Explore colourful modern art on a remote island in the Pacific

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 May 2015

When we think of modern art we think of the Tate Modern or the MOMA. But the tiny nation of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific is also offering itself to tourists as a budding modern art scene, but in a truly tropical environment… and the weather is definitely better here than in London or NY (we might argue the art is, too!).

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The isolation of Australia’s outback captured in photographs

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 May 2015

The Australian outback is a harsh place to survive. With its red dusty roads and extreme weather, only a few dare to venture out to the very isolated parts of the country. But one photographer did and has quite the portfolio of images to boast about.

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10 wonderfully quirky hotels that will make you want to travel … now!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 6 May 2015

You’ve saved up those pennies and now it’s time to go travelling. But you don’t want to stay in any ordinary hotel on your adventures; you want to stay somewhere unforgettable. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a round-up of ten wonderfully quirky hotels that’ll definitely make you want to book a trip to see the world. Pronto.

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Climb 659 steps to the top of this Colombian landmark for breathtaking views of the countryside

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 5 May 2015

Guatape is a small town of northern Colombia that has a very unique landmark. It’s home to a rather large rock, and this rock attracts scores of visitors each year because once you get to the very top of this rock, the views you get of the countryside are priceless.

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Ever cooked your lunch in an underground pit? This cultural trip expects you to!

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 April 2015

First we used the oven and BBQ for cooking, then the microwave. Now with the move to paleo we choose not to cook our food all! However, in the island of Aitutaki, an atoll in the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands, the best way to cook your food is in an underground oven.

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Aitutaki in The Cook Islands is home to the fifty shades of BLUE

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 16 April 2015

‘You are going to love Aitutaki’, said everyone. At Lost At E Minor, we love a challenge and we challenge you to find a bluer lagoon than that of Aitutaki nestled in the middle of the Cook Islands archipelago.

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Marlon Brando’s private island resort in French Polynesia

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By Laura McWhinnie in Cool Travel on Sunday 12 April 2015

It was 1960 when Marlon Brando came across the island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia while filming ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’. Immediately enchanted by the island’s beauty, the Polynesian way of life and his Tahitian co-star Tarita Teriipaia who became his third and last wife, Brando set about acquiring his very own piece of paradise.

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This intriguing documentary shows kids taking refuge in the sewers of Colombia

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 10 April 2015

Facing abuse and violence at home, young kids in Bogota, Colombia have been forced out of their homes and onto the streets. ‘When you’re living in the sewers, you’ve hit the lowest point a human can reach because there you lose everything’, one former sewer dweller says. 

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This boutique in Sydney features a curated gallery of sneakers you can’t find elsewhere

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By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Wednesday 8 April 2015

It can be a nightmare searching for the right sneakers. Not only do you have to worry about size and how comfy they are, but a sneaker – a good sneaker that will last you years – should say something about you. It should ooze style and charm and outshine all the other sneakers on the streets. And finally there’s a place in Sydney where they take their sneakers seriously: Subtype.

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China’s Kingdom of the Little People only employs those under 51 inches tall!

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Wednesday 8 April 2015

The Kingdom of the Little People is unlike any other tourist attraction in the world. Located in China’s Yunnan province, this theme park requires all employees to be less than 51 inches tall (that’s 130cm).

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Staff at Art Series Hotels in Australia are reviewing the guests starting April 17th

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 3 April 2015

Currently, there are more than 40 million reviews on TripAdvisor, telling you where to stay, where not to stay, where to eat, where not to eat, and so on. Well, the Art Series Hotel Group has other plans. Starting April 17th, instead of guests leaving reviews of their stays at Art Series hotels, hotel staff will instead leave the reviews… of the guests.

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Expired polaroids from Iceland by Paul Hoi

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By Paul Hoi in New Photography on Tuesday 31 March 2015

Over the course of two weeks in 2014, I explored Iceland through the Ring Road, which connects, from one settlement to the next-the entirety of the Nordic country. I traveled alone on a four-wheel drive, and would often wake up in the morning to surroundings that, due to the immensely diverse microclimates, looked and felt unrecognizable from the day before.

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PIVOT allows you to see what places looked like in the past… with a simple click

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 26 March 2015

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If you’re a history buff and have always wondered about the city you live in – in particular what it used to look like a hundred years ago – now there’s an exciting new app that will show you the world through a tunnel of time. PIVOT allows you to look into the past simply by pivoting your smartphone to access a virtual tour or to see what a place near you looked like in the past.

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This booth is one of 62,000 in a city-sized wholesale market in China

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 7 March 2015

You thought being in a Tesco or Ikea was crowded enough, but looks like they’ve met their match in this 43-million-square-foot market in China. Located in Yiwu, China, this is the world’s largest ‘small commodities’ market – meaning they sell everything from fake flowers to clothing and toys.

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These photos prove airports are just as interesting as their cities outside

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 27 February 2015

Sometimes airports are more interesting than the places you visit. Inside an airport there’s a micro-city of activity. People rushing for a flight, people feasting on overpriced bar food, people hunting for the perfect souvenir. Not all cities have that.

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