Oct10

The Great Oblication: From Miami to Moab, Utah and Arches National Park

How do you manage to go from this … to this … in the same trip? I guess, the same way your 9-year-old can cram all of this into her “what I did on my summer vacation” illustration below. It’s called the “oblication,” as in taking a trip you are obligated to take and turning some aspect of it into a vacation. And if this family is good at anything, it’s taking a trip and turning it into an adventure. One that I should get to telling, though it will take me the next few months to do. It seems like just yesterday, though, I was crammed in a car with my Brady Bunch family driving from the tip of Colorado to the desert, winding up in Las Vegas for my first time—well, all of our first times, sans Jorge—for a work trip. And the in between, well, that was the best…Read More

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Jul07

Colorado Here We Come: Back To Where It All Began

{Wearing: Bodysuit & Skirt: c/o Ramona LaRue. Necklace: c/o T.J. Maxx. Photographed by Jorge Camaraza} Here’s the amazing, yet peculiar thing about Colorado in spring: There are snow-covered mountains, ripe for swooshing down on boards and skis, but drive just a bit further—up the road even—and the scenery changes instantly. Green fields, blooming florals, warmer temps—it’s almost as if you’ve left one season and landed in the next. We noticed immediately as we crossed from our Hampton By Hilton in Silverthorne into Glenwood Springs. The same Glenwood Springs we’d been to on our first Hampton By Hilton Seekender outing. Back then it was just the two of us on the Indian motorcycle, the sky so blue it was as though a vat of thick robin egg paint had fallen over and spilled sky-wide. The charred orange rocks of the canyon reaching up to the sky, surrounding us, encasing us. Today, we…Read More

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Jun12

The Seekender’s Guide to Miami Beach

{Photographed by Jorge Camaraza}  Summer, the season of travel. A time to go see the world, do something new, scratch something off that bucket list you’ve been carrying around. This summer, while I’m running off to see corners of the world, others will make their way to this little plot of sand I call home. As much as I love helpful hints on where to go and what to see on my journeys, I feel its only fitting for me to do the same of my own city. That being said, welcome to Miami Beach. As a Seekender for Hampton by Hilton, I’ve traveled most of my adventures via motorcycle, seeing Colorado and the Pacific Coast Highway via Indian bike. If you’re on your own Hampton by Hilton Seekender journey, keep in mind Miami Beach is great via bike, too. But this terrain calls for bicycle instead of something with…Read More

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Jan17

On Visiting Havana, Cuba

{Wearing: Top: Forever 21. Shorts: AG from Calypso St. Barth. Shoes: c/o Tarbay. Sunnies: c/o Christian Roth. All Photographs by Jorge Camaraza} As I was standing in line at the bar on New Years Eve, a stranger approached me and asked, “Why Havana?” I look at her and said, “I’ve lived in Miami for 16 years. Some of my favorite people are Cuban. I wanted to see where they came from.” “You,” I said? “I came here because it was on a must-see list for New Year’s,” she said. Whatever your reason, Havana is well worth the trip. I’ve wanted to see it for a long time now, this mysterious island just 90 miles from Miami’s shores. This controversial place, trapped in a bubble, so enigmatic and steeped in history. Sure, the vintage cars seem alluring, but it’s truly the culture that was the purpose for the trip, for me anyway. Going with…Read More

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Dec10

Looking Back on my PCH Seekender Adventure

Twenty sixteen, the year I crossed traveling across the Pacific Coast Highway on the back of a motorcycle with my best friend off my bucket list. As I mentioned in my last post: “Memories like these weren’t easily forgotten, they held too much weight, too much joy, too much power.” From zipping across the Golden Gate Bridge and hugging trees bigger around than I am tall , to the breathtaking views of Monterey and Big Sur, to frolicking on a purple beach and spying the lights of the Santa Monica pier, it was a trip that lives on inside both he and me. Thanks, Hampton by Hilton, for the Seekender trip of a lifetime. And thank you for everything it begat. I have a motto about traveling: Always leave one thing off your list, so it gives you a reason to go back. And that’s exactly what we did. We saw everything…Read More

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Nov17

My PCH Seekender Adventure: The Final Destination

We awoke the next morning, snug in the clean, white sheets of our Hampton by Hilton Arroyo Grande bed. Looming above us was the fact that today was our last day. Our final leg of the PCH. Our farewell to California. The end of our vacation. Rather than sulk, we adopted a carpe diem spirit. If this was the last, then we revel in it, live it to the fullest. After breakfast, though. After stuffing ourselves with homemade waffles, hot cocoa and coffee at the hotel’s breakfast bar, we then stuffed our belongings into the saddlebags, making sure the renegade backpack was extra secure. After yesterday, I wasn’t taking any chances. A beautiful day lie ahead. Once the sun rose high in the sky, the warmth would return. He was adamant about showing me Santa Barbara. I was adamant about eating Mexican food. Real Mexican food. He climbed onto the Indian…Read More

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Sep15

Road Trip: Surfing USA

{Wearing: Bikini: Mix and Match Mara Hoffman c/o Madewell. Sunnies: Touchdolls.com. Photographed by Jorge Camaraza.} Let’s go surfing! As long as I’ve been a Floridian (two-plus decades), I’ve never actually gone surfing before. But when Jorge suggested we grab our modern day Brady bunch crew, throw them in a Toyota 4Runner, (a gift the company offered up for Labor Day weekend) and head to Coco Beach to test out the waves, I was all in. And not only because it was the perfect last chance to wear all the bikinis I fell in love with this summer, like my new ones from Madewell and Liquido, but because I couldn’t wait to try something new. I’ve done paddle boarding a lot and I really like it. So this was taking that to a whole new level. Plus, Coco Beach is only three hours away from Miami, so it was a quick trip for the long weekend….Read More

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Aug24

My PCH Seekender Adventure: The Color Purple

{Wearing: Celeste Top Rock: c/o SolKissed and Cusco Barely Bottom Rock: c/o SolKissed. Necklace: c/o Express. Photographed by Jorge Camaraza.}  Walking away from what we’d seen on our first stop in Big Sur was hard. I never wanted to let go of it, this most beautiful edge of the world I’d ever seen. But there was more to see. I zipped up my jacket. There was a briskness to the air that was intriguing. It fit with the sharp edges of the cliffs, their deep waters below. The beaches seemed so far beneath, so truly different than back home, where life and land were flat and the beach lay just before you. I wasn’t sure I would actually step foot on the beach, I felt so far away from it. I wasn’t sure I wanted to, it was cold. So cold. And then I remembered before leaving Monterey, our Hampton By Hilton concierge…Read More

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