• Halong Bay

    3 days / 2 night cruise around Halong Bay

    Read the full article here
    Read more about Vietnam here
  • Songkran

    Supersoakers at the ready for New Year celebrations in Laos

    Read the full article here
    Read more about Loas 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

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Latest Blog Posts

Sarajevo to Mostar – my favourite train journey ever!

As a rule, I enjoy most train journeys, even those on the London Underground.  OK so I rarely travel during rush hour on the underground and so I probably haven’t experienced it at its very […]

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What’s in my bag for this years snowboarding trips

Despite my blog post at the start of the month claiming that if you want to travel on a budget you need to travel hand luggage only, there are obviously some trips where that […]

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Hula, Fire, Contortion and Comedy at the Aeronaut, west London

This is like the most f*cked up Butlins ever

Please excuse the profanity above, its not normal that I open a blog post in such a way, but you know how sometimes someone will say something, […]

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Budget Travel

How my travelling on a budget has changed with age

Budget travel, its what I do.  I enjoy it for the most part, the challenge of finding deals, collecting points/air miles and getting the best value for my cash monies that I can.  In some […]

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Copenhagen – 10 Things to do on the cheap / for free

A trip to Copenhagen can get expensive quickly.  Whilst flights from the UK are reasonable (Easyjet or BA), a couple of nights accommodation, food, drink and maybe spot of shopping on top of a few […]

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Top tips for Barcelona on a budget

Barcelona isn’t an incredibly expensive city, or at least I personally didn’t find it to be during my short 3 night stay there.  But if you are looking to take on this Catalonia wonder over a […]

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Awesome people I’ve worked with

Travel Partners

Hostel Life

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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Hostel life: Top or bottom bunk?

Are you a Top Bunk W*nker?

Excuse the profanity, I wouldn’t normally use such a crude opening line to a post, but having just returned from the cinema and having seen the new Inbetweeners movie trailer, […]

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Travel Tech

Tech Review: The Upp fuel cell technology charger (clean energy)

We all the know the pain of our beloved smart phones rapidly running out of battery, just when we need them most.  We try hacks to keep them alive for just a minute or two […]

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Review: TEP Portable Wifi Devices

Ah wifi, a travel bloggers best friend. Even as a part time blogger, being able to connect to the internet and share my experiences online is essential.  But even before I can start sharing experiences, I […]

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Lowe Alpine TT Roll On 40 Wheeled Backpack

When flying hand luggage only, do you go for a rucksack or a wheely case?  As an *ahem strapping lad of some 6ft I am always of an opinion that I’ll look somewhat silly with […]

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Volunteering

Why I (and hundreds of others) think you should volunteer

I was 21 the first time I volunteered overseas.  Fresh out of University I travelled to South Africa to undertake a 5 weeks sports coaching programme in Port Elizabeth. It’s safe to say that […]

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Volunteering in South Africa – I went to teach, but ended up being taught

In the week where England flopped out of the 2014 World Cup with little more than a whimper, it took a typical piece of sarcastic English humour to ever so slightly cheer me up.  Nice […]

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Volunteer accommodation – What to expect

Volunteer accommodation can range between all sorts of property types and standards. I suppose where you end up resting your head each night can depend on a number of factors, such as the country you’re volunteering in, […]

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