Episode 1: Discovering Nuevo Vallarta in the Riviera Nayarit

in nuevo vallarta, a film crew sets up to take photage of a new star - Craig Zabransky

my film crew preparing for my first take...

This past year, I took a different type of trip to Mexico. A trip I’ll never forget. I met amazing people, visited amazing destinations and had an amazing time. That didn’t add anything new to how I feel about Mexico, but something was different, something very new.  I was on a different type of assignment and I was a bit nervous. Well, who isn’t when it’s their first time?

I was being filmed. Professionally filmed.

I was in Mexico creating video content as part of Mexico’s recent Live It To Believe It Campaign. The goal was to take someone, a traveler,  through the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta to show its splendor. I loved it.

Below find the first video release from my travels, it highlights, Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Enjoy and tell me what you think.


Stay adventurous, Craig

Special thanks to my host, Riviera Nayarit and the wonderful film crew I worked with y gracias Mexico.


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  • Lorna Greenway

    Craig, Nice work. You do well in front of the camera. I like your interactions with the vacationing family and the emphasis on exploration and discovery of the area. I hope it inspires everyone who watches it to bring with them a similar desire to discover the area, and not to just fly in and flop on the beach.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Lorna, thank you or gracias… i appreciate it… and yes, encouraging discovery is one of the pillars of stay adventurous… happy to learn it came across. Stay discovering, Craig

  • TripsByLance

    Very nice. I haven’t been to Mexico (crazy, I know). I possibly have an opportunity this summer to visit Puerto Vallerta, and really excited about it.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Lance, it’s hard for me to believe you’ve never been… hopefully you get the chance to visit PV… it’s a great entry point to Mexico. Keep me posted if you need any advice. Stay adventurous, Craig

      • TripsByLance

        Yeah, we’ll see. Fingers crossed about an opportunity for PV in June.

  • @mrsoaroundworld

    You are slowly convincing me about giving Mexico another chance. I did enjoy los Cabos but did not seriously think about returning… hummm

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Slow and Steady wins the race…. Viva Mexico!

  • https://www.dare-to-go.com Wendy Greene

    Craig, I’m impressed! What a fun adventure, I’d say you’re a natural.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Wendy, I really appreciate that… a natural. Thanks. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • Bill Kaliher

    Loved it–great–will be in that area in about 2 weeks–bill

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Bill, great stuff… I expect to get back over there in June…. hopefully this year our paths cross in Mexico. Viva!
      stay traveling in Mexico, Craig

  • http://www.jettingaround.com/ Pola

    Look at you!! SO cool and a total pro.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      StayProfessional :-), thanks Pola. It was so much fun too. Stay filming, Craig

  • Leah Travels

    You’re a natural on video. Well done, Craig. Oh, and Mexico looks pretty awesome, too.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      A natural…. thanks Leah, I appreciate it… and yes, Mexico is pretty awesome too. Stay awesome, Craig

  • http://travelingted.com/ Traveling Ted

    The TBHofF looks kindly on travel blogger movie stars. The halls of Chiang Mai have swung wide open for you with this post.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      It does indeed… I feel like a first ballot entry… Feels great. Viva Mexico! Viva Chiang Mai! Viva TBHoF!

  • Stingray Travel

    Thanks for sharing some beautiful video on Riviera Nayarit with us – makes me feel like I’m there!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Well thank you, I appreciate it… it is definitely is an amazing place to visit inside Mexico, one of its gems. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • Francesca

    Awesome job, Esteban! But it makes me even sadder that we had to cancel our trip to Bucerias last year. Hopefully we’ll get there soon.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Gracias Francesca… definitely get there… it’s a great spot inside Mexico. And keep me posted when you make your plans, happy to give more detailed advice on the places I visited… stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://www.adventuremexico.travel Paul Beckman

    Buen video Craig! Nice to see some honest Mexico marketing without the over-produced angles that have been quite common, using real people like yourself. Saludos! Hope to see you at ATMEX again amigo.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Paul, thanks, glad you enjoyed it…and the real people, hopefully more of the interviews I did will come across in future videos… And, yes hope to see you at ATMEX again… always a great time. Stay adventurous in Mexico, Craig

  • lola

    i need MEXICO with you!! por favor

  • Lazy Travelers

    we say it all the time, but we really need to do mexico properly. show us your worldly ways, craig.

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