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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The Huffington Post

Argentina Is All About Amor, Period

The new initiative presented during the conference is simply Amor., with the period at the end of the word (love), being just as important as the single word representation of a country who truly is all about love; their love of food, their love of culture, their love of dance and their love of everyone.

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Long Weekend in Riviera Nayarit

With 200 miles of pristine pacific coastline and dozens of tiny seaside towns and pueblos, the coastal community of Riviera Nayarit near Puerto Vallarta is just calling out to be explored. There are lush mountain peaks, nature reserves, golden sand beaches, and even an exclusive luxury resort community with some of the top hotel brands in the world.

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Creating Hawaii

Eight spots in the islands that exemplify good design, from historic architecture to majestic natural beauty.

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Celebrating 10 of Our Country's Diverse National Parks

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th, 2016, and many of the parks are planning to celebrate the centennial of Woodrow Wilson putting pen to paper to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and … leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

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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.

Cuba article

Why I'm Not Jumping on the Bandwagon and Traveling to Cuba This Year

The floodgates have opened – ok, maybe not exactly, but that’s how many people feel after the laws for US citizens changed earlier this year, allowing for American visitors to travel more easily to the island of Cuba. The island stuck in time is now open to everyone, and with that means there will be lots of changes, right? We’ve already seen the introduction of flights from the US as well as the first cruise ship arrival to Havana.

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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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Hotel Review: LondonHouse Chicago, a Curio Collection by Hilton Hotel

Hilton’s Curio Collection is a very exciting venture for the brand, one that is helping them breakout from what most consumers have become accustomed to from them. The collection of unique “boutique” properties is each one of a kind and nothing like the others within the collection, and that’s why they are incredibly special.

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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.

Bryant park article

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.