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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 =========

The cost of 3 nights in Pula, Croatia

October 20th, 2016|

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 […]

The ArcelorMittal Orbit – The slide of your life

August 23rd, 2016|

The ArcelorMittal Orbit, whether you think it odd looking, slightly crazy,  or just plain eccentric the tangled and looping mass of red and grey is the UK’s tallest and a new (ish) landmark within London’s much […]

An overnight trip to Cambridge (and your chance to win £500)

August 2nd, 2016|

Cambridge was calling, just an hour or so by train from central London, but even the excitement of new adventures couldn’t hide the fact that it was 6.55am when my alarm went off. Blur, yuk, […]

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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 =========

The cost of 2 nights in Copenhagen, Denmark

By | July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Budget Travel, Denmark|Tags: , , |

What is the cost of 2 nights in Copenhagen? Is Copenhagen an expensive city to visit? Yes ... and no. It is expensive to an extent, but equally there are a number of free/cheap things [...]

Maximising cashback, points and airmiles from online bookings

By | March 26th, 2015|Categories: Airmiles, Budget Travel|

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 [...]

Budget Snowboarding in Vogel (Slovenia) with the Julian Alps Pass

By | March 17th, 2015|Categories: Budget Travel, Slovenia|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

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

Review: SPRAYWAY Men’s Crag Jacket #therainreturns

By | October 1st, 2015|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , |

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|Categories: Reviews, Travel Tech|Tags: |

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 ... Numinous [...]

Review: Vango Freedom 60+20L Travel Backpack

By | May 8th, 2015|Categories: Reviews, Travel Tech|Tags: |

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) =========

Hostel Review: Clink 78 – Kings Cross, London

By | August 28th, 2014|Categories: Hostel Life, Reviews|Tags: |

Staying in a hostel for the night, when I live in the same city?  ... yep, guilty.  But I recently stay at Clink 78 with good reason. So to a couple of weeks ago, where [...]

Hostel life: Top or bottom bunk?

By | August 7th, 2014|Categories: Hostel Life|Tags: , |

Top or bottom bunk? Honestly, I'm not just out to insult those of you that like sleeping on the top bunk.  For those of you who don't know what the Inbetweeners is, its a British [...]

Dorm Room Dilemma’s

By | October 17th, 2013|Categories: Hostel Life|Tags: , |

Dorm Room Dilemma's - say what you see.  This post is simply going to investigate those tough and awkward situations that often rear their fugly heads when sharing a hostel dorm room with a bunch [...]

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