Swedish guy offers free stay on private island for creatives

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 28 March 2014

This is for real: Singapore-based Swedish author Fredrik Härén, is now inviting creatives to stay at his private island near Stockholm for free. The idea came to him when he bought his first island in the Philippines as a creative escape, and wanted to share the experience when he bought a second island in Sweden. […]

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Welcome to Tashirojima, Japan, aka Cat Island

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 6 December 2013

Tashirojima is a small island in Japan with a weird population. No, the 100 human inhabitants are not what I’m talking about. It’s just that there are more cats here than humans. The island is known as Cat Island because of its thriving stray cat population. Locals believe that cats bring wealth and good luck, […]

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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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Hashima island, the real-life battleship island of Skyfall

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 December 2012

Remember the deserted island seized by Javier Bardem’s deranged Bond villain in Skyfall? That’s a real place in Japan. Located 15km off the coast of Nagasaki, Hashima island (also known as Gakuranman) used to host a flourishing mining town, but was subsequently abandoned by its inhabitants in the 70s when Japan’s reliance on coal dwindled.

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Luxury yacht comes with its own private Island

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 13 April 2012

Why settle for your own private island when you can bring the entire island, complete with a miniature volcano, lush tropics, beach huts and clear waters, with you on board your yacht? Now you can move anywhere in the world, and your home, plus the land it sits on, can join you for the ride, too. This tropical island yacht project is designed by UK-based Yacht Island Designs.

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