About Ssi-ch

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

I began travel blogging in 2009 when I left the UK to travel for two years. I bought a backpack and a one-way ticket to Australia and had the most amazing 2 years of my life as I travelled through Asia and around Oz in a battered old campervan. From the moment that ticket was booked I was hooked on travel and I’ve barely stopped ever since. You can see my blogging timeline here!

Ssi-ch is all about weekend breaks and affordable adventures. I love exploring new countries and cultures, getting involved with exciting activities and generally having fun. I also love the stylish side of travel and I like to stay in nice hotels and eat in stylish or unusual restaurants. I’m not always talking about 5* glamour but affordable luxury and unusual experiences.

My travel style has changed slightly as I’m now a mum to two gorgeous boys, George (3) and Joseph (2). We travel as a family as much as possible but I also enjoy the odd mum-cation, a romantic trip or a holiday with my friends.

I don’t ‘travel hack’ in the traditional sense of collecting points but travel hacking to me is all about getting as much out of every travel experience possible. It’s about travelling more, seeing more, doing more, experiencing more and getting more for your money.

I’m lucky enough to call travel 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.

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

^ Visiting an Ice Hotel in Finland


What's it really like to visit Saudi Arabia?

Visiting Saudi Arabia for the formula-e racing


Transylvanian Holidays: Bran Castle

At Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania


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


A gorgeous trip to Rotterdam


Halong Bay in Vietnam
Everyone loves a giant walnut
Prior to the epic drive along the Nullabor, Australia
That’s why I’m not a gymnast
Climbing Mt Kinabalu (smiling through gritted teeth!)
The first fish I ever caught while living and working on Mackerel Island
Go Go Power Rangers! Excited before my first ever diving drip
Driving ‘The Green Machine’ around Oz
My wheels on Magnetic Island, Oz
Fave pic ever
Yes, that’s a Komodo Dragon behind me!
The Three Lakes in Flores, Indonesia
Diving the USAT Liberty shipwreck in Bali
Contemplating life with a view over Phi Phi
Skydiving over Rainbow Beach, OzWhithaven BeachFull Moon party in ThailandDiving the USAT Liberty shipwreck in BaliThe Three Lakes in Flores, Indonesia


Full Moon party in Thailand
Whitehaven Beach


Monica is the founder and editor of Ssi-ch. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of affordable luxury travel experiences.Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!

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  1. 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

    1. 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!

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Ssi-ch Travel Blog

Ssi-ch is a blog about stylish adventure travel and affordable luxury.

We believe luxurious travel can be affordable and isn't just for the rich. Follow along with our worldwide adventures as we share our trips and tips for incredible travel experiences on a modest budget.