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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Kenny Ong Contributor

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)

Nicole Hughes Contributor

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!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

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

Kenny Ong Contributor

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

Nicole Hughes Contributor

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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Soak up some Latin American heat and beats at the Darling Habour Fiesta in Sydney

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Events on Wednesday 1 October 2014

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Who loves a party? Be one of the eager 200,000 party goers who are expected to turn up over two weekends in October at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, especially if your Brazilian soul is aching for some solid Latin American funk.

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Fiji is home to an incredible two story floating bar

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Monday 15 September 2014

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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Photographer seeks out peaceful moments in the midst of hectic travelling

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Photography on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Travelling can be a very stressful business from time to time. Rushing through airports, scurrying between platforms or wedging yourself in among hundreds of sweaty people, none of this is exactly calming and we inevitably go through at least some of it in our lives.

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Scrubba, the washing machine that fits in your bag: we interviewed the inventor

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Saturday 9 August 2014

What sorcery is this? A washing machine that fits in my bag? Hard to believe, but it’s true. The Scrubba wash bag is the world’s smallest washing machine, weighing a mere 180 grams. It’s basically a flexible washboard that’s stored inside a sealable bag. Great for people who go to places without a laundry facility or who are too cheap to have their clothes serviced.

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A hotel which doesn’t exist gets multiple reviews on Trip Advisor

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 1 August 2014

Don’t you just adore the rather quaint hotel featured in the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel? Apparently, some of us like it so much we have made fantasy trips to it and left reviews of our imaginary stays.

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New Futuristic Russian tram unveiled … and it’s super badass

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel, Tech on Friday 18 July 2014

It may look like Thomas The Tank-Engine’s evil Russian uncle Boris The Bus, but it’s actually so much more! Developed by Uralvagonzavod, a high-tech tank manufacturer, this is the latest addition to the Russian public transport system. Dubbed R1, or Russa One, the street-train was revealed at the 2014 Innoprom Tech-Expo earlier this week. All […]

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Woman had herself Photoshopped in over 25 countries to clear up a beauty misconception

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Photography on Tuesday 15 July 2014

Is there really an international beauty standard? This is what Esther Honig, a 24-year-old radio journalist in Kansas City, Missouri seek to find out about how people around the globe define female beauty. She started by sending her self-portrait to a designer in Sri Lanka with the simple request, ‘Hi, my name is Esther Honig. Make me look beautiful’.

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Every Shade of Perfect: amazing video of Australian islands shot entirely on a smartphone

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 9 July 2014

Some of this planet’s most dazzling islands lie just off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The Whitsundays, some 74 islands strong, are overflowing with natural beauty and boasting pristine beaches and clear waters.

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Why pay for hotel rooms when you can sleep comfortably in your car

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Products on Saturday 7 June 2014

As long as we don’t wake up with a twisted neck, wouldn’t it be great to save a couple of hundreds of dollars by skipping hotel stays and sleeping inside our cars instead? Well, this dream has come true with the Inflatable Car Mattress. Manufactured by Eumerce, this is one inflatable car mattress that can instantly transform your car into a comfortable sleeping pad. It is specially designed to make maximum use of the legroom from your backseat.

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