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.

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Years as a blogger

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

The cost of 3 nights in Pula, Croatia

October 20th, 2016|

The cost of 3 nights in Pula, it’s been a long time coming this one.  In fact any kind of travel has felt like a long time coming.  The last time I left the country […]

The ArcelorMittal Orbit – The slide of your life

August 23rd, 2016|

The ArcelorMittal Orbit, whether you think it odd looking, slightly crazy,  or just plain eccentric the tangled and looping mass of red and grey is the UK’s tallest and a new (ish) landmark within London’s much […]

An overnight trip to Cambridge (and your chance to win £500)

August 2nd, 2016|

Cambridge was calling, just an hour or so by train from central London, but even the excitement of new adventures couldn’t hide the fact that it was 6.55am when my alarm went off. Blur, yuk, […]

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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

July 2016


An overnight getaway

October 2016


A 3 night getaway

November 2016

SW Wales

Road Trip!

November 2016


Money Shop Challenge

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

The cost of 3 nights in Pula, Croatia

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Budget Travel, Croatia|Tags: , , |

The cost of 3 nights in Pula, it's been a long time coming this one.  In fact any kind of travel has felt like a long time coming.  The last time I left the country [...]

My tips for budgeting in an expensive city

By | January 4th, 2016|Categories: Budget Travel|

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|Categories: Budget Travel, Ireland|Tags: , , |

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 , [...]

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

The Arcido Novaya – a backpack for the intelligent traveller

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , |

The Arcido Novaya, the piece of hand luggage I've been searching for for a long while! This stylish case, while aesthetically pleasing, is essentially a no frills number in that it does not bother with [...]

Jurni: The Ultimate Piece Of Hand Luggage For Young Travellers

By | March 30th, 2016|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , |

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|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , |

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. [...]

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

Sarajevo Hostel Recommendations

By | January 12th, 2016|Categories: Bosnia, Hostel Life|Tags: , , , , |

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|Categories: Hostel Life|Tags: , , |

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|Categories: Hostel Life|Tags: , , |

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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