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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!

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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.

16 tips to take great photos of your kids on holiday

I shared a few photos of Alba on Instagram earlier this week and received a flurry of messages (OK, about 10 messages) from people asking for some tips for taking …

20 of the best castles in Wales you HAVE to visit!

Did you know there are 427 castles in Wales? Some are nearly 1,000 years old and some are well-preserved with lavish and authentic interiors. Others have partially fallen to ruins …

Is a standing desk really worth it? Using the FlexiSpot E7 Standing Desk?

Is a standing desk really worth it? Here’s my review of the FlexiSpot E7 Standing Desk and my experience using it. I’ve been intrigued by the concept of standing desks …

Where to go for a cheap family holiday in 2023? Holiday destination swaps to save money!

Where should you go for a family holiday? It’s a big question at the moment as holiday prices are sky rocketing for 2023! It doesn’t seem fair that just as …

Princess Cruises FAQs + how much does it cost to go on a cruise?

When I returned from my cruise last month I opened up my Instagram stories to your questions. Most of you had already told me you’d never been on a cruise …

25 things to do in Covent Garden, London

I think it’s safe to assume that very few people have visited London without setting foot in Covent Garden, but did you know there’s so many things to do here …

10 things to do on a cruise ship during sea days

Sea days on a cruise ship: What do you do during a day at sea on a cruise? After returning from my recent cruise with Princess Cruises, the question I’ve …

10 Things to do from La Coruna cruise port, Spain

La Coruna was probably my favourite stop during my recent cruise with Princess Cruises. We’d already been to Guernsey, La Rochelle and Bilbao so, after three beautiful destinations, it’s a …

Life Hacks: The exercise routine that has changed everything

I’m not being dramatic here. This isn’t some click bait title followed by a useless fluffy blog post. I have genuinely established an exercise routine that has actually changed everything.  …

Alton Towers Splash Landings Hotel Review

We’ve just returned from a family stay at Alton Towers Splash Landings Hotel so I’m here today to share my review and tell you all about it. I’ve wanted to …

10 things to know before your first cruise

I was lucky enough to take my fifth cruise recently so I’m working my way towards actually knowing what I’m doing on a cruise! But I remember my first cruise …

Postcards from Ile de Re France: Visiting Ile de Re from a cruise

Visiting Ile de Re from a cruise ship was one of the highlights from my recent trip with Princess Cruises. Our second stop aboard the Sky Princess was La Rochelle …