Ever cooked your lunch in an underground pit? This cultural trip expects you to!

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 April 2015

First we used the oven and BBQ for cooking, then the microwave. Now with the move to paleo we choose not to cook our food all! However, in the island of Aitutaki, an atoll in the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands, the best way to cook your food is in an underground oven.

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Aitutaki in The Cook Islands is home to the fifty shades of BLUE

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 16 April 2015

‘You are going to love Aitutaki’, said everyone. At Lost At E Minor, we love a challenge and we challenge you to find a bluer lagoon than that of Aitutaki nestled in the middle of the Cook Islands archipelago.

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Marlon Brando’s private island resort in French Polynesia

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By Laura McWhinnie in Cool Travel on Sunday 12 April 2015

It was 1960 when Marlon Brando came across the island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia while filming ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’. Immediately enchanted by the island’s beauty, the Polynesian way of life and his Tahitian co-star Tarita Teriipaia who became his third and last wife, Brando set about acquiring his very own piece of paradise.

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This intriguing documentary shows kids taking refuge in the sewers of Colombia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 10 April 2015

Facing abuse and violence at home, young kids in Bogota, Colombia have been forced out of their homes and onto the streets. ‘When you’re living in the sewers, you’ve hit the lowest point a human can reach because there you lose everything’, one former sewer dweller says. 

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This boutique in Sydney features a curated gallery of sneakers you can’t find elsewhere

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Wednesday 8 April 2015

It can be a nightmare searching for the right sneakers. Not only do you have to worry about size and how comfy they are, but a sneaker – a good sneaker that will last you years – should say something about you. It should ooze style and charm and outshine all the other sneakers on the streets. And finally there’s a place in Sydney where they take their sneakers seriously: Subtype.

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China’s Kingdom of the Little People only employs those under 51 inches tall!

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Wednesday 8 April 2015

The Kingdom of the Little People is unlike any other tourist attraction in the world. Located in China’s Yunnan province, this theme park requires all employees to be less than 51 inches tall (that’s 130cm).

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Staff at Art Series Hotels in Australia are reviewing the guests starting April 17th

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 3 April 2015

Currently, there are more than 40 million reviews on TripAdvisor, telling you where to stay, where not to stay, where to eat, where not to eat, and so on. Well, the Art Series Hotel Group has other plans. Starting April 17th, instead of guests leaving reviews of their stays at Art Series hotels, hotel staff will instead leave the reviews… of the guests.

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Expired polaroids from Iceland by Paul Hoi

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By Paul Hoi in New Photography on Tuesday 31 March 2015

Over the course of two weeks in 2014, I explored Iceland through the Ring Road, which connects, from one settlement to the next-the entirety of the Nordic country. I traveled alone on a four-wheel drive, and would often wake up in the morning to surroundings that, due to the immensely diverse microclimates, looked and felt unrecognizable from the day before.

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PIVOT allows you to see what places looked like in the past… with a simple click

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 26 March 2015

Presented by This article presented by eBay

If you’re a history buff and have always wondered about the city you live in – in particular what it used to look like a hundred years ago – now there’s an exciting new app that will show you the world through a tunnel of time. PIVOT allows you to look into the past simply by pivoting your smartphone to access a virtual tour or to see what a place near you looked like in the past.

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This booth is one of 62,000 in a city-sized wholesale market in China

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 7 March 2015

You thought being in a Tesco or Ikea was crowded enough, but looks like they’ve met their match in this 43-million-square-foot market in China. Located in Yiwu, China, this is the world’s largest ‘small commodities’ market – meaning they sell everything from fake flowers to clothing and toys.

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These photos prove airports are just as interesting as their cities outside

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 27 February 2015

Sometimes airports are more interesting than the places you visit. Inside an airport there’s a micro-city of activity. People rushing for a flight, people feasting on overpriced bar food, people hunting for the perfect souvenir. Not all cities have that.

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Have you been pronouncing your favourite cities wrong? This guide will help you not look foolish

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 16 February 2015

There’s something irritating about people not pronouncing your home city correctly, even after you’ve told them repeatedly the ‘e’ is silent or there’s no stress on the last syllable. To save us all a headache and hours of debate, thrillophilia put together a list of commonly mispronounced cities to educate us on the correct way to say them.

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Mines in South Africa, visualised with what’s missing from them

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 21 January 2015

As South Africa’s first commercial mine, when the Blue Mine in Springbok started its operations in 1852, it paved the way for development as more mines – along with workers who settled nearby – opened. In recent years, the region’s inhabitants have been facing a much less illustrious future with the very last remnants of their copper deposits being mined.

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This van is equipped with everything a man needs to travel the world in (and a potted plant)

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Thursday 8 January 2015

Mike Hudson quit his job as a systems engineer in 2013 to travel the world. And for that, he bought a 10-year-old van from eBay, retrofitted it into a one-man kingdom filled with an extendable bed, a desk, a refrigerator, a sink and cooker, a toilet and shower, and all the electricity he needs generated […]

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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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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