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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!



  1. October 28, 2014 / 11:38 am

    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 🙂

    • October 28, 2014 / 11:41 am

      Thanks Sabine, I will do!
      I’m a little bit terrified about travelling with the extra person already!

  2. October 28, 2014 / 11:38 am

    Congratulations Monica! Such exciting news x

  3. October 28, 2014 / 11:39 am

    Amazing news, congratulations Monica (and Sam) 😀

    • October 28, 2014 / 11:40 am

      Thanks Neil! I should really say ‘WE are having a baby’ shouldn’t I. I didn’t do this all on my own 😉

  4. October 28, 2014 / 11:43 am

    Congratulations! V excited for you and looking forward to reading the upcoming posts! X

  5. October 28, 2014 / 11:52 am

    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

    • October 29, 2014 / 8:27 am

      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!

  6. October 28, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see all the fabulous adventures you have with Baby Travel Hack 🙂

    • October 29, 2014 / 8:27 am

      Haha, thanks Jessi. I think Baby Travel Hack will have to do a few guest posts for the blog!

  7. October 28, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    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.

    • October 29, 2014 / 8:30 am

      Thanks Jess. My parents are already very keen to babysit while I’m away so I hope there’s going to be lots of travels both with and without baby!

  8. October 28, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    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!

    • October 29, 2014 / 8:32 am

      I did the same on Facebook to my personal account and it was such a shock for my friends. They had no idea!

  9. October 28, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    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 🙂

    • October 29, 2014 / 8:32 am

      I thought that might be a giveaway. I’ve been dropping little hints for a few weeks now but you’re the first person to say you picked up on one!

  10. October 28, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    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.

    • October 29, 2014 / 8:33 am

      Thanks Elizabeth! I don’t want to jinx it but my first half has been perfect so I really hope the second half is too. Keep your fingers crossed!

  11. October 28, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    Absolutely incredible news, Monica – congratulations! I think this is going to be one well-travelled baby 😉 x

    • October 29, 2014 / 8:33 am

      Thanks Emily, it definitely will be!

  12. Christine
    October 28, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    Congratulations! I took my first flight when I was 3 months old and haven’t stopped…hahaha. (I’m 44)


    • October 29, 2014 / 8:34 am

      Ah amazing. I think this little baby will be the same!

  13. October 29, 2014 / 8:18 am

    Congratulations Monica!

  14. October 29, 2014 / 8:32 am

    Oh my goodness!!!! Congratulations! I was expecting the surprise to be “I’m moving to new york” or something haha 🙂 all the best Monica!

    • October 29, 2014 / 8:35 am

      Haha, I thought people would think that too. Or ‘I’m taking a RTW trip!’ Maybe in the future…just with a baby in tow!

  15. October 29, 2014 / 8:37 am

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  16. October 29, 2014 / 8:40 am

    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 🙂

    • October 29, 2014 / 8:46 am

      Thanks Ayla! In my mind I’m thinking it’s just a teeny tiny little bundle. It can’t be that hard to travel with….right? I hope I’m not being naive!

  17. October 29, 2014 / 8:41 am

    Wow that’s great! Congratulations! How exciting for you and your jet-setter in the making 🙂

    • October 29, 2014 / 8:45 am

      Thanks Oceana! Let’s just hope he baby doesn’t hate travelling, that would really ruin my plans 😉

  18. October 29, 2014 / 8:54 am

    Congratulations Monica! We are team Trtl wish you all the best! Who knows, maybe we’ll even have a kids version soon enough for your little jetsetter to try out! 🙂

    • October 30, 2014 / 1:48 pm

      Hehe, that would be amazing! Anything that helps a little baby to sleep on a plane will be welcomed with open arms!

  19. October 29, 2014 / 9:12 am

    That’s fantastic news Monica. Congratulations and a huge hug from me! xxx

    • October 30, 2014 / 1:49 pm

      Thanks Kat! Hopefully I’ll see you soon and get that hug for real!

  20. October 29, 2014 / 9:13 am

    Amazing news Monica! A baby and a French Bulldog? Your house is going to be the absolute cutest! X

    • October 29, 2014 / 2:24 pm

      Or the most chaotic house ever? The dog is so spoilt he definitely thinks he’s the baby so I’m not sure how we’re going to cope!

  21. October 29, 2014 / 9:22 am

    Congratulations! Such amazing news, your baby is going to be a little jetsetter! Hope the pregnancy goes well xxx

  22. October 29, 2014 / 9:50 am

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

    • October 29, 2014 / 2:23 pm

      Thank you Veronika. It’s such an exciting time!

  23. October 29, 2014 / 10:31 am

    Congratulations and soon it will be a welcome to family travel blogging 🙂

    I look forward to reading about your adventures

  24. October 29, 2014 / 11:07 am

    Congrats Monica! I’m glad you’re still planning on traveling with the baby, gotta start them young!

  25. October 29, 2014 / 11:37 am

    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!

    • October 29, 2014 / 2:21 pm

      Thanks Tash! It’s been hard keeping it a secret all this time so I’m looking forward to being able to blog about it!

  26. October 29, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    Congratulations Monica that’s lovely news!

  27. October 29, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    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

    • October 30, 2014 / 1:46 pm

      Thanks Pam. It’s kind of the same over here too. We usually only tell close family and friends up until the 12 week scan.

  28. October 29, 2014 / 5:33 pm

    Congratulations ! Can’t wait to see how you travel with a baby – Best Wishes !

    • October 30, 2014 / 1:45 pm

      Thanks Natasha. I’m really looking forward to it too but a little nervous. No more quick and easy, spontaneous trips with no luggage!

  29. October 29, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    That is so exciting! Congrats! I look forward to reading about your travels with the little one!

  30. October 29, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    Congratulations! I wonder how many countries has the little one already visited? 🙂

    • October 30, 2014 / 1:44 pm

      I’ve just worked it out and the little one has travelled to 12! (if you count England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales)
      It’s going to be a jetsetter alright!

  31. October 29, 2014 / 7:29 pm

    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!

    • October 30, 2014 / 1:42 pm

      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.

  32. October 29, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Congratulations Monica! Such happy news. With all your travelling lately hope you haven’t been suffering.

    Here’s to the next chapter on The Travel Hack x

    • October 30, 2014 / 1:41 pm

      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.

  33. October 29, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    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!!!

    • October 30, 2014 / 1:40 pm

      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!

  34. Constanza
    October 29, 2014 / 11:08 pm

    Hi! I’ve been reading you for a short time but CONGRATULATIONSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! <3

  35. October 30, 2014 / 3:45 am

    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.

    • October 30, 2014 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks Amanda! I’ve been reading lots of your posts about travelling with little ones and it’s making me feel much better!

      • October 30, 2014 / 2:16 pm

        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?!

  36. October 30, 2014 / 7:44 am

    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

    • October 30, 2014 / 1:30 pm

      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!

  37. October 30, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Congratulations, Monica! That is such exciting news! I wish you a very healthy rest of your pregnancy!

  38. October 30, 2014 / 5:32 pm

    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!

    • November 6, 2014 / 7:28 pm

      Ah I remember. You were just about to leave on an amazing honeymoon! Thanks so much and I’m so glad you’ve felt inspired to blog more too!

  39. December 10, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    Congratulations! Sorry I’m a bit late to this news, just saw your tweet.
    very exciting and no doubt the best adventure ever 🙂

    • December 11, 2014 / 8:53 pm

      Thanks Sara. A very exciting new adventure 🙂

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