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 .

Hiking Through Cape Town

Cape Town, the oldest town in South Africa, is famous for its harbor. But “Mother City” as locals and tourists affectionately call the largest city in the Western Cape Province, has so much more to offer than its famed ports. Travelers who are looking to experience the grandeur of Cape Town via its spectacular landscapes should look below for the best hiking trails  the city has to offer:

Table Mountain : Without a doubt, Table Mountain is a must-hike, whether you are a first-time visitor or a giddy returnee. Even at over 250 million years old, this majestic mound is a breathtaking beauty, meriting a place as one of the world’s “New7Wonders of Nature.”

Hiking the flat-topped mountain will take around 4 to 6 hours. The trail starts at the serene Kirstenbosch Gardens and ends at the Tafelberg Road. Along the way, hikers will see the rich bounty of fauna and flora that Table Mountain is also known for. Reaching Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point of Table Mountain, hikers will be greeted with a panoramic view of Cape Town.

Meanwhile, a cable car service is available to those who still want to reach Table Mountain but are not into hiking or who were exhausted from hours of walking and climbing.

Lion’s Head : With its distinct mountain slope, Lion’s Head is touted by many as the best hikes in the world. It offers a captivating view, overlooking the city and Tampa Bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean coastline on the other side.



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The trail entrance and exit is Signal Road. Hiking the Lion’s Head is less grueling compared to Table Mountain, taking only about 2 to 3 hours. The trail is also child-friendly; however, there is some climbing involved, but handholds and chains are available for support. Those who opt not to climb can take a roundabout route but adds another 30 minutes to their hike.


Vanderbilt University student Mack Prioleau’s interests include traveling, hunting, and fishing. He also enjoys hiking, an activity he took an interest in while studying in Cape Town for a semester. For more on Mack and his love for the great outdoors, click  here .

Avoid Such Things, o Wary Traveler

Embarking on a tour of another country seems like a fairly easy task. Or so people think. There are a lot of things tourists need to consider not just at one point, but at different times of their trip. Logically, this causes more problems than one might think. Below are some things that travelers need to be wary of.


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Tourist traps: These business establishments can be found near tourist spots. They charge almost triple the usual price, especially the restaurants. The best places to eat can be found miles from the historical monuments and theme parks.

Bad money changers: The worst of these machines can be found in airports. They have bad rates that can cost travelers huge amounts of money. Travelers should consider changing money at a local bank before leaving the country, or take an ATM (or credit) card with them.


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Taxi cabs: Taxis are very expensive, even more so to tourists. And taxi drivers can smell tourists from miles away. The only acceptable reason to take taxis is either it’s very late at night, or several people are splitting the fare.

Early tickets: If the travel agency isn’t booking a trip at discounted prices, then people should wait. Huge slashes at ticket prices come when travelers least expect it.

Mack Prioleau studies economics with minors in corporate strategy and financial economics at the Vanderbilt University. He loves to travel and write about his adventures. Learn more about Mack by subscribing to this Twitter account.

A proud history of Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University has a tradition deeply rooted in American history, which could be traced all the way back to the middle of the 19th century. With the help of Nashville bishop Holland Nimmons McTyeire and several church leaders, the Central Univesity of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South was founded in 1872.


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McTyeire had ties with Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was the richest man in the country at the time. Vanderbilt wanted to put up a university on State Island in New York to honor his mother. But instead of that, McTyeire talked him into donating half a million dollars, and later, a million dollars, to Central University. The school was then named after Vanderbilt.

The Main Building, which was the campus’ first, was designed by a Confederate veteran, William Crawford Smith. The building would later be renamed to Kirkland Hall. It was built in 1874-1875. In the autumn of 1875, approximately 200 students came to Vanderbilt University. McTyeire was the Chairman of the Board of Trust for life, and his mentor, Landon Garland was named chancellor.


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It was Garland who actually brought system and structure to the university, as well as many of the institution’s faculty, who were respected scholars in their fields.

Mack Prioleau is an Economics major from Vanderbilt University. One of his passions is volunteering for different charities. Learn more about Prioleau by visiting this LinkedIn page.