A travel site that has beautiful images and articles with a real life edge to them, The Travel Hack is a blog that you need to be following. The founder, Monica, started the site back in 2009 when she was travelling through Asia and Australia for two years, and today the site is one of Englands top ten travel blogs! The Travel Hack has a team of ten including cute little baby George (the 1-year-old globe trotter) and is still growing. You can find a huge range of travel topics on the website, all aimed towards affordable luxury travelling, including destination guides, blogging advice, travel hack and packing tips. I caught up with Monica, to talk about her favourite travel moments and her life as a full-time travel blogger…
Q. What is your favorite thing about travel blogging?
– There are so many things I love about being a travel blogger. I love working for myself and being able to choose projects I’m passionate about. I love the freedom and flexibility and I enjoy the creativity that comes with blogging. I love working with other bloggers and meeting people from the travel industry. But, most of all, I love the travelling! Travelling the world and then sharing my experiences with my readers is the best!
Q. You are not only a travel blogger, you freelance as a social media consultant as well, what does that part of your job entail?
– I began my career in social media management so I still work as a consultant for travel brands. I teach them how to use their social media channels effectively in order to increase brand awareness or sales. I specialise in teaching people to use social media in a time efficient way to get the most of these marketing channels without sacrificing other areas of online marketing. I promote using social media in a natural way to build a strong and loyal following. Blogging really helps as a social media consultant as I stay ahead of the social trends and can pass on any information and create new campaigns for clients.
Q. What advice would you give to those looking to start a blog?
– Don’t put it off, just start blogging! Lots of people want to start a blog but they worry about things like a blog name, design, theme, logo, and niche. The hardest part is putting your fingers to a keyboard and starting blogging. Create 20-30 blog posts and then worry about all the other aspects. Remember that very few people will see your blog for the first 6 months so this is your chance to make mistakes and write a few silly posts. Everyone did this at first!
Q. Is there a destination you are most looking forward to visiting next?
– I have a trip to Paris booked with my partner next month which I’m really looking forward to. We’re leaving our son with my parents and we’ll have a grown up weekend away for a nice change!
Q. What has been your most treasured moment while traveling?
– My partner proposed while we were in the Maldives last year and that was a very special moment. We were in our little beach villa and he called me outside to the pool. Our son was 6 months at the time and I saw he was wearing this cute little vest that said, ‘Mummy, will you marry my daddy?’ and Sam was down on one knee! It’s a moment I’ll never forget.
Q. Now you are a mum, how has The Travel Hack changed?
– The Travel Hack has changed a lot but also not changed at all. I still focus on affordable luxury and tips to make travel as simple and easy as possible. That will never change, no matter how many kids we have traveling with us! I do now have a team of bloggers who travel around the world and contribute to the blog. I outsource much more of my work and do the occasional ‘baby-friendly’ holiday. Most of my readers don’t have children but many know they’d like kids at some point in the future. Many are worried they’ll have to stop travelling when they have kids and will be restricted to CentreParcs and Butlins. I love showing people that this isn’t the case and you can still travel the world with kids. You can’t go clubbing and you’ll probably avoid fancy restaurants but, other than that, not a lot needs to change!
Q. What are your travel essentials?
– A comfy pair of shoes because there’s nothing worse than getting blisters while you’re travelling. A backpack with wheels so you can alternate between carrying it and wheeling it. A Kindle or tablet loaded with books and magazines because travelling involves A LOT of time stuck on planes and buses. A good camera to capture all of those amazing moments you won’t want to forget.
Q. Do you have a favourite travel book?
– I’m a big fan of Bill Bryson and love Down Under. I’m currently reading The Rosie Project. I’m part of a book club but I’m always so far behind. My favorite types of travel books are fictional stories based in an unusual destination. You learn all about the destination and it’s combined with a great read.
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Love Sophie xx