• 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

24 Hours in Ljubljana

One night, or roughly 24 hours in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. What to do?

Hot on the heels of spending 4 days snowboarding in the Julian Alps nearby to Lake Bled, we arrived in Ljubljana […]

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Scenes from Lake Bled, Slovenia

So this is lake Bled, pretty nice huh?!

Seriously, it’s stunning, like really really pretty.  I don’t often do Sunday morning walks, actually that’s a lie, I NEVER do Sunday walks, but lake Bled succeeded […]

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Blogger? Want to win a trip to see the Northern lights?

Are you a Blogger?

Do you want to win a trip for 2 people to witness the northern lights? … From deep inside the Arctic Circle?

Well here’s you chance. Courtesy of www.joeblogsnetwork.com and www.transun.co.uk, an amazing northern […]

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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 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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Awesome people I’ve worked with

Travel Partners