This solitary house on an island is ideal for people who hate neighbours

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 August 2014

Hate people? Well, we’ve got the perfect place for you! Off the south coast of Iceland is a group of islands called Vestmannaeyjar. One of those islands is Ellioae, home to a single occupant: a mysterious house that sits by its lonesome with only seabirds as its neighbours. 300 years ago, five families living in […]

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This shrine in Japan is adorned with thousands of fortune cats

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 21 July 2014

If lucky cat figurines are to be believed, then the Gotoku-ji Temple in in Setagaya, Tokyo should be the luckiest place in the world, as it has over thousands of these little statues left behind by worshippers! Travel bloggers Michel Powell and Jurgen Horn of travel blog ‘For 91 Days’ recently featured the shrine that is home to these ‘Maneki Neko’, or translated as ‘lucky cat’, ‘fortune cat’, or ’beckoning cat’.

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There’s a town in Morocco that’s painted in shades of blue

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Saturday 28 June 2014

Now that there is something you should definitely add to your travel bucket list! Chefchaouen is a surreal town in Morocco’s Rif Mountains. Amidst idyllic valleys and gorgeous hillsides, you can see the place has one very distinct and memorable feature: the color blue. Set against the arid landscape, vast palettes of blue and white adorning the town’s old Spanish and Moorish architecture make it stand out like a sore thumb.

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Hold on! This is THE tallest, fastest, steepest water slide in the world

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 June 2014

I advise you to bring an extra pair of underwear. That is, if you can manage to drag yourself up the world’s tallest, fastest, steepest water slide, Verruckt, in Kansas. Located at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Verruckt – which translates to ‘insane’ in German – is a jaw-dropping, adrenaline-pumping 168-feet and 7-inches high. How high is that, exactly? That’s taller than the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls! Riders – four of you – will be seated in a raft.

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This guy traveled to 36 countries in 600 days on a motorbike: we interviewed him

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 June 2014

Now THIS is a selfie! Photographer Alex Chacon traveled 36 countries in 600 days and took this amazing and jealousy inducing 360 panorama selfie along the way. In this exclusive interview, he talks more about his epic journey and gives his best advice to those who want to follow in his footsteps – or bike tracks, rather. [you can read our original post about him here.]

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This terrifying 335-foot ride in Florida will drop you face first at 60 mph!

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 5 June 2014

Better bring an extra pair of underwear when you try out this ride. And while you’re at it, bring an EMT as well. Falcon’s Fury is a 335-foot ride that’s set to terrify park goers this coming spring at Busch Gardens Tampa with its 60-foot, face first drop.

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Get massaged by 20-foot pythons in the Philippines for free!

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 28 May 2014

There’s nothing better than to get a soothing and relaxing massage for the low, low price of free. Except maybe getting a free massage with four 20-foot Burmese pythons as your therapists! At the Cebu City Zoo in the Philippines, courageous guests can get a spa treatment from snakes, weighing a combined total of 250kg. […]

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Wanderlust: a lake in Palau where you can swim with millions of golden jellyfish and not get stung

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 19 May 2014

How to one up your friends: 1. Go to Jellyfish Lake in Palau 2. Swim with the non-harmful golden jellyfish and take lots of selfie videos 3. Tell them the jellyfish are actually deadly and you’re just too much of a badass to care. This is a video of Nana Trongratanawong snorkeling amongst the millions […]

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For sale: the most haunted island in the world

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 24 April 2014

The deserted island of Poveglia in Venice. It’s been called ‘the island of madness’, ‘Hell’, ‘the most haunted place on Earth’. Locals have a saying that goes: ‘when an evil man dies, he wakes up in Poveglia’. And all this can be yours for the low, low price of your sanity and soul. The Italian […]

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This giant beagle is actually a bed & breakfast in Idaho

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 11 April 2014

Your dreams of sleeping deep inside the belly of a giant Beagle is now within reach. Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed and breakfast guesthouse, which if you haven’t noticed by now, is a giant beagle. The owners of this unique guesthouse are Frances Conklin and Dennis Sullivan, who […]

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Looks familiar? It’s the house that inspired Pixar’s ‘Up’

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 27 March 2014

Would you sell your old and tiny house for a million dollars? In 2006, Edith Macefield of Seattle turned down such an offer, paving the way for her home to become the inspiration for Disney/Pixar’s hit movie, ‘Up’. The 84-year old woman made headlines when she refuse to sell her property to developers, forcing them […]

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Volcanoes can create smoke rings better than you can

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 7 March 2014

Who knew volcanoes could do other things aside from erupting and causing widespread panic and fear? Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy can now spew smoke rings, or scientifically known as ‘vortex rings’, after it erupted in November of last year. The rings can measure up to 160 feet across and last up to ten minutes if properly formed. After leaving the volcano, it can travel up to half a mile above the Earth’s surface.

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A cork globe that keeps track of all your travels

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 28 February 2014

Finally, a globe that serves some kind of purpose in your room other than gather dust. This cork globe by ‘Suck UK’ is perfect for jetsetters, backpackers, nomads, people who love to brag about their adventures, and aspiring world conquerors.

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Weirdest fountain in the world? This one in China is made from 10,000 toilets

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 28 February 2014

In Foshan, China, you can find the number one contender for the title of ‘Weirdest Fountain in the World’. There exists an installation built out of 10,000 recycled toilets, sinks, and urinals, covering a 100 meter long and 5 meter high wall. The public art piece was created by artist Shu Yong, who spent two months creating the bizarre sight.

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Yes, an artist designed an ice hotel in Hokkaido, Japan

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 27 February 2014

We’ve heard of pop-up shops before, but pop-up ice hotels? In Hokkaido, Japan, there exists a hotel that will last only as long as the temperature allows it. ‘Ice Hills Hotel’ was the brainchild of local real estate company, ‘Creative Hokkaido’, as part of their initiative to help promote the creative culture of their snowy island.

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