Adventures of a Serial Trespasser: a photo book by Bradley Garrett

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Thursday 10 October 2013

Bradley Garrett is an urban explorer who braves heights, tight spaces, the dark, and even the police to photograph off-limits locations. Garrett is a researcher and photographer who has dedicated the past 5 years of his life to documenting the abandoned and run-down parts of the world. His new book, Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City, […]

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Bye bye cruel world: tickets going on a one-way trip to Mars

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 October 2013

Apparently a lot of people around the world are ready to say goodbye to earth forever and brave the long voyage to Mars. Over 100,000 people have volunteered to take the one-way trip. 40 civilians will be selected by the privately owned, Dutch-based Mars One project to begin training and only 4 will actually take the […]

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Exploring Tasmania: Launceston’s Harvest Market

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By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 24 September 2013

Stepping off the plane into a slight refreshing breeze at Launceston airport – a small single-building affair – I collected my bags and stopped for a coffee. I was immediately struck by small details: the selection of snacks at the Hudsons Coffee stand was sufficient to rival most coffee houses in Sydney, which was a pleasant surprise.

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Brilliant marketing for budget hotel, Hans Brinker

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 September 2013

It claims to have been ‘proudly disappointing travellers for 40 years’ — or so goes the refreshingly straight-talking marketing spew of Hans Brinker, a budget hotel in Amsterdam. We can’t recall the last time we’ve wanted so badly to stay in a terrible room with ‘levels of comfort comparable to a minumum-security prison’ and ‘doors […]

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Exploring Tasmania: Cataract Gorge

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 September 2013

It was suggested that I check out the Cataract Gorge, one of Launceston’s premier tourist attractions found at the lower section of the South Esk River. So I drove the short distance from the city centre, arriving with an hour or so left before sundown.

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Abandoned sea fort, reborn as private island hotel

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 September 2013

The Spitbank Fort boutique hotel, designed like a private island off Portsmouth Harbor in Hampshire, England, has its roots as an abandoned sea fort that used to defend against naval attacks from the French. What a place! It looks pretty darn fantastical.

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Exploring Tasmania: Avalon City Retreat

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 September 2013

The first thing that struck me about my Hobart accommodation, the Avalon City Retreat, was the personal touch. Amanda, the Marketing & PR Manager, was waiting on Macquarie Street to greet me, and show me around.

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60 singles taken to Venice for adventure speed dating

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Monday 16 September 2013

Tired of blind dates that bore you out of your mind? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. The travel guys at Expedia and the love doctors of DoingSomething teamed up to create the ultimate speed dating experience. The theory behind the project is all about the way relationships seem to build more naturally around a shared […]

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Eco pod hotel in Switzerland

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Travel on Friday 13 September 2013

If you’re looking for a cozy and eco-friendly getaway, we’ve got you covered. These quaint little pods nestled in a small valley in Laax Falera, Switzerland are the perfect place to relax. Each pod is big enough for two, and they come complete with basic amenities. It’s a comfy retreat for you and your Plus […]

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Pyrotechnic Festival in Mexico: photos by Thomas Prior

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 September 2013

Every year since 1989, the National Protechnic Festival has been lighting up the skies and streets of the municipality of Tultepec, State of Mexico. Attracting over 100,000 people to the nine-day event, the festival is literally just a huge crowd of people lighting spectacular fireworks and burning castles. Thanks to photographer Thomas Prior, we can see the action take place from […]

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The world’s weirdest amusement parks

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 September 2013

Tired of the typical, old-fashioned amusement parks with all the predictable rides, roller coasters, and food? Maybe it’s time to give one of these weird amusement parks a try. Whether you’re looking for a Sex-Themed wonderland in South Korea, Religious Mash-up Theme Park in Argentina, or City of Live Mermaids in Florida, strange theme parks are […]

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City Spy: Barcelona

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By Mr & Mrs Smith in Cool Travel on Monday 9 September 2013

Tapas bars, nightclubs, the best sangria you’ve ever tasted, tapas bars, the beach, boutiques, tapas bars, mellow hipsters and did we mention the tapas bars? Barcelona basks in the Mediterranean sunlight by day; after dark, it becomes a nocturnal wonderland where things don’t even look lively before 9pm. Barcelona is famous for its nightlife, but […]

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Stunning Inakadate Tanbo rice field art

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By Caitlin Sullivan in New Art on Thursday 5 September 2013

In 1993, the people of Inakadate, Japan faced a problem: 2,000 years of rice agriculture was not enough to generate revenue for the town. Devising plans to garner tourist attention, the locals embraced their agricultural past and developed a new art form: Tanbo (rice paddy) Art.

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Unbalance hotel: sleep in a giant titling picture frame

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Friday 30 August 2013

Are you OCD about having all your picture frames hanging evenly? Then you might not want to spend the night in the new Unbalance Hotel. Planned to be built into the side of a cliff just outside the city center of Lima, Peru, this mind-blowing hotel will resemble a giant, unbalanced picture frame. It will literally […]

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SONS: a museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear

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By Michael Amter in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 August 2013

Addicted to shoes? SONS is a special museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear. It is the product of Dirk Vanderschueren, owner of Cortina, one of the world’s largest shoe manufacturers. Shoes Or No Shoes boasts having William ‘Boy’ Habraken’s ethnographic collection of 2700 pairs of shoes originating from 155 countries.

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