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How One Hilton Grand Vacations Owner Found Travel Peace-Of-Mind

Beat the pandemic blues

Sue M
A cliff overlooking the ocean in the Scottish Highlands.

Little did I know that after submitting my last blog post in February, I would find myself still only dreaming of travel some five months later.

I don't know about you, but our lust for travel is stronger than ever. In Hawaii, where I live, there's still a travel ban on leaving the state, and while we can travel between neighboring islands, there are limited hotel accommodations for a staycation. 

I hope you've been able to find some way to relax despite our current circumstances, and even more fortunate, perhaps been able to take a road trip somewhere without effort.  

I've found peace reminiscing about the places we've visited and spent my newfound time, no longer consumed with the rat race, grateful for all we've experienced as vacation owners.  

A castle in the Scottish Highlands.

Here are some amazing adventures Hilton Grand Vacations has already made possible for us in our first four years of vacation ownership.

We traveled to a new continent and explored the Scottish Highlands during our stay at the Craigendarroch Suites. The trip helped us overcome our fear of planning a trip halfway around the world.  

We finally had the chance to visit a location on our bucket list. My favorite part of this trip was savoring delicious meals near the Borge Alle Vigne, in the Italian hills of Tuscany during the olive oil harvest and black truffle season.

We even cooked with an Italian chef and learned that the concepts of self-sustainability and farm-to-table style meals have been the Italian way of life all along.

Lastly, we took a road trip between two Hilton Grand Vacations resorts—Carlsbad Seapointe Resort and Trump International Hotel Las Vegas—last spring during the wildflower super bloom. The Flower Fields at the Carlsbad Ranch were in full bloom and so close that you could see them from the resort. 

A close up shot of the wildflower super bloom in Carlsbad, California.    

At the start of the travel ban here in Hawaii, we were just about to embark on a second "road trip" between two Hilton Grand Vacations resorts—Sunrise Lodge in Park City, Utah and the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, but we ultimately had to cancel it.  

Also, we started to plan a summer foodie tour through the Northwest using Hilton Grand Vacations ClubPoints that we had converted to Hilton Honors points. By converting our points, we would stay for free at various Hilton hotels along the way in Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.  

Once we can travel outside the state, we won't lack trip options. We feel confident that we will be safer and have more flexibility to travel as Hilton Grand Vacations Owners in today's world.  

A Fully equipped kitchen in a Hilton Grand Vacations Suite.

One benefit of a Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare is that suites have fully equipped kitchens and give us more dining options. There's a chance restaurants will still serve limited capacity at our travel destination, and on-site amenities allow us to make the most of our vacation time. 

Hilton Grand Vacations' and Hilton's reputation and standards have always made us feel safer than staying in a B&B or private vacation rental.

No one can make up for lost time, but we're looking forward to what we'll do with the Hilton Grand Vacations points we've been accumulating during this downtime. 

Read Build Your Travel Bucket List and Plan Your Next Trip Now to start planning your next adventure. 

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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