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Tips and resources to help you take the creative reigns on your travel, from choosing inspiring destinations to packing advice and shopping for the best souvenirs.

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3-days in Mexico City – A Culture Vulture’s Guide
December 6, 2018
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3-days in Mexico City – A Culture Vulture’s Guide
Seeing all of Mexico City (CDMX) in 3-days is akin to getting your mouth around an overstuffed taco. Eventually, the delicious salsa of art, architecture, history, culture and of course, food, will squeeze out the end, slide down your arm hopefully onto your plate, where it will have to wait for the next opportune mouthful. […]
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Fabulous Gifts That Give Back
November 1, 2018
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Fabulous Gifts That Give Back
As travellers, we are well aware of the many problems in our world. When shopping for gifts, I like to look beyond the direct recipient to see if what I’m gifting can have a greater impact. Here I share my favourite presents and places to shop for gifts that give back.
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Must See in NYC – The First-Time Visitor’s Guide
October 18, 2018
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Must See in NYC – The First-Time Visitor’s Guide
It’s easy to think “I’ll never have enough time for it all” when planning your first visit to New York City. There is so much history and culture crammed into Manhattan, let alone the other four boroughs that make up the City. That’s why I’ve waited until after my sixth visit to write this list […]
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Your New England Summer Road Trip Itinerary
September 27, 2018
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Your New England Summer Road Trip Itinerary
Breeze through significant historical sites, natural delights and creative highlights of America’s northeast with this 8-day New England summer road trip itinerary.  This route will take you to five states – Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine (just), Rhode Island, Connecticut – with a sixth, New York, depending on your choice of airports and the optional detour. […]
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Creative Corners – What to do in Shanghai
September 6, 2018
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Creative Corners – What to do in Shanghai
Shanghai isn’t the picture of ancient culture I expected from China. Unlike Beijing’s obvious historical legacies, evidence of Shanghai’s quaint, fishing village past is long buried beneath urban sprawl. Only the meandering Huangpu River is old enough to tell the city’s full history. Spending an entire week in Shanghai, I really got to spend some […]
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Things to Know Before You Go – International Travel Checklist
August 2, 2018
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Things to Know Before You Go – International Travel Checklist
As independent travellers, we need to be a little more prepared when visiting an overseas destination than someone on an organized tour. Some pre-departure research can go a long way to easing culture shock and avoiding unpleasant situations when you find yourself in unfamiliar territory. Some people are partial to just rocking up and mustering […]
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5 Things to Know Before Planning a Jamaica Road Trip
July 17, 2018
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5 Things to Know Before Planning a Jamaica Road Trip
Jamaica isn’t widely known for its independent travel opportunities. Most people visit via cruise ship or hunker down in an all-inclusive resort. However, making your own way around the Caribbean Island is not as difficult or scary as it may sound, as long as you go prepared. For the extra effort, you’ll be rewarded with […]
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Soulful Souvenirs from Around the World
May 14, 2018
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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. Here are my tried and tested tips for seeking out soulful souvenirs on your travels around the world.
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DIY Travel Hacks Using Things You Already Own
May 10, 2018
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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.
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Jamaica Packing List for Independent Travellers
May 8, 2018
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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 always expected and catered to. Follow this Jamaica packing list to ensure you have everything your need to enjoy your road-less-travelled experience on […]
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The Internet’s Most Useful Packing Videos by Travel Pros
April 26, 2018
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The Internet’s Most Useful Packing Videos by 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 parallel between my Tetris fetish and obsession with perfecting packing for travel are closely related. I love […]
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Creative Corners – Things to do in Detroit
April 19, 2018
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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, if you know anything about Detroit’s glory days, you’ll suspect that there is still some duende in this city, and you’d be […]