Weekend Reads #18


Thank you so, so much to everyone who has applied to join The Travel Hack team! I’ve had 256 applications so I’m REALLY sorry if I haven’t replied to you yet.

Most of the team is now finalised and I’ll be revealing who the new Travel Hacks are next week. Our first travel hack is even going on a press trip to Menorca this weekend. She’ll be taking over our Instagram with her gorgeous sunny shots from Tuesday next week.

This weekend I’m off to Sherwood Forest (home of Robin Hood) to stay in a beautiful forest lodge with Forest Holidays. There are some Forestry Commission gigs there this weekend and tonight we’re watching Tom Odell and Paloma Faith on Sunday. I can’t wait!

Anyway, onto the weekend reads and my favourite posts from the blogsophere this week…

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 19.55.02What makes the expat lifestyle so addictive? {The Wall Street Journal}

“Are expats a shallow group roaming the globe with fat wallets in search of the next challenge high? Or does the lifestyle offer people something more attractive: a quality of life that satisfies the desire to feel like a self-determined individual?”

An interesting debate, particularly as many readers of The Travel Hack are either expats or would like to become expats in one way or another.


Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 19.45.15A Perfect Two Days on Inle Lake {Never Ending Footsteps}

Well doesn’t this look absolutely incredibly gorgeous. I’ve been reading a lot about Burma recently and I’d really love to visit. It looks beautiful, exciting and unique and if I were to ever go I’m definitely adding Inle Lake to my to-see list!



Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 12.52.372,300 Travel Blogs {joaoleitao.com}

Yes, that’s right. 2,300 travel blogs! If you’re looking for some new blog reading then this is the place to find it. The blogs are split into categories so it’s really easy to find the perfect blog for you. I can’t believe there are so many vegan travel blogs!


Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 19.19.22Weekend Wanderlust: Goa {The Goa Experience}

I’ve been desperate to go back to India pretty much since I returned two years ago. I was only there for two weeks and it just wasn’t long enough! Now that George is my little travel buddy I’ve got my eye on Goa as I think this would be one of the easiest places in India to visit with a little one. The beaches look incredible, there are hotels geared up for family travel and I’ve heard the food in Southern India is just amazing.

Check out that link and scroll down to see 5 reasons to love Goa. I’m sold!

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 10.12.0124 tips to travel on a budget {Travelettes}

There are so many great tips here. I particularly like the tip about knowing how much your money is worth. Its’s hard to know when you’re being ripped off if you’re not sure how much things should cost – especially when you’re in a touristy area and virtually everything is a rip off!


Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 19.38.05Travel and Anxiety: Fighting the fear {On the Luce}

So many people suffer from anxiety and, as Lucy points out in this post, most of the things that cause anxiety are encountered while you travel. Flying, heights, injections and germs are just some of the common causes. Lucy admits that she suffers from anxiety but she doesn’t let that stop her from travelling and she’s got some really great tips for anyone else who wants to overcome anxiety.


Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 19.44.49How to live longer, improve your sex life, Memory and Sleep {Inside the Travel Lab}

If you want these four things then you need to check out this new project with four of my favourite travel bloggers. The bloggers have teamed up with Headwater Holidays who specialise in relaxing but active holidays. They’ll each be having an active holiday to get a little bit of exercise (or rather A LOT, so it seems!) Relaxation, activity and fitness holidays are my favourite so I’ll be following the bloggers to see how they get on!

One for the bloggers

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 20.02.23Tips to leave your job and become a full time freelancer {The Travel Hack}

This is a post I wrote last year but it’s been getting a lot of love recently (thank you, Pinterest!) Here are all of my best tips for anyone who would like to either freelance full time of become a full time blogger. It can be scary leaving a stable job to work for yourself but it’s so rewarding and so much fun. Personally, I think the final tip is the very best; happy clients = a happy bank balance.



  1. Mima Isono 6 years ago

    I never thought I could find 2,300 travel blogs in one site. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Mima || Tokyo Blogger || http://tiptoeingworld.com

  2. Lucy 6 years ago

    Thanks for the mention Monica!

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