Hi There!

Where to start hey?

It’s pretty big! … the world that is.

I can’t say I’ve been everywhere, but travelling is my passion and I’ve been lucky enough to hit up a few cool spots.

Hi, and welcome to www.backpacksandbunkbeds.co.uk.  If you’re new here you’ve come to the right page, and even if you’re not new here you may still find this page of use.  So anyway, i’m Neil, hi! I’ve been travelling the globe on and off since 2005.  I now hold a steady job in London but am determined to show the world that having a job doesn’t mean you cannot travel.  I travel by all means too, backpacking, weekend breaks, roadtrips.  As you might have guessed from my site banner, this site started out purely as a backpacking resources, but times are a’ changing and so am I.  Trends in the industry and preferences in the way I travel mean that this blog has evolved into something more.

Outside of work and travel I’m addicted to cheese, football and technology … but that’s not why you’re here is it?  You’re here for some handy travel info.  Tips, tricks, money saving ideas, trip planning, working ideas etc.  Well don’t worry, I have your back!

*Incidental if you did want to know a bit more about me, check my About Me page, or my 30 facts for 30 years post.


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Where do you want to go?

Lets get to it, where do you want to go?

Simply scroll down, take a look at my travel map, zoom in, zoom out, and then click on a country that takes your fancy.  In some cases you may not be able to click through, as although I may have travelled to that country, I don’t actually have any posts written about it. Sorry about that!

Most countries highlighted on the map you will be able to click through on though, and on the next page will be all my stories, tips, budget reports etc from my own travels in that country.

Been here and blogged about it. Go ahead and click!
Been here, but no blog posts, sorry
Not been here, but I know a blogger who has! Click to be redirected to their blog.

Budget Travel

Monzo – the travel money card you both want and need!

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Budget Travel|Tags: |

**UPDATE 14/12/18*** Monzo are now operating current accounts (instead of a simply pre payment card), and right now you can get £5 FREE when opening a new account.  Have a read of the below [...]

The cost of 4 days in Dubai

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Budget Travel, UAE|Tags: , |

Dubai is not an overly budget-friendly city but having affordable dubai holidays is actually possible. It is a city built around extravagance and excess, bright lights and all things shiny. So what exactly was the [...]

The cost of snowboarding in Slovenia – Krvavec

By | February 12th, 2017|Categories: Budget Travel, Slovenia, Snowboarding|Tags: , , |

Budget snowboarding in Slovenia, it is most certainly possible, and I'd like to think I've already proven once it before, having visited and written all about my taking to the slopes in Vogel (2015).  This [...]

Travel Tech

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 [...]

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

By | November 28th, 2014|Categories: Reviews, Technology, Travel Tech|Tags: |

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 [...]

Hostel Life

Sarajevo Hostel Recommendations

By | January 12th, 2016|Categories: Bosnia, Hostel Life|Tags: , , , , |

So you're thinking of heading to Sarajevo eh?  Or maybe you've booked flights to Bosnia already, and now you're wondering where you should stay.  Well, if you looking for a quick guide on the best [...]

Review: The Generator Hostel, London

By | November 19th, 2015|Categories: Hostel Life|Tags: , , |

The Generator Hostel, London. It's a tucked away, but once you find it its as though you're transported to another place entirely. Admittedly the weather most likely made a huge difference in my case. Stepping [...]

10 steps to becoming a better dorm buddy

By | November 12th, 2015|Categories: Hostel Life|Tags: , , |

So this weekend I'm all set to stay in a dorm room, as I visit the Generator hostel in London for the very first time (review to follow next week). As much as I love [...]


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

By | October 29th, 2014|Categories: Volunteering|Tags: , |

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 I [...]

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

By | June 26th, 2014|Categories: Volunteering|Tags: |

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 [...]

Volunteer accommodation – What to expect

By | October 10th, 2012|Categories: Volunteering|Tags: , , , |

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, [...]