Articles written by: Magee Walker

Magee Walker was a late bloomer to the snowboard scene, but thankfully discovered the joys of the sport after moving to Vancouver and spending weekends in Whistler. She's now lucky enough to call Whistler her full-time home, and spends her days conquering the mountain, by foot in the summer and by snowboard boot in the winter.

8 Tips for Learning a New Language

8 Tips for Learning a New Language

It’s a new year, which means that it’s time to set new goals. Here’s one you might have been tossing around: learn a new language. What could be a better goal? And hey—it’ll make traveling all that better! Learning a language happens to be just a little difficult. Here are [...]

6 Things to Know about Jordan River, Vancouver Island’s Hidden Surfing Gem

6 Things to Know about Jordan River, Vancouver Island’s Hidden Surfing Gem

Bring a wet suit. Sure, Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, might not be known for its balmy waters, but it boasts a surf scene that can easily hold its own. While Tofino, located on the west coast of the Island, is a household name in the surfing world, the [...]

Whistler’s New Campaign, Behind the Lens: A Q&A With Photographer Mike Helfrich

Whistler’s New Campaign, Behind the Lens: A Q&A With Photographer Mike Helfrich

Aside from being one of the top ski resorts in the world, Whistler is known for its cutting edge marketing campaigns. Take the Whistler Sabbatical Project campaign of 2011/2012: the contest awarded its lucky winner with the trip of a lifetime to Whistler, chock-full of unique experiences like heli-skiing, action [...]

Six Tips for the Best Small Group Travel Experience

Six Tips for the Best Small Group Travel Experience

So, you think you know group travel. You’ve seen the tour groups on your travels, easily identifiable by their name tags, headsets, and affinity for gathering in well-known tourist traps. Newsflash: the world of group travel is changing. Niche group travel opportunities are emerging to provide savvy travelers with an [...]

9 Ways to Evade Bed Bugs in Hostels

9 Ways to Evade Bed Bugs in Hostels

So you’ve found the perfect hostel: cheap, a clean kitchen, good social space and comfortable beds. Life is good—except what is that row of little, red, itchy bumps? Bed bugs are bad news, and you’ll want to avoid any contact with these parasites at all costs. Luckily, with a little [...]

107-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Found in Tofino, Canada

107-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Found in Tofino, Canada

Most beachcombers don’t anticipate finding anything remarkable on a stroll along the ocean’s edge. If you’re lucky maybe some well-worn sea glass or an unusual seashell. Steve Thurber of Courtenay, British Columbia, says he walks the beaches of Vancouver Island nearly every day, in hopes of finding something special. His [...]

Underwater Hiking in Austria

Underwater Hiking in Austria

For half the year, a perfectly picturesque park with hiking trails sits at the base of the Hochschwab Mountains in Tragoess, Styria in Austria. The stunning alpine scenery attracts hikers seeking serenity that can only be found in the great outdoors. A strange phenomenon takes place the other half of [...]

10 Tips for the Best Euro Road Trip Ever

10 Tips for the Best Euro Road Trip Ever

Backpacking through Europe has become somewhat of a rite of passage in every traveler’s life. While most backpackers opt for a combination of train, bus or plane, an often overlooked option is the rental car. Consider the flexibility that a road trip offers versus other types of transportation: you can [...]

8 Ways to Experience Tofino

8 Ways to Experience Tofino

The 1,876 full time residents who call Tofino, British Columbia home are on to something special. Not convinced that this surf town on the west coast of Vancouver Island should be at the top of your “to visit” list? Here are eight reasons to drop everything, pick up a surfboard, [...]

8 Ways to Stay Healthy on a Road Trip

8 Ways to Stay Healthy on a Road Trip

Road trips are fun. Spontaneous adventures, ever-changing scenery, good tunes and good times—but they aren’t the healthiest of travel options. Road trips typically involve long periods of stagnancy and way too much greasy food. But they don’t have to be unhealthy. With a little foresight, you can incorporate good habits [...]