2018 Duende Readers’ Favourites
December 13, 2018
Harlem - Graffiti Wall of Fame

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 Survive a Long Haul Flight

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.

How to incorporate a traditional Nyonya Kebaya in a modern wardrobe

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.

5 Reasons to Wear Traditional Dress

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.

Peranakan Shophouses, Joo Chiat

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.

Southwest road trip itinerary: 10-days Vegas to Santa Fe

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.

Sign-spirational World of Sign Design | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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?

Fu Lu Shou Peranakan Museum

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?

Awesome DIY Travel accessories to make in a weekend

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.

Art by Nature - Yellowstone National Park | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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!

How To Rock A Huipil | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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.

Kawara: Roof Tiles of Japan

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.

Shide and Shimenawa

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,

Madam ZoZo

About author

Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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