A few more important benefits from travel

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For Mack Prioleau, travel is the greatest activity known to man. It holds a lot of benefits that make one a better person. For today’s blog, Mack Prioleau mentions a few more important things about travel that can greatly benefit a person.

1. Traveling provides knowledge.

Wherever people go on a trip, there’s always something new to be learned – even if it’s visiting a place they’ve been to before. Whether it’s a few details about a place’s history, a new recipe, a greeting, a word from another language, traveling will always provide people with added knowledge, and that’s something no one can take away.

2. Traveling creates memories.

Mack Prioleau has multiple gigabytes worth of pictures and videos of his trips all around the world. Each photograph and each video file hold fond memories of escapades that he treasures. This is how it is with travelers who look back with fondness and gratefulness at grabbing the chance to see the world at some point in their lives.

3. Traveling deepens appreciation.

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Far too many people take for granted how beautiful the world is. They’re content living in their own regions. Mack Prioleau mentions that a single trip is enough to change anyone’s perspective on the world, as it deepens people’s appreciation of just how immense the world can be.

Mack Prioleau enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, friends, and dog. He has been fortunate to travel widely, and, as a result, has developed an appreciation for different cultures. Visit this page to know more about Mack and his interests.

Plane travel in the time of the coronavirus

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Mack Prioleau loves traveling. However, with the world still struggling amid a global health crisis, he has put on hold several of his travel plans this year. And instead of feeling bad about all these rescheduled adventures, he has taken to the internet, made preparations for next year, and continued writing blogs to help travelers with their plans.

For today, Mack looks at how plane travel will be like in today’s world in case some people need to go somewhere important via air travel.

At the airport

Airports all over the world have taken the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, and it shows with the new safety measures they have incorporated like thermal scanning, disinfection, and social distancing. Because of this, Mack suggests that travelers arrive earlier than they are used to.

In the airplane

Just like in airports, airlines have also implemented several measures that passengers will need to abide by for their safety as well as the safety of the crew. Below are some of these measures.

• Boarding and getting off the plane may be done in small groups to adhere to social distancing protocols. Passengers have to be more patient than usual.

• To help in minimizing contact, some airlines have taken away most of the food and beverage services. Passengers are encouraged to bring their own food.

• Also, there will most likely be a vacant seat between passengers, again, in adherence to social distancing. Mack Prioleau mentions that passengers must observe social distancing at all times during the flight.

Mack Prioleau is a travel and outdoor enthusiast from Fort Worth, Texas. On his blog, he shares his passion for sports, hiking, hunting, fishing, and traveling.

Staying Safe And Healthy While Traveling Amid COVID-19: Part 2

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If you missed part 1 of my series where I discuss staying safe and healthy while traveling amid COVID-19, please click here and check that out first. In part 2 of this series, we’ll be discussing other forms of travel and how you can stay safe while traveling amid COVID-19. 

Hotels and Airbnbs: 

Hotels and Airbnbs are the perfect breeding ground for coronavirus. If surfaces are not clean regularly, the virus can cling onto objects and pass onto humans through touching said surfaces. Most of the time, these accommodations are better than staying with family or friends. Social distancing is practiced in these places and the position of housekeepers is on the rise to disinfect all rooms in a timely manner. However, don’t trust the housekeepers to disinfect all surfaces in your room. Bring a set of disinfectant wipes with you. Be sure to bring a mask and plenty of hand sanitizer. Avoid crowded indoor spaces such as pools and dining areas. If you’re renting an Airbnb, ask the host about the space between you and the previous guest. If there is not enough space between when the last guest checked out and you arriving to disinfect the space, you may want to consider other options. 

Beaches:

Beaches are one of the most popular places to visit in the summer. Pre-coronavirus, I’m sure most of us had plans to visit the beach at one point. Now with states reopening beaches at the time of writing, travelers are booking trips to beaches once again. Before you grab your beach towel and sunscreen, there are some things you should know. Beaches are safer to visit since they are outdoor, but they are not invulnerable to the virus. Avoid crowds as much as possible. Be sure to bring hand sanitizer and a mask. Use the mask when you’re interacting with other people or in indoor places. 

A general wrapup: 

Quarantine has taught us all a valuable lesson. Appreciate every moment in life and travel often. If you are going to travel, be safe! Practice social distancing, wear a mask, disinfect everything you come into contact with, and use hand sanitizer often!

Skills you should learn before backpacking

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If you are planning your backpacking trip anywhere in the world, it would be best for you to learn or at least be familiar with a few skills that can save you hundreds, or even thousands of dollars in your trip. Life isn’t the same when you’re constantly on the road. Every bit of savings matters as a hundred dollars in savings could mean staying one more week in paradise. Mack Prioleau lists down some of the most important skills you need to learn before backpacking.

Riding a bike/motorbike/scooter
If you are traveling to countries in South East Asia like Indonesia, Thailand, or the Philippines, it’s best that you get acquainted with riding motorbikes or scooters, or even a bike if you don’t know how to ride it. Certain places like Koh Tao, Chiang Mai, and Bali don’t necessarily have proper transport systems and taking taxis everywhere you go can be both unreliable and expensive. If you know how to ride a scooter, you can virtually travel anywhere in these destinations at your own pace.

First aid application
Getting hurt is always part of the trip. Regardless if it’s you or a friend you met while traveling, knowing how to apply first aid when it’s needed can let you avoid unnecessary trips to the local hospital. Whether you scraped your knees while hiking or someone fell off their bike, knowing first-aid is always a good skill to have.

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Bartering
Local sellers will often try to get as much money from foreigners, especially in tourist traps. If there isn’t a set price for an item like souvenirs, you can always barter for a cheap price. Learn the art of bartering, as well as scouting other places in the area that sells the same items. Mack Prioleau believes that while this seems unnecessary for a lot of people, this helps those who are traveling with a smaller budget.

Mack Prioleau enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, friends, and dog. He has been fortunate to travel widely, and as a result, he has developed an appreciation for different cultures. He also enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and surfing during his free time. More on Mack and his interests here.

Staying Safe And Healthy While Traveling Amid COVID-19

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As restrictions across the country begin to lift, people are beginning to enjoy some sense of normality. However, everyone is not out of the neck of the woods yet. The coronavirus still exists and infects hundreds of people daily. Face coverings are required at almost every place of business, and many businesses continue to inform customers about social distancing. One industry hit particularly hard during this pandemic is the travel industry. Airlines experienced a halt in all flights since the outbreak began. Hotels experienced a significant drop in bookings over the past 3 months. In some areas, airports and hotels are investing considerable money to persuade travelers to book trips and experiences with them. While it’s still best to stay home, here are some tips for staying safe and healthy while traveling amid COVID-19. 

Choosing a destination:

Not all destinations you desire to see will be safe. Some countries and states are still in lockdown, making it impossible to tour the area. Look up the safety and current status of the place you’re planning to visit. Be aware if you have to self-isolate for 2 weeks once you arrive. If you’re visiting family members, be sure to take the appropriate precautions to avoid infecting them or yourself. What are your means of transportation? Are you flying, taking a train, or driving? Out of all these options, driving is the safest because you aren’t in a crowded space with other passengers. 

Driving:

Speaking of driving, there are some precautions you should take when driving. Verify you have hand sanitizer, masks, and sanitizing wipes before embarking on your trip. Always wear a mask at rest areas and gas stations. This may be difficult, but avoid touching common areas. If you must touch these areas, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. Avoid stops as much as possible, but be sure to stop every couple of hours to stretch. Wipe down products you buy at rest areas and gas stations, including food and beverages in a plastic container. One important thing to remember when traveling during times like this is it’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to risk the probability of you or others succumbing to COVID-19. 

How To Travel While Staying Local

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Travel has changed drastically due to COVID-19. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on any travel plans for the year 2020. Fortunately, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Rick Steves published the travel book “Europe Through the Back Door” in the year 1979. Now he’s back to answer questions about travel in the future, given the current pandemic. 

Will travel be returning to the way it used to be any time soon? 

Steves wisely points out that travel, especially in Europe, needs to be accessible to keep the industry going. The way that travel becomes available to the general public is keeping the price relatively low. This is possible when every venue and bus is packed full of people. It is no secret that this is not how travel will be anytime in the near future. Most places will be operating at a fraction of their full capacity, which means that prices will increase. This may diminish the number of travelers that Europe sees shortly. Steves himself is staying in the states this summer instead of venturing across the pond. 

What can we do in the place of travel? 

Steves has a fantastic point when he mentions that a pandemic can’t take away the traveler’s spirit. It is possible to “travel” in one’s town while also abiding by social distancing guidelines. Use this time as an opportunity to explore areas that you would otherwise skip. Focus on outdoor activities and get out into nature when at all possible. This will be a pleasant change from being cooped up inside and will reduce the amount of contact you have with other people. 

Steves also recommends using this time to educate yourself on your favorite places. Delve into European culture through the arts and books. Use this time to prime yourself for when you can go and visit. This is a great way to keep the mind busy, and it will also make the experience much more enjoyable when the opportunity becomes available again. Use technology to your advantage and learn about the culture and the history of places you’d like to visit.

Visiting Palawan, the world’s number one island destination

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There are destinations around the world that are very well-known for a specific thing or two. There are only a few destinations which have a lot of mostly everything that makes traveling to one particular place an unforgettable experience. Seasoned travelers like Mack Prioleau have taken an interest in Palawan, the world’s number one island destination.

Situated in the Philippines, Palawan is considered “The Last Frontier” of the country, because of its relative isolation from the rest of the undesirable elements. It is actually an island located in the western portion of the Philippines, and it even has an archipelago of its own.

Being surrounded by the ocean, Palawan is enveloped with a coast that is made up of the most beautiful beaches that are the biggest draw for tourists coming from all over the world. Mostly made up of white sand and clear waters, these beaches have propelled Palawan to worldwide popularity.

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Palawan’s nature scene is so pristine that it has successfully provided a protected home to a multitude of species of plants and animals, a significant number of them being endemic to the island province.

A lesser known fact about Palawan is its bodies of fresh water, only because the island’s beach fronts have proven to be a tough act to follow. But truly, Palawan is also a home to a whole diversity of rivers, streams, and waterfalls that are also worth the trip.

No less than Mack Prioleau highly recommends visiting Palawan on your next holiday. You might want to check your calendar and book a trip soon.

Mack Prioleau is a travel and outdoor enthusiast from Fort Worth, Texas. He also loves to go hiking, hunting, and fishing during his free time. Read more interesting articles on travel and the outdoors by visiting this website.

How is COVID-19 affecting tourism around the world?

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It’s hard to think that the world was very different just a few months ago. People were out on beaches, joining city tours, trying out unique cuisines in a foreign country. And now, almost everyone is relegated to staying at home, avoiding other people, and rationing goods. Some people are already making plans on where to go next once all this is over. But to have a clear idea of future travel, Mack Prioleau believes that one must first look at how COVID-19 is affecting tourism around the world.

Because of lockdowns and travel restrictions, one of the most affected sectors in most countries is tourism. Planes aren’t flying, hotels and resorts are empty, and people who relied on an ongoing stream of tourists are now scrambling to find new ways to earn a wage. Everyone is having a hard time dealing with today’s new reality.

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Some businesses could offer great deals like airlines and accommodations to offset the economic strain brought about by the pandemic. But as soon as things go back to normal, be sure to expect prices to soar as these businesses need to earn back the losses they’ve incurred during the months they were cash negative.

Because tourism accounts for 10% of the world’s GDP and jobs, governments should create programs to alleviate the strain on the businesses and the people who rely on tourism. Considering that experts estimate that it would take at least 10 months after the outbreak is under control for tourism to go back to normal, the tourism sector needs all the help it can get. And according to Mack Prioleau, one of the best ways to support local tourism is by being a patron to your home country.

Mack Prioleau enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, friends, and dog. He has been fortunate to travel widely, and as a result, he has developed an appreciation for different cultures. He also enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and surfing during his free time. More on Mack and his interests here.

Tropical trip tips: What travelers should know

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Mack Prioleau lives for adventure. He has blogged about his trips and has offered advice to would-be travelers everywhere. For this blog, Mack shares essential tips when traveling to and in the many tropical regions in the world.

Download a map: Having a map of an area even when offline is an important part of the preparation process for travelers. Many tropical regions of the world do not have internet, so downloading maps on the fly simply will not do. People who love renting motor vehicles and going around areas by themselves need a map.

Sea sickness: Some people have an adverse reaction to riding in a vessel in the open water. The rocking motion of the waves causes them seasickness every single time, which is a shame really since it can keep people from experiencing a lot of great activities such as island hopping. To counter this, Mack Prioleau says that people should ride at the front of the boat and look at the point where the waves contact the vessel. A person’s body will act on instinct and prepare itself for the rocking motion.

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Keeping things dry: It is unavoidable that during many activities in tropical areas, people will bring objects that always need to be kept dry, such as cameras, wallets, and mobile phones. Mack Prioleau recommends a water-resistant bag, which is still a great investment for travelers.

Mack Prioleau is a student residing in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a major in Economics with minors in Corporate Strategy and Financial Economics at Vanderbilt University. In addition to being an academic achiever, Mack Prioleau is also an active member of school organizations assisting charitable institutions. In his free time, he enjoys sports like football, golf, fishing, and hunting. For more reads on travel, visit this website.

Stand up paddleboard: How is it different from surfing?

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Stand up paddleboard (SUP) is one of the most fun water sports activities that people can look forward to for the summer. Contrary to what many would think, SUP is not just surfing with a single paddle. While a person can use a surfboard as a paddleboard and ride waves, your typical surfboard would not be able to do what a regular paddleboard can. Outdoors enthusiast Mack Prioleau says that there is more to SUP than meets the eye.

SUP boards are often thicker and wider compared to regular surfboards. This is to ensure that the rider can have an easier time balancing since they would be spending most of their time on an upward vertical position on the board as opposed to the horizontal position surfers take. While surfing often requires a great deal of arm and chest strength, SUP emphasizes more on the lower back, arms, and shoulders, as well as the feet for balance.

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SUP is also a sport of endurance. Besides surfing, SUP is often used for touring or traversing long distances within bodies of water. People who do SUP can go down the path of rivers, go from one island to another, or explore bay areas. For these types of activities, a specialized SUP board is often used. Likewise, there are also performance boards that can be used for surfing, as these are more agile and easily maneuvered.

SUP has become so flexible that some boards are even being used to perform SUP yoga. But for now, people are still looking into what other activities they can do with their SUP boards. Mack Prioleau believes that the popularity of SUP can one day catch up to surfing and possibly go beyond thanks to its flexible nature.

Mack Prioleau enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, friends, and dog. He has been fortunate to travel widely, and as a result, he has developed an appreciation for different cultures. He also enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and surfing during his free time. To know more about Mack and his interests, visit this website.