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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Dreamy underwater honeymoon suite in the Maldives

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Friday 11 October 2013

Looking for a more adventurous honeymoon option? Take your new spouse for a night under the sea. Staying in the honeymoon suite at the Maldives Rangali Islands resort is probably one of the most unforgettable vacations you could possibly think up. The package not only includes an extremely rare ambience, but the luxury resort offers the best […]

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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

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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