• 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.

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

The best bars in Brussels – My Top Picks

February 2nd, 2016|

The best bars in Brussels, what are they?  Which are the you to visit when in search of Belgian Beer?  I mean drinking Belgian beer is one of the best things to do when in […]

5 things to do in Ho Chi Ming City / Saigon

January 28th, 2016|

When visiting Vietnam you’ll no doubt work your way from north to south, or from the south up to the north.  As such, Ho Chi Ming City (HCMC) will most likely be either you entry […]

5 things to do in Hanoi, Vietnam

January 26th, 2016|

I really liked Hanoi, like REALLY liked it. Maybe because it was our first stop in Vietnam, having chosen to see this part of the world by working from north to south, or maybe it […]

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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

========= Travel Videos =========

========= 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) =========

Review: SPRAYWAY Men’s Crag Jacket #therainreturns

By |October 1st, 2015|

FROM THE STREETS OF MANCHESTER TO THE SUMMIT OF EVEREST Now I've only ever been to Manchester for the football, and I've never scaled Everest, but I do love that slogan!  However I feel [...]

Review: Numinous Anti-Theft 55L backpack

By |May 29th, 2015|

Zero backpack reviews in ages, and then 2 comes along within a month of each other.  On this occasion its the turn of the Numinous Anti-Theft 55L backpack. Lets take a look shall we ... Key [...]

Review: Vango Freedom 60+20L Travel Backpack

By |May 8th, 2015|

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 [...]

========= 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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