travelled more than the rest of us

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 28 August 2014

Lately we’ve seen a slew of dog bucket list photos and videos making the rounds on the Internet. But what if a dog’s owner simply took their beloved pooch travelling just for the sake of good times? Ety Fefer took her 14-year-old poodle all around the world and documented every moment with a cute but hilarious blog titled Cerbero on the Road. So, where has Cerbero been in his 14 years?

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This might seem like a giant wave, but it’s actually a cool rock formation in Australia

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Surf’s up! Or maybe not. This is Wave Rock, it’s an interesting piece of natural rock formation you can find near the town of Hyden in Perth, Western Australia. As you can see, it looks like a giant wave that’s about to break. It’s 46 feet high and 360 feet long, and is part of a hill called Hyden Rock.

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