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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 and getting out and about with your little ones!

I’m a British travel blogger based in North Wales where I live with my partner, Sam, and our 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.

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. Sam and I have have 4-day weekends so we can travel as much as possible and enjoy time in Wales as a family.

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

Sophie

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?!?

Nadya

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?

Monica

Friday 5th of February 2021

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

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.

Azzi

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Hey really awesome your post indicate your enjoyment level! I am loving it i am following you!

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

TheTravelHack

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!