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...
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Woodstock
In the summer of 1969, 400,000 people descended on a muddy field in the Catskills, New York to enjoy “3 days of peace and music” at Woodstock. Although some of the events of that August are blurre...
8 Things to do in the Cook Islands – Art by Nature
Lush tropical islands surrounded by the cerulean South Pacific, I can’t think of anywhere closer to paradise than the Cook Islands. These quiet achievers were formed through volcanic activity an...
Inspirational Map Crafts for Creative Travellers
Here at Duende, we love a DIY souvenir, personalised decor or custom gift. Here you can find ideas for all three with these clever map crafts which upcycle old school paper navigation tools into beaut...
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 Is...
Creative Ideas for Upcycling Your Leftover Mardi Gras Beads
While there is something really heartwarming about seeing New Orleans strung with festive spirit, there is a very ugly flip side to Mardi Gras beads and those plastic throws. If you find yourself over...
Tips For Creating Your Best Travel Photo Book
Digital photography means no long waits to have your film developed, and you don’t pay for wasted frames on those lousy images. However, it also often means that your precious travel pictures get st...
Casa Loma – The Toronto Castle on the Hill
This is the story of Canada’s father of hydroelectricity, and a gentleman possessed by the idea that a man’s home is his castle. Sir Henry Pellatt made a fortune dominating Toronto’s electricity...
Art on the Street – Melbourne II
Two years have passed since my last trip to Melbourne, and my first post on Hosier Lane street art. On this visit I had the time to wander many of Melbourne’s street art galleries and capture the be...
Art on the Street – Toronto
I found Toronto street art, much like Detroit, to showcase a great array of talent for wildstyle graffiti. If you’re you’re not familiar with the term, stay tuned and I’ll explain in a minute. L...
Beards, Buggies & Barn Raisings – A Traveller’s Intro to Amish Culture & History
You recognise immediately when you’ve arrived in Amish Country – the buggies and bonnets are a dead giveaway. There aren’t too many places in the world that you can see one culture l...
A Day in Amish Country, Ohio
Holmes County, Ohio is home to one of the largest Amish settlements in the world with more than 42,000 community members (as of a 2010 census). and is less than two-hours drive south of Cleveland. Fu...