My super exciting news

I’ve been keeping a little secret from you guys for the past few months. Actually, it’s not a little secret, it’s probably the biggest secret I’ve ever had.

I don’t even know where to begin so I’m just going to blurt it right out…


Yes, I’m having a baby. A baby!

It still feels like such a strange thing for me to say. Each time I even think these words I can’t help but do a little jig and let out an excited squeal.

I am having a baby!

I’m not even just a little bit pregnant, I’m five months pregnant!

20 week scan | The Travel Hack

I had my 20 week scan on Monday and found out the baby is happy, healthy and progressing perfectly. I’m due in March and we even know the sex (I’ll be revealing it soon!)

I have, of course, known about the pregnancy for some time now but I wanted to make sure everything was OK before announcing it to the blogosphere.

This is by far the strangest and most exciting and most overwhelming blog post I’ve ever written. I’m half way through my pregnancy and it still doesn’t feel real!

I will be going into more detail about my experience and tips for travelling while pregnant and what my plans are for the future.

Nothing is set in stone but I do know I’ll still be travelling, I’ll still be blogging and this baby is going to be a little jetsetter!


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 full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of affordable luxury travel experiences.Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!

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  1. Wow, this is really exciting news. Congratulations with the pregnancy. Soon you’ll be travelling with an extra person. How exciting!!
    Good luck the coming months and keep us posted 🙂

  2. First things first its not a secret anymore and secondly CONGRATS!!! Happy for you and your family. Having a little one in the house is always filled with joyous moments. Last Xmas we had a new one(girl) to play with via my older sister and this year we have a little boy from my brother and sis in law who yesterday welcomed a new addition to the family so forget opening prezzies this xmas because we will all be cooing over the baby. Can’t wait to read more of your updates on this happy news. x

    1. It definitely isn’t a secret anymore! Congrats on the new ones in your family too. My family are already excited for next Christmas, it’s going to be so nice to have a little baby around!

  3. Wow, congrats! Fantastic news 🙂 I have a lot of fun travelling with (and without) my daughter, it will only add joy and new possibilities to your future.

  4. Awww…love that baby photo! God bless him or her! 🙂 I am going to take this idea from you and I am going to do the same whenever I get pregnant – post a scan picture just like you did! It’s so exciting! Congrats!

  5. Congratulations! When you said in your competition post “I’ve got some exciting news” I guessed you might be pregnant…Wonderful news! I will look forward to reading more about your plans. Sally 🙂

  6. Congratulations Monica! That’s so freaking exciting. I’m so happy for you. I had a feeling that’s what your big news was. Hoorah!
    So pleased mother and baby are doing well. Hope the second half of your pregnancy is wonderful.

  7. Congratulations Monica! Such exciting news! I would never be able to stop travelling either when I have kids so I’m looking forward to finding out how your new adventures go with a baby 🙂

  8. So exciting! Congratulation Monica! Wish all the best to you and your little jetsetter. Cannot wait for the new stories 🙂 xxx

  9. Oh oh! Such lovely, exciting news!
    Will be very interested to read coming posts about how you coped with recent travels through your pregnancy – great angle to travel stories, and prep for your next adventures! Have fun, and enjoy this time!

  10. Ha, this is crazy, that was like one thing that never crossed my mind that’s the secret 😀 In Croatia it’s a custom not to say anything for first 3 months not to jinx it so everything goes well 🙂 Sending some good vibes for you too <3

  11. So unbelievably exciting Monica – has it sunk in?! Hope it is all going smoothly for you and from the sounds of things, you’re doing really well with it all, still managing to travel as much as you have done over the last few months! What an exciting time it must be for you!

    1. It hasn’t sunk in at all. I’m not sure when it will. I can feel the baby moving and it still hasn’t really sunk in!
      Everything has gone wonderfully smoothly so far so fingers crossed it stays that way.

    1. Thanks Lula. I’ve actually been very lucky so far and had an easy, trouble-free pregnancy. Let’s hope it stays this way because I have a few more trips lined up before I’ll be stopping travelling abroad for a few months.

  12. Wow!!! Congratulations!!! That sounds awesome!!! It is great to know that you will still be traveling! I never thought that having babies should keep their parents from traveling! Traveling with kids is different but I am sure it can be just as great!!!

    I look forward to more posts about your future plans and travels!!!

    1. Thanks Jana. I’m going to try and squeeze in as much travel as I can while we have a little baby. From what I’ve read, travelling with a little baby is easiest but it gets tough when they’re toddlers!

  13. Wow, big congrats Monica, not what I was expecting as I clicked through but way more exciting! Travelling with little people is the best. Very excited for you!! Hope you’re feeling well.

      1. Oh yes – don’t let anyone put you off travelling with a little one in tow! It’s a totally different way of travelling but equally as fun. And slower, which is often good, right?!

  14. Congratulations Monica! Such exciting news I’m really happy for you! Can’t wait to read about all your new adventures. Having a little one is an adventure in itself. The scan picture is awesome too!! Xx

    1. Thanks so much Rachel. I have a midwife friend who said it’s a really good picture but having nothing to compare it to I don’t really know. I’m obviously a little biased too and think it’s the best 20 week scan I’ve ever seen. I’m already telling people how well behaved the baby was for the scan. I need to calm down!

  15. That’s so exciting Monica! I only met you very briefly in Cyprus (I’ve been checking out the site ever since and attempting to blog more of my travels myself! #inspired) but I found this new exciting enough to pipe up here! Congratulations!!! I hope everything goes well!

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