Why Travel & Creativity are the Perfect pair | Duende by Madam ZoZo

Where creativity and travel meet

In Creativity you will find inspiration for a creative lifestyle, including the scientifically proven link between creativity and travel; destinations that most inspire; and fun travel related DIY projects for those crafty cats among us.


Creative thinking

Increased creativity is one of the awesome psychological benefits of travel, and don’t we know it! No one needs to tell us that travel feeds our creative souls and lifestyle, but the science and psychology behind how and why is fascinating. Furthermore, understanding what is behind the brain-building benefits of travel can also help us continue to develop and nurture our creativity when at home.


Travelling creatives

Enjoy the stories and work of creative professionals who love to travel. The Travelling Creative series gives you a glimpse of the world through their lens’ as photographers, designers, performers and artists. The series highlights destinations where creative people from all walks of life and a variety of creative fields, have found duende!



As a self-confessed “Martha Stewart type,” Madam ZoZo loves to get hands-on. Whether it is photography and learning local handicrafts in the field throughout her travels, or crafting her own souvenirs and mementoes on return. Madam ZoZo shares her favourite tips, tricks and projects to get crafty and creative.

“Creativity takes courage”- Henri Matisse, artist

Travel DIY: 3 Ways To Turn Foreign Coins Into Ultimate Souvenirs

Got foreign currency lingering in a desk drawer or weighing down your wallet? Here’s a little inspiration for turning them into something special. No matter how carefully we plan our spending, we almost always find ourselves stuck with some pesky foreign coins after an overseas trip. Of course you can donate them to a UNICEF at the […]

7 Creative Ways to Document Your Travel Memories

How do we preserve those magical memories of travel long after we’ve unpacked and the tan has faded? There is always the illusion that we’ll never forget until time and distance inevitably fog the past. I regret the times I’ve been too lazy to keep a written diary of my travels. While pictures are worth a million […]

My Favourite Podcasts for Travel and Creativity

In the passed few years I’ve become an avid podcast listener – okay, a podcast addict! I love to multitask, so learning through podcasts as I exercise or cook dinner feels super productive. They’re also great entertainment on flights, a source of valuable travel tips and inspiring stories from other creatives. Best of all, most of […]

5 Books on Creativity to Take on Vacation

Whether it’s for beating airport boredom or chilling on the beach, there is room in every suitcase for a good book. Here are five titles for every creatives next vacation or overseas adventure.

Why Creativity and Travel are the Perfect Pair

Duende is all about inspiration for creative travellers and travelling creatives, but what is the real link between creativity and travel? How does one benefit from the other? This post we scratch the surface of the science of creativity; what it is; what goes on in our brain; and why increased creativity is one of […]

8 New Experiences To Build Your Creative Brain

In Why Creativity and Travel are the Perfect Pair, we explored one of the psychological benefits of travel – enhanced creativity. It is well documented that new experiences help to build our creative thinking capacity. I’m a huge proponent of travel as the ultimate, all-encompassing, dive-in-the-deep-end of new experience. Its immersion in new sights, sounds, […]