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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Venture on a night safari in Dubai and go star gazing with your friends

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 18 June 2015

When it comes time to spoil yourself – and we mean really spoil yourself – head to Dubai. This cosmopolitan city offers more than 300 days of guaranteed sunshine and boasts a safe environment for exploring any hour of the day. But when the sun goes down, there’s one place you’ll want to be, and that’s on a night safari with your friends.

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Soak up the sun on your own private beach at Dubai’s Jumeirah beach shoreline

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 June 2015

With 300 days of guaranteed sunshine every year, it’s no wonder Dubai has become a sunbather’s paradise. And this bustling city makes sure every visitor takes advantage of the weather by offering exclusive beach access at some of the world’s most exclusive clubs.

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Shop ’til you drop then learn how to ski in the middle of Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 June 2015

If you love to shop, then head on over to Dubai for a non-stop shop-a-thon. This is the place you want to be to pick up all your designer threads and lavish goods. But Dubai is not only a shopper’s paradise; it’s an adventurous wonderland. In this fascinating city, you can shop ’til you drop then learn how to ski right in the middle of Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates.

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Take a look at every passport from every country on this interactive website

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 15 June 2015

Waiting in line to get through customs in a different country can be exhausting. After a 12-hour flight the last thing you want to do is stand around with a bunch of cranky people. So if you’re anything like me, you like to play the passport game – guessing the country of everyone’s passport. 

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The incredible skies over Australia will leave you breathless

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 4 June 2015

Australia isn’t just a country with a zillion cute animals… and deadly ones. It’s also home to some of the planet’s most extraordinary skies. Simon Crerar put together an impressive list of Aussie skies that will leave everyone placing Downunder number one on their bucket list.

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A hotel in downtown Vienna that accommodates tourists and refugees

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 3 June 2015

Travel to Vienna and forget staying in one of those chain hotels. Come to this city and stay at Magdas, a boutique hotel. While you’re staying here, you’ll be helping provide employment and housing for young refugees.

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Yes, you can actually swim with the jellyfish in this tropical paradise

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 30 May 2015

Pack your bags, everyone, we’re going on holiday to swim with the jellyfish! Sounds bizarre (terrifying, if, like me, you’re afraid of jellies), but in fact there’s a stretch of water on Eil Malk island in Palau that contains millions of golden jellyfish.

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Here’s why the Cook Islands is the world’s hottest new eco destination

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 May 2015

Dotted in the South Pacific, south of Hawaii and only six hours non-stop from Sydney, lies the small, beautiful archipelago of the Cook Islands. A group of only fifteen islands, all surrounded by topaz coloured water. At the heart of the nation is the main island, Rarotonga, home to the majority of the country’s 12,000 residents.

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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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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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