Beards, Bibles & 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...
Style Profile: Florence Broadhurst
It has been some years since the first time I discovered Florence Broadhurst’s work, and the designs have never left my mind. Her style was as bold, colourful and eclectic as my own, with an aesthet...
How to Throw A Travel Themed Party
Once upon a time in what seems like a previous life, I spent a decade working in the event industry, mostly as an event stylist. It was only natural that when someone asked me about travel themed part...
Experience These Phenomenal Living Sculptures in Canada
MosaïCanada 150 isn’t any old garden! The exhibit of living sculptures celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation took $10-million, 100 gardeners and 3 million plants to create. ...
Fabric of Life: Batik Textiles
Traditional batik textiles are exquisitely decorated resistance-dyed cloths, produced by a time consuming, and hand-cramping technique. These revered threads have a long history, and make the perfect ...
The Ultimate Guide to Cherry Blossoms in Japan and Beyond
Ever dreamed of getting lost in a cherry blossom hanagasumi (that’s Japanese for “flower haze”)? Here is a fifteen-minute guide to the magic of cherry blossoms, including how to tell them apart ...
Art on the Street – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Mexico has all the fine white sand and sparkling turquoise waters one can expect from the Yucatan Peninsula. Not to mention the seasonal whale shark migration, excellent snorkelling and...
Sign-spirational Sign Design – Vintage Las Vegas Signs
When you imagine the Las Vegas strip, there’s no doubt you’ll picture it glowing with neon. From the early days of Sin City, casinos, restaurants and hotels have been shouting their presen...
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. H...
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.
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 a...