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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 =========

What not to miss when visiting Pula

November 28th, 2016|

Croatia, it’s been a while and I’ve missed you.  Visiting Pula in the countries Istria region has long for myself, ever since I first set eyes on its mighty amphitheater.  Previous experiences had in exploring […]

5 reasons to make Swansea Bay your next adventure

November 21st, 2016|

It may have been a tad wet in parts, but that was some adventure, and a Swansea Bay Adventure is now the kind of adventure I would highly recommend.  Adventures in Wales in general […]

Vilnius on a budget #TMS200

November 15th, 2016|

Vilnius on a budget, you up for it?

Wanting to prove that travel doesn’t have to be expensive, I am not long back from the Baltic beauty that is Lithuania, having had a grand time in […]

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

Jan 2016

Brussels

A long weekend in Brussels

Jan 2016

Snowboarding in Andorra

Snowboarding in Pas de la Casa

Mar 2016

Ireland

Paddy’s Day!

May 2016

Majorca

Villa Hol with the family

July 2016

Cambridge

An overnight getaway

October 2016

Pula

A 3 night getaway

November 2016

SW Wales

Road Trip!

November 2016

Vilnius

Money Shop Challenge

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

Vilnius on a budget #TMS200

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: Budget Travel, Lithuania|Tags: , |

Vilnius on a budget, you up for it? Wanting to prove that travel doesn't have to be expensive, I am not long back from the Baltic beauty that is Lithuania, having had a grand time [...]

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 [...]

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

Hub by Premier Inn – Westminster

By | November 1st, 2016|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , |

The Hub by Premier Inn @ Westminster is nicely located just around the corner from some of my work offices, so the irony of being invited to view this new location and check out the [...]

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 [...]

========= 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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