#AVivirLA has always promoted a healthy living while seizing the life you’ve got to the fullest and when I was approached by Hampton by Hilton to motivate people to embrace their weekend getaways and unleash their inner Seekender I knew it was a perfect match. I could not pass on an opportunity that would allow me to promote what AVivirLA is about and all while working with a brand that does the same for people when being away from their home.

We All Grow Summit? Yeah, that was an amazing experience that allowed me to unleash my inner Seekender in so many levels and meet some fascinating and inspiring people.

A Seekender is someone who takes advantage of the weekends to explore with travel being at the center of attention. These weekend travelers are overall seeking experiences over material goods through sports, outdoors, music and food!

The private bedroom area of our Queen Suites feature a king size bed featuring the amazing Clean and Fresh Hampton bed. Take comfort in knowing we wash duvets fresh for every guest. So relax and enjoy your favorite program or movie on the 32? HDTV; or prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and get to work.

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The #WeAllGrow Summit in Long Beach, Calif. kicked off with an Official Welcome Cocktail Party presented by Hampton by Hilton where influencers, bloggers and content creators gathered to enjoy the night and listen to singer/songwriter Maria Del Pilar while breathing in a beautiful view of the Long Beach marina outside Hotel Maya. The night was vibrant with music, food, cocktails and conversations.

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For those traveling to Long Beach from other places there was an infinite amount of activities that could have been done around the city because downtown was a hop away from the bridge and Los Angeles was 15 miles away from the Hampton by Hilton hotel. That night after the event since I really wanted to unleash my inner Seekender I drove to Santa Monica to jog along the beach and on the pier. Running is one of my favorite hobbies and even when I travel I make time to workout. That night view in Santa Monica was what my soul needed.

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The second day of the conference was filled with empowering talks and workshops ranging from how to grow your online presence on social media (Instagram) to how to have your blog monetizing within the first year of being launched. There were break-out sessions in between and it was there where attendees also let their Seekender experience unleash while visiting the activation booths.

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I got to sit in the red beauty below for the first time and I will possibly get to test drive it in the near future and that was one of my all-time favorite Seekender experiences:

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The lunch was delicious and don’t get me started on the flan!!! #NomNom! It sure gave me that midday energy I needed to continue with the busy agenda that everyone involved with We All Grow had planned for us. Kudos to them for such great vision, organization and inspirational event. Wow, they really went above and beyond for us!

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Are you interested in being a Seekender?

Then do the following if you attended the event then share your #WeAllGrow Summit adventures for a chance to WIN a Seekender escape to paradise. One lucky winner can enjoy a weekend trip for two to a Hampton by Hilton hotel destination, including roundtrip airfare and complimentary hotel accommodations (prize value up to $2,000).  To enter, participants need to upload their Seekender-inspired shot and tag @HamptonbyHilton on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #WeGoTogether or #SweepstakesEntry. Posts must be shared between March 3-10, 2016 and don’t forget to join the conversation here: http://hil.tn/OpjMxC.

That Friday evening I knew I had to let my inner Seekender go wild when I began shooting some killer shots of the Long Beach marina as the sunset decided to gift us with an unforgettable view. I checked off my bucket list taking an amazing shot of the Long Beach marina, a place that I have lived in for the past 7 years. Take a look:

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A recent survey about travel trends, conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Hampton by Hilton survey uncovered specific Seekender findings related to Hispanics. Some of the interesting results:

  • 65% of Hispanics value experiences vs. materials when it comes to their bucket lists
  • 72% of (working) Hispanic Boomers think that checking all the activities off their ‘bucket list’ would make them feel more accomplished than getting promoted to an executive level position
  • 61% of Hispanics say traveling somewhere they’ve never been before best describes their idea of an ‘escape’
  • 90% of Hispanics feel that WHO they go on a trip with is more important than where they’re going

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Saturday was filled with another busy day of workshops and motivational speakers. I thought that I would not be able to capture a lot of those moments in pictures/videos because my phone was dying by 10 am, but Hampton by Hilton was there to rescue me with their charging station areas. In addition, I was fighting a cold at that time and they really helped me with their hot teas at the station. Loved that I was able to charge my phone and re-fuel my body too.

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Hampton by Hilton serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers with more than 2,020 properties totaling more than 200,000 rooms in 16 countries and territories. High quality accommodations and amenities, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, Hampton’s free On the House® hot breakfast, multi-unit Power Cubes and the brand’s signature Clean and fresh Hampton bed®, contribute to Hampton by Hilton ranking as a leader in its segment.

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Saturday night culminated with an outdoor fiesta where all attendees were able to exchange contact information, summarize their favorite aspects of the event and get some dancing in their system! Wepa!

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Sadly, the summit came to an end when attendees checked out of the hotel on Sunday morning, but even the Seekender experience did not because the hotel was looking out for everyone and they had their famous breakfast-on-the-go bags ready for everyone to take to their next destination. When you visit any Hampton by Hilton location you can request for a quick and easy breakfast like these when needed. In addition, On the House Hot Breakfast is a free, hot breakfast served daily with fresh-baked waffles and hearty oatmeal with toppings.

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I hope you can experience the fun of being a Seekender and that in your next destination trip you truly let that inner adventurous in you go wild and don’t forget to #AVivirLA [vida.]

Thanks to Hampton by Hilton for believing in my work and for allowing me to be a part of this #Seekender experience where was able to capture so much of Long Beach in such a short period of time.

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Disclaimer: I was compensated for my work by Hampton by Hilton for this post, but all opinions and experiences are my very own.

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