Stars of David
By Lawrence Ferber
Travel Report 2002, pg 39
DavidTours [DavidTravel] combines
luxury travel with a gay-friendly itinerary.
"It was an old-fashioned grand tour, like a Henry Miller heroine,"
gushes actor Danny Scheie, 41, of his DavidTours [DavidTravel] journey to South
Africa last year. "The accommodations were like something out
of King Solomon's Mines."
With a mission to provide five-star luxury vacations on six
continents, David Rubin's company has snagged not only Scheie's high
praise but also three consecutive editor's chose awards from the
travel newsletter Out & About. Rubin leaves nothing to
chance, personally casing out his itineraries' properties and
restaurants for both sensitivity to gay people and top-notch quality.
Hailing from Long Island, N.Y., Rubin developed a taste for
travel in his childhood. "It's always been my passion to
travel, to meet people, to connect people, to have friends all over
the world," he says.
To facilitate those connections, every DavidTours [DavidTravel] event includes
significant mixing with locals - for conversations and sharing of
cultures, not for matchmaking. "They're successful,
well-educated people from all walks of life who are invited to join
the group-one might be an architect, a politician, a diplomat, or a
historian," he explains. "We ask our clients not to sit next
to another member, but a local."
Not that Rubin is opposed to other kinds of hookups, but he finds his
clients manage those liaison quite well on their own.