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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
If you’ve ever seen images of Australia’s stunning white sand beaches, there’s a high chance some of those pics were snapped at the Gold Coast. While there are oodles of beautiful beaches right around our island nation, the Gold Coast’s hot summers, mild winters, magnificent beaches and lush hinterland have made it a holiday spot […]
Take a melodious journey across Tennessee (with a sneaky detour into Alabama) to experience the regions rich musical history. From the Home of the Blues to Music City, anyone with the slightest appreciation for music will enjoy what’s in store. James and I are both massive music fans, in fact in a former life I […]
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