Adrenalin junkie? Then Belize’s Great Blue Hole is for you

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2015

I know, I know, the name doesn’t do it justice but the Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is a must if you’re travelling through Central America. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1996, the Great Blue Hole was originally a limestone cave that started to form about 150,000 years ago. Today, it’s one of the greatest places for experienced divers to explore.

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Breathtaking footage of reindeer being herded in icy Norway

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Sunday 26 July 2015

We’ve seen some pretty incredible drone footage lately but nothing quite like the footage of reindeer herding in Norway!

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Balls of steel? Then head to Romania’s Transfagarasan Highway with drops of 1,000 feet

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 24 July 2015

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson once called the Transfagarasan Highway the best road in the world. It’s easy to see why. This beautiful stretch of road was built as a strategic military route back in 1974 and stretches for 90km along the incredible Fagaras mountains of Romania.

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Dive off the coast of Fiji from one of the most isolated places on Earth

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 20 July 2015

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to holiday, you’re in luck. There’s a holiday spot so isolated, you’ll think you’ve stepped into another dimension. But fear not, this is just the oasis of Fiji, an archipelago of more than 330 islands scattered around the Pacific Rim.

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These photographs show the true beauty of the Galapagos islands

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 16 July 2015

The wildlife and fauna of the Galápagos Islands were studied by Charles Darwin back in 1835 – and it’s easy to see why the famed naturalist and geologist chose this place to dock during his voyage. It’s simply stunning. Fast forward more than 175 years and photojournalist Amy Toensing also found herself on the islands, taking some of the most stunning images of wildlife and landscapes we’ve seen.

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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 Monday 13 July 2015

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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Take a ride through the Jamaican forest on a custom-made bobsled

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 10 July 2015

While lying on the beach all day sounds like the perfect way to spend your vacation in Jamaica, there’s actually more to this Caribbean island nation than you thought. Into adrenalin rushes? This is definitely the place to be. Make your way to Ocho Rios on the north coast of Jamaica and explore the rainforest. Except, instead of trekking through the rainforest, why not take a custom-made Jamaican bobsled through?

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Fiji is home to an incredible two story floating bar

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By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Thursday 9 July 2015

What does paradise mean to you? Clear waters, cloudless skies, warm sun and freshly made pizza? Well, if that’s your definition of cloud nine, then look no further. Bobbing amidst the waves off the coast of the virtually uninhabited Mamanuca Islands of Fiji is Cloud 9, Fiji’s only two story floating bar.

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Who’s up for staying on the edge of this Peruvian cliff?

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 7 July 2015

Don’t ever let a daredevil book your accommodation if you’re travelling through Peru’s Sacred Valley.

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New Zealand’s pancake rocks are a sight to behold!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Sunday 5 July 2015

Travel to New Zealand and you’ll be treated to some of the planet’s most beautiful landscapes. While you’re there, make your way to Paparoa National Park and over to Dolomite Point to find Pancake Rocks. Funny name but a beautiful location where eroded limestone cliffs form an unforgettable coastline.

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Stunning images of glowworms in 30-million-year-old limestone caves in New Zealand

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 2 July 2015

If photographer Joseph Michael isn’t working for the New Zealand tourism commission, someone get him a job quick. His long-exposure photos of glowworms in caves are simply amazing and make us want to pack our bags immediately!

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All the bling you ever wanted is waiting for you at Dubai’s Gold Souk

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 25 June 2015

No outfit is complete without a little bling, and if you’re shopping for the perfect piece, you’ll want to pack those bags and head to Dubai. This incredible city is a shopper’s dream, offering a vast array of retail experiences.

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Champagne and strawberries in the desert? At this luxury resort, everything is possible

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 24 June 2015

There’s only one place to go when you want to be treated like royalty – Dubai! This incredible city boasts more than 300 days of guaranteed sunshine, making it an ideal destination for any traveller seeking new adventures. And you can’t experience it all within a one-time stopover, either. There’s just too much to discover.

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Check out this awesome mega-library in Mexico City

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 22 June 2015

Not all libraries are old and crickety. Venture to Mexico City and step into the Biblioteca Vasconcelos and you’ll be gobsmacked by what you see. This library – mega-library to be precise – is a work of art and covers an area of 38,000 square metres.

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Cruise down the ‘Venice of the Middle East’ in one of Dubai’s dhows

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 19 June 2015

There’s no doubt that Dubai is home to some of the world’s finest restaurants. But what you might not know is that the food is affordable, too. Of course, you can dine with foodies at high-end hotspots, but Dubai dining is just as eclectic as its population, with cuisines celebrated from every culture and at every price point.

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