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!
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

Feb 06

Greg Norman on Attacking Life & Savouring The Journey

For Signature Travel Magazine | It has been the desire of Greg Norman (AKA “The Shark”) to attack life in everything he does, and his genius entrepreneurial abilities that have continued to define him as not only one of today’s most successful entrepreneurs … 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

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 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

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 Examiner.Com | 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, here … 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

Jun 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

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 Examiner.Com | 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

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

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 Examiner.Com | 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

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 08

The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Frequent Traveler

For Examiner.Com | 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 Examiner.Com | 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 much … Continue reading

Dec 08

Luxury 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

Dec 08

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

For Examiner.Com | 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 that … Continue reading

Dec 08

The Ultimate Gift Guide For Golfers

For Examiner.Com | 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 and … Continue reading

Nov 05

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

Nov 04

Breaking Tradition at the Traditions Club in Texas

For Examiner.Com | 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 and … 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 01

A cultural exploration of Africa Through Dance

For Examiner | In an ever-growing search for the “next big thing” in the fitness world, many are looking for that perfect workout that will bring both fulfillment and long-term fitness results. Beyond running, biking and weight training, the industry … 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 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 Examiner.Com | 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

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

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 2014

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 Examiner.Com | 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

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

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

Jul 02

24 hours in Charleston, South Carolina

For Examiner.Com | There is no doubting the absolute “southern charm” experienced in every aspect of a typical day in the infamous “Holy City.” Charleston is simply unlike any seaside city destination you find throughout the United States. Like so … Continue reading

Jul 02

Leave Work Behind: Five Destinations To Get Away From It All

For The Founder | There comes a time when everyone must simply leave the cares and worries behind to find solace in the beauty of a distant destination that can provide all the desired luxuries along with unique vacation experiences. … Continue reading

Jul 02

Los Angeles to London In Style with Air New Zealand

For Examiner.Com | It has been an action-packed few weeks while Air New Zealand spread the word in and around every part of Los Angeles about the cutting-edge Economy Skycouch™ and Premium Economy Spaceseat™ options. The promotion has been trending … Continue reading

Jun 05

The Joy of Jonathan Adler – The Designer Lifestyle

For Montage Magazine | Jonathan Adler is not only a beloved television personality, but is also a potter, designer and author. He is constantly creating new creative designs and colorful aesthetic to spread the message that homes should make people … Continue reading

May 06

Modern User Experiences Thanks to the Ancient Principles of Feng-Shui

For Examiner.Com | Simply a fascinating topic to discuss, I was very pleased to have time working one-on-one with Mr. Bo Zou, Founder of BOZ UX to fully explore this methodology. With our global community today, it’s absolutely vital for … Continue reading

May 05

Ten of the Best Spring Golf Getaway Packages in the United States

For Examiner.Com | Spring is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to plan the ultimate golf getaway. I’ve compiled a collection of 10 great packages being offered by some amazing courses to get everyone back on the courses this … Continue reading

May 04

The Ultimate Golf Travel Lifestyle

For Upscale Living Magazine | It’s no surprise that today’s golf travel lifestyle is a booming business, and I explored several of my favorite resort and residential destinations for this story that also features a selection of products associated with … Continue reading

May 04

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Spring’s Crowd Funding Project

For Examiner.Com | Crowd funding is a fairly common term we hear in many areas of business today, especially with the ability to promote these opportunities online and gain a large amount of interest with relative ease. While this concept … Continue reading

May 04

The Luxury Starfire Yacht Experience

For Upscale Living Magazine | Winner of NATJA’s Writing Contest – Finalist >> When approaching this story with Captain Carl Sputh and his dedicated team onboard the Starfire Yacht, I quickly learned that the commitment to perfection and the level … Continue reading

May 04

Profile of Cougar Vintage’s Carla McCarthy

For Upscale Living Magazine | With a dynamic career, Carla McCarthy is extremely busy in the world of fashion. With her brand, Cougar Vintage, McCarthy brings a unique approach to her clients and is able to express her passion of … Continue reading

Apr 08

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

Apr 02

Bald Eagle Makes a Comeback After Years of Decline

For Sea Island Life Magazine | With the bald eagle making a comeback in the environment and being such a big part of the bird watching experience for guests at Sea Island Resort, the magazine had me further explore the … Continue reading

Apr 02

John Paulson Continues Puerto Rico Expansion with Latest Acquisition

For Examiner.Com | After covering the story several months ago when John Paulson and his company (Paulson & Co.) acquired a majority interest in The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico and the Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club, … Continue reading

Mar 20

The Montage Beverly Hills Celebrates The City’s 100th Anniversary

For Montage Magazine | Always enjoyable to work with the entire team at the Montage Hotels and Resorts, this feature was especially unique as the Beverly Hills property joined with other local hotels to celebrate 100 years for Beverly Hills. … Continue reading

Mar 13

Perfectly Puerto Rico – The Ultimate Getaway

For Signature Luxury Travel & Lifestyle Magazine | When looking at the perfect way to experience Puerto Rico, I worked with the amazing properties and Puerto Rico Tourism Bureau to highlight an exciting itinerary from San Juan, east along the … Continue reading

Mar 02

Montage Hotels and Resorts Launches The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

For Examiner.Com | For a collection of hotels and resorts that continues to impress guests with their phenomenal accommodations, dining, spas and residential options, it’s no surprise that as of February 1, 2014, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is part … Continue reading

Mar 02

A Golfer’s Dream Journey Onboard The Royal Scotsman by Orient Express

For Examiner.Com | Later this year, golfers will have the opportunity to explore Scotland in a way that will make any other golf travel aficionado green with envy. The Orient Express continues to offer some of the most unique and … Continue reading

Jan 21

Featured Private Jets for “Best Of” Issue of Upscale Living Magazine

For Upscale Living Magazine | When asked to develop a story featuring two of the most popular private jet options for the past year, these were the obvious choices – including one of the fastest (Gulfstream G650) and one of … Continue reading

Jan 10

Villa Serena Garden Party Hosted by Adrienne Arsht

For Global Living Magazine | On November 10, 2013, more than 300 guests, many dressed in clothing from that era, enjoyed an afternoon garden party at Villa Serena with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, and ragtime music from University of … Continue reading

Jan 10

Ski Getaways | Destinations, Accommodations and Accessories

For Global Living Magazine | Working with Global Living Magazine, this story was developed to look at some of my favorite ski destinations in the United States. While I have many favorite ski getaways, we focused on Vail, Telluride and … Continue reading

Jan 10

Ace Hotel Los Angeles Opens Their Doors

For Examiner.Com | Seen as one of the most unique openings this first part of 2014, the Ace Hotel extends their reach to Los Angeles with this new property opening January 6, 2014. With so much history on this property … Continue reading

Jan 01

A Season To Celebrate with Chef Michael Mina at Stonehill Tavern

For Bespoke Magazine – Monarch Beach | The Stonehill Tavern is always a great culinary escape while visiting the beautiful St. Regis Hotel Monarch Beach. Between Chef Michael Mina and his amazing team of chefs and sommeliers, they always guarantee … Continue reading

Dec 31

Five Favorite Places to Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the US at the Holidays

For Examiner.Com | For many, enjoying afternoon tea is a regular occurrence while traveling, or simply a great opportunity to join friends and family anytime. However, it’s at the Holidays that many in the U.S. choose to venture out and … Continue reading

Dec 31

Broadway Buzz | A Look at Shows on Broadway and On Tour

For Bespoke Magazine – N. American Issues | Broadway has a big year ahead with a lot of new shows, so I developed this list of several of the favorites both on Broadway and the National Tours for the guests … Continue reading

Dec 31

The Chedi Andermatt | A Masterpiece of Asian and European Design

For Examiner.Com | When they say that good things come to those who wait, the Chedi Andermatt is a great modern-day example of this being a very true statement. The buzz began about five years ago with this monumental property … 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

WestHouse New York | The Newest Manhattan Hotel to Open Their Doors

For Examiner.Com | It’s official, as of December 27, 2013, the newest property to join the collection of luxury hotels in New York is open to their first guests (or in the case of this hotel concept, “hotel residents”) – … Continue reading