With the 2018 holiday season in full swing, we’re packing our suitcases and jet-setting off to explore Central America. If you want to start the new year with some serious cultural travel and creative inspiration in your back pocket, sit back and enjoy these duende-filled, reader-chosen favourites from 2018—in case you missed them the first time. If something takes your fancy, just click on the images to be directed to the post.
How to Survive a Long Haul Flight
I combined forces with a few frequent flying buddies to find out their secrets to making long-haul flights more bearable. These are our best survival tips and techniques.
How to Kill it in a Nyonya Kebaya
In “Style” we have a series of posts helping you work traditional dress pieces into a modern wardrobe. Our most popular post to date is definitely the gorgeous Southeast Asian garment, the Nyonya kebaya.
5 Reasons to Wear Traditional Dress
There are so many great reasons to incorporate traditional dress pieces into a contemporary outfit. While they may take a little more consideration and creativity, they are wonderful fashion statements of individuality and world experience.
Peranakan: A Colourful Cultural Collision
The Peranakan culture is a melding of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian traditions, creating an aesthetic that is eye-catchingly colourful and exquisitely detailed.
Southwest Road Trip Itinerary: 10-days Vegas to Santa Fe
Experience the best of the wild, wild American Southwest on a road trip itinerary that includes bucket list-worthy icons and landscapes of Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.
Creative Corners – Where to go in Tokyo
When it comes to sightseeing in Tokyo, you’ll be spoilt for choice. However, if you are creatively inclined, this guide may help to narrow the field.
Fu Lu Shou: Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity
Fu Lu Shou, three strange Chinese fellows staring back at me through the museum glass. Their faces are familiar, I have seen them before on cloth, in porcelain and paint. But who are they and what do they represent?
Awesome DIY Travel Accessories to Make in a Weekend
Why buy simple travel accessories, when you can get creative making your own customized pieces with these simple tutorials?
What to Pack for Yellowstone in Summer
A well-planned Yellowstone pack will include items that do double duty so you can minimise your luggage space and be assured comfort in most situations.
How to Rock a Huipil
Try on the Huipil (pronounced “wee-pil”), a boxy blouse usually decorated with embroidery, traditionally worn by indigenous women of Mexico and Guatemala – think Frida Kahlo!
Kawara: Decoding Roof Tiles of Japan
One notable aspect of Japan’s traditional architecture is the kawara – roof tiles – that can be traced back to the late 6th century when they were introduced to Japan from China and Korea.
The Meaning of Shide and Shimenawa
Another vote for Japanese culture – the fascinating history and meaning behind a straw rope and zigzag paper strips that I found linking two towering Camphor trees in Tokyo.
Duende will be back in the new year with all new inspiration. You can be one of the first to know where we’re going, laugh at our monthly “travel fail, ” and have our most popular posts delivered to your inbox, all in our monthly newsletter – Postcards from Duende – click here to sign up.
Peace, love and inspiring travel,