• 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.

Current Location: London, England

Countries Visited
Years as a blogger

Latest Blog Posts

A mini survival guide to sleeper trains

Travel by train is by far my favourite method of travel, I think I might have mentioned that before.  I can quite happily plonk myself down in a window seat and watch the world go by […]

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Learning to Surf Fuerteventura with Planet Surf Camps

By the time we reached surf house on the outskirts of Corralejo on a sunny Sunday, I’d worked out that it had been over 6 years since I’d last surfed, and even on that occasion […]

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Review: Vango Freedom 60+20L Travel Backpack

With them making up one part of my blogs title, it’s only right that on occasions I take a look at some of the latest backpacks around, and then give you guys the low down […]

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2015 Travel Plans

Feb 2015


Snowboarding Valmorel

Mar 2015


Snowboarding in Bled

Apr 2015


Surfing in Corralejo

June 2015


2 night city break

June 2015


2 night city break

Budget Travel

Maximising cashback, points and airmiles from online bookings

Its rare I buy travel these days without …
a) shopping around for the best deal
b) trying to get some form of cashback
c) using a points earning credit card to pay
It is with the above in […]

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Budget Snowboarding in Vogel (Slovenia) with the Julian Alps Pass

That’s it, done.  100% confirmed.  I hereby commit (whilst my knees are still able) to snowboarding at least once every 12 months for the rest of my life.  I am without a doubt, hooked.

Hot on […]

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The cost of 5 days snowboarding in Valmorel

Snowboarding in Valmorel was never likely to fall under budget travel, but I’d promised myself that I would, just this once, splurge and experience a more established snow resort in the alps.  I now bring to […]

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Travel Videos

Hostel Life

Hostel Life: 5 dorm mates I wouldn’t wish on anyone

I can laugh about these experiences now, and I’m sure that in another place at another time, these people were great people, but as dorm mates at that exact place at that precise time they […]

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Hostel Life Dilemmas

So last year I covered dorm room dilemmas, but now, some 12 months later (sorry about the wait), I think its finally time to cover off some of the other dilemmas you may be faced […]

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Hostel Review: Clink 78 – Kings Cross, London

Staying in a hostel for the night, when I live in the same city?  … yep, guilty.  But with good reason.

So to a couple of weeks ago, where I had a party  to attend out […]

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Awesome people I’ve worked with

Travel Partners