This is travel through a designer’s lens.

2016 Duende Readers’ Favourites
As the holidays approach and 2016 draws to a close, I’m packing my suitcase and heading home Downunder for the first time in 18months. If you are fortunate enough to put your feet up over the ...
A Year of Travel in Review – 2016
2016 has been an exciting year of travel, exploring in and around our new home in the Midwest U.S.A plus international sojourns to Canada, Cuba and Mexico. To celebrate a year in travel, here I share ...
Holiday Reading List: 5 Books on Creativity
Whether it’s for beating airport boredom or chilling on the beach, there is room in every suitcase for a good book. Here are five titles for every creatives next vacation.
The Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County
I have a confession to make – I’ve never seen the film “Bridges of Madison County.” I was made to read the book in year 12 English class, and I could not fathom what was so romantic about an e...
Art by Nature: Tropical Flowers
Some like it hot – myself included! As the weather cools down I’m dreaming about my former life in the tropics, so I have curated a little garden of tropical flowers I photographed all ov...
Inside A Unique Cuban Casa
If you’ve ever seen the first Sex and the City movie, you will know the scene where Carrie walks into a dreamy New York City apartment that’s for sale and imagines herself as the owner and...
Cuban Architecture: Doors of Delight
One of the wondrous and most magical things about Cuba is its architecture. Few buildings are fortunate enough to be maintained or restored, but even in their dilapidated and decaying state, the beau...
Art on the Street – Cuba
Considering the difficulty of getting paint in Cuba, it is surprising to find a vibrant street art scene, particularly in La Habana. Murals by local and international artists adorn the crumbling remai...
Designing Travel: 5 Steps To More Sustainable Travel
“Take only pictures, leave only footprints” is the motto of any sustainable traveler. I believe travelers can have a wonderfully positive impact on the world, and much like anything, tourism also ...
Designing Travel: How to Use Tripadvisor Like a Travel Ninja
As part of the Designing Travel series I’ve written about my favourite travel planning tools, which include Tripadvisor. Whether looking for a hotel before leaving home, or finding a restaurant...
Designing Travel: My Favourite Trip Planning Tools
In last week’s blog post I revealed how Sir James and I go about Designing Travel to our unique style. I broke down our planning styles depending on the location, into: Complete DIY, Partial D...