Our Explorers

Sharing The World, One Experience At A Time.

Make the most of your next vacation with helpful tips from Club Members who’ve been there—our Explorers.

2020 Explorers

Meet Explorer Greg B.

Gregory B. recently became a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Member by making his home resort at the newly opened Hilton Grand Vacations at The Crane is sunny St. Philip, Barbados. As an Elite-tier Member from Merrillville, Indiana, he follows the fun around the world to his favorite destinations, including Las Vegas and Hawaii, where he spent his 55th birthday at Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. Gregory believes there’s no time better spent than making lasting memories with the ones he loves most. He’s here to show you how you can do the very same with every trip you take!

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Meet Explorer Jon F.

A Member at Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, Jon knows how to maximize his HGV membership for the whole family. He’s a fire captain in Los Angeles by day and an outdoor adventurer when it comes to time away. He’s happiest when he’s hitting the slopes, hiking, and spending time with his family, especially at his favorite HGV resort: Valdoro Mountain Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado. He and his wife, Jenny, travel with their three lovely kids: Eian, affectionately known as a “ball of fire,” Camryn who’s an avid animal lover, and Aiden, who’s overcoming hearing loss and Autism to become a world traveler. As an Explorer, it’s one of Jon’s greatest passions to encourage other families to plan their own adventures.

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Meet Explorer Marilyn M.

Marilyn travels to satisfy her insatiable desire to see the world. Hailing from Perris, California and a Member at Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Las Vegas, she’s a self-proclaimed foodie who fuels her wanderlust with the diverse flavors of the world. If you’re in need of a restaurant recommendation, look no further than Marilyn! It gives her great joy to share her favorite places to eat and what to order, along with special activities the whole family can enjoy without leaving their resort. Marilyn is especially great at sniffing out the best on-site amenities, events and special services offered at Hilton Grand Vacations properties that many people might not know about. In fact, her best vacation memory is watching her children’s faces beam with delight while watching fire dancers during a luau at an HGV resort in Hawaii.

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Meet Explorer Jessica M.

Jessica is a brand-new Hilton Grand Vacations Club Member as of this year, when she made her Home Resort at Hilton Grand Vacations Club on Paradise in Las Vegas. She likes to travel with family and friendly, but she also flies solo. She’s here to share her tips and tricks that she’s learned along the way so that more people like her can “see more of this big, beautiful world!” A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, she enjoys venturing out to faraway places to soak up as much local culture as possible by tasting the local flavors at hole-in-the-wall hotspots and exploring neighborhoods and landmarks. Most of all, though, you can find her happily spending her time on the beach where she loves to hit the waves via any variety of watersports.

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Meet Explorer Kassi P.

New Owner, Kassi, discovered quickly that an on-the-go lifestyle is a perfect fit for her outgoing and adventurous personality. Kassi’s home resort is in Orlando, Florida at Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Tuscany Village, but she also calls New York City her second home away from home. As an urban traveler, Kassi loves to vacation internationally, especially in more unique or undiscovered destinations. She enjoys traveling to Europe, and appreciates having a glass of wine over conversations with locals so she can learn new cultures and lifestyles. Her favorite travel app is WhatsApp, so she can keep in touch with friends and family back home while she’s traveling the world. Kassi’s suitcase is packed light, but you can always find a blanket in her carry-on to keep cozy on chilly, overseas flights. Kassi looks forward to sharing her experiences as a new Owner exploring the globe with HGV.

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Meet Explorer Sue M.

A Hilton Grand Vacations Club Member since 2015, Sue has already proven herself as a well-traveled jetsetter. Her goal is to visit all 50 of the United States, and she’s already counted 44 off her list so far. Although she’s made her home-away-from-home at Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Boulevard in Las Vegas, her favorite place to visit is Europe – Germany, Italy and Scotland in specific. “If we weren’t a part of Hilton Grand Vacations Club, we probably never would have thought to visit Scotland!” Whenever she takes off from her hometown of Waipahu, Hawaii, Sue feeds her sense of adventure by trying new foods and exploring off the beaten path. As an HGV Explorer, she looks forward to sharing the treasures she finds along the way, no matter where she lands.

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Meet Explorer Derek R.

Ask Derek what his favorite vacation destination is and he’ll tell you it’s the next one. When he travels, he’s always on the go: sightseeing, taking walking tours, trying out all the best local restaurants. Somehow, he still finds the time to share his travel insights with friends, family and millions of people around the world. In fact, he’s a level 7 Local Google Guide in Northern Virginia, where he hails from, and his photos have exceeded 3 million views to date! Derek is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, so he knows a thing or two about seeing the world from different perspectives. While he and his family were stationed in the U.K. and Germany, they caught the travel bug and haven’t looked back since. He and his wife, Linda, are now Members at Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Las Vegas. Derek is approaching retirement, which he and Linda plan to spend more time traveling the globe.

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Meet Explorer Apryl S.

A Member with Hilton Grand Vacations since 2014, Apryl is a passionate traveler from Northbrook, Illinois, and an Owner at Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club. She enjoys vacationing in her favorite destination, Hawaii, where she has fond memories of reconnecting with old friends at Lagoon Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. Apryl enjoys exploring the world most with her husband and children. Whether it be skiing the slopes of Colorado, enjoying the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, or tasting their way around the globe, Apryl and her family are fueled by adventure. "We travel so much that we now have to make sure that we have a couple of weeks in between each trip so that we don't get burned out on vacation!"

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Meet Explorer Fallon S.

As a proud mom of two and Hilton Grand Vacations Club Member since 2017, Fallon is excited to have the opportunity to share what makes Hilton Grand Vacations ownership a great option for families with young children. She and her husband became Members purely to commit to spending more time as a family unit by making precious vacation memories together. Her clan frequently visits their Home Resort at Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, where they like to hang out by the pool, take advantage of the free wellness classes and gather for family movie nights at the on-site theater. Ultimately, Fallon is happiest whenever she’s traveling with her little ones in tow!

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Meet Explorer Eric Z.

A seasoned Hilton Grand Vacations Member since 2006, Eric knows a thing or two about travel. He’s made his Home Resort at The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, but his time on the Big Island perhaps means most to him. That’s because he got married there within the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village at Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. With his longevity in the Hilton Grand Vacations program and desire to travel often, he’s successfully achieved Elite Premier status granting him elevated access to some of the best amenities and services offered to Members. He looks forward to sharing his insider knowledge and perspectives with other seasoned travelers and anyone considering joining the Hilton Grand Vacations program.

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2018-2019 Explorers

Meet Explorer Kevin O.

“I truly believe that the best trips are the ones where you interact with locals, and then reflect on your own life.” Mastermind travel planner and jetsetter, Kevin, aims to visit every continent in the next two years, and move abroad following his around-the-world journey. When Kevin isn’t visiting his home resort in Las Vegas, Hilton Grand Vacations Club on Paradise, he loves to travel the globe with his close friends. Kevin always carries a portable charger and flashlight in his carry-on, and he enjoys making cocktails and coconut smoothies in his HGV kitchen. So far, his preferred HGV property is The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Oahu, Hawaii.

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Meet Explorer Carol J.

An owner since 2013, Carol loves the sunrise views at her home resort, Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Anderson Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She treasures having a full kitchen there, in which she enjoys cooking farmers market cuisine, such as fresh fish and garden greens. Carol travels with an iPad in her carry-on so she can always capture her favorite travel moments and use several travel apps to help make her vacations more seamless. While on vacation, she appreciates waking up with the sun to savor a cup of local coffee on her balcony. Carol is getting ready to retire and will focus her life on exploring her home country, Canada, as well as visiting new international destinations and writing all about them.

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Meet Explorer Jan K.

A Member since 2007, Jan has truly made herself at home in her home resorts: West 57th Street by Hilton Club in New York; Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Oahu; The District by Hilton Club in Washington, D.C.; and Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. Jan’s favorite travel pastime is starting her day in Manhattan with a big breakfast in the owner's lounge at West 57th and going to Broadway shows in NYC. Her favorite months to travel are April and October when she can avoid long lines and crowds. Always with a camera, she’s traveled around the world staying at Hilton family hotels, and has also attended HGV Member cruises to Alaska, Canada, and Europe. Jan is an Elite Premiere Member and wants to share her passion for the brand while teaching others how to use their points effectively. Her first piece of advice for new Owners: Keep a travel journal and write at least one thing down daily.

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Meet Explorer Casey R.

A Member since 2016, Casey’s home resort is Hilton Grand Vacations Club on Paradise in Las Vegas. Casey is from Australia, and when traveling the globe, she loves to embrace different cultures. She does this by exploring off the beaten path, eating unique foods, and lounging around the pool or beach. Casey loves to travel with her husband and appreciates all the brilliant places they have visited together. She enjoys having breakfast in her HGV kitchen, and values this money-saving hack while traveling. Casey is a night owl who loves reading books and sipping cherry limeade cocktails by the pool.

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Meet Explorer Gavin P.

Triathlete Gavin is always looking forward to his next adventure with HGV. He loves experiencing the mountains and fresh powder in Park City, Utah and the oceans and beach towns of California. Gavin’s home resort is Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Las Vegas, to which he always travels with his family of five adventurers. Whether competing in a race, camping, skiing, hiking, or relaxing poolside, Gavin and his family have built an appreciation for exploring new locations, especially local hotspots, and seeking out new restaurants. Gavin and his wife believe that it is important to share travel with their children to help open their minds to new cultures. He is excited to share his passion for “traveling like a local” with other HGV Members.

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Meet Explorer Christopher G.

Elite Plus Member since 2009, Christopher’s home resort is Valdoro Mountain Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado. Christopher always packs a solar lantern and charger in his carry-on, both of which have come in handy in a pinch on the road. Christopher enjoys immersing himself in nature and discovering new ways to experience life. His favorite travel pastimes include spending time outdoors, like hiking and grilling by the pool. He also enjoys participating in social tastings, and trying local food and wine. Christopher’s favorite travel app is Waze, which he uses to spend more time enjoying his vacation and less time navigating traffic.

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Meet Explorer Danette Q.

A Member for over 12 years, Danette will never forget the day she became an Owner at Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Tuscany Village. Her vacation ownership lifestyle inspires her passion for taking photos, offering vacation-planning advice, and sharing travel tips with others. On vacation, Danette enjoys theme parks, amusement attractions, and educational venues, and loves trying at least one new thing on each trip she takes. She is the ultimate positive person, living each day to the fullest wherever she is in the world. Her favorite travel destination is Florida because of all the activities available and the incredible weather. Danette’s best vacation memory was a month-long east coast road trip where she stayed at Hilton family hotels the entire distance. In fact, for the past 29 years, Danette hasn’t stayed anywhere else but Hilton Grand Vacations or Hilton-brand properties.

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