Best Places to Visit in Switzerland



In its glory days Interlaken was known as the watch making center of the world. They were known for their watchmaking around the world so there is defintely a lot of history here if you or someone in your family is into history. Tourist have been coming here since the 1800s to breathe in that fresh mountain air (which is probably more appealing now then ever) as well as utilize the spa treatments. Tourist looking for great photo opportunities defintely need to take advantage of the beautiful the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Monch. If there are any people who are looking for that adrenaline rush, there is also a lot of out door activities to take part in, especially in the winter.



Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city which can very appealing to tourist as it boast over 50 museums and over 100 art galleries looking for people who want to take in the culture. If you ever get tired of shopping for famous Swiss brand name goods (or you just run out of money) you can take part in the beautiful Lake Zurich or go hiking in the nearby mountains. The night life is probably the best here in the whole country with Zurich offering a diverse range of options from night clubs to restaurants. If your group varies a lot this is probably the best place to go as there is something for everyone.



If you are looking for something a little more quaint then Zermatt is the place for you. It is a small town known for its skiing and its mountaineering due to the fact that it is incredibly close to Matterhorn one of the biggest mountains in Switzerland. An interesting fact about Zermatt is that gasoline-driven cars are not allowed in the city so any vehicle must be battery operated.

Best Snowboarding Spots Around the World

Best Snowboarding Spots Around the World

Whistler, Canada 


There is a reason this place has constantly been rated the number one spot in North America. It hosted the 2010 winter Olympics along with Vancouver. The terrain is absolutely beautiful so when you combine that with the fact that it is extremely lose to Vancouver it makes it a must see destination. What makes it a great destination is that it has a lot to do for any people in your group who are not into snowboarding as well. But if you are it has 37 lifts that can reach over 8000 acres of varied and very challenging terrain for beginners as well as more advanced snow boarders. It has everything you could possibly want in bowls, steeps, a superpipe and much more.

Mammoth, California 


Mammoth is gorgeous and a great excuse for any snowboarder who has not been to California to come to the sunshine state. Because of the great snow it get’s some times it is even possible to snowboard all the way up until May at this great resort. The Village is located at the edge of town and that in itself is a huge tourist spot. Once again if you are vacationing with a group that may not be as excited about snowboarding as you they definitely give them something to do as well. But the main attraction is definitely snowboarding and with over 150 trails set on a dead volcano, Mammoth delivers.

Davos, Switzerland 


This is the best overall spot in Switzerland and it is not only a major snowboard resort it is also is a massive town and once again it offers things not just for snowboarders but the whole family as well. The deep powder, massive amount of trees, the big natural hits, half pipes and fun parks make this a must go to destination.


Surfing Destinations in the World for Beginners

4 Surfing Destinations in the World for Beginners

Best Spots to Surf for Beginners

With summer just a few months away, now is the best time to look for surfing destinations around the world. Whether you’re thinking about hitting the beach somewhere in the country or considering a surf-and-beach holiday abroad, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to the best beaches for beginner surfers.

To help you get started, below are a few recommendations you might want to consider.

1. La Jolla Shores, California. Situated in the upscale town of San Diego, the mild waves at La Jolla Shores are perfect for newbie surfers. Plus, the beach is patrolled by trained lifeguards to ensure the safety of all beach goers enjoying the waters off the beach. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to swim with dolphins. Surfing lessons are available.

2. Bali’s Legian Beach. With mellow waves breaking close to shore, this is the ideal out-of-country destination for beginner surfers. The beach offers a quieter counterpart to Bali’s popular tourist hotspot, Kuta, so you can enjoy your surfing lessons in a more private environment.

3. Clarke’s Beach, Byron Bay, Australia. Australia is famous for its surfing spots, with beaches offering waves of varying degrees for all levels of surfers. But for beginners, the recommended spot is Clarke’s Beach. Small waves at the beach are ideal for beginners who wish to practice. Lessons are also available.

4. Hanalei Town, Kauai, Hawaii. Last, but certainly not the least, is Hanalei Town. Surrounded by gorgeous beaches, the town is one of the most idyllic regions in Hawaii. For beginners, the Hanalei Pier is ideal. The swells are moderate and friendly for newbies.

There are various other surfing hotspots all over the world that are perfect for beginner surfers. It is recommended that you do a bit of research first before booking your holiday. And since you will be traveling in the summer, it’s best to plan ahead and make your reservations early on.



Mack Prioleau: South Africa Trip













I enjoyed writing my last list of animals you must see on safari, I decided to keep it going with another list and with more animals. Do not feel that you are limited to the animals you see on this list or any other list for that matter, part of going on safari is seeing animals in their natural environment so unlike the zoo there is no guarantee on what you will see but you will see something amazing that puts life in perspective for you.

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This one almost made it on my last list but there was just not enough room to fit it….pun very intended! In all seriousness this is the largest mammal on earth and the rare combination of beauty and size will definitely leave you in awe after you see this creature close up and in it’s natural habitat. The best things about these animals is that they are very peaceful when left alone but as you can imagine disturbing these creatures is not the way to go because having 12,000 lb’s of straight power charging you is probably not a good idea. Their size can reach over 14 feet and can be 30 feet wide and because of this as you can imagine they drink and eat 30-50 gallons of water and veggie every day.



The Giraffe may seem like a strange animal to put on this list for their lack of “excitement” as the other animals. But just like the elephant there is just something awe inspiring but the size and beauty of this animal. They have blue tongues (be honest we all turned our own tongues blue at one point with candy) they have 5 inch knobs in their hand and obviously incredibly long necks which makes them the tallest mammal on earth. This is a must see for any safari.

Mack Prioleau South Africa Trip

Having just recently visited South Africa, I thought I would include a blog about some of my favorite animals to see on safari as well as some others that I heard are a must see from fellow travelers, or in my research leading up to the trip.


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This should come as no surprise, whether you are a fan of Lion King or just want to see the true king of the jungle in it’s natural environment this is usually the main attraction to going on safari in South Africa. Since they sleep about twenty hours a day (what a life) you are most likely to see then snoozing then running about but nothing can replace seeing a lion in their natural habitat whether they are sleeping or not.


Mountain Gorilla

I wanted to add this one to the list because most people may overlook this animal as they can visit a gorilla in most zoo’s across the United States. But this is not a normal Gorilla this is an extremely rare one that only exist in a tiny area in East Africa and you actually have to take a special safari to see. If you  happen to be in East Africa this is definitely must see and will blow all your expectations out the water


Nile Crocodile 

This is one of the easiest animals to spot on safari as they can be found in almost every river across the continent. This is on the list because they have been around for over 200 million years and have that prehistoric look to it that I personally find so amazing. Not only that but the sheer size of them can be intimidating they can grow up to 18 feet. Because of their power they are actually responsible for a number of human fatalities so if you do see one be sure to proceed with extreme caution!

3 National Parks to Visit in 2016

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Yosemite National Park

This specific national park is probably one of the most well known across the country. It became even more famous last January when Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were the first ones ever to do a free ascent of El Captian’s Dawn Wall. It is even more impressive when you take into account that the 3,000 foot smooth granite wall is considered one of the hardest, if now the hardest rock to climb on the planet. For us regular people who just want to go and look at El Captian’s Dawn Wall I recommend going to El Captian Meadow where you can get the best view of El Capitan.

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Grand Canyon National Park

This National Park is on my personal list of national parks, the 5,200 feet deep canyon is truly one of the most impressive displays of mother nature not just in the United States but the world as well. It should come as no surprise that this canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There are many things to do here but the idea that is recommended to me the most is rafting on the Grand Canyon’s 277 mile reach. I was surprised that the requirements for this make it accessible to pretty much any one over the age of twelve who has reasonably good health. The trip only takes six to seven days depending on the guide and does not require any padding experience. When I make my way to the Grand Canyon that is something I will do for sure.


Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is known for its huge mountain peaks, gorgeous alpine lakes and its glaciers (as I am sure you put together by the name). Unlike the other national parks this one actually has an expiration date. As of today there are only twenty five glaciers of that original 150 that existed in 1850. Some estimates put that by 2030 there will be no more glaciers left. If there is one National Park that you plan to visit in the next year, this is it!

The Best Backpacking Trails

A backpacking trip is one of the greatest outdoor adventures you can partake in. A true backpacking trip provides you with absolute solitude from the outside world, bringing you up close and personal with nature. There are many different options when it comes to backpacking, from day trips to weekend explorations to thru-hikes from state to state. If you are looking to escape from your normal life and explore the breathtaking views and unspoiled wilderness, then grab your bag and hit one of the trails below.

Appalachian Trail


The Appalachian Trail is nearly 2,180 miles long, spanning 14 different states. While most of us probably don’t have the ability to take six months to hike the entire thing, you can create your own custom journey along the trail. There is the 14-mile hike through Georgia’s Blood Mountain Wilderness, leading hikers to the top of the trail’s highest point in the state. In New Hampshire’s White Mountains you can climb 20 miles above the tree line for optimal views of surrounding peaks. If you are looking for complete isolation, Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness section never crosses a single paved road.

Continental Divide Trail


The Continental Divide Trail is 3,100-miles long, cutting right down the middle of the United States. The more advanced hikers can be found at the Knife Edge, a 25-mile loop through the extreme Weminuche Wilderness area in southwestern Colorado. For a more tame experience, explore the trails where the Continental Divide Trail meets Glacier National Park. If you decide to hit the CDT then remember to pack cold-weather gear, as ice and snow are a possibility at any time of the year.

Uinta Highline Trail


This is one of the more difficult trails, with hikers often facing rough and rocky stretches throughout the trail. Uinta Highline is also extremely remote, and you can expect to have the trail all to yourself for long stretches. If you have a week free to explore, go conquer the Highline Trail, which is nearly 75 miles of paths that pass serene lakes along the peaks of Utah’s Uinta Mountains.

Pacific Crest Trail


The Pacific Crest Trail will bring you through some of the most diverse ecosystems that the West Coast has to offer, including dry desert land and high arctic-alpine country. The incredible 2,650-mile journey attracts around 300 die-hard hikers each year. Thousands of others can be found embarking on some of the shorter expeditions. In California, you will find a 270-mile stretch from Mount Whitney to Sonora Pass, offering a monthlong journey through the Sierra NEvada range with amazing views of deep canyons, enormous granite peaks, and rocky lakes. Oregon’s section of the PCT is much more level, with few elevation shifts, making it a great place for beginners.

Information courtesy of Travel Channel


The World’s Greatest Adventures

Adventure travel gets you up close and personal to the landscapes and people of the areas you are visiting. Having the opportunity to explore new areas on foot is an exhilarating experience, especially when you have the chance to interact with the local cultures on the journey. If you are interested in taking your next trip to the next level, I recommend that you consider making it a real adventure. With the help of this article, here are four of the greatest adventures this world has to offer.

Great Himalaya Trail, Nepal


The Great Himalaya Trail consists of a network of existing paths traversing Nepal. It will eventually form part of a 2,800-mile super trail, linking Bhutan and Pakistan. The existing section is divided into a collection of smaller routes that pass in sight of the world’s largest peaks and most remote villages. The trail crosses mountain passes up to 19,685 feet in altitude while climbing a total of 492,125 metres. You can take a fully escorted, 157-day hike with World Expeditions, but it is pricey, costing $28,511. However, there are seven shorter connecting stages that you can hike, if you do not have the time or money for the entire trail.

Tour du Mont Blanc


A 14-day circuit of Mont Blanc is probably the most spectacular walk in all of Europe. The path links the seven valleys that surround Western Europe’s highest mountain, crossing three borders in the process: France, Switzerland, and Italy. You will traverse beneath huge glaciers and across beautiful alpine meadows. Throughout your journey, you will also be treated to some of the most beautiful peaks in the Alps, including Mont Blanc, the Aiguille Verte, Les Drus, Les Grandes Jorasses, and much more. This hike is based on the supported camping concept, meaning  a vehicle will assist with transporting luggage, equipment and supplies.

Native American Experience


Take a 16-day tour with Intrepid Travel to the heart of Native American country. On this journey, you will camp and hike in wilderness areas while exploring ancient ruins in the process. You will have the opportunity to meet with native Americans from communities (Navajo, Anasazi, and Apache) who are striving to preserve their centuries-old way of life. While on the tour you will visit Canyon de Chelly, with its 3,000-year-old tribal artefacts, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Navajo Lake State Park, White Sands National Monument, the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Santa Fe, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon.

Diving Safari, Borneo


The volcanic island of Sipadan is regularly been voted one of the world’s top 10 dive sites. While taking a dive under water, you will find the legendary turtles and reefs that drop off thousands of feet near the shore. An 18-day diving safari with Aqua-Firma also takes in the Layang atoll and the islands of Lankayan, Mabul, and Kapalai, showcasing the best diving Borneo has to offer.

Hunting Tips: Upland Game & Waterfowl


We are back to discuss some new hunting tips and advice. As any good hunter is aware, the learning process is never ending. In this article, we will be discussing ways to improve your success hunting upland game or waterfowl. For more information, please check out Outdoor Life.Here are three great tips for when you are hunting for upland game or waterfowl.

1) Glassing For Ducks

When jump-shooting ducks along streams or potholes, use a good set of binocular to scan the area for distant ducks. If possible, make your observation while looking through brush. Ducks have great eyesight, so they will fly off if they spot you nearby.

2) Don’t Spook The Ringnecks

Wild pheasants are easily frightened by the sound of vehicles, dogs and voices. Most birds will start running or flying away at the first sign of humans in the area. To help prevent the birds from doing so, park as far as possible from where you expect to hunt and approach the area as quietly as possible.

3) Taking Down Grouse

As you are probably aware, ruffed grouse are masters at flying through tickets. Many hunters pass up shots if the birds are not in the clear. However, this is a big mistake. You should never pass up shots if you can see the blur of a grouse as it blasts through brush, but if you take this approach then you need to know exactly where the other members of your hunting group are at all times. If you continually pass up birds, you might never get a single shot all day.

Hunting Tips: Staying Warm


We are back to discuss some new hunting tips and advice. As any good hunter is aware, the learning process is never ending. In this article, we will be discussing ways to stay warm while you are are outside hunting on a colder day. For more information, please check out Outdoor Life. Here are four great tips to stay warm while hunting.

1) Don’t Sweat It

Perspiration is one of your biggest enemies on a cold day. Take every precaution that you can to keep dry. This means that if you need to take off layers of clothes as you walk in frigid temperatures to avoid sweating, you take off those layers. When you sit for any length of time outside, you will guarantee yourself that you will get chilled if you have worked up a sweat beforehand.

2) Sleep In Comfort

A cot in an unheated tent or cabin will keep you cold all night if you do not have a pad underneath your sleeping bag. If you do not have a pad, spread out your clothing to insulate you from the cold air under the cot. The loft in your bag is compressed from the weight of your body, offering little to no insulation when in contact with the thin fabric of a cot.

3) Cold-Weather Horsemanship

Riding a horse in the cold weather will make you colder much faster, especially if you end up sitting for long periods of time. Warm up by walking the horse downhill. This will help you get your blood moving, and it is certainly good horsemanship to give the animal a break every so often.

4) Bring Your Best Bag

During a cold-weather hunt, you will want to make sure you have your best sleeping bag by your side, even if you are staying in a hunt or cabin with a wood stove. The fire is bound to go out during the middle of the night, and the temperature inside will not be much better than the temperature outside. A lightweight summer bag is only practical for use in the summer.