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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.

How to Plan Your Dream Cruise Vacation

If you’re dreaming of setting sail on the open seas, soaking up the sun, and exploring exotic destinations, then planning a cruise holiday might just be your ticket to paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a first-time cruiser, creating the ideal cruise escape demands a touch of expertise and knowledge. Finding the Right Cruise …

What to wear on a hiking date

Have you got a hiking date planned and you’re not sure what to wear? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with this simple post about what to wear on a hiking date. I get it, you’ll want to look cute but you want to look the part too. Thankfully, it’s easy to do! Here’s how …

10 travel hacks to survive early morning flights

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has eagerly booked an early morning flight, thinking it’ll be great to arrive early and have a full day in my destination. Those early morning flights are usually cheaper too so I feel like I’ve got a double winner with a bargain flight and an extra day …

11 tips to book a cheap family holiday

Is there ever any way to have a cheap family holiday? I often think I’ve found a bargain but when I start adding it all together it still works out really expensive! I have three children so family holidays are rarely ‘cheap’ but I do have some travel hacks to cut costs and keep it …

How to save money on weekend trips

If you’re looking to save money on weekend trips then you’re in the right place because I have lots of great tips and travel hacks to share! Weekend breaks are on the rise and more people than ever before are ditching the traditional 2-week holiday in favour of lots of shorter holidays throughout the year. …

The best toiletries for a trip: What’s in my travel washbag

If you’re packing your toiletries for a trip then you’re probably trying to pack light whilst still taking enough of the essentials! I’ve been a frequent traveller for the past 15 years and here are my tips to pack light and get the best toiletries for a trip. I’ve created lists below that you can …

Globetrotting on a budget: 10 budget travel tips

We’ve all got that friend who seems to be jetting off on holiday every other week. Their social media feeds are filled with exotic beaches, rooftop pools and scenic mountains. But how are they affording it!? Travelling is expensive but what if I told you you don’t need to win a lottery jackpot in order …

Vanity cases for travel: The best vanity cases + everything you need to know

I recently got myself a vanity case for travel so today I’m sharing my thoughts on travelling with a vanity case, the top vanity cases I could find and answer lots of questions about using one! Let’s get started with my overall thoughts on travelling with a vanity case… The awkwardness of travelling with a …

The Carry-On Only Challenge: Packing Light for Your Next Adventure

Travelling with just carry-on luggage is the best. It’s cheaper, easier, and incredibly liberating and you never need everything you pack in a big suitcase anyway. But I’m not going to lie, it can be difficult! You’ve got to be organised and ruthless when you’re packing carry-on only. You need to know exactly what you’ll …

11 things to do in Antalya, Turkey

If you’re planning a holiday to Antalya in Turkey and you want some excitement outside of your hotel resort then I’ve got you covered! There are so many things to do in Antalya, whether you love nature, culture, history, food or picture-perfect towns. Most people who visit will do so on package holidays to Antalya. …

Dreamy places for sailing in Croatia

Sailing along any of Croatia’s beautiful coasts has been on my bucket list for years. The deep, calm waters, the gentle green hills and the serene sky bring peace, tranquility and a contact with nature that is hard to match in other landscapes. Croatia is becoming a popular sailing destination for both experienced and newbies …

The best travelling clothes for ladies: Travel sets for long travel days

If you’re looking for the best travelling clothes for ladies then I have you covered with these comfortable, stylish travel sets. Thankfully, loungewear travel sets and athleisure wear are all the rage right now so you can find affordable, yet elegant and fashionable travel clothes for ladies everywhere. I bet you didn’t think I’d be …