The most popular blogs on The Travel Hack in 2014

Popular blog posts on The Travel Hack2014 was an amazing year for The Travel Hack. This was the year I really got my teeth stuck in with blogging and I’m so amazingly lucky to be able to call this my job!

My readership doubled during the year and The Travel Hack was named as one of the UK’s top 10 travel blogs! Can I get a whoop, whoop?

Finally, my hard work was starting to pay off and I couldn’t be happier.

I have big plans for 2015 but before we start with that, here are some of the most popular blog posts from The Travel Hack from 2014…

 

Popular Blog Posts on The Travel Hack10 things you didn’t know about Ljubljana

My trip to Slovenia in June was one of my surprising highlights of the year. I’d been to Ljubljana the November before and I’d liked it but I didn’t LOVE it. Visiting in the summer was like visiting a completely different place and this trip made me realise how a bit of sunshine, good company and a flexible itinerary can mean the difference between a good trip and an amazing trip.

Lonely Planet named Ljubljana as no.2 on the list of best places to visit in Europe in 2014 so there was a huge surge in interest for this little known city. I also loved getting out and about and exploring more of Slovenia’s gorgeous countryside and small coastline.

 

Popular Blog Posts on The Travel Hack 2How to survive living in a campervan…for a year…with a boy

This is a consistently popular post on the blog and it’s all about the highs and lows of living in a campervan in Australia. Sam and I lived in ours for well over a year and it was one of the best times of my life. We were free to go wherever we wanted, whenever we wanted and didn’t have a worry in the world.

But, let’s be honest, living in a campervan is kind of gross. As you’ll find out if you read this!

 

3 Popular Blog Posts on The Travel HackWhat women should wear when travelling in India

India was one of my travel highlights from 2013 but it isn’t an easy country to travel around. I’m so pleased I was able to write this post and help lots of other women who, like me, struggled to know what to pack.

You need to dress conservatively in India but it’s such a hot country, how do you do that without melting into a pool of sweat?

 

4 Popular Blog Posts on The Travel Hack10 reasons to love Barbados

As if I even need to tell you why you’d love Barbados. It’s a dream destination for nearly everyone and I was lucky enough to visit not once but twice in 2014 and once in 2013.

Gorgeous beaches, sunshine, rum, great food and great people are among the many, many reasons why you’d love Barbados.

 

5 Popular Blog Posts on The Travel HackMy favourite travel vloggers

Vlogging is still something I haven’t managed to master – I just feel way too awkward and look way too weird talking to the camera. This doesn’t mean I don’t love watching other people vlog and I’m finding myself watching more and more vlogs over reading blogs. I don’t think there are many travel vloggers who are really amazing, not in the same way there are with fashion, beauty or family vlogs, but these guys are all rocking it.

 

6 Popular Blog Posts on The Travel HackQuirky and unusual weekend escapes in the UK

It seems I’m not the only one with a love for all the amazing places we have in the UK.

There are so many quirky places to stay in the UK. A lot of us Brits are guilty of travelling half way around the world and ignoring what we have on our doorstep. Why not make 2015 the year you travel more in the UK and stay in some of these cool places!

 

7 Popular Blog Posts on The Travel HackMy secrets to packing light

A couple of years ago I was a serial overpacker. I would use every ounce of my luggage allowance and often have to wear 3-4 layers of clothing just to get all of my clothes on the plane. I didn’t understand why anyone would travel light. You have a luggage allowance, why wouldn’t you use it?

And then I took a couple of trips where I travelled with hand luggage only and it changed my life forever!

OK, that’s an exaggeration, but I suddenly realised the benefits of travelling light. It’s so easy! You feel free, you don’t need to worry about lost luggage, it’s cheaper and there’s no more waiting at the baggage carasouel.

Packing light is an art form and it takes years to master. I’m slowly getting there and this post includes my top tips.

 

10 Popular Blog Posts on The Travel HackSex and drugs in Amsterdam

I don’t think I need to tell you why this post is so popular. Any blog post title with the words ‘sex’ and ‘drugs’ will always do well. Add ‘topless’ and you’ve pretty much got the perfect post.

I’ve left this post on the list because I genuinely think it’s a goodie. It’s all about the Dutch’s liberal attitude to sex and drugs, how much prostitutes earn, what’s really legal and my take on it all.

 

9 Popular Blog Posts on The Travel HackWhere to find the best sunset views in Paris

Ahhh, Paris. One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. And what is more romantic than watching the sunset and then seeing the stars come out and the Eiffel Tower come to life with twinkling lights?

As you can tell, I really enjoyed my time in Paris and I really, really enjoyed watching the sunset.

 

8 Popular Blog Posts on The Travel HackReview: The Caribee Fast Track Wheeled Backpack

Not the most exciting post in the world but if you’re looking for a new suitcase, make sure you check this out.

I’m somewhere between a backpacker and a suitcaser. You know, I like the adventurous and exciting travel but I also like luxury and the simplicity of wheels. I test out a lot of luggage and the Caribee Fast Track is by far the best. It just makes travelling so flipping easy!

I have my eye on the smaller version for shorter trips and I think it would be perfect for future travels with Baby.

Thank you so much for following along with The Travel Hack last year. I’m hoping 2015 will be just as exciting!

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (7)
  1. It’s funny – I remember reading quite a few of these posts and finding them really interesting/helpful such as the quirky UK breaks and I read the Ljubljana one with great interest because I went in May during a nice period sunny weather and completely fell in love with the place! Congrats on all your success with the blog this year!

  2. You’ve had a great year and we hope 2015 is even better for you.
    We’ve been inspired by a lot of your posts, especially earlier one’s to take the plunge and create our own travel blog.
    We look forward to reading your updates and let’s be honest you’ve been prolific over the Christmas period we’ve struggled keeping up!
    Best wishes for 2015
    Rob & Bridget

  3. Yes, you can get a whoop, whoop! 🙂 It’s a lot of work to write your way up in the travel blogging world and you have done exceptionally well. I enjoy your blogs posts, keep on writing. Happy travels!

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