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“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

Ibn Battuta

Wow, what a year it has been. Time flies by when you’re having fun, right?

I have been traveling with the Hilton brand for as long as I can remember –ultimately leading to the decision to become a Hilton Grand Vacations Owner last year. Once I joined, I became instantly glued to the Where To? blog. I couldn’t get enough of the best travel practices and tips on how to get the most out of the membership. It was through those posts that I was inspired to share our journey about becoming Owners, leading to my interest in the Hilton Grand Vacations Explorer program.

I’ll never forget the first time I visited the landing page for the Explorer program. I remember turning to my (now) fiancé and saying, “I need to find out how I can become an Explorer!” It’s always been my goal to help inspire others to live in the moment and create new memories, so I decided to take a chance and cross my fingers that I would get selected. 

And (drum-roll)… a couple of weeks later I got the news. I was going to be part of the HGV Explorer program! To say that I was excited is clearly an understatement. Not only was I going to be able to share my own experiences and tips with fellow Owners, but also share my love and passion for travel. 

explorer suitcase

Initially, I didn’t know what to expect. 

What would the process be like? Would they like my stories?

Your typical “initial doubt” when starting a new adventure. However, the HGV Social Media Team has been there throughout every step of the process. From story pitches to video shoots, they’ve allowed us to share our own unique stories. At the end of the day, isn’t that what it’s all about? 

For me, being an HGV Explorer this past year has been remarkable – more than I could’ve imagined. I will admit, as a first-year Owner, I was definitely nervous to take the plunge. However, applying for this program was one of the best decisions that I’ve made. I truly love that through this experience I’ve been able to share some of my most cherished life memories and personal tips, such as “Capturing Memories with Flytographer,” “Maximizing 3,400 Points,” and even “How to Stay Active While Traveling.” 

I hope that I’ve been able to help some of you through your journey as Hilton Grand Vacations Owners, as I know that I’ve learned so much from my fellow Explorers.

There are so many different stories to be told – each person, family, or couple. So whether you’re a new Owner, or have been an Owner for 10+ years, share your story! We are all storytellers in our own way, and each one of us has a different travel journey.

So what are you waiting for? Take the leap of faith! You never know where this journey may take you – and who you might inspire.

It’s been an honor to share my travel stories with all of you.

Happy Travels!
Kassi P.


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