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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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Quirky Irish town rolls 6,000 plastic balls downhill in the world’s most colourful lottery

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By Pish Dadivas in Cool Travel on Monday 12 May 2014

Every August, thousands of colourful balls flood the streets of Cobh, a small fishing town in Ireland, for the Barrack Hill Ball Roll – the world’s quirkiest, most unique lottery. 6,000 red, blue, green, and yellow numbered balls are released at the top of West View, the town’s steepest street, aptly nicknamed the Deck of Cards.

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Astonishing images of door-to-door salesmen in Nairobi’s Mathare slum

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Photography on Saturday 10 May 2014

Nomadic Sellers is a photography series by Filippo Romano which captures the day-to-day life of door-to-door salesmen in Mathare, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. This slum is packed into a three-square-mile region and houses up to 500,000 people. In a poverty-stricken neighbourhood such as this, many ‘turn to self-made entrepreneurship in the fight for survival’. […]

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Public libraries of America: photos by Robert Dawson

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 9 May 2014

Looking for your local library? Robert Dawson can probably direct you. This photographer has been snapping public libraries across the U.S. for almost 20 years and has recently published his photographs in the book, The Public Library. It gives us a new perspective of what a library is, as you’ll see some libraries are located […]

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A photo series that shows how mammoth statues fit into the landscape

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 7 May 2014

Photographer Fabrice Fouillet’s series Colosses shows the mammoth statues from all over the world. Fouillet says of his work: ‘I wanted human figures in the pictures because by definition the creature and its creator go together. There is also the opposition of the lasting and the living, of the stone and the flesh, of power and vulnerability’.

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Next hauntingly beautiful destination: Fogo Island in Newfoundland, Canada

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 May 2014

In the mood to be engulfed in the midst of of beautifully apocalyptic frozen landscapes? Sounds like Fogo Island in Newfoundland, Canada. To get to Fogo Island Inn you’ll need to fly to Gander, ride in a car and then hitch a ferry ride to stay at any of the 29 rooms with stunning floor-to-ceiling […]

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No friends? No problem! Japan’s Moomin Cafe has stuffed toys to keep you company

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 May 2014

Forever alone? There’s a cafe for that! Japan’s Moomin Cafe is bringing new friendships to solo diners, in the shape of large stuffed Moomin dolls. But who are the Moomins, you ask? They’re a community of wide-eyed hippopotamus-like creatures that appear in popular Swedish-Finnish children’s books-and they’ve got a huge following.

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A photographic ode to the Civic Guides of Aussie towns and cities

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 May 2014

To Aussie expats, seeing these Civic Guides snapped by Richard McKenzie may just bring tears (of happiness) to your eyes. Because really, how Australian can you get? If you’ve ever gone on that road trip to visit relatives or to explore little outback towns, you’ll definitely recognize how significant these guides are. And even though […]

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For jetsetters only: Four Seasons’s luxury jet will fly guests from hotel to hotel

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 3 May 2014

Wow, talk about indulgence. The Four Seasons are now retrofitting a Boeing 757 — the 233-seater passenger plane will accommodate just 52 to make it an extra comfy flight — so it can shuttle guests between its hotel properties. An on-board concierge will be present to see to it that passengers are well taken care […]

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The Kumaris of Kathmandu: In Nepal, young girls are revered as immortal goddesses until they reach womanhood

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 2 May 2014

In Nepal, tradition has it that young Buddhist girls are tried for 32 rounds of ‘perfection’ tests in the selection process to become a Kumari, or the living representation of Hindu goddess Kali. A Kumari is largely isolated from normal life and worshipped until she reaches puberty, after which she gives up her ‘throne’ to […]

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A somber look inside a former KGB Headquarters in Latvia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 1 May 2014

Ever wondered what it looks like inside a former Soviet Committee for State Security (KGB) headquarters? These photos show us just what it was like during the fifty years of the occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union. Today the building, known as the Corner House, no longer operates as it used to, but tourists […]

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An art collective is painting an entire Mexican town in bright and beautiful colour

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 1 May 2014

Based out of Madrid, Boa Mistura (meaning ‘good mixture’ in Portuguese) is on a mission to bring about rejuvenation throughout the world by spreading art ‘as a symbol of social change’. This art collective has traveled all over, from Brazil to South Africa, and their latest efforts took the team to Querétaro in Mexico, where ‘the team recruited members of the working class town to paint over 30 buildings overlooking the nearby highway’.

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