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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.

5 best beach trolleys + what to look for when buying a beach trolley

I’ve been using a beach trolley for nearly two years now to cart the ridiculous amount of stuff we take to the beach. When my kids were little, I loved having a double pushchair to load up with beach paraphernalia but we, stupidly, got rid of it when they got bigger and had to invest …

easyJet hand luggage: 5 best 45x36x20 Cabin Bag

Are you looking for the perfect 45x36x20cm cabin bag? Maybe you’re looking for the ‘free underseat luggage’ you can take on easyJet flights. It’s the bag that fits under the seat in front of you and you don’t need to pay any extra to take it onboard. You might be surprised to find how spacious …

47 things to take to the beach: Your ultimate beach day packing list

We all love a day at the beach but please tell me I’m not alone in forgetting HOW MUCH STUFF you need!? There are so many things to take to the beach to make sure everyone is happy all day. Beach packing is an underrated art form! You think you can just grab a bag, …

30 things to do in Llangollen, North Wales

Llangollen is the prettiest little town in Denbighshire in North Wales, UK. I live about 20 minutes from Llangollen (often shortened to ‘Llan’ by locals) and it’s one of my favourite places to visit on a sunny day. The town is situated on the River Dee so many of the things to do in Llangollen …

12 Abersoch beaches you have to visit

Here are 12 Abersoch beaches you’ll want to visit on your next visit to Abersoch. The most popular thing to do in Abersoch is visit the beach. And rightly so! The beaches in and around Abersoch are stunning and, thanks to that famous Llyn Peninsula microclimate, you often get sunshine when the rest of the …

The Box BNB review: Glamping in a shipping container in North Yorkshire

Would you stay in a shipping container? Probably not, that’s a silly question really isn’t it! What about if the shipping container looked like this…. I’ve just returned from a gorgeous glamping break and this time I had the pleasure of staying in a converted shipping container at The Box BNB in North Yorkshire. It’s …

Review: The Hand Hotel in Llanarmon, Wrexham, the cosiest country hotel

The Hand Hotel in Llanarmon is possibly the cosiest place I’ve ever stayed. It’s all roaring fires and low beams, snug corners with comfy chairs, welcoming smiles and friendly chit chat over large glasses of red wine. I arrived on a snowy Thursday afternoon to find the excitable yet tranquil atmosphere that can only be …

10 famous buildings you have to see in Barcelona

You don’t need me to tell you there are so many famous buildings to see in Barcelona! But to make it a bit easier to plan your trip, I’ve got 10 of Barcelona’s most famous buildings to see when you visit Barcelona! There really is nowhere else in Europe that does architecture like Barcelona. Some …

My Solo Spa Break to Lanzarote

Last week I booked a last minute, solo spa break to Lanzarote. I’d had a rubbish, stressful week and I had a two night window where I could getaway (childfree!!), so I instantly jumped onto Skyscanner to see if I could get any cheap flights anywhere. I was really surprised to find that one of …

Cheap family days out: 15 hacks to save money on family activities

As you probably know, I like to go big on family days out! Whether it’s the weekend or school holidays, I like to have a busy schedule filled with activities to keep the whole family happy and entertained.  I have three energetic kids and, if I’m totally honest, they just drive me mad when we …

How to spend a spa weekend in the Lake District

Are you looking for a relaxing spa weekend in the Lake District? In today’s blog I’m sharing the details from my recent spa break to the Lakes. It was perfect and included a gorgeous spa hotel on Lake Windermere, amazing food, country pubs, pretty villages and an easy but adventurous hike nearby. I’m not going …

The Travel Hack Hybrid is here!

I am so excited to announce The Travel Hack Hybrid Trolley Backpack is here! It’s a hybrid backpack that seamlessly converts from a backpack to a suitcase in seconds and it’s the perfect dimensions for (free!) carry-on luggage for lots of airlines. I am so in love with this bag and I’ve been travelling with …