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 urba...
Art Highlights of Boston and Beyond
Warning! I am not an art historian, I have never formally studied art. Like most people, I just know what I like and what inspires my work as a graphic designer and creative… this is what inspired m...
Inside a Postcard Perfect Maldives Experience
If you were to don rose coloured glasses in the Maldives, they would be blue. Take a cerulean-hued look at Maldives experiences from land and reef vantage spots around Baa Atoll. Explore when and...
Travel Inspiration for Dancers & Dance Lovers
One of the most fun ways to experience a new culture is through music and dance – whether as a spectator or by getting down in a class or at a cultural event. I’m not much of a musician, but I...
Ideas for Decorating with Travel Souvenirs
Been shopping for some soulful souvenirs on your world journeys? Want to put them right where you’ll see them every day and be warmed by the memories they carry? Here are some beautiful ideas for de...
Chagall Windows – Two Generations of Travelling Creatives & A Modern Art Lesson
When my mum was young, footloose and fancy-free, i.e. before I came along, she travelled. One of her trips to Europe included a visit to Israel. There she picked up a couple of soulful souvenirs—tap...
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...