by Madam ZoZo
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Creative travellers

A creative traveller takes the reigns on their travel and doesn’t settle for pre-packaged tours or the well-trodden tourist route if that isn’t where the duende lies. Creative travellers research the best experiences within their time and budget, and are actively involved in creating an overseas adventure tailored to their interests and style of travel. They are cultural travellers who want to experience a destination from a local’s perspective through culture, food, history, art and great places to stay.


Travelling creatives

Travelling creatives are anyone who considers themselves creative, whether they work in a traditionally regarded creative field, or they are weekend warriors. They may be constant nomads, occasional vacationers or armchair travellers, but all with two things in common: an appreciation of art and beauty; and a curiosity about our world.


Tips and insider tricks

Inside Travel, Madam ZoZo shares her favourite tools for designing an itinerary that is right for you and knowing when it’s time to get the professionals involved. Whether you need assistance choosing inspiring destinations, packing advice or tips for shopping the best souvenirs – Duende has you covered. Madam ZoZo also recommends her favourite books, movies and podcasts to inform, inspire and entertain you during and in between your travels.


Getting real about travel

Travel is fun and exciting, it can also be difficult and overwhelming. Even well-seasoned travellers get it wrong sometimes and Madam ZoZo has been schooled on a few occasions. That’s why she shares how many pairs of shoes it takes to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; and where to find public bathrooms in New York City. Madam ZoZo doesn’t shy away from sharing the mistakes and mishaps if it will help other travellers along their merry way.

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

Buddhist Architecture 101: What is a Pagoda

Don’t you hate it when you get your pagodas crossed with your dagobas?! Well maybe not, but if you’re travelling through East Asia you’ll hear a lot of confusing references and generalised…

Buddhist Architecture 101 Part 2: Stupa

In Buddhist Architecture 101: What is a Pagoda?, I mentioned that pagodas evolved from the stupas of ancient Nepal.  In Part 2, I elaborate a little on the interesting history, purpose and symbolism…

Buddhist Architecture 101 Part 3: Wat or Not?

In Part 1 of Buddhist Architecture 101, I defined the purpose of a pagoda; in Part 2 I elaborated on the significance of stupas. Part 3 will delve into the wat. A wat is a complex that…

Incan Symbols: Ancient Mystery or Modern Myth?

Ancient Incan symbols passed down by the mystical empire…or a modern-day myth? While travelling high in Peruvian Andes discovering what was once the centre of the Incan empire, I fell in love…

The Claddagh – Let Love & Friendship Reign

A crowned heart clasped between two hands that symbolises love, friendship and loyalty; the design of the Claddagh ring of Ireland is one with a long and mysterious history full of romantic…

All hail the noble lotus flower! Or is it just a lily?

In most corners of Asia, Buddhist and Hindu symbolism are inescapable. From India to Japan, there are endless images and representations to intrigue the senses. One recurring motif that interestingly appears to…

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