The Ultimate Guide to Cherry Blossoms in Japan and Beyond
Ever dreamed of getting lost in a cherry blossom hanagasumi (that’s Japanese for “flower haze”)? Here is a fifteen-minute guide to the magic of cherry blossoms, including how to tell them apart ...
Art on the Street – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Mexico has all the fine white sand and sparkling turquoise waters one can expect from the Yucatan Peninsula. Not to mention the seasonal whale shark migration, excellent snorkelling and...
Sign-spirational Sign Design – Vintage Las Vegas Signs
When you imagine the Las Vegas strip, there’s no doubt you’ll picture it glowing with neon. From the early days of Sin City, casinos, restaurants and hotels have been shouting their presen...
Soulful Souvenirs from Around the World
Soulful Souvenir is the term we use at Duende, to describe the best type of travel mementoes – beautiful, useful, meaningful objects that have a positive impact on the community you’re visiting. H...
DIY Travel Hacks Using Things You Already Own
Who wants to spend money on a bunch of travel accessories that they may only use once? Instead, try one of the DIY travel hacks that make use of things you already own.
Jamaica Packing List for Independent Travellers
Exploring Jamaica as an independent traveler can be somewhat rustic. As a good portion of visitors to the island come on cruise ships or stay in all-inclusive resorts, adventurous travellers are not a...
Collecting and Crafting – Vintage Souvenir Handkerchiefs
This morning I was walking by a women’s clothing boutique in my little Midwest historic town. A colourful bunting of vintage handkerchiefs in the window caught my eye. One, in particular, struck me ...
Holi: A Guide to the Indian Festival of Colour
Holi, the Indian Festival of Colour is a celebration of love, fertility and the victory of good over evil, all shared in a rainbow-hued cloud of scented powder. Holi, pronounced like “holy” in Eng...
The Internet’s Most Useful Packing Videos by Actual Travel Pros
Did you ever play Tetris as a kid? It was my computer game of choice for a long time because it appeals to my bento box style of organization and aesthetics. As I’ve grown older I’ve realized the ...
Hard Working Travel Wardrobe Essentials
There are certain pieces in my wardrobe that make it into my suitcase time after time. Pieces that I wonder how I will eventually replace when they finally wear out because they have been invaluable t...
Creative Corners – Things to do in Detroit
“Why?” was the first question many people asked when I told them I was going to Detroit for a long weekend. It’s undeniable that the crime statistics and news reports are off-putting. However, i...
Greenwood Great House – Jamaica’s Best Kept Secret
I had to do some mining for hidden Jamaican gems before I came across Greenwood Great House. I visited on good authority that the home’s original condition and furnishings make it a more interes...