Descend 400 feet to the bottom of this Icelandic volcano… yes volcano!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 September 2015

So adrenalin’s your middle name, huh? Then you’ll want to head on over to Iceland because this is where you get the opportunity to enter an incredible volcano, just 25 minutes from the heart of Reykjavík.

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Soak in the tub while viewing the Taj Mahal at this extra opulent hotel

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 1 September 2015

If you just can’t get enough of the Taj Mahal while you’re visiting India, perhaps you should opt to stay in a hotel where you can see it at all hours of the night. Like The Oberoi Amarvilas. Here, you can soak in the tub and get an incredible view of the massive mausoleum without having to tackle a single crowd.

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Nibble on zebra, impala and crocodile at this meat-eater’s paradise

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 1 September 2015

Vegetarians, turn away now! There’s a restaurant in South Africa called ‘Carnivore‘ that serves up – you got it! – meat, but not just your ordinary steaks and chicken. This place dishes up some of the most exotic meals around. That’s because on a regular basis diners can tuck in on zebra, impala, crocodile, and kudu.

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Is this the most beautiful place in Turkey?

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 31 August 2015

Whatever you do, do not forget your camera when you visit Turkey’s Pamukkale Thermal Pools. This geological phenomenon is located in the Denizli Province of southwestern Turkey and is unlike any other thermal pool you’ll come across.

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Catch your own fish at this restaurant in Japan to save money

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 31 August 2015

If you’re looking for one of the quirkiest restaurants to dine in while travelling through Japan, head to Zauo. It’s not just because this restaurant has a cool boat layout that makes this eatery popular. It’s because diners get to catch their own fish!

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Is this the most controversial tour on Earth? An ‘illegal immigrant’ adventure in Mexico

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 26 August 2015

There’s a town in Mexico named El Alberto which is 800 miles south of the US border. You wouldn’t think a town of 3,000 people would attract many visitors but here is where travellers from all over come to participate in a simulated illegal border crossing.

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Japan offers sumo tours for all you sumo-obsessed fans!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 25 August 2015

After you’ve visited every tourist attraction in Tokyo, wander off that beaten path and aim to do something completely different. Something nobody has ever told you about. You know, like a Sumo Tour.

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You’ve gotta put this communist-themed Beirut bar on your bucket list

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 24 August 2015

Whether you’re a leftie or just want a good beer while you’re in Beirut, you must stop in at Abu Elie. From the outside, this joint looks nothing more than a rundown hole-in-the-wall bar, but step inside and you’ll become a comrade of the communist era.

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Love cars? This Taiwanese restaurant is full of vintage VW Beetles and Mini Austins

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By Kristine Li in Cool Travel on Sunday 23 August 2015

Now you can dine inside a mini Austin at a restaurant in Taipei called P.S. Bubu.

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Say goodbye to the sun for 60 days in this Alaskan town

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 21 August 2015

Barrow is a city located 1,300 miles south of the North Pole – it’s the northernmost American city. What makes this town so special? Every year in mid-November the sun sets as normal, but the next day it doesn’t rise. In fact, the sun remains below the horizon for 60+ days.

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You can stay in Medieval luxury at Leeds Castle

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 14 August 2015

Think you’re too good for the wide open spaces that everyday citizens camp on? Then head to Leeds Castle and stay in a village on a one-acre Castle vineyard!

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Camp with the wolves in the snow at this wildlife centre in Norway

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 13 August 2015

Most wolf sanctuaries only allow you to interact with wolves from behind a fence. At Norway’s Polar Park, visitors can get up close with these majestic animals and spend the night in their enclosure in something the wildlife centre calls a ‘Howl Night’.

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Google Earth rules! Here are the photos to prove it

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Wednesday 12 August 2015

Wow, Earth, you’re incredible! Those colours, those curves – you’ve got it going on. These images were found on Google Earth and placed on Earth View for everyone to ooh and aah over. If you haven’t been to Earth View, do yourself a favour and spend some time there. The site is loaded with images that show just how incredible our little planet is.

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This short doco will leave you with major wanderlust (and van envy)

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Wednesday 12 August 2015

Flying on 747s and staying in hotels isn’t the only way to travel. Today, there’s a whole community of people travelling together through the wilderness in clunky old vans. These are the #vanlife enthusiasts.

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Is this the weirdest town name ever? Intercourse, PA

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 11 August 2015

For those of us ashamed to admit where we come from, have a thought for the people of Intercourse, PA. This unincorporated village in Lancaster County has a small population of just over 1,200. Oh, but if that wasn’t crazy enough, a town north of Intercourse is named Blue Ball. We kid you not.

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