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About Me

About Me

Hi, I’m Monica  and welcome to my blog!

The Travel Hack is a travel blog, mostly documenting my weekend trips and budget breaks. But it’s also a blog about motherhood and microadventures, making the most out of every weekend and getting out and about with your little ones!

I’m a British travel blogger based in North Wales with my three children. I blog about our life in the countryside and our mini adventures.

I started blogging in 2009  while I was backpacking around Asia. I became hooked on travel and I barely stopped for the next 11 years! I travelled a lot….and then COVID-19 hit….and I started blogging about my life in Wales and focusing on shorter, budget-friendly trips and weekend breaks.

I’m lucky enough to call  blogging my full time career and I also write about creating lifestyle careers and working to live, not living to work. I posts about my home in Wales and love to share travel tips.

I have a range of luggage which currently includes The Travel Hack Cabin Case, Travel Hack Backpack, Travel Hack Packing Cube and Travel Hack Hybrid. I collaborated with Cabin Max to create stylish but practical luggage that beats the airlines and avoids extra fees when it comes to paying for luggage!

If you like the sound of the blog, please do follow along on Instagram for daily updates.

Here are some of my favourite posts from the blog…

What's it like to stay in an ice hotel?

^ Visiting an Ice Hotel in Finland


Transylvanian Holidays: Bran Castle

At Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania

My incredible Transylvania holiday 


My trip to Miyazaki in Japan


A snowy trip to Finnish Lapland

A recent trip to Cornwall – one of my favourite places in the UK!


Kayaking in the Norwegian fjords

A magical trip to the Norwegian fjords


Phokaia Beach Resort review Mark Warner

A family holiday to Turkey


WowTrip Review: Would you take a mystery holiday?

Taking a mystery holiday with WowTrip


Ireland Road Trip: A 1 Week Itinerary

An epic Irish road trip


A trip to the Orkney Islands in Scotland

Our first three months with our baby girl


Wednesday 3rd of August 2022

Love the Travel Hack cabin max back pack, but it is currently unavailable. Do you happen to know at all when it might be back in stock?!?


Thursday 4th of February 2021

It's great how many times you have a good time in different countries. I would like to know when did you decide to blog and what domain (host) do you use?


Friday 5th of February 2021

I started blogging as soon as I started travelling after uni in 2009. I use a private host called

Amal Owasi

Monday 25th of May 2020

Monica, I'm so inspired by your blogs, I've read almost 50 in the past week and I must say you have put in a lot of effort into this blog. Loved how you portray each place and your experience of visiting it. Truly inspiring and motivating.

Janice Barrett

Monday 8th of July 2019

Have you ever tried home exchanges? We've done quite a few and its a great way to really get to know a place. Jan


Thursday 11th of July 2019

We haven't ever done this. My partner isn't keen on the idea of someone staying in our house and our house has always been a bit of a work in progress. Maybe in the future!