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

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

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

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

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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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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.

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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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