Skip to Content


Welcome to The Travel Hack

I’m Monica and I’m a travel writer and blogger based in Wales.

The Travel Hack began in 2009 while backpacking around Asia and Australia. I share travel hacks and inspiration to help you get out and see the world as well as tips and ideas for days out with kids!

Latest blog posts

Read all the latest posts from the blog here.

My recent trips have taken me to Krakow in Poland and Vilnius in Lithuania to prove you can have a short break for £200 or less!


The Travel Hack Tote is the latest bag in the range. This large shoulder bag is the perfect dimensions for the easyJet ‘free’ underseat cabin bag and it’s big enough for a weekend away!

With plenty of handy pockets and compartments, this tote will keep all of your documents, gadgets and clothes neatly organised. There’s a pocket for all of your bits and bobs so nothing gets lost!


The Travel Hack Backpack can be used as the ‘free’ underseat bag on Ryanair flights and has plenty of clever compartments to keep your belongings organised for stress-free travels and days out.

This is a diverse backpack and is a popular choice not only for travelling but for work, hiking, a baby bag or a gym bag.


This is more than just a cabin case. This is a stylish way to breeze through the airport, knowing your suitcase is the perfect size to get onboard the plane! With easy access pockets and a top handbag compartment, The Travel Hack Cabin Case makes it easy to remove belongings for security and access everything you need during the flight.

Why you should take your family camping in Europe

Have you ever considered a family camping holiday to Europe? Many people will have grown up with their family summer holidays spent camping in Europe but, if you’re anything like …

20 things to do in Salou, Spain

If you’re heading to Salou for your summer holidays this year then you’re in for a treat because there are so many things to do in Salou! I visited Salou …

How to create the ultimate kids activity pack for travel

Today I’m sharing my ultimate kids activity pack that is perfect for travel or whenever you need to keep your kids entertained in small spaces! If, like me, you have …

5 ideas for your best family holiday yet

I’ve just returned from a family holiday to Majorca and it’s given me a taster for our future family holidays. As much as I love a ‘flop ‘n drop’ beach …

Your family holiday packing list with printable holiday checklist

This family holiday packing list includes affiliate links. If you’re packing for a family holiday and you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by all the stuff you need then I’m here …

10 Tips to survive UK airport chaos this summer

If you’re travelling from a UK airport this summer you might be feeling a bit nervous about the current chaotic situation. The news is full of images of ridiculously long …

Cedar Tree: The travel insurance you need this summer that covers against Covid and cancellations!

This blog post has been created in collaboration with Cedar Tree. As with all collaborations on The Travel Hack, this is a brand I use myself and I’d only ever …

A travel hack for the cheapest day out possible with Stagecoach Bus Trip Challenge

This post has been created in collaboration with Stagecoach but all opinions are my own. We all know the cost of living is rising. It’s a hard fact to avoid …

Using vacuum sealed bags for travelling: The BEST way to save luggage space

Have you seen the viral videos online showing people packing for a month away using vacuum sealed bags and just a tiny suitcase or backpack? If you’ve ever used a …

10 things to do in Vilnius in Lithuania for a weekend break

If you’re looking for a new weekend break destination then I have a great suggestion for you today – Vilnius in Lithuania! I’m sure many people won’t have heard of …

Cooler backpacks and cool bags for a perfect summer picnic

A cooler backpack is one of those things I’ve wanted for so long but I managed to stop myself from buying one because, while I really wanted one, I didn’t …

Barcelo Nura Review: Our 5 star Menorca all inclusive

We’ve just returned from a 4-night stay at Barcelo Nura in Biniancollet on the south coast of Menorca so I thought I’d share a quick review and some helpful tips …