David Duran

David Duran


Freelance Journalist/Photojournalist/Writer Travel-Luxury-Culinary-Hospitality. News. LGBT. HIV. Music. Fashion. Film. Interviews. Reviews. Web Content.

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Hotel Review: Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel

On a recent trip to the city to attend the opening of an opera debut, I opted to stay at the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel, mostly because I hadn’t been there before and the location was excellent. Plus, there was something special about the lobby that just called to me, which later I found out why.

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Move Over Austin: Houston is the Coolest City in Texas for These 6 Reasons

Houston is most definitely a hustling and bustling major city, but it’s also a really fun city, something that might be unknown to those who haven’t spent much time there, so next time you are in town, spend a little time discovering some really cool things that make Houston, well…Houston.

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3 Places That You’d Never Think I’d Recommend Visiting, But Am

As a travel writer, and someone who travels full time, visiting places all over the globe, a day doesn’t go by where I’m not asked, “What’s your favorite place you’ve been?” Most realize immediately, after seeing the expression on my face, that I am not going to be able to answer that question, mostly because, I’d have to break it down into categories and then sub-categories, until I was able to at least list out 10 destinations, due to the fact that I’ve enjoyed so many places during my travels, and narrowing it down to one, would be impossible.

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10 Reasons to Love Cincinnati This Summer

It’s always funny how the cities we don’t know much about or talk about, end up being pretty awesome, and Cincinnati is most definitely one of those cities. What once was a city known for internal turmoil, is now a thriving city with one of the best arts and culture scenes that rivals cities across the nation.

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7 Spectacular Places to Get Your Om On

Yogis rejoice! There are tons of awesome places to get centered and strike a pose. Yes, yoga centers and gyms are great places to do yoga. You could even do yoga alone at home, but sometimes you just need a change of atmosphere and at times during a work or personal trip, you might not consider some outside of the box options – and truly, after reading this list, you will be mad at yourself if you happened to be in one of these cites, had time for yoga, and didn’t check out one of these amazing locations to get your yoga on.

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Connextions Magazine

Four LA Hotels That Will Make You Want To Book a Trip Now

With so many hotel options in Los Angeles, where is one to stay? In LA, it’s all about location and being in the midst of everything. When we travel to LA, we imagine sophistication, a hip vibe and a fun scene to take in. There are a ton of hotels all throughout Los Angeles to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few of our favorites.

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The Best of Dining & Drinking in Phoenix

In the past few years, Phoenix has transformed from a snowbird mecca to a cosmopolitan city with a revitalized downtown. With this transformation has come a happening new food scene that mixes classic Phoenix fare with hip foodie finds. From the best happy hour deal to the most deluxe burger in town, our list of Phoenix’s favorites will have you eating like a local.

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Connextions Magazine

Dining at "the World's Most Expensive Restaurant"

Ok, so it might not be the most expensive, but it’s on the list for sure. The difference here is that I really wouldn’t consider this place to be in the same category as restaurants, only because it’s so much more than that. I knew when I was headed to Ibiza that I was going to indulge. I mean, the parties, the yachts, the people…the options were limitless. What I didn’t think I would be doing was carving out a chunk of my evening to be a part of a dining experience so exclusive that it requires reservations well in advance.

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Connextions Magazine

Fort Lauderdale - Hello Sunny!

After sleeping in the next morning and then enjoying breakfast in the Club Lounge of the hotel, I met up with a friend anddrove out to Sawgrass Recreation Park for an airboat ride with a reptile expert. We went, we saw, we spun in circles drifting in an airboat and then we returned back to the park. Our guide wanted to show us a few of the animals up close and when I saw the big yellow Britney Spears boa constrictor, I knew that this was my opportunity to recreate a classic music video.

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Connextions Magazine

More Than Yachts – The Palm Beaches Are Calling

Have you ever seen that movie, Heartbreakers, with Jennifer
Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver? You know, the one where they are in Palm Beach
and trying to con their way into fortunes by marrying rich billionaires who live in the area. So basically, that was my only reference of Palm Beach I had when I decided to fly down for the Gay Polo League’s 7th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament.

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21 Havasupai, Grand Canyon Pics That Will Inspire An Off-the-Beaten Path Vacation

When I first saw images of Havasupai, I questioned the authenticity of the colors in the images, but once I arrived, after picking my jaw up from off the ground, I realized that what I was seeing didn’t need any filters or editing, because it was real.

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Tour the 6 Coolest Aquariums Around the World With Us

June 8th was World Oceans Day and what better way to celebrate the world’s oceans than by learning more about them? Fortunately, there are some pretty incredible aquariums around the world that focus on educating visitors about what makes the oceans so spectacularly wonderful and why we need to make sure that we are taking care of them as well as its many, many residents that reside beneath the surface.

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Is Phoenix the Next Foodie Frontier? We Think So.

The Valley of the Sun isn’t messing around when it comes to food. Phoenix has actually been undergoing a massive transformation, especially in the central and downtown areas, as condominiums go up and new restaurants pop up. But it’s not only the new, some Phoenix culinary and drink institutions have always been at the top of their game and are now seeing a resurgence as more and more locals start to spend time inside the city and less time in the burbs.

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8 Things to do Near Honolulu That Your Guide Book Probably Missed

With Waikiki Beach being the epicenter of tourism on the island, it’s easy to get drawn into the more touristy activities, which there is nothing wrong with, since they are all great things to do, but for those visiting Honolulu looking to check out something to see or do that is a bit more unique, our list below has some out of the box options that wouldn’t make the typical itinerary.

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5 Apps to Step Up Your Foodie Game

There are a thousand reasons why we travel. Some of us do it for business, others to explore new destinations, and a few to revisit a favorite city where we had a special experience. Whatever the reason may be, there's a distinctive type of traveler who always seeks out the best of one particular thing when traveling: food.