Try not to die strolling through the grounds of this toxic English garden

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 August 2015

If you value your life, keep away from England’s Poison Garden filled with toxic plants that are so potent, several people pass out last year after inhaling the plants’ toxic fumes.

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Brush up on your sewing skills at this fashion-obsessed Parisian cafe

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 August 2015

If you’re not into sewing, the concept is definitely bizarre: a cafe in the heart of Paris chockablock full of sewing machines. Ok, if you are into sewing, it’s still kind of strange, but Sweat Shop is one of those cutesy little cafes in Paris you just have to see, at least once. Maybe twice if you want to fix that zipper.

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Cabbages & Condoms, a fancy(ish) restaurant in the heart of Bangkok

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 4 August 2015

There’s one restaurant you probably shouldn’t take your grandma to, unless, of course she’s as open minded as you: Bangkok’s Cabbages & Condoms.

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Look through these ‘Windows of the World’ to gain a new perspective

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Look out your window – what do you see? How does it make you feel? In the ‘Windows of the World‘ series, photographers from 27 countries were given a simple brief: ‘Take two photos of the view from your window – one in the morning and one in the evening. Then write what you see and how it makes you feel’.

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What can you buy for a dollar in different countries around the world?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Tuesday 4 August 2015

You can’t get much for a buck these days – perhaps a stick of gum (if you’re lucky) or a couple of stamps. Well, that is if you’re living in New York. But what about other parts of the world? A dollar might not get you too far in NYC but in other countries, it can buy you a bottle of wine, an espresso and even a foot massage.

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Set your adrenalin alight on this Fijian jet ski adventure

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 July 2015

Picture this: a vast expanse of tropical islands in every direction you look, blue skies above, and a smattering of ocean life gently swimming around you. Would you really want to interrupt this blissful solitude with a heart stopping guided safari on a super fast jet ski? Really? Heck yeah!

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A copycat town of Austria’s Hallstatt, smack bang in the middle of China

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right? This seems to be the way things are going in Huizhou, China. A real estate development company has replicated the picturesque city of Hallstatt in Austria with lookalike buildings and quaint cobblestone laneways.

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Rough night on the town in Tokyo? Cozy up in a tiny capsule til morning

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

It’s happened to the best of us – we have a bit too much fun on a night out and we miss the train. Or, we’re about to catch the train but we feel too under-the-weather to sit in a rattling carriage for an hour ’til we arrive home. So Japan came up with a brilliant idea: the capsule hotel.

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Fancy swimming in a bright pink lake? In Senegal you can!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

There are a lot of wonderful things to see in Senegal, but if there’s one thing you absolutely must see in this small African nation, it’s Lake Retba. 

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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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