About Damon M. Banks

With a background in public relations, marketing, video production and digital media, I use these experiences to play a part in providing insight and entertainment when writing. Constantly balancing my work in public relations and media with freelance writing assignments, I contribute to a variety of international travel, hospitality and luxury lifestyle publications. I believe in keeping it affordable while always traveling in style!
Aug 20

Interview: Damon Banks Discusses the World of Travel Journalism

Original Interview with NATJA: With a dynamic fifteen-year history of working alongside a diverse collection of travel editorial and media clients, Damon Banks is an award-winning writer providing writing and editing services to international publications; while also serving as an ambassador and influencer to … Continue reading

Jul 01

Eric Hrubant of CIRE Travel | Wellness Travel

For LuxeGetaways Magazine | Eric Hrubant is recognized for his passionate approach to his work within the travel industry. As a trained social worker, he now uses these skills to take the stress out of the travel process – making travel … Continue reading

Jul 01

21 Favorite Golf Resort Getaways in the U.S.

For LuxeGetaways Magazine | Golf getaways are about so much more than just a hotel room and golf course – these golf resorts throughout the United States provide all the necessary elements of an exceptional getaway for incredible golf at its … Continue reading

Jul 01

Introducing the Chronoswiss Regulator Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Edition

For LuxeGetaways Magazine | Here is your chance to redline your personal style with the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Edition Regulator timepiece from Chronoswiss. Bearing the iconic Quadrifoglio badge, this timepiece embodies the same attention to performance, style and craftsmanship as the … Continue reading

Jun 25

See An Entirely New Side of Canada This Season

For LuxeGetaways Magazine | When looking for unique ways to further explore Canada this summer, LuxeGetaways has several unique offerings from Hurtigruten and Country Walkers. Follow along to learn more about these travel experience opportunities… luxegetaways.com/spring-2017-canada-experiences Cruising Canada Hurtigruten has two … Continue reading

Jun 25

Property Profile: A Weekend at the JW Marriott Washington, DC

For Marriott International | I recently collaborated with Marriott International by visiting JW Marriott DC, but all feedback and opinions are my own, and based on my personal experience of #JWtreatment. Washington, DC is certainly making headlines on a daily basis these days, and wanting … Continue reading

Jun 25

Hotel Review | The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC

For The Telegraph UK | The Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C. is a luxury hotel just on the edge of bustling Georgetown, and situated among the tree-lined neighbourhood of Foggy Bottom. The location is ideal for business and leisure travellers alike, and the … Continue reading

Jun 15

Resort Review | 5 Reasons To Visit The Breakers Palm Beach

For LuxeGetaways Magazine | From the moment you arrive, The Breakers Palm Beach will impress the most discerning of guests with the amazing architecture, first-class services and endless amenities. With 140 acres of pristine acreage in the heart of Palm Beach, … Continue reading

Jun 01

Hotel Review | The Mayflower Hotel

For The Telegraph UK | Part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott, The Mayflower Hotel is an iconic property that has more than 90 years of history, and is housed within a priceless landmark building in the centre of Washington DC. … Continue reading

Apr 15

Hotel Review | The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, DC

For The Telegraph UK | The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C. is especially unique, housed in a converted industrial building complete with an authentic brick smokestack that towers above the hotel. It’s ideal for travellers looking for a boutique hotel experience with … Continue reading

May 15

Five Hotels Invite You To Spend Earth Day With Them This Year

For LuxeGetaways | Earth Day has become increasingly popular globally, and is much more than just attending a rally, or celebrating a single day. This movement is stronger than ever, as it enters it’s 46th year of inspiring, challenging ideas, igniting … Continue reading

Feb 27

The Unmistakable Beauty of The Breakers Palm Beach

For Upscale Living Magazine | Clearly one of the most iconic properties in the United States, The Breakers Palm Beach continues to impress international guests each year. During my most recent visit, I further explored the many attributes that make … Continue reading

Feb 06

Dive Into the Art & Culture of the Florida Keys

For The Observer |  The Florida Keys‘ rich history, diverse culture and constantly evolving art scene make this unique series of islands a world-class destination. International influences, especially those from the Americas and Caribbean, have made the area a favorite getaway … Continue reading

Nov 05

The Unmistakable Allure of Golf in Scotland

For Skylife Magazine | Developed for Skylife Business, this overview of golf in Scotland features several of the most not notable golf courses, including: Carnoustie Golf Links, Castle Stuart Golf Links, Kingsbarns Golf Links, Renaissance Club, Trump International Golf Links … Continue reading

Oct 01

Business Class – The Art of Mixing Business with Pleasure

For LOEWS Magazine | This was an interesting story to develop, thanks to the input from a very dynamic group of frequent travelers. Within the feature, travel tips and tricks to help other travelers came from philanthropist, Adrienne Arsht; golf … Continue reading

Sep 26

Marseille | A Port of Culture and Cuisine

For Montage Magazine | When approaching this story, it was important to look beyond the rough exterior often associated with Marseille and discover the amazing cuisine found among the more popular port areas, as well as the side streets well … Continue reading

Sep 02

Hidden Beaches of Puerto Rico

For Bespoke Magazine – Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico | Winner of NATJA’s Writing Contest – Finalist >> When developing this story for the guests of the St. Regis Resort Bahia Beach, it was important to not only touch on the … Continue reading

Aug 16

Five of the Best Things in New York City this Summer

For Upscale Living Magazine | When asked to look at some options for families when visiting New York City this summer, the opportunities were endless. The city is always a great place to visit, even during the summer months complete … Continue reading

Jul 20

The International Suite Life

For World Travel Magazine | It’s always interesting to see what hotels are offering in terms of their most luxurious suites, especially in an environment that the competition is fierce. This features includes suites from a few favorite hotels around … Continue reading

Jul 16

An Inside Look at Nautor’s Swan Luxury Sailing Yachts

For Upscale Living Magazine | For nearly fifty-years, Nautor’s Swan has been the pride of Northern Finland, and the ultimate yacht internationally for those looking for a luxurious and high-performance sailing yacht. This is an inside look at the design … Continue reading

Jul 16

Exclusive North American Residential Communities

For Upscale Living Magazine | As I pulled together a collection of the leading residential communities in North America for the magazine, golf is often the centerpiece of the community. However, beyond golf, there are also ski in/out capabilities, equestrian … Continue reading

Jul 16

Break Away to the British Virgin Islands

For Upscale Living Magazine | It’s no denying that the British Virgin Islands are always a great getaway for those looking for the ultimate in relaxing on the beautiful beaches and pristine pools, or challenging the waters of the Caribbean … Continue reading

Jul 02

A Sweet Finish in San Francisco

For Bespoke Magazine – San Francisco | Winner of NATJA’s Writing Contest – Finalist >> Already an amazing culinary city, this story was a lot of fun, as it focused on what’s often the best part of the meal… dessert! … Continue reading

Jun 12

A Timeless Watch Buying Experience in Geneva Switzerland

For World Travel Magazine | Switzerland has always been (and will always be) the capital of watchmaking. For more than 400 years, the basic elements of tradition, craftsmanship, high technologies and permanent innovation have been at the basis of the … Continue reading

Jun 08

Father’s Day 2015 – Gift Guide For The Dad On The Go

For The Examiner | It can often be difficult to find that perfect gift for Dad each year, especially for the guy who seems to have everything he needs, and is always on the go. Broken down into three categories, … Continue reading

Jun 02

Must Have Travel Accessories and Services

For Upscale Living Magazine | While it’s difficult to narrow down the many accessories and services that make travel more enjoyable today, I pulled together these great additions for anyone to consider – including Galvin Green, FoundersCard, Baxter of California, … Continue reading

May 28

Loews Hotels and Resorts Make A Splash This Summer

For LOEWS Magazine | It’s no surprise that many of the Loews Hotels and Resorts have gorgeous pools and luxurious poolside amenities, so this story was a lot of fun to develop with a number of the properties around the … Continue reading

May 27

Luxury Sailing Yachts Overtake The Caribbean Islands

For World Travel Magazine | The ClubSwan event brought all the excitement and glamor from their worldwide events to Virgin Gorda, BVI during the intimate Rolex Swan Cup Costa Smeralda. With an impressive collaboration of organizers including Nautor’s Swan, Rolex … Continue reading

May 27

An Ireland Golf Adventure

For World Travel Magazine | International travelers continue to find the lure of Ireland irresistible, especially when it comes to the opportunity to enjoy championship golf, savor world-class cuisine, and learn more about the country’s rich history. This adventure begins … Continue reading

Apr 23

Going for the Bling Around the World: The Swan Challenge Trophies

For The Examiner | ClubSwan recognizes Swan owners competing in the world’s most important offshore regattas with beautifully handcrafted Asprey Swan Challenge trophies. This year’s Swan Caribbean Challenge was awarded to Swan 51 Northern Child (GBR), for their performance in the … Continue reading

Apr 20

Greg Norman Golf Course Design Continues to Expand Internationally

For World Travel Magazine | Greg Norman has been making history both on the golf course, and off the course with his many businesses – making him one of the world’s leading entrepreneurs today. Greg Norman Golf Course Design continues … Continue reading

Apr 19

Father’s Day 2015 – The Golf Gift Guide

For The Examiner | It’s that time of the year again, and for the Dad who enjoys being able to escape to the golf course every chance he gets, here are a few gift options you might want to consider when … Continue reading

Apr 08

Luxury Golf Resorts with a Touch of Southern Charm

For Upscale Living Magazine | Taking some time to explore these distinctive luxury resorts that provide great golf, and service with a touch of Southern Charm, Pinehurst Resort, Kiawah Resort and Sea Pines Resort all proved that they each have … Continue reading

Mar 30

The 5 Best Golf Shoes Out Now

For Dick’s Sporting Goods | Golf shoes are continuing to evolve and getting better and better each season. When compared to the shoes from just a few years ago, today’s options combine style and technology in a way that makes a night … Continue reading

Mar 30

The Ultimate Private Jet Tours for 2015

For Upscale Living Magazine | It’s true that over the years, we’ve seen a number of private jet tour options come and go, but this latest influx of distinctive luxury travel adventures courtesy of bespoke private jet tours is breathing … Continue reading

Mar 30

Discovering The Ultimate Travel Experiences

For Upscale Living Magazine | With so many unique travel opportunities available today, I pulled together 15 of my favorite travel experiences for 2015 for the readers of Upscale Living Magazine. Included in this collection is AKA Beverly Hills, Boca … Continue reading

Feb 22

Today’s Fashion-Savvy Travelers

For World Travel Magazine | With the abundance of travel fashion and accessories available today, this was a unique story to develop where I was able to recognize a number of products that are ideal to have when traveling today … Continue reading

Feb 02

Under The Michelin’s Stars – Spain’s Gourmet Dining Scene

For Luxury Link Lifestyle | Winner of NATJA’s Writing Contest – Gold Prize Winner >> Always a fan of the food scenes throughout Europe, and certainly enjoying the excitement surrounding this delicious trend in Spain, I was excited to write … Continue reading

Dec 31

An Ideal Day in Miami with Adrienne Arsht

For Bespoke Magazine – Bal Harbour | Knowing Ms. Arsht’s zest for life and passion for the arts, I was thrilled to develop this story with her and her team. Always surrounding herself with a great public relations firm, a … Continue reading

Dec 31

Through The Lens – A Unique Look at the Real Puerto Rico

For Bespoke Magazine – Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico | An interesting look at the authentic Puerto Rico that was brought together from a collection of photo journalists and photographers who I worked with while developing this story to show that … Continue reading

Dec 25

Off The Course with M. Kuchar, C. Kirk, B. Harman and H. English

For Sea Island Life Magazine | There’s no surprise that a number of the PGA Tour players have decided to call Sea Island home, and when you look at the many offerings available for guests and residents alike, it makes … Continue reading

Dec 08

The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Frequent Traveler

For The Examiner | The travel industry continues to be a very exciting place for both avid worldwide adventure-seekers and the occasional weekend travelers. With all of the technology, exclusive offers and memberships at our fingertips today, the love for travel … Continue reading

Dec 08

Holiday Gift Guide For Guys

For The Examiner | It’s often difficult to find that must-have item for the guys on your shopping list, so I’ve included a variety of items for just about every budget. Like many guys, I enjoy a great tie as … Continue reading

Dec 08

Holiday Gift Guide of Face and Beauty Products for Men and Women

For The Examiner | With an abundance of spa and beauty products being available today, there is never a shortage of options both in department stores, and online. For the Holidays, I pulled together a few unique options from brands … Continue reading

Dec 08

The Ultimate Gift Guide For Golfers

For The Examiner | It’s that time of the year again, and shopping for the golfer in your life has never been more exciting, thanks to the many brands that have developed products fit for all ages, all skill levels … Continue reading

Nov 04

Breaking Tradition at the Traditions Club in Texas

For The Examiner | They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and in the case of the Traditions Club in Bryan-College Station, the desire was bigger than ever when they decided to develop a truly unique private golf club … Continue reading

Nov 03

History In The Making with Wolsey’s Newest Collection

For Upscale Living Magazine | I was pleased to have the opportunity to develop this story for Upscale Living Magazine during Wolsey’s newest launch together with J.Lindeberg. What an amazing history this company has dating back to 1755, and I … Continue reading

Nov 02

Turning Up The Heat with Celebrity Chef Cat Cora

For Bespoke Magazine – N. American Issues | This story takes a look at the exciting life of Celebrity Chef Cat Cora. Blasting onto the scene as the first female Iron Chef on Food Network, she is now working on … Continue reading

Nov 01

Have You Tasted the Gourmet Insects at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo?

For JustLuxe | While it’s not every day that you find yourself with the option of sampling of insects with your evening cocktail, it’s certainly possible at the Mandarin Bar at Tokyo’s luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Always curious to try new things, we … Continue reading

Sep 26

Chasing Gentleman Bob: Broadfield, A Sea Island Sporting Club

For Sea Island Life Magazine | This story approaches the history and heritage of the traditional quail hunt made popular throughout the Southern states, while also looking at the ways the environment and sport has changed over the years. The … Continue reading

Sep 21

24 Hours at the Boca Raton Resort and Club

For LuxeGetaways | Winner of NATJA’s Writing Contest – Bronze Prize Winner >>There are certain destinations that simply pull you into their world the moment you step out of the car; where you find yourself forgetting any of the stress … Continue reading

Sep 13

Membership Has Its Privileges at These 8 East Coast Golf Clubs

For JustLuxe | There’s no denying that feeling of ease and happiness knowing that you have a home club—a place where you can practice in peace, tee up at a moment’s notice, and host guests. The United States has over … Continue reading

Sep 13

Norwegian Cruise Lines Expands with 3 Billion Dollar Acquisition

For The Examiner | Just when you think perhaps the cruise lines might be feeling a bit of the pressure, and not performing as well as they would like, a transaction such as this takes place that puts Norwegian Cruise Lines … Continue reading

Sep 11

Wine and Dine in New York in Style

For TriplAgent.com | It’s no surprise that New York has many experiences just waiting to be discovered by residents and visitors alike. Of course, many tourists flock to the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock to get a … Continue reading

Sep 11

21 Nations Prepare for the 2014 Rolex Swan Cup in Italy

For JustLuxe | The thrill of the much-anticipated Rolex Swan Cup will once again be experienced when it kicks off on September 8. Luxury yacht owners from all over the world will gather for a week of competition, friendship, and glamor at … Continue reading

Jul 02

Seafaring Style: Today’s Yachting Watches

For Bespoke Magazine – National Issue | A staple in the classic American wardrobe, the modern-day yachting timepiece only continues to improve in terms of both style and functionality. This impressive collection of watches are ideal for both competitive racing, … Continue reading

Jul 02

Courtside Spotlight: The U.S. Open

For Bespoke Magazine – National Issue | A yearly celebration in New York, the world’s greatest tennis stars come together this August to battle it out at the 2014 U.S. Open. With so many players performing strong this year, it’s … Continue reading

Jul 02

Four New York City Hotel Perks For The Summer

For The Examiner | At a time when it seems that nothing in life is free, the thought of a unique collection of hotel amenities and services being offered as a courtesy to their guests is always a welcomed benefit. And … Continue reading

Jul 02

Celebrity Chefs Take Their Talents to the Sky

For The Founder | It’s very rare to find the terms “airline food” and “world-class cuisine” in the same sentence. However, after years of negative press, commercial airlines have been slowly trying to improve this image, at least for first … Continue reading