by Frost Prioleau

Important rules to remember when hiking

There are times during his hikes when Mack Prioleau finds it saddening how so many people can disregard the rules and regulations that keep national parks pristine. While he believes that some visitors may only be ignorant, he argues that everyone should know the proper guidelines before setting foot in nature.

On this note, Mack Prioleau shares some of the most important rules people should remember during nature hikes.

Throw trash in the proper receptacles.

This is a basic rule that should apply everywhere. However, it’s a lot more important when people find themselves in nature. When hikers can’t find a trash bin nearby, they should make an effort and take their garbage with them until they do find the proper receptacle. People should always remember that they are merely visitors in a nature preserve and that many of the items they consider waste may indeed harm the animals and plant life in the area.

Keep to the trails.

Aside from leading people to the best views of the area, hiking trails in nature preserves are there for the safety of both hikers and animals. Sometimes, dangerous animals roam the areas. Trails are there to remind these animals that people pass by. Also, staying on the trails ensures the safety of plant life that may otherwise be trampled by hikers.

Don’t feed the animals.

Visitors, especially those hiking for the first time, may find themselves overeager at their first wildlife encounter. Mack Prioleau cautions people to temper their emotions and avoid feeding these animals for many reasons. First off, human food may be dangerous to wild animals. Secondly, when fed, animals may become dependent on people and may forego their normal instincts to hunt and forage.

‘Always respect nature. It’s probably the most important gift we can give to future generations.’

Mack Prioleau is a student at Vanderbilt University, where he is majoring in economics with minors in corporate strategy and financial economics. He is also an avid adventurer and a lover of the outdoors. For more on Mack, click this link.

Tags: National parks, rules and regulations, wildlife, mother nature, golden rules, hiking, preservation, conservation


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How to save money while traveling around Japan

There are a lot of countries which people consider too expensive to visit. This includes Switzerland, Norway, and Aruba. Another expensive country that people often have in their bucket list is Japan. Currently, Tokyo ranks 16th in terms of cost of living expenses. And traveling outside of Tokyo doesn’t make expenses drop. However, according to travel enthusiast Mack Prioleau, the beauty and the culture residing in Japan can be worth the spending. If you plan on traveling to Japan, here are some ways to save money.

Stay away from hotels

If you are traveling on your own, booking hotels will be expensive, especially during high seasons like April during Japan’s Cherry Blossom season. Instead of traditional lodging, why not try the infamous capsule hotels Japan is famous for. They offer all basic amenities,s including fast internet connection, clean bathing facilities, and a unique sleeping experience for a fraction of the cost. Other alternatives to hotels include Airbnb, hostels, or even love hotels.

Take the night bus

If you plan on traveling outside Tokyo, taking the Shinkansen may sound like, option, but it’s quite an expensive one. Even with a rail pass, the price is still steep. Likewise, booking a flight may get you there quicker, but it will also cost a lot of money. This is why sleeper buses, or night buses, are great for tourists. They come at a fraction of the cost, plus you also save up on the night’s accommodation.

Check out the budget souvenir shops

When buying souvenirs to bring back home, you could end up spending more than what you intended if you’re not careful. According to Mack Prioleau, prices can be deceiving if you aren’t paying attention. To make sure you stay on budget, visit budget souvenir shops where they sell trinkets for as little as 100 yen.

Mack Prioleau has visited 19 countries and has learned to speak Spanish, to surf, and to sleep while traveling and recorded 108 taxi rides, 69 boat rides, 28 flights, and 17 buses in total. To read more on Mack and his travels, visit this website.

Tags: Japan, travel, vacation, Tokyo


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Visiting Japan: Places to see outside Tokyo

Japan is often in a traveler’s bucket list. It is a strange and endearing country populated by some of the world’s most disciplined people. It is a mix of traditional and technological, nature and novelties, ambiance and adventure. When visiting Japan, people go to Tokyo to experience the country. But according to traveler Mack Prioleau, Japan is more than just its dazzling capital city. Here are some other places you have to visit when going to Japan.

Nara, Kyoto

Nara prefecture in Kyoto can be considered as the second-most touristy place in Japan. Everyone knows it for dozens of temples, lush forests, and the polite deer who bow when you feed them biscuits. The signs are a mix of locations that visitors can enter for free, as well as those with entrance fees.

Hakone, Kanagawa

If you plan on getting close to Mt. Fuji, Hakone is a great place to stay. It’s known for its amazing traditional onsen bathhouses and its nature. In particular, the Hakone Shrine located at the end of Lake Ashinoko is one of the most picturesque locations in all of Japan.

Gujo Hachiman, Gifu

If you want to feel the same magic as seen in Japanese animated films like “Spirited Away,” then you should visit Gujo Hachiman. This river city is a quiet place but holds small surprises like koi fish swimming along the city’s canals. According to Mack Prioleau, the town takes pride in its clean freshwater and it’s amazing to see how the city’s life revolves around its waters.

Mack Prioleau is a travel and outdoor enthusiast from Fort Worth, Texas. He is passionate about sports and enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and traveling. For more on Mack and his interests, visit this website.

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Outdoor sports every nature lover should try at least once in their lives

As an avid adventurer and traveler, the love for the natural world is a huge part of Mack Prioleau’s DNA. He believes that nature holds more beauty than people can ever imagine. As such, Mack Prioleau urges everyone to take the time and enjoy the natural wonders of the world.

In this blog post, Mack Prioleau focuses on sports-minded people and shares with everyone some outdoor sports that every nature lover should try at least once in their lives.

Swimming: First off, there is a vast difference between swimming in an indoor pool and swimming in the ocean. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. People who are used to swimming indoors may need a bit of time to adjust to the outdoor environment. However, once they do get the hang of it, swimming in the outdoors is a blast.

Golf: Mack Prioleau admits that golf may not be for everybody, but he insists that it should. Golf has a lot of great health benefits, most of which are centered on nature. The clean air will boost one’s lungs and heart, and considerably lessen the stress in the mind. And golf courses are beautiful, almost like paradise here on Earth.

Cycling: With the right gear, cycling in nature can be quite an adventure and quite a workout. The beauty of this sport is that it allows people to go to different areas they’ve never been to before and see things they’ve never seen. It’s a lot like hiking, except that cycling gets you around way faster.

Surfing: For Mack Prioleau, surfing is one of the most fun endeavors a person can take on in their lifetime. There’s just something about the waves, the sand, and the wind when they all come together to whisk away a surfer on his board.

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

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Mack Prioleau Eyes Prince Edward Island, Belize for Fishing

You probably do most of your fishing in your own backyard. Although fishing can be soothing and thrilling no matter where you do it, there’s nothing like reeling in a big one while on vacation, especially in one of the northern hemisphere’s most captivating saltwater fishing spots. Avid fisherman Mack Prioleau can’t say enough about two areas in particular: Prince Edward Island and Belize.

Prince Edward Island

Can you imagine catching a 1,496-pound tuna? One person didn’t have to imagine it: This person achieved this firsthand back in 1979 and continues to receive recognition for this world record. Several others have brought in 1,000 pounders during the past several years. On Prince Edward Island, you’ll do most of your fishing close to land/port, usually less than a mile out, between August and mid-October.

In addition, the majority of fishing boats feature fighting chairs. Of course, if you prefer to stand up for the battle of your lifetime, then nothing will stop you from doing that, either. Using kites, you’ll fish with live, whole or chunked bait fish and enjoy an unprecedented high-adrenaline fishing experience.


Looking for a change of pace in your saltwater fishing experience? Look no further than Belize. There’s a good chance you’ll bring in a trophy-size catch, ranging from a tarpon to a bonefish or permit. What’s so great about Belize is that the country vigorously guards its pristine flats, so you’ll no doubt enjoy the cream of the crop of fishing adventures.

Plus, Belize is the only Central American country featuring English as the primary language. And the best part? You can visit Belize for a once-in-a-lifetime fishing expedition year-round. Many of the country’s lodges and resorts cater to anglers, so you’ll easily receive the support and access to resources you need to make the most of your fishing vacation.

Mack Prioleau Highlights a Couple of Popular Rafting Spots

Popular Rafting Spots

Are you ready to experience a rush you’ll never forget? You can’t go wrong with navigating some of the most challenging and exciting whitewater rapids in the world. Mack Prioleau, outdoor enthusiast, loves the heart-racing adventures that come with mastering wild rapids in North America especially. Here are a couple of places in the United States that you don’t want to miss if you’re looking for the water rafting adventure of a lifetime.

Grand Canyon

Never seen the Grand Canyon? Or perhaps you’ve never seen it from a raft? Then, it’s time to see this natural wonder like never before from a raft on the Colorado River. A whopping nine companies provide rafting adventures along the river, where you can go on a half-day trip or even an extensive two-week journey. If this sounds appealing to you, you better book now — raft trips usually sell out a couple of years in advance. If you’re a beginner, you can expect your route to feature Class II and Class III rapids, which are relatively moderate considering that the class scale reaches as high as Class VI.

West Virginia

If you’re looking for a challenging rafting route, you’d fall in love with the Gauley River in West Virginia. Here, you’ll conquer rapids in valleys and gorges over a stretch of river spanning 35 miles. More than a hundred rapids in this river are among the country’s most technically challenging ones. Plus, the scenic landscape is second to none. If you’re seeking a rafting experience that is more laid back, you may want to try the Upper New River, where you’ll experience Class III rapids.

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced rafter in the United States, you’ll have no problem finding a thrilling river to conquer in the Southwest or the Northeast.

Mack Prioleau Has a Few Top Water Rappelling Picks


Water Rappelling Picks

Your heart beats as you look below at the waterfall you’re about to descend. You feel alive like never before. There’s not a feeling in the world that comes close to what you feel as you’re about to go water rappelling. But where exactly can you get the biggest thrills in water rappelling. If you ask travel enthusiast Mack Prioleau, here are the top places he would recommend.

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

You can’t beat the waterfall extravaganza you’ll encounter at Costa Rica’s Arena Volcano. This volcano offers an extraordinary opportunity to go rappelling over waterfalls and down steep rocks. You’ll go through lush, gorgeous rainforests prior to and following your adventure as well, which is icing on the cake. Since you can’t climb to the volcano’s summit for safety reasons, water rappelling in the area is the next-best thing to experiencing this volcanic region.

Málaga, Andalucía Spain

If you love rappelling, you’d be hard pressed to find a more exhilarating spot than this. Specifically, you’ll fall in love with Almanchares Canyon, part of the Sierra Tejeda National Park. After all, where else can you find a whopping 14 rappelling opportunities, with a few of them featuring waterfalls? What’s great about this particular canyon is that you can easily find something for you no matter what your difficulty level may be.

Triglay National Park, Slovenia

You may not know much about Slovenia, but this country’s Triglay National Park is a must-see if you’re into water rappelling. Susec Canyon has multiple short waterfalls, so it’s an excellent choice for a beginner. Meanwhile, if you’re an advanced rappeller, you’ll find five waterfalls in the canyons near Predelic Stream.

If you’re an avid rappeller and you love to travel the world, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect spot for you.

Mack Prioleau: Where To Go For A Turkey Grand Slam


Mack Prioleau: Where To Go For That Turkey Grand Slam

When you mention the words Grand Slam, people usually think of, and associate the word to, tennis. However, for hunters and the world of small-game hunting, they celebrate and work hard for their own “Grand Slam” title too. Among small game, Mack Prioleau is interested in wild turkey the most. He shares that a wild turkey Grand Slam is achieved when a hunter can harvest a bird from four different subspecies, namely the Eastern, Rio Grande, Merriam, and Osceola. Achieving a Grand Slam is no small feat; it requires meticulous planning and intense focus. Here are the places Mack gathers will give him a higher win rate:

Eastern Turkey Subspecies

In general, these turkey subspecies can be found almost anywhere, but for the Eastern subspecies, Mack Prioleau is betting on Missouri. Missouri alone is a prime hunting spot for wild turkey hunting so it’s not farfetched to hope you can get lucky and hunt for all four subspecies right away. Records have the number of turkey in Missouri is at a whopping 600,000, so there’s plenty to go around during the season. Mack shares that a tag for non-residents will cost around $150. You can tell an Eastern turkey by its shiny black feathers and red “beard.” The hens, on the other hand, will have dark grey feathers to white or reddish brown colors.

Rio Grande Turkey Subspecies

For the Rio Grande subspecies found throughout the western desert regions, Mack Prioleau has a different strategy. He’s thinking of heading to Kansas and asking the private landowners if he can hunt on their grounds. The locals here are less likely to care about game than their counterparts in Texas. The Rio Grande turkey subspecies have thinner, longer legs and tan-colored tips on their feathers. The adult males can weigh as heavy as 20 pounds while the adult females can weigh up to 12 pounds.

Merriam Turkey Subspecies

The next turkey subspecies has been frequently sighted and hunted in Wyoming, but Mack Prioleau figures that going with the trend will only leave him with a smaller chance as the competition is likely to get stiff. This is why he prefers to head to South Dakota for the Merriam turkey. This subspecies has snow-white tips on its feathers. The jet black feathers will also have bronze or purple undertones. With the weakest gobble of all the subspecies, the Merriam turkey poses a challenge even for veteran hunters.

Osceola Turkey Subspecies

Finally, for the Osceola turkey, Mack Prioleau has no choice but to head to Florida, the only state where this subspecies can be found. The Osceola turkey has dark brown-tips on its feathers with white bands on its black wings. Hunters have described this subspecies as the hardest to call in, but Mack isn’t discouraged. He believes it only takes a call from a “real hen” to trap one. To begin with, hunting these four subspecies will really test your patience.

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Mack Prioleau: Trout Fishing in New Hampshire


When it comes to trout fishing in New England, few bodies of water come close to the pristine lakes of New Hampshire. Mack Prioleau is excited to visit New Hampshire, hopefully around June, when its waters will finally be open for fishing.

Fishing trout has become a popular hobby and pastime for many of the locals here, and thousands of anglers from all over the country drive up to New Hampshire just to experience the state’s traditional rites of trout fishing in the spring. Here are some of the towns on his radar that have a designated trout pond where he plans to cast his line:

1. Saco Lake, Carroll – Take Route 302 to get to Crawford Notch State Park where Saco Lake or the Saco Lake Trail is located. Spanning seven acres with cold water fishing spots, the Saco River is perfect for trout and fly-fishing. Mack Prioleau plans to rent a canoe when he visits, but if the waters seem rough that day, he’ll make do with fishing along the shore. Because of its gorgeous forest and beginner-friendly trails, Saco Lake sees many families making the trip here with their kids in tow.

2. Spoonwood Lake, Nelson – Spoonwood Lake or Spoonwood Pond is located near the famous Nubanusit Lake in the charming town of Nelson. At first, it was the quiet and secluded Nubansuit Lake that made Mack Prioleau want to visit, but upon further research on the area, he found out that there’s another secluded body of water that’s a trout pond as well! Tranquil with lush trees, fishing at Spoonwood Lake as night falls is how Mack had always imagined spending his vacation fishing at New Hampshire.

3. Mirror Lake, Whitefield – Mack Prioleau shares that if he was ever going to drive up to New Hampshire with his friends, he’d definitely consider Mirror Lake in Whitefield. With a number of lakefront cottages available for rent, Mirror Lake offers endless hours of trout fishing and outdoor water sports. The lake view alone is worthy of being plastered all over social media and the location is just the kind of spot where one can enjoy some peace and quiet for hours.

4. Exeter Reservoir, Exeter – Exeter Reservoir in Rockingham County is where anglers can expect to catch different kinds of trout, from Brook Trout and Brown Trout to Rainbow Trout. This 20-acre lake also has other fish in its waters such as Largemouth Bass, White Bass, and Sunfish. Aside from the reservoir itself, Mack Prioleau looks forward to roaming the town’s historic streets as well. The Exeter Cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and stands as one of the greatest cathedrals throughout New England.

5. Lonesome Lake, Lincoln – Last but not the least, Mack Prioleau would love to visit Lonesome Lake in Lincoln. Despite the lake’s intriguing name, it’s teeming with trout waiting to be caught! Lincoln has other trout ponds worth visiting such as Black Pond and Shoal Pond.

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Mack Prioleau: How Would You Spend One Day In Tokyo?


If you could only spend one day in Tokyo, how would you spend it? Some might eat as much udon and fresh sushi as they can handle, while some might spend the entire day shopping at Shibuya. For Mack Prioleau, those 24 hours would consist of a little bit of everything, from eating the best food Tokyo can offer and visiting the temples, to shopping and riding the Tokyo Metro. Here’s how he imagines spending 24 hours in Tokyo:

Start the Day at Shinjuku

Fortunately for tourists, Tokyo, or Japan for that matter, has a very efficient public transportation system that makes getting around faster and easier. Mack Prioleau picks Shinjuku as his starting point, with its towering skyscrapers and well-manicured Japanese gardens in between. The famous Samurai Museum is located here, where it has on display a private collection of authentic Samurai artifacts, including swords. As an alternative to the Samurai Museum, Mack Prioleau picks the Isetan Department Store for its elegant facade and thirteen floors of heavenly shopping.

Ride the JR Yamanote Line to Akihabara

After the Samurai exhibit, Mack Prioleau picks Akihabara as his next stop. Known for its Sony Plaza shopping district, Akihabara is a Mecca for video game nerds with rows upon rows of electronic and pop culture shops. Many of the things that Japan has become known for in the world can be found here. Think anime, manga, action figures — Mack Prioleau thinks everyone has a little kid inside of them that would appreciate this neon-lit neighborhood. There’s one restaurant that Mack Prioleau would love to visit here and its none other than the Steak House Pound at Sotokanda. This is as mouthwatering as it gets when it comes to eating steaks in Japan. The wagyu and Kobe beef may burn a hole in your pocket, but it’s worth every penny!

Visit the Imperial Palace

An hour or two later, Mack Prioleau would head for the Tokyo Imperial Palace. While tourists are not allowed to go inside, the Imperial Palace is still an iconic and historic piece of architecture. On the plus side, tourists are allowed on the gardens and parks surrounding it. This is a good stop to catch your breath and pace yourself after the dizzying delights of Akihabara and before getting lost in the wide shopping district of Ginza.

End the Day at Ginza

Why Ginza? If money isn’t a concern in the 24-hour challenge, then Mack Prioleau would like to end the day and live it big at one of the most expensive shopping districts in Tokyo. Ginza has a similar feel to New York City’s 5th Avenue with high-end stores and luxury brands all around, but the city has a life and pulse of its own. Just taking a casual stroll on the main street is a surreal experience. Ginza is large, glitzy, and stylish, words that describe how Mack Prioleau imagines Tokyo in his head.

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