This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hampton by Hilton. The opinions and text are all mine.
Living in NYC is extremely fun, but sometimes you just need to get away from all the noisy streets, bright lights and busy people. In other words, escape the hustle and bustle.
Typically, when you think of a ‘getaway’ you think traveling by plane out of state or country to have peace and relaxation. For me, it’s the total opposite. I think getting away simply means being elsewhere that isn’t your normal living space. Weather it’s a 5 hour roadtrip to eat your favorite roasted chicken in DC (Nandos) or simply driving to Vermont to view the Autumn foliage. Yes, I’ve done this and more ‘crazy’ trips, just because. I dig the relaxation thing once in awhile, but.. I prefer exploring and experiencing different things/activities.
It doesn’t have to be a special occasion either. I love making everyday special and this is why my family and I tend to take spontaneous trips most weekends. I love exposing my children to different cultures/people, different settings and different foods . I believe this will help them become open minded individuals once their older. I’m one to love traveling, period. Put me on a train, car, bus, boat or donkey to travel anywhere, give me food + water and I would be the happiest. I want to influence my kids to do the same. Traveling is fun! You meet so many different people who have great stories and are eager to share with the world. Experiences are everything to me. I know I say this quite often and some may be tired of reading but- being able to travel (even if it’s a few minutes away from the city), create experiences and share your memories with others is what life is all about.
My family and I recently visited a Hampton by Hilton in Long Island (40 minutes away from our house). We stayed over the weekend to discover the area since we’ve never been to Rockville Centre. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a super friendly staff who had a gift bag for my girls filled with coloring books and crayons. I thought that was the sweetest touch as it wasn't expected and after a long car ride the girls truly appreciated it. After checking-in, we went up to our room to leave our bags and head out to explore the town. I couldn't help but notice the tidy bed and it happened.. yes, I quickly sampled the bed, well.. more like a 30 minute sample=nap. haha.
After the power nap, we headed out to explore the town.
We tried a few places which were quite popular around the area according to locals, like Five Pennies Creamery. We then went to pick out a few Fall essentials at the nearest mall, Roosevelt Field & ended up driving around town enjoying the different shops in the area.
Before we knew it, it got dark and we headed back to the hotel to freshen up.
I had some work to do at midnight and was so thankful for the free coffee, tea and wifi in the lobby. It hit the spot and helped me focus when I needed it the most.
The next morning we didn't have to wake up too early as the daily complementary hot breakfast ends at 10am and checkout is at 12pm. We took it easy, nice and slow while getting ready which was a nice change to my daily New York routine.
So, you see? A getaway is right around the corner. I live life like it’s my last day and so should you. Be a Seekender, like me!
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