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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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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