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10 things I wish I knew before traveling India as a solo female

India. A destination so diverse and astounding it’s difficult to believe my entire 6 month journey was spent in a single country, which was by far best described by a fellow traveler as a place where ‘you can touch every emotion in a single day’. From swapping between serene seasons of beach life in Southern […]

9 Best Places to Travel Around the World

“Exploration is the essence of the human spirit.” There are lots of places to explore in the world. Your travel doesn’t have to be limited to where you live or what you read in a book; there are lots of exciting places to experience in the real world. Travelling is worth every penny you will […]

10 Things to Know Before Backpacking in China

Backpacking through China is a wonderful thing that will provide you with incredible memories and life experiences. China is a country that is steeped in culture and tradition, which makes for a trip of a lifetime. There’s always things to learn though before you travel to any destination. Especially, if you do not speak Mandarin […]

How to Avoid Common Hiking Injuries – Tips for Hikers

Hiking is great fun and a nice way of keeping fit for both you and your family. Though terrains are different, some common hiking injuries occur which may interrupt or ruin your hike. However, this is no reason not to enjoy the outdoors when out hiking. Follow a hiking camping guide and you will be […]

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Travel Tips for Your First “Intense” Vacation – Part 1

So, you're a world traveler. You've spent your time in the cultural capitals of Europe and experienced the diversity of the U.S. You've been to the touristy islands in the Caribbean or Mediterranean … [Read More...]

Victoria’s Creative Kitchen – Cooking Delicious Vegetarian Food

My husband and I couldn’t afford to buy a home in the UK, so we bought a minibus instead and spent a few months converting it into our dream home on wheels. We are now travelling through Europe and … [Read More...]

Magnificent Malta – Why Malta should be your next destination

I was having a weekend in a icy Warsaw, when my dorm mate started talking about travelling from Malta. I didn't know much about Malta, so I asked around, other than the myth of it being a British … [Read More...]

Extreme travelling – Seeing the world without money

About us and magickervan.com: We are Magy and Mr. Shushtari from Bulgaria. We have travelled the world and have lived in different places for 10 years now. Some of the countries we visited before … [Read More...]

Travelling through the lens with photographer Matt Powell

What started your interest in travel photography? I began taking photos about four years ago with my IPhone travelling around Vietnam. Looking back, it sounds pretty funny, but thankfully following … [Read More...]

Backpackers Travel Gear

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A Backpackers Guide to Packing

A simple guide to packing for backpackers! If you’re one of those travellers for whom the days before a departure are more about anticipation than preparation, chances are you’ve often found yourself … [Read More...]

Hiking gear and a city girls first time hiking in New Zealand

Q: Hello, I’m coming to New Zealand for a few months and would love to do some hiking while I’m there. I love Lord of the Rings and it would be awesome to walk around some of these beautiful places. … [Read More...]

Hiking Kilimanjaro: How to Start Climbing and Gear Guide

I have spent the better part of my life seeking adventure through travel; interacting with different cultures, learning bits of new languages, seeking famous treks, and the places (or spots) you only … [Read More...]

Backpacker Hostels

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The Backpack Hostel in Cape Town South Africa – Hostels for Backpackers

The Backpack Hostel Conveniently located in Cape Town, The Backpack Hostel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant … [Read More...]

The Local Hostel NYC in New York City, USA – Hostels for Backpackers

The Local Hostel NYC Conveniently located in New York (NY), The Local Hostel NYC is a great base from which to explore this … [Read More...]