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 December 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Where to stay in Istanbul! A neighbourhood guide to the best places

Trying to work out where to stay in Istanbul and the best place to stay in Istanbul is a bit of a minefield, and I should know, I’ve visited Istanbul twice as a tourist over the years staying in the wrong places and only mildly enjoying the city. On my third visit, I moved to Istanbul to live in the city for a few months. I now love Istanbul, I got to know the Istanbul neighbourhoods really well and I found out the best areas to stay in Istanbul which I wish I had known this on my first 2...

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25th November 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Where to stay in Istanbul: Taksim Or Sultanahmet? Which is BEST?

Istanbul is a big city however the main tourist areas are pretty close together. You’ve probably heard of Taksim and Sultanahmet which are 2 of the main areas in Istanbul when looking into where to stay in Instanbul, so in this post let me help you decide where to stay in Istanbul Taksim or Sultanahmet?...

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30th October 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Balat Istanbul guide

Balat is a neighbourhood in Istanbul which is most well known for its colourful houses. I thought that the Balat Istanbul location of these colourful houses in Istanbul was close to the major Istanbul tourist attractions but this isn’t the case, you have to take a bus or taxi to Balat, or Fener Istanbul as the area is also called. However, once there, not only will you be able to see the famous Istanbul colourful houses, you will also see street art, cool cafes, a local neighbourhood and some...

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1st September 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

13 hidden gems in Dublin to see a less touristy side of the city

Dublin is a popular city for a city break and a stop on a wider trip around Ireland! There are many famous Dublin attractions like Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, St Stephens Green and the Guinness Tour but what if you’ve been to Dublin before and now want to see a different part of the city? Or you want to see Dublin like a local?...

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19th August 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

How to visit Brombil Reservoir in Port Talbot & things to do

Port Talbot isn’t famous for many things if we’re being honest. It’s somewhere I have driven past on the M4 for many many years and I’ve never felt the need to stop there, but that all changed when I started to see photos of Brombil Reservoir on Instagram! Brombil Reservoir is a great place to visit on a hot day to cool down in its incredible bright water. The reservoir edge is good for children to play on too making it a great place to take children....

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17th August 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Day trip to London & afternoon tea on the River Thames

London is full of unique things to do and did you know you can go for a classic British afternoon tea on the River Thames? It doesn't get more iconic than that! I went out with City Cruises for their Afternoon Tea cruise which I loved. They kept us socially distanced which was needed in August 2020 and I loved the huge bright windows on the boat. After we ate we got to go on top of the boat and see the sights from there! It's super touristy but I loved it! I also walked along the River...

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17th August 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Visiting Calke Abbey

The un-stately home and country estate of Calke Abbey is a wonderful place to visit for a day trip in Derbyshire, especially if you are looking to go walking. Whether that’s for a gentle walk around the gardens or on a long walk around the trails and parkland, there are plenty of Calke Abbey Walks to go on and it is a great place to visit with the family. Calke Abbey gives you an insight into what a former stately home used to look like when a family lived there who never threw anything away!...

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17th August 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

13 things to do in Saundersfoot and nearby

Saunderfoot Beach is in the perfect location in Pembrokeshire to spend the day at or a few hours at. Saundersfoot is also a good location to base yourself in Pembrokeshire thanks to the many things to do in Saundersfoot, the amazing places for eating out in Saundersfoot and the many things to do near Saunderfoot which include visiting nearby beaches, coastal walks and going to the top attractions in Wales!...

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17th August 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

16 day trip from Cardiff: Ideas in South Wales & England

Options for a day trip from Cardiff extend well into South West Wales and into South England thanks to great motorway and train connections. Day Trips from Cardiff include hiking in the Brecon Beacons and Malvern Hills. Getting some fresh sea air on the Gower and West Coast of Wales, having some seaside fun in Tenby and Weston-Super-Mare and learning about history in Bath and the Wye Valley. Whether you live in or near Cardiff, or you are visiting Cardiff as a tourist, here are the top Cardiff...

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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!...