• Paris

    How much does a weekend in Paris cost?

    Read the full article here
    Read more about France here
  • Halong Bay

    3 days / 2 night cruise around Halong Bay

    Read the full article here
    Read more about Vietnam here
  • The Northern Lights

    Green skies over Reykjavik

    Read the full article here
    Read more about Iceland here
  • Angkor Wat

    My top 10 photos from Angkor Wat

    Read the full article here
    Read more on Cambodia here
  • Petra

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Read the full article here
    Read more on Jordan here
neil barnes travel blogger

About Me

Hi! I’m Neil and welcome to my wee travel blog. It all started back in 2005 with a last minute trip to South Africa. From there things have just spiralled and in 2010 I started this here very travel blog where you can find all sorts of useful info on backpacking, roadtrips, hostels, weekend breaks, volunteering … anything travel really.

Read more about me on my ‘about me‘ page.

Countries Visited
Years as a blogger

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========= Latest Blog Posts =========

Matera – the Subterranean City

May 2nd, 2016|

Matera has long been known as the Subterranean City. No massive prizes for guessing why, but more on that later.

Located in southern Italy, in the region of Basilicata, Matera has been declared Italian host of […]

Mass Rock and incredible views over County Limerick

April 25th, 2016|

Killeedy’s Mass Rock, there it is, nestled in among the beautiful Irish countryside.


Hold up, what do you mean you can’t see it? It’s right there!

Yep, right there. Squint if you have to.

Ok I’ll zoom in a […]

Travel Blogger Interview (VIDEO) – globalhelpswap.com

April 18th, 2016|

Travel Blogger Interviews 2.0 episode 6 … and coming to you only a mere 12 months after episode 5.

Good things come to those who wait … and wait … and then wait a bit longer. […]

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========= 2016 Travel Plans =========

Jan 2016


A long weekend in Brussels

Jan 2016

Snowboarding in Andorra

Snowboarding in Pas de la Casa

Mar 2016


Paddy’s Day!

May 2016


Villa Hol with the family

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========= Budget Travel =========

My tips for budgeting in an expensive city

By |January 4th, 2016|

Budgeting, it's what I do. Not because I am poor, but just because I like getting value for money and HATE the thought of being in debt. However, on the travel front that does not [...]

The cost of a 4 night Ring Of Kerry road trip

By |September 14th, 2015|

A Ring Of Kerry road trip is a trip you simply must undertake at some point in your life! A fortnight ago I gave you 15 stunning reasons to road trip the Ring of Kerry , [...]

The cost of 2 night in Paris

By |July 16th, 2015|

What is the cost of 2 night in Paris?  How much is it to visit one of Europe's most beautiful cities? My list visit to Paris was under slightly unfortunate circumstances.  While Paris is an incredible [...]

========= Backpacks (Travel Luggage) =========

Jurni: The Ultimate Piece Of Hand Luggage For Young Travellers

By |March 30th, 2016|

The Jurni is a new carry-on style suitcase designed for the next generation of young (and older, like me) travellers. After a more than successful crowd sourcing campaign, the creators of the already enormously popular [...]

Meya 25 Litre RFiD Daysack – REVIEW

By |March 21st, 2016|

The Meya 25 RFiD Daysack is ideal for keeping all you need on your person whilst you explore. This daysack has RFiD protected pockets to help keep your credit cards, identity cards and passports safe. [...]

Review: Oakley Elevate Ski Goggles

By |February 16th, 2016|

The Oakley Elevate Ski Goggle series are described as comfortable technical ski goggles ideal for winter activities. That'll do me nicely. Once upon a time I never used to wear ski goggles.  I'd either brave [...]

========= Bunkbeds (Hostel Life) =========

Sarajevo Hostel Recommendations

By |January 12th, 2016|

So you're thinking of heading to Sarajevo eh?  Or maybe you've booked flights to Bosnia already, and now you're wondering where you should stay.  Well, if you looking for a quick guide on the best [...]

Review: The Generator Hostel, London

By |November 19th, 2015|

The Generator Hostel, London. It's a tucked away, but once you find it its as though you're transported to another place entirely. Admittedly the weather most likely made a huge difference in my case. Stepping [...]

10 steps to becoming a better dorm buddy

By |November 12th, 2015|

So this weekend I'm all set to stay in a dorm room, as I visit the Generator hostel in London for the very first time (review to follow next week). As much as I love [...]

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