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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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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