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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Interview with Mark Schaller of The Schaller Studio, Bendigo

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 21 February 2014

‘Schaller’, that’s latest name to be honoured as part of the Art Studio Hotel Groups commitment to bringing accommodation and art together. ‘The Schaller Studio’, which will open in Bendigo sometime in May, is named after well-respected Melbourne-based artist, Mark Schaller. He follows a small but renowned list of artists whose names have graced previous Art Series hotels like The Cullen, The Olsen, and The Blackman.

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Russian salt mines look like they were born in the 1970s

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

Who knew abandoned salt mines could get so… groovy. Deep beneath the Russian city of Yekatinberg, there exists miles and miles of abandoned mines that will make you believe you’re on a trip. A different kind of trip, if you know what I mean. The following images show the salt mines’ psychedelic patterns embedded on its walls, giving you Mother Nature’s brand of rave.

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Hate airport taxis? Hop on the world’s first dog sled taxi service

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

If you’re headed to Norway, you can immediately experience the local culture right after you step out of the airport and grab a cab. A different kind of cab, that is. The Kirkenes Snowhotel offers a quirky and adventurous way of getting from the airport to their front door: the world’s first dog sled taxi […]

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Celebrate summer in Australia by journeying to the centre of the Earth

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 3 February 2014

While most of your friends are at the beach, you’re taking a different path… straight down to the centre of the Earth! The Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo, Victoria, had its heydays between 1939 and 1954, when miners were able to extract about $37 million in today’s currency. Soon after it shut down, the Bendigo City Council bought the mine for $6,000 in 1970 and began transforming it into a secret villainous lair the top tourist destination it is today.

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Freezing temperatures created a path to the sea caves of Lake Superior

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 3 February 2014

You know it’s cold when a previously inaccessible set of sea caves can now be visited by thousands of tourists by walking on the frozen ice. For the first time in five years, the sea caves near the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin can now be accessed – at least for the next few weeks – by foot. In the summer months, visitors usually take a boat to access the caves. In winter, the caves are inaccessible, as Lake Superior is considered unstable and dangerous to walk on.

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Interview with the guy who tattooed the world map on his back and colours in each country he visits

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Saturday 25 January 2014

Bill Passman plans to travel the world extensively, so much so that he needs a reminder of where he’s been to. And so he got a tattoo of the world map on his back and colours in each country after he visits it. Pretty cool souvenir, huh? [read our original post about Bill Passman and a Facebook Q&A he did with our Facebook Friends]

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Now you can sleep at Bauhaus, have a Modernist rendezvous

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 15 January 2014

The Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau has reopened the design school’s accommodation block to anyone who’s willing to fork out US$48 (€35) for one of the 28 1920s-style rooms. If you’d rather not spend a night with the modern architectural icon, you can still check out the Bauhaus Building which opens in broad daylight from 9am-6pm. […]

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Landforms created and transformed by animals

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 15 January 2014

Humans and Sims aren’t the only ones who can change the environment around them. Animals can, too. In Kenya, elephants have helped shape the walls of a cave called Kitum Cave. The pitch black cave is covered in salt, making it a delectable snack for hungry elephants. For thousands of years, these giant beasts have […]

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