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 =========

Snowboarding in Krvavec – Video

March 14th, 2017|

Snowboarding in Krvavec, hopefully you’ve read the article by now .. no? Well I’ll post a link below, but in a nutshell Krvavec was cloudy, but still a great budget destination for snow lovers such […]

The Magical Lantern Festival – London

March 6th, 2017|

The Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens, how best to describe a brisk evening spent wandering among huge, rainbow coloured works of art representing the silk road and spreading messages or peace […]

Sungod Revolts ski goggles – Review

February 23rd, 2017|

Sungod Revolts are a bit of a game changer.  Ski goggles (or snowboard goggles in my case), which are affordable, stylish, customisable and most importantly, outstanding quality.

In short, #lifelooksbetter when you’re wearing a pair […]

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========= 2017 Travel Plans =========

Feb 2017

Krvavec - Slovenia

Snowboarding weekend

Mar 2017

Centre Parcs

Family weekend away

Mar 2017


Snowboarding weekend

Apr 2017


Mini Easter break

May 2017



=== Backpacks (Travel Luggage) ===

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) ===

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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