In Sweden, designers have made a playground and a maze completely out of ice and snow

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 25 February 2015

In celebration of the winter festival in Kiruna, Sweden, PinPin studio collaborated with ICEHOTEL to create a playground and a maze completely out of snow and ice. Called ‘Kiruna Winter Playground’, it features a giant maze, two slides, a snow lantern, and ice benches.

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Japan’s underground automated bike parking is something every country should have

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 20 February 2015

While the rest of us struggle with bike chains and bike theft, the Japanese have already solved these problems with underground bike parking-lots managed by robots!

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In South Korea, a café where you can sip coffee alongside two lovable sheep

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 February 2015

It’s not hard to see why people keep on coming baaa-ck to this café in Seoul, South Korea. The Thanks Nature Café doubles as a mini petting zoo, allowing customers to sip a cup of coffee while playing with the two resident sheep, Anna and Elsa.

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Japan used bulldozers to make this massive Star Wars snow sculpture

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 9 February 2015

Every winter in Japan, more than 2 million visitors attend the Sapporo Snow Festival to see over 200 sculptures made of snow and ice. This year, attendees were treated to an epic exhibit which appeared to have come from a galaxy far, far away.

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We want to move to this village in Japan where you can get close to hundreds of free-roaming foxes

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 9 February 2015

If rabbit island or cat island hasn’t sold you yet on visiting Japan, here’s another reason to go there: fox village. Opened back in 1990 and located in the mountains near Shiroishi, ‘Zao Fox Village’ is a sanctuary where hundreds of free-roaming foxes eat, live, work, and play.

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This otter house in japan has a roundabout to prevent otter traffic jams

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 2 February 2015

Japan has finally found a solution to their long-standing otter traffic jams: an underwater roundabout! At the Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park in Miura City, otters travel from their living area to their workplace – a water tank where they entertain visitors – via a pipe. Installed within the pipe is a roundabout that eases congestion and otter traffic accidents. It sure beats underwater traffic lights any day.

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Care to stay in this Airbnb luxury cable car that’s 9,000 feet above the French alps?

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 30 January 2015

Those with fear of heights need not apply. Airbnb has announced a contest that offers a night’s stay inside a cable car-turned-luxury hotel room situated 9,000 feet above the French Alps. The room comes with two beds, a fancy dinner, and breathtaking views of the surrounding snowy landscape.

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One photographer captures the roads less travelled of the world

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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 gas station toilet surprisingly looks better than your own room

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 2 January 2015

The next time you’re looking for an unrealistically cheap but fancy apartment, maybe you should try looking in Bohol, Philippines? Here’s the catch though: that swanky apartment is actually a gas station toilet!

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In Norway, there’s an escalator for bicycles

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 8 December 2014

A cyclist’s worst enemy: uphill terrain. The solution: bulldoze all the hills build an escalator for bikes. In Trondheim, the biking capital of Norway, there’s a 130-meter bike escalator that helps riders up a steep street. It’s similar to a ski-lift, but instead of sitting down, riders place their foot on an angled platform and the machine will push them and their bike/scooter/baby stroller at a speed of 5 mph. Trampe, as it was originally called, can accommodate up to five people simultaneously.

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Video simulation of the world’s tallest skyscraper will make your stomach churn

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2014

Warning: do not watch this demo video without a barf bag in hand. The Skyscraper in Skyplex Orlando is set to be the world’s tallest roller coaster when it opens in 2017. It will take thrill-seekers on a 570-ft climb before plunging into stomach-twisting turns, loops, and spins, all the way down the side of the tower. The video below gives you a first-person look at what’s in store. (Clue: lots of dizziness and screaming.)

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Head to northern Scotland for an action-packed sleddog safari

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 November 2014

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Action-packed vacations don’t ordinarily come to mind when dreaming of Scotland, but one company is offering once-in-a-lifetime sleddog holidays in the northern area of the country. Starting every November, the Cairngorm Sleddog Centre in Aviemore, Scotland, offers 3-hour sleddog safaris that take adventurous travellers into Cairngorms National Park led by a team of 12 sleddogs.

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Melbourne may soon have a heated pool with 5-foot artificial waves

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 November 2014

If you don’t have time to go to the beach, why not bring the beach to you? Melbourne may soon have its very own surf park – complete with a heated pool, artificial waves, a beach, a grassy hill, and shops – right at Docklands Central Pier in Victoria Harbor.

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Take a tour of Brisbane’s craft beer scene

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 18 November 2014

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Finally, a legitimate reason to drink beer in the middle of the day! Get to know Brisbane’s craft beer venues with a two and a half hour tour led by beer enthusiast and guide Madeline Smith. The tour begins on the corner of Petrie Tce and Caxton Street at 2pm on Saturdays. You’ll then walk to five places where you’ll get to know the history, brewing process, and current state of the craft beer industry.

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

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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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