David Duran

David Duran

New York, NY


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

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5 Outstanding Spa Treatments in Maui

No matter how long your vacation, the island of Maui is a place to relax, and there’s no better way to enjoy your experience than with a unique spa indulgence. With so many top resorts competing to offer one-of-a-kind treatments, visitors to this beautiful island will find a wide array of pampering options at some of the world’s top spas, which you can visit even if you’re not lodging at their properties.

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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.

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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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Beyond Disneyland: Where Else to Go in Orange County

For many travelers, California’s Orange County is regarded as a place for amusement parks, or as the backdrop for television series and reality shows. But there’s so much more to the area, especially in the southern part. South Orange County is not only home to the wealthy, but also offers world-class shopping, dining, and extraordinary attractions.

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How to Vacation in Anguilla without Breaking the Bank

Known for its pristine, powdery, white-sand beaches, the British overseas territory of Anguilla is a playground for the rich and famous—but the island isn’t just for the yachting elite. Even if your budget isn’t sky-high, Anguilla can still provide a much-needed escape if you’re willing to skip the luxury hotels and experience more of the local flavor instead. By avoiding the pricey resorts and restaurants altogether, you’ll be able to make your dollars last longer.

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Washington D.C. City Guide - U.S. Conference on AIDS 2015

The nation’s capital is full of history and patriotism, and no matter which political party you affiliate with, Washington, DC, has something for everyone. And DC is more than politics; it’s a beautifully mapped-out city with excellent public transportation, brilliant things to see and do, and a multitude of ways for visitors to learn or see something new, while enjoying all that the city has to offer.

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ManAboutWorld - The Checkout - Four Seasons Punta Mita

A short 45­minute drive from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, the Four Seasons Punta Mita resort offers a luxurious Mexican getaway, close enough to PV and some smaller towns to explore, but so luxurious, you really won't want to leave. And that’s the point. With sprawling
grounds and extensive dining, spa and sport facilities, this is a place to unplug, relax and reconnect with your partner or family.

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Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn (Savannah, Georgia) - Jetsetter

Conveniently located on Gordon Row, in the heart of the historic district just one block from Forsyth Park, the Savannah Bed and Breakfast Inn takes guests a few steps back in time, but with all modern-day conveniences, such as flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and air conditioning. All five houses that make up this classic Southern sleep were constructed in the early 1850s and are a prime example of Federal style architecture.

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Experiencing Jackson Hole...Almost Like Everyone Else

...But then I realized that a work of Hollywood fiction based on a short story from The New Yorker about a mountain range that doesn't even exist and a decades-long gay romance was probably not offering the most accurate portrayal of my destination. Wyoming has always been just off the travel radar - at least the gay travel radar - unless, as I found out, you're into stunning landscapes, crisp, clean air and some of the best skiing in the world.

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5 Perfect Shoulder-Season Destinations in the U.S.

Finding time to take a vacation can be difficult, not to mention financially cumbersome. Yet many travelers don’t consider traveling during shoulder seasons, which can offset some of those high costs. Keen to attract more visitors, destinations ramp up their activities and events during off-peak times, when hotels offer great savings to make the perfect package for any vacationer.

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7 Resorts for the Perfect Babymoon

Babymoons have evolved from pampered weekends at Mom’s house to full-out luxurious experiences at top resorts. Future mommies have stepped up their pregnancy-travel games and are taking advantage of jetting off for some pre-baby rest and relaxation.

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6 Outstanding International Business-Class Experiences

On a three-class service aircraft, everyone dreams of those coveted first-class seats. But when business class is the only option for upgrading, the prices are generally more attainable, but the service is just as good. For international airlines that only offer a two-class service, most try to ensure their business class is something their economy passengers will want to book in the future.

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FancyBeard: Cycling Europe

The cycling tour with VBT was going to take me through Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. I was traveling alone so when meeting the group of strangers for the first time, I was a bit freaked out, but thankful that I had opted to bring along my personal Wi-Fi device, so at least I could continuously post about how awkward it was to be where I was. Instead, I used that unlimited Internet to post my daily accomplishments to social media and brag about how great I looked in bike shorts.

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Beginner’s Guide to Hawaii: Kauai

We began our guide recommending the islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai for a perfect blend of tourism and culture. Part two focused on the active and adventurous “Big Island,” as well as the most visited island, Oahu, which offers both the densely populated major city of Honolulu and off-the-beaten-path options, like the North Shore. But we've saved the best for last, so now it’s time for Kauai.