Sorry, vegetarians! Table-side meat carvings were on the menu on Pan Am Trans-Atlantic flights in the 1960s

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 1 December 2014

Presented by Tiger Air

Vegetarian? Good luck flying on a Pan Am Trans-Atlantic flight in the sixties. In wanting to provide an A+ service to its passengers, Pan Am came up with a food service it thought all passengers would drool over: a meat carving for first class meal service. Roast beef was cooked in-flight and carved right before your eyes like you were seated in a first-class restaurant (with turbulence). And unlike today’s meals which are handed in boxes with tin foil, these steak dinners were served on real china (ok, some first class cabins actually still use china).

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Head to northern Scotland for an action-packed sleddog safari

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

Action-packed vacations don’t ordinarily come to mind when dreaming of Scotland, but one company is offering once-in-a-lifetime sleddog holidays in the northern area of the country. Starting every November, the Cairngorm Sleddog Centre in Aviemore, Scotland, offers 3-hour sleddog safaris that take adventurous travellers into Cairngorms National Park led by a team of 12 sleddogs.

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The chillest bar in Barcelona, made entirely from ice!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

When it comes to chilling out in Barcelona, there’s one place where you can literally stay chilled all night: Icebarcelona. This is the place for people who can’t get enough of the frigid temperatures because this bar maintains a temperature between -5 and -10 degrees celcius all year round.

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Shag: Melbourne’s must-visit thrift store

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 17 November 2014

This article brought to you by amaysim

If you’re on a shopping excursion in Melbourne, there’s one must-visit store you’ve got to pay a visit to: Shag. Located along trendy Chapel Street, this funky thrift store is filled to the brim with treasures you won’t be able to find elsewhere.

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Drink at this bar in Berlin, Germany, and pay whatever you want

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Food and Packaging on Thursday 13 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

In Berlin, you can be sucked into paying quite a few euros for a meal, let alone a glass of wine. But if you’re coming to this city, there’s a restaurant you need to try, not only for its food and wine, but for its ancient honour code. At Weinerei, you pay what you want.

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Visit these ancient monasteries in Greece, 370 metres above ground

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

There’s only one place you need to go if you’re looking for amazing vacation photos-The Metéora. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, The Metéora is an area in Thessaly, Central Greece, where you’ll see incredible natural sandstone rock pillars towering over the earth. Look closely above and you’ll see that these natural wonders have either been carved into caves (thousands of years ago) or turned into the foundation for monasteries.

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Is your name Elizabeth Gallagher? Are you Canadian? There’s a round-the-world ticket with your name on it, literally

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Wednesday 5 November 2014

All you have to be is Canadian. All you have to be named is Elizabeth Gallagher. Check both those boxes and you’ve scored yourself a round-the-world trip with Jordan Axani. So who’s this Jordan guy? He’s the ex-boyfriend of another woman named Elizabeth Gallagher.

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The portable dog potty that folds out like a suitcase

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 1 November 2014

If you live in an apartment with dogs, you don’t have the luxury of opening the door for them to do their business on the back lawn. And if you live in a city where it either snows in the winter or fries in the summer, you’ll know how frustrating it can be to take your dog outside every few hours. That’s why there’s a new design on the market that makes toilet trips a breeze.

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A visit to this Australian National Heritage national park provides an unparalleled rugged experience

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 October 2014

This article brought to you by amaysim

Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians (Gariwerd) is a series of striking and rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. A national park in Victoria, Australia, the 167,219-hectare (413,210-acre) park is 260 kilometers (160 miles) west of Melbourne and 460 kilometers (290 miles) east of Adelaide.

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Best job perk ever? This creative agency sends its employees off with $1,500 budget to travel for inspiration

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 24 October 2014

What, for real? thinkPARALLAX, a creative agency based in Californian coastal beach city Encinitas, is giving each employee $1,500 to travel anywhere they like to in the world and get inspired. They even get an additional paid day off to do this. As the agency states on their site, the idea for this initiative hinges on having ‘happy employees… with energizing experiences that will allow them to continue creating exceptional work for our clients’.

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Celebrate with 80,000 bohemians at Sydney’s Newtown Festival on November 9

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By Kenny Ong in New Events on Friday 24 October 2014

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This is one Festival which showcases the best of local and national music, arts, entertainment, creative juices and finger-licking food. On Sunday November 9, Camperdown Memorial Rest Park will once again be transformed into a bohemian playground for all ages. This year marks the Newtown Festival’s 36th anniversary.

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You don’t HAVE to be a thrill-seeker to explore the beautiful limestone caves of Fiji (but it helps)

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By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Thursday 23 October 2014

Caves are a part of the unknown world, the untouched. Like the dark side of the moon, many don’t get to experience the world’s deepest dwellings of geography. But it is actually possible for anyone. Immersed in living geology, cave floors and roofs are full of fascinating structures, like stalagmites and stalactites formed by millions of years of water drips. In Fiji, limestone caves have been a part of civilization dating back 4,000 years ago. [More magical Fiji here]

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World’s oldest airline celebrates 95 years and wants to thank one person – YOU!

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By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Saturday 11 October 2014

The company was officially established October 7, 1919. This marked the first ever Dutch airline passenger flight. Ever since, KLM has continued to fly high in more ways than one. 95 years of excellent service and flight exploration is definitely something worth celebrating. How should an airline commemorate such a significant mark in their history? By adding a special 95 Years anniversary decal to their widebody aircraft models and thanking the people who made their success possible. And, that’s you!

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Cosy up and sample the family recipes of Israel at this Redfern cafe

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 10 October 2014

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Nestled along a beautiful tree-lined street at Redfern is Kepos Street Kitchen, where chef and owner Michael Rantissic draws on the best of his childhood meals while growing up in Israel. Mix these family recipes with some classical training and a constantly-developing palate and you’ll have dining devotees return for a menu steeped in strong Mediterranean influence with a Middle Eastern twist.

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This is proof that rush hour is hell all over the world

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By Nicole Hughes in New Photography on Friday 10 October 2014

The clock is up. You’re free! Free to leave that office and head back home. Free to get locked in an enormous headache of traffic for the next hour or two. Photographers spanning the globe captured their experience of rush hour.

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