The Wandering Quinn

Ellie is one of our favourite bloggers here at Travelscoop. We love reading about her latest adventures on her blog The Wandering Quinn. Be sure to check out her YouTube channel too - must view for the aspiring traveller!

The Wandering Quinn

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1st August 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Indonesia to the UK with Qatar Airways in the

What is it like to fly post-lockdown in this 'new normal' travel world? I flew from Lombok Airport to Jakarta International Airport with Garuda Airlines and then from Jakarta to London via Doha Airport with Qatar Airways. There are a few new steps in place now which of course makes sense. First I had to have a rapid Covid blood test done in Indonesia which is mandatory for all domestic travel in Indonesia right now. The next biggest difference was the middle seat left free on the Garuda...

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22nd July 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Kyoto 1 day itinerary

Kyoto is one of the prettiest and most iconic cities to visit in Japan and it must be on your Japan itinerary! There are lots of things to do in Kyoto and places to visit in Kyoto but if you only have one day in Kyoto, that’s ok, you can see many of these on a Kyoto 1 day itinerary. There are many reasons you may spend just 1 day in Kyoto, for me, it was because I was in Japan in Cherry Blossom season so accommodation in Kyoto was really expensive. Therefore I decided to base myself in Osaka...

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29th May 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

How to spend one day in Singapore seeing the must-visit places

Spending one day in Singapore is just enough time to get a taste of this amazing city, a city which is a melting pot and has been molded by the ethnicity’s that live and work there – Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, and Indonesia. Through this, Singapore has developed a unique environment with a plethora of diversity and it’s definitely one of the best cities in the world to visit, even if you’re just passing though on a stopover in Singapore!...

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29th May 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Top things to do in Da Nang

Da Nang is one of the largest cities in Vietnam and is located in the centre of the country between Hué and Hoi An. Because Da Nang is located on the coast, many travellers go there to relax on the beach and the famous Hai Van Pass is also visited by many backpackers passing by Da Nang. The list of things to do in Da Nang and Da Nang attractions is not that big, especially compared to other cities and towns in Vietnam, but that doesn’t mean that Da Nang is not worth visiting, there are some...

3rd May 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

The best way to see Madinah

There are many things to see in Madinah Saudi Arabia as well as the very famous Al Haram / Al Masjid An Nabawi and I found that the best way to see these Madinah attractions are by using the Madinah Hop On Hop Off Bus which goes to Ohud Mountain, Masjid Quba, Al Noor Mall and more BOOK YOUR HOP ON HOP OFF BUS IN MADINAH......

3rd May 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Madinah first impressions as a non-Muslim

There is a lot of confusion as to whether non-muslims can visit Madinah aka Medina in Saudi Arabia, however after researching I found that Non-Muslims can visit, so I took the bus from Jeddah to Madinah on my own as a solo British female traveller to see what Madinah was like as I had always felt very drawn to this city. I spent my first evening in Madinah walking around Al-Haram / Al-Masjid An Nabawi and the nearby streets and shops. What I really loved about Madinah on first impressions...

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29th May 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

How to travel Saudi Arabia on a budget

With Saudi Arabia newly opened to tourists, it seems that it’s the intrepid backpackers like myself wanting to see what this closed-off Kingdom is like over the traveller with plenty of money. We associate ‘backpacking’ with ‘budget travel’, so can you backpack Saudi Arabia and can you travel Saudi Arabia on a budget?Well, I will tell you now that Saudi is NOT a budget destination, at least not right now whilst it gets used to tourism....

1st February 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

10 ways Saudi Arabia has surprised me

After spending 2.5 weeks in Saudi Arabia as an independent solo traveller I didn't think I could do a full Saudi Arabia travel tips video as there is so much more to the country than I experienced however here are 10 ways Saudi has surprised me in a positive and negative way! Positive: 1 - It's very different to what I thought. 2 - Things really are changing. 3 - I've felt totally safe. 4 - People here have been very friendly. 5 - I have more respect for Islam. Negative: 1 - It's...

25th January 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Sand dune desert hiking tour from Riyadh

Visiting the Red Dunes just 1 hour from Riyadh makes for another amazing day trip from Riyadh and best of all, there are lots of companies that you can do this day trip with which is perfect for independent travellers to Riyadh and Saudi Arabia like myself! I joined a weekend tour with Hike Mania Club who run various tours every Friday and Saturday to places close to Riyadh, including camping and mountain hiking. The best way to find out about their hiking tours in Saudi Arabia is on...

21st January 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Rijal Almaa in Abha

Rijal Almaa is one of the top places to visit in Saudi Arabia! It is located just 1 hour from the city of Abha in Southern Saudi Arabia down a very long and windy road. I visited Rijal Almaa because I had seen so many photos of it on Instagram before coming to Saudi and although it was a little different to the photos I had seen, and not as remote, I still loved......

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29th May 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

The best places to visit in Lombok

Lombok is much less known and visited than its next-door neighbour of Bali but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t visit Lombok. In fact, this is the reason why you should visit Lombok! Lombok feels wild and still untouched by tourism, however, there are still many things to do in Lombok and places to visit in Lombok for tourists. This, combined with the fact that the roads are good meaning it’s great to explore Lombok by moped, and prices are much cheaper than Bali, makes Lombok the...

22nd January 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Riyadh to Dammam by train

The train from Riyadh to Dammam is just 4 hours and surprisingly cheap which makes Dammam a great getaway from Riyadh which is exactly what I needed! The Riyadh to Dammam train offers 1st and 2nd class seating and passes through endless desert! I stayed at the Golden Garden Corniche hotel in Dammam where I had a pretty average experience however the location was fantastic, right by the water and I was able to get to the best sunset spot in Dammam. The next day I headed to Dammam...