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Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico

Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico

There are plenty of reasons for travelers to stay put in Puerto Vallarta, from raucous bars to shiny all-inclusive resorts overlooking the Pacific. But those in search of a quieter scene with more locals than tourists might consider driving north about 100 miles to San Blas, a Spanish colonial town in Riviera Nayarit that’s rife with history and natural beauty.

Been There, Do This: Latacunga, Ecuador

Been There, Do This: Latacunga, Ecuador

Most visitors to Ecuador spend the majority of their time in Quito and the Galapagos Islands, but if you’re already in the capital city, set aside a day or more to explore the nearby highlands accessible via the Pan-American Highway.

Been There, Do This: Diving in the Galapagos Islands

Been There, Do This: Diving in the Galapagos Islands

If you’re going to cut costs on a Galapagos Islands trip, don’t skimp out on a guided diving trip. As bumpy as my Galapagos adventure was (due to a choice to explore the islands without the comfort and convenience of a live-aboard boat), the few hours I spent underwater were unbeatable.

Been There, Do This: Feeding Deer in Nara, Japan

Been There, Do This: Feeding Deer in Nara, Japan

In Nara, Japan, more than 1,000 Sika Deer roam the grounds of the beautiful Nara Park, stalking visitors in hopes of earning a snack. These spry creatures were messengers of the gods in Japanese mythology, and so have been protected as national treasures for hundreds of years.

Snowshoeing in Vail

Snowshoeing in Vail

TravelAge West contributor Chelsee Lowe takes in the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains while snowshoeing in Vail.