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.

Top budget destinations in South East Asia

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World travelers could say that South East Asia is the opposite of Europe when it comes to cost. The SEA region is ripe with travel destinations that won’t break your budget, even as you spend a couple of months there with non-luxurious spending. In fact, a thousand dollars could take a long time to deplete. According to Mack Prioleau, one of the perks of traveling in South East Asia is that even if the costs are relatively cheap, you won’t skip out on the fun, the sights, and the culture. Here are some of the top budget destinations in South East Asia.

Melaka, Malaysia
Just a few hours away from Kuala Lumpur, Melaka is one of Malaysia’s top tourist destinations, thanks to its rich cultural background. Touring the city, you can easily spot the Spanish and Dutch influences left by previous colonizers, as well as its booming economic areas. While there are private tours offered in Kuala Lumpur that take tourists through Melaka comfortably for about $200 per day, you can easily do it for less than $30.

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Koh Tao, Thailand
Koh Tao is often part of the Thailand’s tourist route, which begins in Chiang Mai and ends in Phuket. Koh Tao offers some of the most stunning dive spots, pristine beaches, and laidback night life in all of Thailand. If you are looking to get a PADI license, this is the cheapest place in the world to get it.

Port Barton, Philippines
Not as crowded as El Nido or Coron, Port Barton is advertised as a more-chill option for people who want to get away from it all. There aren’t much luxurious options here, and tours are generally cheaper compared to its world renowned neighbors. According to Mack Prioleau, travelers can easily spend many days here and not worry about the cost.

Mack Prioleau enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, friends, and dog. He has been fortunate to travel widely AND has developed an appreciation for different cultures. He also enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and surfing during his free time. For more on Mack and his interests, visit this page.

 

 

A closer look at deer hunting

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One of Mack Prioleau’s favorite hobbies is hunting. In this blog, he provides everyone a closer look at deer hunting in the United States, using the state of Wisconsin as the ideal area for the endeavor.

Because of its superb natural charisma, Wisconsin is a favorite destination for tourists and nature-lovers. It has always been a great place for wildlife enthusiasts since the population for wild animals in the area is one of the highest in the country.

Deer are abundant in Wisconsin, where over 600,000 hunting licenses are sold yearly. Mack Prioleau explains that one of the most, if not, the most popular reason for hunting is hunting trophy bucks. In living rooms across the U.S., trophies can be seen hung on walls.

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Another reason for hunting deer is quite a more practical one – food. There are many recipes for deer meat available today. From stew to jerky, food from deer can be quite delectable.

Aside from trophies and food, deer hunting has also been able to yield quite a several souvenirs for hunters over the years. Tokens such as deer hide and antlers add to impressive collections of trophies.

Deer hunting may not be for everybody, as Mack Prioleau explains, but it is something that has been done my man’s ancestors ever since they’ve learned how to hunt. He also notes that there are already pre-existing laws on population control that keep deer populations at decent levels.

Mack Prioleau enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, friends, and dog. Mack also enjoys traveling, hiking, hunting, fishing, and surfing during his free time. More on his interests here.

How to avoid getting sick while traveling

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve saved up a lot for a dream vacation in South East Asia. But after 32 hours of delayed connecting flights, uncomfortable airplane seats, and your inability to sleep while in transit, you arrive at your dream destination only to get sick on your first day.

According to travel enthusiast Mack Prioleau, getting sick while traveling is often a common occurrence. If people don’t succumb to travel fatigue, it can be other things like food poisoning, an upset stomach, dehydration, or other illnesses. This can be a concern for those who are taking a vacation for a short period, as well as those who are long-term travelers. Here are two nifty tips on how to avoid getting sick while traveling.

Monitor your water intake: When you are traveling, eight glasses of water will not be enough, especially if you are doing activities like sightseeing. Be mindful of the liquids you drink, especially water. Having your own water bottle helps as it can tell you just how much you’ve drank so far in a day.

Recover first before doing activities: Some people jump the gun and go exploring the moment they check in because they feel like they don’t have much time on their vacation and they want to make the most of it. According to Mack Prioleau, try to see if you are fatigued by the transit before going out and having fun. Slow down and take the whole first day to rest if you’ve had a long travel day.

Mack Prioleau enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, friends, and dog. sHe 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. For more reads on travel, visit this page.

 

Get stoked: The health benefits of riding the waves

When people go surfing, they do it mainly for recreation or competition. But riding the waves also gives the health a boost in the following ways:

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Weight loss

Health Status’s activity calculator estimates that an 80-kilogram adult can burn 130-260 calories when one goes surfing between a half-hour and an hour. Swimming or paddling against the current and staying atop the board requires much physical effort that helps surfers get fit.

Aerobic exercise

Surfing is an effective aerobic exercise, which is also known as cardio exercise. Aerobic exercises are workouts that pump oxygenated blood from the heart to the muscles, thus strengthening the heart and lungs. This can help decrease the risks of diabetes and cardiovascular ailments.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that maintains the health of the bones and teeth and helps boost the body’s immune system. The best way to get vitamin D is exposure to sunlight, which makes surfing a great recreation to receive a sufficient amount of the vitamin.

Balance and flexibility

Two of the biggest benefits people can get from surfing are balance and flexibility. By increasing the body’s flexibility, injuries can be prevented because the joints and other body parts can execute their full range of motion. Balance can also thwart injuries, such as fractures or breaks, that may occur due to falls.

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Economics major Mack Prioleau is finishing his degree in Vanderbilt University. During his free time, he enjoys surfing and other outdoor recreations. Read more on Mack here.

Sow and reap: What students can gain from volunteering

High school or college students who are looking for meaningful activities to do in their spare time should consider doing community service because it improves the quality of life of the people around them. Student volunteers who give their time, effort, and financial resources also stand to benefit in a myriad of ways, such as the following:

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  • It elevates one’s mood and happiness. United Health Group conducted research on volunteers in 2013 and found out that 76 percent of the respondents said that doing community service had made them feel happier. Also, 94 percent of them stated that volunteering improved their mood or lowered their stress levels.

 

  • It is beneficial to the physical health. Community service requires activities that can serve as good exercise. Those who volunteer on a regular basis can help students remain physically active and fit.

 

  • It can solidify one’s career choice or path. Community service can help students explore their interests and passions, which can result to them realizing what career choice would be best for them after they graduate. Furthermore, some employers are impressed by job applicants who had experience in extracurricular activities, such as volunteering.

 

  • It can develop one’s interpersonal skills. Communication skills are essential for students as they navigate through high school and college, and when they eventually leave school to start on their career path or business.
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Mack Prioleau is a Vanderbilt University student who is an active member of school organizations that assist charitable organizations. For more on Mack’s interests and passions, follow this Twitter account.

The Student-Athlete life: Balancing Academics And Sport

It is no secret that a college education in the U.S. is expensive. That is why those who are fortunate enough to enroll in a university know the importance of working hard to make the most of their college education.

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Take for example student-athletes. This group of students is very much aware of the value and the reward of hard work in college. Contrary to what some people think, the life of a college athlete is not all glamor. Although there are perks to becoming a student-athlete, one must work extra hard to maintain their scholarship and standing in the sport. And doing so usually entails flawless time management skills and unwavering commitment to academics and sport.

 
For student-athletes who are finding it hard to balance their studies and sport, here are three tips to help you succeed in both of your endeavors:

 
Stick to a routine : As mentioned earlier, time management is a skill every college athlete should master. Without a schedule to follow, it would be impossible for student-athletes to balance their time between their classes and team practices. That said, they need to embrace a routine that will keep their activities in order. They can start with a to-do list that will teach them to strategize, prioritize, and organize the things they need to accomplish first.

 

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Keep fit : Student-athletes need to stay in shape not only because they are involved in sports, but they are prone to a lot of stress that can take a toll on their physical and mental health. Apart from the usual training they undergo as athletes, they also have to eat healthily. Another important element of keeping fit? Taking mini-breaks from training and studies for some pampering or leisure time.

 

Build a support team : At the end of a tough day, a friendly face can make all the difference. Student-athletes need to have a support group – family, friends, teammates, coaches, teachers – that will be with through good times and bad. These are the people who only wish the best for the student-athlete.

 
Mack Prioleau is currently taking up economics at Vanderbilt University. He is also part of the university football team. For more on Mack and his collegiate life, visit this website .