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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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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The coolest places made entirely of ice

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Travel on Thursday 26 December 2013

C’mon, you know you love the cold. Now you can pack your sweaters, scarves, and warm socks and head out to the some of the coolest places in the world made completely out of ice. Wether you’re in the mood for an ice sauna, a stay at an ice hotel, or even an entire ice […]

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James Squire Rogue Tales stories: Straight lined and flat out

Jake Sheridan Contributor

By Jake Sheridan in New Events on Friday 22 November 2013

An everyday adventure. Sometimes you need to escape the trappings of the mundane and just go out into the world. No plan. No worry where you’re going. But adventure can require money and planning, we had none. So what do you do? You get your bike, you pick a direction, and you cycle in that direction as far as you can.

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10 of the world’s most beautiful places you’ve probably never heard of

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 November 2013

The world is an amazing place to explore its beautiful sights. Some are more popular than others, like the Pyramids of Egypt, or the Mt. Fuji in Japan, or that beach in The Beach starring post-Titanic Leonardo Dicaprio. But some, and to the delight of all you hipsters out there, are more underground, more obscure than others. Here are some of those truly beautiful places that you’ve probably never heard of.

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Exploring Tasmania: Hatherley Birrell Collection

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 22 October 2013

Upon arrival at the Hatherley Birrell Collection, I immediately realised what a hidden gem this is. It’s marketed by husband and wife team, Jack and Rebecca, as art plus design plus accommodation ‘in that order’, which makes sense: as well as owning this incredible boutique guesthouse, they also run a design company together on the […]

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Badly designed buildings end up melting cars parked nearby

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 22 October 2013

London now has its very own death ray! Kind of. It hasn’t yet opened (in fact construction has not even finished) but the Walkie Talking building in central London is already making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Or right reasons if you’re a global troublemaker and dream of ruling the world.

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Exploring Tasmania: MUDbar at the Old Launceston Seaport

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Monday 21 October 2013

I was lucky enough to spend an hour talking to Don Cameron, who over the past thirty years has owned and run five restaurants (four with his wife Mel). Their most recent endeavour is a break from the norm: they bought MUDbar at the Old Launceston Seaport earlier this year, whereas all Don’s other restaurants […]

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