David Duran

David Duran

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Top 7 Things To Do in Pam Springs

Greater Palm Springs is home to the country’s most glamorous desert. Made up of nine cities, including Palm Springs, the area has a little bit of everything for everyone. From world-class golf to fabulous events like the Palm Spring Film Festival to outdoor activities for the avid adventurer to the amateur hiker, Greater Palm Springs has it all. Regardless of the time of year you plan your visit or around what event your trip is centered on, there are a few things you should try to include during your stay. Some are standard classics, while others might not have made your radar while planning your trip.

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Hotel Review: Conrad Indianapolis

Located in the heart of Circle City, steps away from hundreds of attractions and restaurants, the Conrad Indianapolis provides an unparalleled luxury experience. Having been the first Conrad Hotel to be built from the ground up, the property shines as a proud example of the brand’s vision of perfection.

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What to expect when it comes to the winter travel season

As the temperature drops, holidays pass, and the winter season officially starts, air travel sometimes takes on a new dimension. Whether you're a frequent flyer or an occasional traveler, knowing how to prepare for your trip and what to do at the airport before your flight can improve your overall travel experience. Below are some helpful tips to prepare for the winter travel season.

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9 Best Burgers in Vegas: Come Ready To Eat

Las Vegas isn’t necessarily known for being a burger destination of sorts, but oddly enough, the burger battle that began in this gambling town has sparked fierce competition between an incredible number of places, all offering their best burger. Between solely dedicated burger restaurants, to more traditional varied menu option restaurants adding their take on the “best burger” to their menu, Las Vegas has loads of burger options and all have something special (and delicious) to offer. Counting down to the best of the best, we’ve put together our top 9 burgers in Vegas.

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Hanging in Huntington: 10 Things Not To Miss

Huntington Beach, AKA Surf City U.S.A. has always been a hidden paradise to those immersed within the surf culture, but the northern Orange County city really hasn’t been on the travel radar much, until now. The city is ramping up efforts to make the destination, well exactly that, a destination, for every type of traveler that’s looking for a California beach town, centrally located between both San Diego and Los Angeles. Below is a list of things not to miss while visiting or passing through Surf City!

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Hotel Review: Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Maui

Having visited the property more than a dozen times in the past two years, it’s been thrilling to watch the progression of enhancements and changes the property has undergone. Each time I step foot into the massive lobby entrance of the hotel, I feel like I’m home again. The warm welcomes and smiles from the staff are always inviting and quickly remind you that yes indeed, you are in paradise.

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Gay Friendly Caribbean Travel

From same-sex packages to acceptance policies, more and more resorts in the region are making an effort to ensure everyone feels welcome. These 6 standout among the rest.

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5 Hacks to Getting An Upgrade at Your Hotel

“We’ve gone ahead and upgraded your room type,” is one of the best phrases to hear when checking in at the hotel counter. There’s nothing more satisfying than being spoiled and taken care of, especially when it’s compliments of the house. Now unless you are arriving with an entourage and paparazzi, getting upgraded in a hotel doesn’t come easy, but with a little preparation, clever wording and some courage, there are a few potential ways to get bumped to a better room (or suite). Below are five hacks that are worth trying out the next time you want to trade in that mountain view for something more blue…and ocean like.

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7 Ways to Make Money While Traveling

Taking a vacation can obviously be costly, even if you are headed out with paid vacation time. Between flights, hotels and activities, not to mention eating…vacations can add up, and quickly. Thanks to the recent expansion of the “sharing economy,” there are now ways to make some money all while lounging on the beach, or hitting the pavements in a new city. If you are willing to put in a little time and effort during your time off, it’s possible to make some good money, maybe even enough to pay for the trip itself.

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5 Tips for Getting Upgraded to Business Class When You Fly

Air travel isn’t the same as it was two decades ago. With so many travelers flying each day, including business travelers willing to pay for upgraded seats, the amount of open seats at the front of the airplanes has diminished drastically. Getting an upgrade when traveling is not an easy feat, but there are a few ways to possibly help your cause that potentially could work. If you don’t try, you’ll never know, and the worst that can happen is you end up in your same seat that you already paid for – so really, there’s no hurt in trying.

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The PInk Lady Gets a Facelift

The modernization of classic hotel properties can come with a price because at times, the integrity of the architecture or décor can be compromised when updates take place, but today, luxury travelers are not only wanting, but expecting even the most historic hotels to fully up to date with every modern convenience on could ever need. And who can blame them? With so many choices for travelers, even the most classics need a facelift. La Valencia Hotel, affectionately referred to as the “Pink Lady” or “La V” by many who have stayed there, is located in the heart of La Jolla, overlooking Ellen Browning Scripps Park with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

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Maui is For Foodies

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is the premier destination event in the Pacific. The festival took place over two weeks on multiple islands, featuring a roster of over 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawaii’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamahuchi and Alan Wong, the festival showcases wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry.

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10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in Indianapolis

As the host of the world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500, it’s hard to link the city of Indianapolis with anything other than racing. But the city is thriving, and it offers travelers an abundance of options to fill up a visit: Museums and art galleries line the streets, the restaurant scene is booming, and there's a collection of monuments and memorials that are comparable to those found in Washington, D.C.

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5 Mexican Hotels and Resorts Where You Can Celebrate the Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead (October 31–November 2), is a time when Mexican people honor their deceased loved ones in hopes that their spirits will return to their families during this two-day celebration each year. Traditionally, people build private altars and visit graves with gifts such as sugar skulls and marigolds. With colorful, Carnival-like traditions, delicious foods, and art-filled experiences, it’s no wonder why the Mexican holiday has fascinated people from all over the world.

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7 Music Festival Must Haves

I've been to a few outdoor music festivals recently and each time, I always found myself being envious of someone who thought of the perfect thing to bring with them. There's always that one item that you wish you would have thought to bring, and once you are there, it's too little, too late.