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.

Countries Visited
Years as a blogger

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

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 […]

Hub by Premier Inn – Westminster

November 1st, 2016|

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 […]

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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

July 2016


An overnight getaway

October 2016


A 3 night getaway

November 2016

SW Wales

Road Trip!

November 2016


Money Shop Challenge

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

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 [...]

The cost of a 4 night Ring Of Kerry road trip

By | September 14th, 2015|Categories: Budget Travel, Ireland|Tags: , , |

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|Categories: Budget Travel, France|Tags: , |

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) =========

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 [...]

Meya 25 Litre RFiD Daysack – REVIEW

By | March 21st, 2016|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , |

The Meya 25 RFiD Daysack is ideal for keeping all you need on your person whilst you explore. This daysack has RFiD protected pockets to help keep your credit cards, identity cards and passports safe. [...]

Review: Oakley Elevate Ski Goggles

By | February 16th, 2016|Categories: Reviews|Tags: |

The Oakley Elevate Ski Goggle series are described as comfortable technical ski goggles ideal for winter activities. That'll do me nicely. Once upon a time I never used to wear ski goggles.  I'd either brave [...]

========= Bunkbeds (Hostel Life) =========

ClinkNOORD – A new kind of social travel experience

By | September 29th, 2015|Categories: Holland, Hostel Life|Tags: , , , |

ClinkNOORD, now that's how you open a hostel! What a weekend! Confession --> Before last week I had never visited Amsterdam before. That's terrible I know, but to be honest I'd always foreseen that I would [...]

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

By | May 6th, 2015|Categories: Hostel Life|Tags: |

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 [...]

Hostel Life Dilemmas

By | December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Hostel Life|Tags: , |

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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