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Staying Adventurous with Craig Zabransky

Come along for the adventure, and learn that the mantra "stay adventurous" is not just the mindset for travel, but the mindset for life. On this show, host Craig Zabransky will bring to life the world's destinations and show them to you through a different lens. He shares his thoughts to invoke emotion in your heart and soul as he inspires us to take and make adventure in our lives. Each episode includes; thoughts on the destination, recaps of his adventures, live interviews with locals and tourism operators, travel tips for the destination, and a special mindset moment (souvenir) we can all take home with us. Let's all hop onboard for some Travels with Z (for Zabransky) and remember to stay adventurous in life. Find more of Craig's adventures at his website: http://www.stayadventurous.com/
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Mar 30, 2017

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he returns across the pond to explore the many delights of Dublin and showcases the charm inside one of Europe's finest cities.

In this episode Craig highlights his days in the city, tells of the pride involved in his Irish heritage, and interviews two locals, the manager for the luxury boutique Dylan Hotel and a Dublin based travel blogger.  You can, as always, expect his top 3 travel tips and advice (actually he gives 4), the sunset spot - where to watch a sunset in Dublin, and his take away and official travel souvenir - the Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment.

This was Craig's second time to Dublin, and not his last. To learn more about Staying Adventurous and the other destinations and adventures across the globe visit the Staying Adventurous podcast page > here. From that page, also visit specific episodes and see all the show notes and links form this show and all shows. Enjoy.

Feb 27, 2017

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com this month as he attempts to answer the often difficult travel question,

"What is your favorite destination?"

In this episode Craig shares quite a few of his favorite travel destinations and explains how he believes favorites also derive from a proper travel mindset. Plus, for help on identifying specific places he enlists advice and suggestions from friends in the travel space. On a recent trip to New York to speak at the New York Times Travel Show on Solo Travel he also took time to interview travel experts Doug Parker of Cruise Radio.net, Charles McCool of McCoolTravel.com, Harvey Silikovitz of hbombkaroke.com, Kelly Lewis of GoGirlGuides.com, and Luke Lappala from ScotteVest.com to get their answers. So listen in to their thoughts  and discover a diverse list of favorites.

Also, as always, you can expect the popular Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment segment and a top three Travel Tips, this time focused on how to keep those favorite travel memories and moments alive and well.

To learn more about Staying Adventurous and the destinations Craig visits across the globe see the Staying Adventurous podcast page > here.

Dec 12, 2016

The Staying Adventurous Podcast shifted gears once again for the holiday season and created an episode designed to give advice and suggestions for gift idea. The 2nd annual Holiday Gift Guide for the Adventurous offers details and ideas on specific travel gear, gadgets, books, and more. It is a must listen to when determined what to get the adventurous on your list. Not to mention some good ideas on what to ask Santa for too (if you have been good of course).

Host Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com, recommends each gift idea highlighting his personal experiences with the product and also recommends two products he created; 1) the annual Stay Adventurous Travel Calendar and 2) the upcoming release of his first audiobook on the Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment podcast segment.

The show also includes two interviews, one with a marketing associate of a travel gear company, Lewis N. Clark, and also the author of a new insightful and delightful book on the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Suzanne Barbezat. Plus, find out where people are planning to head in 2017.

Peace, Love, and Adventure through the holiday. See you all in 2017.

For a complete list of destinations covered in prior episodes and where the podcast plans to visit in 2017, visit the Staying Adventurous Podcast page,

 

Nov 16, 2016

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he takes passage on board the Viking Star, a relatively new ocean liner cruise ship from the popular river cruise company, for an all at sea voyage from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In this episode Craig discusses what he discovered about the cruise ship and Viking's brand as this is his first time on board with cruise company. Along with his highlights, he sits down in the cozy living room, an open area of the ship, with cruise expert Ben Souza and luxury travel blogger Matt Long. The interviews also include time with the Captian of the Viking Star. 

You can also expect his top 3 travel tips and advice  when considering Viking for an Ocean Cruise and the always inspirational travel souvenir and trip take away - the Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment.

To learn more about Staying Adventurous and the other destinations and adventures Craig takes across the globe see the Staying Adventurous schedule podcast page > here. From that page, also visit the specific episode for all the show notes and links to the places mentioned in this show. Enjoy.

 

Oct 7, 2016

 

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he explores South Padre Island, Texas and discovers  a place not just for spring breakers, but a beach island paradise for people of all ages. Come along and experience the place where MaƱanaville meets Margaritaville.

In this episode Craig discusses the many "Texas To Do" activities located on the vacation focused island located in the Gulf of Mexico to provide you, the listeners, with knowledge on the best things to do in South Padre. Along the way, he also interviews multiple locals; the CVB director, a New York bagel shop owner, a curator from Sea turtle Inc, folks from the Osprey on a dolphin discovery cruise, and even a friend he made over late night karoke

You can also expect his top 3 travel tips and advice for planning your trip to South Padre Island, Texas along with his sunset story, and inspiration with a travel souvenir and take away - the Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment.

To learn more about Staying Adventurous and the other destinations Craig visits across the globe see the Staying Adventurous schedule podcast page > here. Visit the specific episode page on that podcast page for all the show notes and links to the places mentioned in this show. 

 

Aug 31, 2016

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as explores the capital city of Montana and spends 5 days / 4 nights in Helena, MT.

In this episode Craig provides both facts and insights on the best things to do in Helena Montana sharing both his thoughts and obtaining interviews with four locals he met along the way. He interviews his "guide" (not an official guide) for fly fishing, explores the history of the city and state with Ellen from the Montana Historical Society, and interviews both his hosts for the Helena Symphony Under the Stars concert.

You can also expect his top 3 travel tips and advice for planning your trip to Helena, Montana, along with his sunset story, and inspiration as your travel souvenir with his Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment.

Although this trip was his second time to Montana and Helena, the first visit was twenty years ago (and just one night) so he is glad he had the opportunity to return thanks to the Helena Chamber of Commerce (his host). In fact leaving very impressed, he states he plans to return so listen in to discover why.

Listeners can expect more episodes from the American west in the future. To learn more about Staying Adventurous and the other destinations Craig visits across the globe see the Staying Adventurous schedule podcast page > here.

Jul 27, 2016

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he shifts gears away from the typical regional or country destination focus and in this episode showcases the destination of self and going solo in the Art of Solo Travel.

In this episode Craig shares his thoughts across four interviews with people he works with and respects in the travel space: Chrisitne Maxfield, the chair of the panel on Going Solo at the 2016 NY Times Travel Show (the panel Craig spoke on), Stephanie Schneiderman, the owner of Tia Stephanie Tours and the partner on Stay AdvenTours to Mexico City, Adam Rapp of Clothing Arts, and Jessie Cayabo from Media Kitty.

You can also expect the travel tips, advice, and inspiration on the "why" and "what to expect" when you decide to travel solo. The episode also highlights a life changing Costa Rica sunset and leaves listeners with a travel takeaway and their travel souvenir in the Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment.

Craig has traveled solo numerous times in recent years and although he doesn't take the epic long term adventure as he did in 2004-5 (11 months 15 countries) he shows us how solo travel can be coupled with other types of travel to create a balance and explains why going solo can be the gateway to positive major life changes.

To learn more about Staying Adventurous and the other destinations Craig visits across the globe see the Staying Adventurous schedule podcast page > here.

Finally, a special thanks to our sponsor Stay AdvenTours to Mexico City.

 

Jun 30, 2016

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he plays in Mexico's beach town located at the heart of the Riviera Maya - Playa del Carmen.

In this episode Craig shares four interviews: a restaurateur to discuss the foodie scene after a most delicious meal at award winning Plank, a host from Playa del Carmen TV (after he was interviewed for a video, he flips the table and get audio from the site and station), Kelly of Cancun Canuck to discuss beach life and differences between Playa and Cancun, and finally a boutique hotel sales manager from the Palm at Playa.

You can also expect the three travel tips on the best things to do in Playa del Carmen along with the sunset viewing vantage point, and the travel takeaway and travel souvenir, the Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment.

Craig has traveled to Playa del Carmen numerous times through the years and has written stories on site and others through the years and he often mentions them (more than average) in the podcast so make sure you view the show notes on the Stay Adventurous.com site. to find it and more destinations in Mexico and others from across the globe visit the Staying Adventurous schedule podcast page > here.

Finally, a special thanks to our sponsor Stay AdvenTours to Mexico City.

May 25, 2016

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he discovers a new way to experience voluntourism with Fathom Travel, a new Carnival Cruise line. 

In this episode we board the mv Adonia, a relatively small ship in today's standards to sail from Miami to the Amber Cove cruise port in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. This cruise has only one stop with days at sea book-ending four nights docked in the Dominican. The adventure includes access to typical cruise excursions and entertainment, but offers much more...it offers a chance for the consumer to give back through impact travel. 

Come along and discover the impact made with excursions of teaching Community English, making Water Filters, the Reforestation of the rain forest, and more. Listen in to the interview with one of the on-the-ground specialists working with Fathom on the excursions from Entrena, hear an interview with the Fathom President Tara Russell as she sailed with us on the historic inaugural journey, and catch up with a couple who discovered Fathom travelers are the people they want to know in their life. 

The episode leaves you with his top travel tips to assist you when planning your Fathom Travel Cruise and describes the main differences between the Dominican Republic trip and the opportunity to visit Cuba. Also as always Craig provides the staying adventurous mindset moment, a travel takeaway and your souvenir, from his adventure in the Caribbean.

Craig is not an avid cruiser (yet), but has enjoyed a few other adventures at sea. Listeners will discover how this concept and trip really resonated with him too. He describes the details and the impact not just on the DR communities, but also on himself. For more Cruise travel see his Cruise category on his stie, and for more podcasts and the future Staying Adventurous schedule visit the podcast page > here.

Apr 26, 2016

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he travels and explores Chiapas, Mexico's Frontier.

In this episode we explore the lesser-known Mexican State of Chiapas and visit multiple Mayan Ruins stopping in Bonampak and Palenque; take adventures both in and on the water by rafting and jumping waterfalls at Rio Lancaja and then visiting the cascading waterfalls of Roberto Barrios; finally we also attend the ATMEX - Adventure Travel MEXico conference.

Craig interviews the tour operator from EcoExperencias, a local guide before heading into Palenque and then a fellow adventurer, blogger and conference attendee - Runaway Juno. 

As always he leaves you with his top three travel tips to assist you when planning your off the beaten path adventure to Chiapas, Mexico. Plus, as with every episode, he highlights his Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment - your travel take away and souvenir from his time in the Chiapas.

Craig, the host of Staying Adventurous, first learned about Chiapas ten years ago and it was on the top of his must see in Mexico list for a while. Now after his adventure he can confirm it exceeded expectations and plans to return to see a few more places mentioned in this podcast thanks to his interviews; Sumidero Canyon, San Cristobal de las Casas, and Yaxchilan.

For more podcasts and the future Staying Adventurous schedule visit the podcast page > here.

Feb 2, 2016

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he discovers Marathon and the middle Florida Keys.

In this episode Craig visits the lesser known middle keys and spends time highlighting the advantages and attractions that await visitors to Marathon, Florida. You'll visit the home of perhaps it's most famous resident Flipper the Dolphin at the Dolphin Research Center, tour the world's first Turtle Hospital, take meals and cocktails at the Tarpon Creek Bar and Grill along with the Lighthouse Grill, discuss the restoration of Faro Blanco Lighthouse and tour its world class marina, discuss places to stay such as the Holiday Inn Express and the Hyatt Place and learn news ways to appreciate the iconic Seven Mile Bridge.

As always he leaves you with his top travel tips and the where to watch the sunset spot to assist you when planning your road trip to Marathon along with the Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment - your travel take away and souvenir from his time in the middle Florida Keys.

Mr Stay Adventurous has often driven straight through Marathon en route to Key West, but this time he stopped and discovered a new destination. With his relocation to the upper Florida Keys, you can expect plenty of coverage and trips to Marathon in his future. Look for it at hashtag#StayMarathon on his social media channels.

For more podcasts and the future Staying Adventurous schedule visit the podcast page > here.

Dec 14, 2015

For Episode 11, the Staying Adventurous Podcast decided to shift gears and give advice, suggestions on holiday gift ideas. Born is the 1st annual holiday gift guide for the adventurous. The podcast will not just identify products, but also identify concepts to consider when determining what to buy the friends and family fortunate enough to be on your list.

Listen in as host Craig Zabransky, the owner of StayAdventurous.com personally recommends each gift idea highlighting his personal experiences. Discover the importance of travel and experience when selecting the right gift idea. Consider inspirational gifts to push people forward to take and make adventure in their life. Learn about novels from authors he personally knows, clothes he wears (and looks good in). Hear interviews with the author of Mexico by Motorcycle - An Adventure and Guide (great book) and also Markus the skydiving expert who joined Craig on his first plunge from over 10,000 feet in Costa Brava, Spain.

The show will once again highlight a Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment, a can't miss take away for your holiday adventures and again contains a special sunset moment, the 2016 Sunset Calendar.

So, let's get excited for the holidays, find gift ideas for people on (y)our list, and even identify maybe something you need to ask Santa for... well if you've been good all. 

 In January Staying Adventurous will return to its normal format and destination focus. For a complete list of destinations, visit the list of podcasts here, but until then Happy Holidays and all the best in the new year.

Nov 25, 2015

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he enjoys the sweetness of the sassy city of Savannah, Georgia.

In this episode Craig discusses his experiences and many Savannah highlights as tours the city and interviews two Bed and Breakfast owners about their unique places, speaks with a Hollywood producer about his famous family ice cream, and also stops in to talk with the friendly local tourism board for advice on the city.

As always he leaves you with travel tips when visiting Savannah and the Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment - your take away travel souvenir from his time appreciating the sweetness of the city of Savannah. Also, in this episode he releases a new segment, Where to Watch the Sunset.  Craig, an addicted sunset photographer, will detail his favorite spot to watch a sunset in the city.

Mr Stay Adventurous has visited Savannah twice now, but since he expects to be traveling (road tripping) to and from the Florida Keys to the New York often in the coming years he plans to make Savannah a regular stop.  You can expect to see plenty of coverage on his social media channels and his site.

For more podcasts and the future Staying Adventurous schedule on his podcast page > here.

 

Oct 26, 2015

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com and discover many of the eco-adventures available to you in Puerto Vallarta.

In this episode Craig discusses his 5 day / 4 night stay in Puerto Vallarta exploring the eco-tourism in Mexico. We will hear from tour guides and operators of Ecotours Vallarta, EcoExplorer, Canopy River, El Salado Estuary, as Craig explores mangroves, the mountains and rivers for bird watching, heads out on the Bay of Banderas to watch the whales and zip-lines through the jungle. He also gets to stay luxurious at Nemi-Eco Villas too.

As always he leaves you with travel tips when visiting Puerto Vallarta, and the Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment - your take away travel souvenir from his eco-adventure in Puerto Vallarta

Craig has ventured to Mexico and Puerto Vallarta many times in his life, but each trip he discoveries more and more about the destination and also continues to gain a deeper appreciation for one of Mexico's premier destination - Puerto Vallarta.

See all the podcasts and the future Staying Adventurous schedule on his podcast page > here.

Oct 6, 2015

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com and discover the sensations of Singapore.

In this episode Craig discusses his 5 day / 4 night stay in Singapore detailing what sensations to experience especially its cuisine culture, interviews locals via a round table discussion at the Orchard Hotel Singapore, and also meets up with an old colleague from his global management consultant days to discuss Singapore as a local.

As always he leaves you with travel tips when visiting the city and the Staying Adventurous Mindset Moment - your take away travel souvenir from his adventure in Singapore.

This was Craig's first trip to Singapore and he left enchanted with many of its sensations. The adventure was part of a bigger trip which included Malaysia too. He aims to discuss more of the trip on a future episode. See all the podcasts and the future schedule on his podcast page > here.

Sep 16, 2015

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com and experience the sugar sand, sunsets, and super speed boats of Clearwater, Florida. Attending the National Superboat Championship in Clearwater, our host learned the west coast Florida beach town was more than an event and shares his findings on this podcast.

Listen in as he describes time fishing for and tasting the local Grouper, thoughts on the sunsets and Clearwater's sugar sand, and details about his findings along with expert analysis on the Superboat scene as he attends the offshore speed boat races as a first timer.

In this episode he interviews; a local government employee on the destinaiton who helped archtiect a Clearwater revival, a fellow traveling media personality also impressed with aspects of the beachtown, and an expert focused high performance boating. As always he will leave listeners with important travel tips to the destination and give them his special take home souvenir with the "Stay Adventurous Mindset Moment."

Remember: Stay adventurous is a mindset for travel; a mindset for life.

This was Craig’s was first trip to Clearwater and first time to the west coast of Florida. You will learn why it will not be his last.

Aug 26, 2015

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com for an Adventure in the Adirondacks. On his travels through the six million acres of forever wilderness located in northern New York, he learns about the region by experiencing its offerings first hand.

Listen in as he describes his first fly fishing experience, takes a sunset boat ride, hikes to the top of Mt Arab and its restored fire tower, discovers a new definition of museum, and more.

He talks with his tour guides, local operators and also gets the take of two fellow bloggers who joined him on this adventure. As always he will leave listeners with important travel tips to the destination and give them his special take home souvenir with the "Stay Adventurous Mindset Moment." Remember: Stay adventurous is a mindset for travel; a mindset for life.

This was Craig’s third trip to the Adirondacks and will not be his last. His love for New York continues to grow and on this trip he covered so much, he decided to create two episodes, so stay tuned for more Adirondacks coverage later this year.

 

Jul 29, 2015

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he explores Handsome Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania State Capital. He will share his adventures not just touring the Capitol Building (one of, if not America's finest), but give us a look inside the capital city itself.

In this episode he shares thoughts on why Harrisburg Pennsylvania may just be a place to visit on an American east coast road trip, especially if you are considering Hershey, PA. So listen in as he describes visiting the "Handsome" (as Teddy Roosevelt called it) Capitol Building; discovers more about early US history in the time of Jihn Harris and the Civil War; spends evenings out on the now vibrant second street riding Moscow Mules, and more. Much more.

As always he will leave listeners with important travel tips, to the destinaiton and give them his special take home souvenir with the "Stay Adventurous Mindset Moment." Remember: Stay adventurous is a mindset for travel; a mindset for life.

Harrisburg turned out not to be a city in decline, but actually a place of promise with new construction and renewed focus on not just the past, but also its future.

May 29, 2015

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he showcases the Splendor of Santorini. He will share his adventures not just viewing the caldera at sunset (a must), but gives you the siga, siga, on the Splendor of Santorini.

In this episode he shares thoughts on the famous Greek Island and and reasons on why it is truly a Bucket List destinaiton. Listen in as he describes visiting black sand beaches, attending a wine tasting at Estate Argyros, sailing the caldera, taking the afternoon walking the towns of Oia, Imerovigli and Fira and staying for the special  sunsets.

As always he will leave listeners with important travel tips, and give them his special take home souvenir with the "Stay Adventurous Mindset Moment." Remember: Stay adventurous is a mindset for travel; a mindset for life.

Greece is becoming one of Craig's favorite destinations and Santorini is certainly a special place. This episode he focuse solely on the Greek Island itself, but you can expect the podcast to return again to this incredilbe country. Until then Siga, Siga (slowly) in the Splendor of Santorini

Stay tuned for future destinations and remember to Stay adventurous in your life.

May 5, 2015

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he provides us with a taste of Puebla . He will share the best things to do, what to eat, and the where to stay in the one destination that actually celebrates Cinco de Mayo in Mexico.

In this episode he shares thoughts on the city from his two recent adventures, the first to attend a food conference the other to attend a wedding of a friend. Listen in as he describes highlights from his days and nights in the city including wandering the Zocalo, counting (and photographing) catholic churches, watching the volcano Popocatépetl puff smoke, educating himself via a culture through cuisine approach to meals, and attending a coveted Lucha Libre match.

As always he will leave listeners with three important travel tips, and give them his special take home souvenir with the "Stay Adventurous Mindset Moment. Remember: Stay adventurous is a mindset for travel; a mindset for life.

Mexico is one of Craig's favorite destinations to visit and he has traveled extensively through the country. This episode he focuses solely on the city of Puebla, and gives us a taste of the fourth largest city in the country.

Stay tuned for more destinations in future episodes and remember to Stay adventurous in your life.

Apr 17, 2015

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he explores the state of Yucatan, Mexico on a 6 day / 5 night adventure across this part of the Yucatan Peninsula.

He visits and relaxes at the restored Hacienda Xcanatun, heads up to Celestun to walk along a virgin beach and see the famous flamingos with time at Hotel Xixim and then returns to the capital city of Merida for nights in the heart of downtown at the restored French manor at Hotel Casa Azul. Listen in as he shares thoughts on the state of Yucatan,  describes highlights from his adventures, interviews owners and operators associated with Premium Yucatan brand, leaves us with travel tips, and gives us his special souvenir with the "Stay Adventurous Mindset Moment" learned from his adventures. Remember: Stay adventurous is a mindset for travel; a mindset for life.

Mexico is one of Craig's favorite destinaitons to visit and he has traveled extensively through many of the 31 states that make up the country. This episode he focuses on one state -Yucatan.

Stay tuned for more destinaitons, the best travel advice and the opportunity to continue to Stay Adventurous. 

 

Mar 25, 2015

Come along with Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.com as he explores three unique destinaitons and the Pura Vida of Costa Rica on an 8 day / 7 night adventure across the country.

He visits Villa Blanca Reserve(Cloud Forest), Manuel Antonio (Beach and National Park), and the rarely visiited Osa Peninsula. He shares thoughts on Costa Rica, describes highlights fromhis adventures, shares interviews with locals and tourism operators along the way, and leaves us with travel tips including the stay adventurous mindset moment learned from his adventures. Remember Stay adventurous is a mindset for travel; a mindset for life.

Costa Rica was Craig's first destinaiton on his world-wide travel sabatical adventure ten years ago and this recent trip takes him back to a place he loved and forever changed his life. It made sense it was to be his first podcast of the series.

Stay tuned for more destinaitons and travel advice to continue to Stay Adventurous

 

 

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