Capturing Your Love David Duran
Connextions Magazine catches up with Gay Travel Expert, David Duran, or Double D as our Editor lovingly calls him. David is getting ready to attend a press conference at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. Besides being a Gay Travel Expert and Featured Writer for our magazine and many others, David also writes about HIV issues and is in South Africa representing three national publications. Connextions Magazine (CM): Tell our readers about your background and what it was like growing up being your fabulous-self? David Duran (DD): I am Latino, from a Cuban mother and a Bolivian father, and thanks to my work, I’ve been able to travel to both countries to explore where I came from. Growing up in Southern California, in Orange Country, a well-to-do conservative region, I grew up having pretty much everything I needed. My family was always able to
provide for us and give us opportunities that others may not have experienced. We began traveling overseas when my sister and I were young and I started traveling to South America to visit family in Bolivia at age 11, traveling alone I might add, which possibly led to my addiction to being up in the air. I came out around the age of 20 to a few close friends and came out to my family about a year later. Thinking back now, that seems like so long ago and I can’t even begin to think about how different of a man I am now compared to then. CM: When did you decide to travel the world and present it to others? DD: I’ve always had the travel bug and have loved exploring my own country and then the world. I didn’t really plan on being a travel writer. I was working as a news reporter and also writing about entertainment and health topics when it kind of
Connextions Magazine issue #22: Travel Heels takes a closer look at the World’s Top LGBTQ Travel Experts share their secrets: David Duran, H...