Hints and Tips on Traveling in Turkey

This section is my Random Thoughts category. It includes readers questions, hints and tips, blog information and interviews with other bloggers who have traveled throughout Turkey.

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Getting from Ataturk Airport to Istanbul City Centre or your Hotel

Istanbul Airport Transfers

Istanbul is the top visited destination in Turkey. So imagine the millions of foreign tourists that it receives every year! There are two airports in Istanbul but Ataturk airport is the busiest and most tourists will arrive via that route. Transport from the airport to hotels or the city centre is easy, because there are five options. Ataturk Airport Transport Services Taxi Outside the … [Read more...]

Independent Travel vs Guided Tours: Which Is the Best Way to see Turkey?

mount tahtali

Such is the diversity of Turkey; its general appearance to the outside world can differ in many ways, mainly depending on nationalities. I am no longer surprised to receive e-mails from readers in countries like Australia or America, who plan to visit Turkey  but are hesitant about travelling independently and question if they should they sign up to a guided tour instead? My Opinion - … [Read more...]

James Bond and Film Production in Turkey

Filming permits in Istanbul

Over the years, Istanbul has lured many foreign film production teams, by offering them unique locations to create an orientalist atmosphere that Western audiences love to see on the big screen. This includes Ian Fleming’s, charismatic and dare-devil agent 007, who on his quest to fight evil is often led into the chaotic environment of Istanbul. His last film, Skyfall also featured scenes in the … [Read more...]

The Foolproof Guide to Biking in Turkey

Biking in Turkey

Ashley Howell is a cycling enthusiast. He does not do it professionally but takes his hobby seriously. Having cycled in various areas of Turkey on many occasions, he shared his tips with me on how to plan and complete a successful long-distance trip. I have to admit that it is not something I would attempt but beginners at cycling will find his methods for navigating Turkey handy. Biking in … [Read more...]

Options for Mobile Internet Access in Turkey

Mobile Internet Access

For most people, a major concern when they come to Turkey is how to stay connected to the Internet. We are addicted to it and most of our daily lives require it, whether this is to chat with friends on Facebook, upload photos online, use maps, or gain access to mobile apps. Many people activate roaming on their mobiles, but this can be costly. Just last month, a woman was handed a £12,500 bill by … [Read more...]

The Story of Ayse Metin and Her Connection to Harpagos, the Persian General

Ayses Trail

Lately, I have been spending more time reading books than traveling. Don’t ask me why because I don’t know but I feel compelled to inject new energy into my life, travel style and writing. Something is missing and solutions are coming to me via the books that I read. In another time, only travel guides and maps sat on my book-shelves. I refused to read fiction, biographies or any topic that did … [Read more...]

Exploring Turkish Landscapes : Evoking Bittersweet Memories of Cultural Differences

Turkish landscapes

A few months ago, Lisa Morrow, an experienced travel writer living in Istanbul, contacted me. She had just released a book about Turkey and asked if she could send a copy, for a published review. I said yes and a week later, received a 162-page book via cargo. Since I am a fast reader, I would easily finish a book of that size within a few days. Three weeks later, Lisa sent a message wondering … [Read more...]

A Turkish Christmas

Turkish Christmas

A Turkish christmas is impossible right? Most of my friends and family who have never visited Turkey say this. “After all, Turkey is a Muslim country”. It might be a Muslim country but one thing  the Turks have got down to a fine art, is that where there is money to be made, they will make it. Around 2004, Turkey started becoming popular among ex-pats, hence a new business opportunity for all … [Read more...]

Turkish Tourist Visa Changes

Turkish tourist visa

Update : Since this post was published, Turkey has now introduced the e-visa system. Please see here for further details Old Article follows on from here Changes to the Turkish tourist Visa system in the recent month, has left many people bewildered and confused. A quick clarification for you. It was recently announced that any English traveler could only stay for a period of 90 days out of 180 … [Read more...]

Top Ten Turkey Travel Tips

Turkish flag

Whether you are a seasoned traveler or it is your first package holiday to Turkey, here are my top travel tips to help you. They have all come from my own experiences, mostly when I  used to work as a holiday rep for British tourists. General Travel Tips for Turkey 1 – Turkey is slowing phasing out the old sticker visas given at the airport. They aim to implement a full e-visa system for … [Read more...]

The Unofficial Guide & Tips About Driving In Turkey

Driving in Turkey

Driving in Turkey has got a colourful reputation and foreigners gasp at the total disregard for safety.  Many first time visitors to Turkey will stand on the pavement( if there is one) for about five minutes just staring at the traffic. Their mouths fall open and they seem to think their eyes are playing a trick on them. They are not. No doubt you've heard of "when in Rome do as the Romans do". … [Read more...]

Beyond Istanbul: Four Ancient Cities and Towns to Visit in Turkey


Many visitors to Turkey will head straight for the beautiful city of Istanbul or the resort towns of the Turquoise Coast. Although both have their obvious merits, I think there is so much else to see when it comes to exploring Turkey’s history and culture, especially if you’ve already done the main tourist attractions and are looking for a more in-depth visit. Heritage architecture is everywhere … [Read more...]

My Turkish Love Letter : Part Two


Readers, if you missed part one, you can catch up with what has happened here. The short version is that I received a love letter from an ex-boyfriend who is currently behind bars. I had no intention of waiting for him or visiting him in prison but was undecided on what my response should be. After many draft versions, I finally wrote a heart-felt letter back. As normal, names or very private … [Read more...]

My Turkish Love Letter : (Translated into English) : Part One

Turkish love rat

Readers, before I show you my Turkish love letter, it is important to know the background of my story, more so if you are not familiar with the hot-blooded libido of Turkish men for Western women. Any tour of Turkey by a single female, whether pretty or hideously repulsive, will produce numerous marriage proposals; requests for Facebook addresses and on the odd occasions, you may even gain a … [Read more...]

My Comical Turkish Divorce and the Life Lessons Learned

Divorce joke

Experts say one of the most stressful events in life is a divorce. It is the nail in the coffin of a failed marriage. When I married my Turkish Romeo seven years ago, I never imagined, it would end in divorce. Sure, there were cultural issues but we always managed to resolve them and many people often remarked that we were a good couple. Therefore, to sit here and write about my recent divorce is … [Read more...]

My Turkish Life Crashed and Burned


The last article I published was a heavyhearted confession asking readers to wait for me while I tried to deal with a serious bout of depression. Anyone familiar with social decorum in Turkey would have realized the battle I faced. This is a country where depression is not discussed openly. It is a weakness and people suffering from it are abnormal. I had become a freak of society. So I devised … [Read more...]

Wandering Earl : Solo Travel Blogger Interview

Solo Traveler

On October the fourth, Wandering Earl will be passing through Turkey on his way to a tour round the Middle East. For those of you that like to book vacation packages and plan everything right down to your daytime excursions, then Wandering Earl is a solo traveler that will amaze you. About Wandering Earl Wandering Earl has an unique way of traveling. He books his plane ticket and that is it. … [Read more...]

Must-See Places for First-Time Vacationers in Turkey

Mount Nemrut

This is a guest post by American author and blogger Ronald Clason Turkey is an interesting and diverse vacation destination. It is not a favoured choice for travelers from non-European countries, but it should be because it offers attractions rivaling those offered by other holiday locations. Most of us might find it costly to travel here, but there are affordable options. Look online for cheap … [Read more...]

Deep Trances, Irish Psychic Readers, and Evaluation of Life


If there were a universal scale of 1 to 10 about how great bloggers are, I would score minus twenty. The judges would say I am inconsistent and guilty of ignoring my readers. I admit it; my posts have become shorter and less frequent. My enthusiasm has disappeared, currently listed as AWOL. My passion and inner strength left my life abruptly and are yet to return. I would not have dreamed of … [Read more...]

Facts About Turkey That You Never Knew

The Virgin Mary

Many people have a pre-conceived idea of Turkey before they come here. I will admit that I did and it was not until I  had visited Turkey that I fell in love with it. Every year that I stay here,  there are more and more interesting facts about Turkey that I learn and some of them are quite astonishing. Top nine facts about Turkey 1 – Tulips originated from Turkey and not Holland. They were … [Read more...]

A Man With No Social Boundaries

social boundaries

During my time and travels in Turkey, I have met a lot of people. I count myself as being lucky in life as most of these people have been wonderful human beings. They have given me direction or advice which has proved to be fruitful or they are just naturally happy and positive people who give out good energy and vibes where ever they go. This is one of the reasons why I love meeting people … [Read more...]

Weird and Funny Search Terms Used to Find My Blog

turkey travel

So I am doing my goal setting regarding The Turkish Travel Blog and I figure that to do this, I have to review past results. While doing so, I happened to stumble across some amusing but weird search terms that were used in Google to find my blog. Taking an idea from Michael at Go see Write, I have decided to list those search terms here. Some of them may bring a smile to your face but I do give … [Read more...]

Open for Business : Don’t Cancel Your Turkish Holiday

Third Beach Altinkum

For the past five days, I have woken up to many emails, Facebook messages, and comments on this blog. All of them are asking the same question. Should I cancel my holiday to Turkey? Will my family be safe? The questions are all relating to the wave of demonstrations that have swept the country. Most images in the mainstream media show the Taksim area with demonstrators being tear-gassed or hit … [Read more...]

Traveling around Turkey on a Budget: Tips to Save Money

independent travel vs guided tours

Turkey has changed dramatically in the last ten years.  It is no longer the cheap destination it used to be. For visitors on a budget, this causes problems, especially when they compare the cost of travel in Turkey with other countries. If you aware of where the major costs occur though, it makes it easier to save money. The below are my experiences from my time spent in the country. If you have … [Read more...]

Shopping in Turkey : Ten Souvenirs To Buy

Turkish souvenirs

When I am travelling around Turkey, I don't normally pick up souvenirs. This is purely because it is easier not to. Carrying them around not only adds weight to the luggage but most of the time, I am also on a budget. The only souvenirs, I take back are the pictures on my camera. This doesn't mean I don't keep my eye out on what I could buy if I wanted to. From the tacky to the crude to the … [Read more...]

Work In Turkey : The Bad News

work turkey

Update : Hi Readers, please do not send messages or post comments asking for help to find a job in Turkey. I am not a recruitment centre. Please read the post below on how difficult it is for foreigners to work in Turkey and post a comment if you have a genuine question however I will not answer any emails / messages asking me to help you find a job. August 2012 - I have updated this post since … [Read more...]

My Predictions : Turkey and the World of Travel

city break in Istanbul

This week has seen me living in cloud cuckoo land  however, I have been thinking extensively about the Turkish Travel industry.  The Turkish government wants to become one of the top five most visited destinations in the world. Can they do it? Turkish Hotels Turkeys most luxurious hotel Forgot to Pay Its 3 million dollars electric bill. Yes, the Marden palace in Antalya has a cool, outstanding … [Read more...]

Tips for Planning a Road Trip in Turkey

Map of turkey and provinces

Today's post is by Kerri Ware who is a seasoned traveller. Her favourite method of travel is road tripping across countries. She hates bad weather and suffers from Jet lag. When she is not traveling, she can often be found somewhere on the internet, planning her next stress free trip. Turkey is a treasure trove for travellers; it might sound clichéd, but it can’t be denied. From stunning … [Read more...]

My Five Favourite Beaches in Turkey


Much of my travels plans have been centered on the coastal resorts so whenever I arrive in a destination, the first thing I do is check out is the beach. Some have impressed me. There have also been others that I turned my back on. For example Kemer beach. I don’t do crowds and I hate rows of sunbeds packed in with no personal space. I judge a beach on how busy it is, cleanliness and what the … [Read more...]

Where To Stay in Cappadocia

view from Uchisar castle

I received an email from a reader who was asking where to stay in Cappadocia... D wrote... "I was wondering, which town should I make my base? Goreme, Urgup, Uchisar, or...? Which would be the most quaint (for lack of a better word) town to stay, although, I would love to see all 3 towns mentioned and/or more if possible. Having said that, I am also interested to see and experience the … [Read more...]

The Man Who Tattooed Himself For Turkey

Dead Sea Sparrow

One look at Tristan and it is easy to see that he does not believe in conformity. The Mohawk hairstyle and a strong, determined look in his eyes makes me believe he is not just happy with avoiding normality but he is also ready to challenge it. This is proven by the 24 species of Turkish birds tattooed his arms and hands. People like that interest me. I am fascinated with people that stand … [Read more...]

28 Stupid Questions People Asked Google

stupid questions people asked google

I like helping people when possible. I often receive questions about travel in Turkey via Facebook and email. A lot of the time though, people ask the questions on Google and the mighty search engine displays my site as a possible source for answers. All the search terms that bring  people to my site are displayed in my Google analytics account that I review monthly. This morning while looking … [Read more...]

Hoax : The Most Beautiful Horse in the World Does NOT Live in Turkey


The other day I came across a picture called the most beautiful horse in the world. It blew my mind. Look at the photo below and I am sure you will agree. Stunner isn’t it? The majestic stance and the golden coat is pure beauty. More to the point, my interest had spiked because the picture said the horse lived in Turkey! "Eh?" was my first response. I was quite surprised because Turkey has … [Read more...]

What’s Dave Doing in Turkey?

dave travel blogger

One of the most popular travel bloggers on the internet is Dave Dean. He has a passion for wearing dresses and thinks nothing about acting as bait for a hungry leopard. Dave has spent over a decade backpacking around the world, visiting countries such as South Africa, Vietnam, and Croatia. He writes at http://www.whatsdavedoing.com and after ten years has finally decided to put Turkey on his … [Read more...]

This Man Will Walk 1305 Miles Across Turkey

Walk Across Turkey

When I die and venture to the world above (or beneath), I want to be remembered as the crazy one, who did things no one else would do. My gravestone will take up more than one plot, to list everything I accomplish in life. I do not want to be that boring old fart who works 9 to 5 and then succumbs to the grim reaper the day after I retire. I want to live my life now and stick two fingers up at … [Read more...]

A Honeymoon in Turkey – Ali and Andrew Tell Their Story

Ali and Andrew

Read any mainstream publication that lists top honeymoon destinations in the world, and Turkey hardly ever gets mentioned, often overlooked in favour of more exotic locations such as Fiji, the Maldives or Barbados. With this in mind, I was rather intrigued when two passionate travelers decided to create their own itinerary for  a honeymoon in Turkey. They shunned the luxurious suites, romantic … [Read more...]

Tourism In Turkey. Stats and Plans For The Future. Infographic

Tourism Turkey

Here at the Turkish Travel Blog, I normally spend copious amounts of time indulging in activities that have no productive results what so ever. So, while reviewing some stats of the tourism industry in Turkey, I decided to make a pretty picture so they would be easier to read, and I can say, that I do actually produce something in my spare time. Some very interesting results appear on the … [Read more...]

Hecktic Travels Are In Turkey : Interview With Dalene And Pete

Hecktic Travels

Turkey is set to be a popular destination for a lot of other travel bloggers in 2012. I really am excited to follow their blogs, read their tales and also marvel at the amazing photographs that they take. Everyone's tales of their time in Turkey, is completely different so when I learned that Dalene and Pete from Hecktic Travels were spending three months, house sitting in Turkey, I simply had to … [Read more...]

Going Back After Eight Years : From Turkey to the UK

turkey uk

My absence from my blog for the last 12 days has not been intentional and I have certainly not decided to turn my back on the blogging world.  On March 2, I left Turkey to return to the UK for a brief visit. It was my intention to carry on posting about Turkey during this period however life in the UK somewhat took over. Friends had already warned me that I would see a difference but I paid no … [Read more...]

VirtualWayfarer is Coming to Turkey. Interview with Alex Berger


One thing is looking certain for 2012. Plenty of Independent travel bloggers are putting a pin in the map and choosing Turkey to be a destination they visit in the next year. Hey, I cannot fault them. After all, Turkey just rocks when it comes to just about everything! Now, as much as I like to keep readers to myself, the more independent information that I can share about Turkish travel, the … [Read more...]

Moving to Turkey and Expat Life : Perking the Pansies by Jack Scott

Jack Scott

The book called "Perking the Pansies" focuses on Jack and his husband Liam as they set about selling their house in the UK to a psychotic neighbor and moving to Turkey to adapt to their first year in a Muslim country. Eccentric expats, troubled times, hilarious scenarios and some quirky quotes are all inside the book. It was the first time that Jack Scott  published  a book so I hooked up with … [Read more...]

Why are Flights to and from Turkey so Expensive?

Flight travel

Circumstances dictate that in two months, I must return briefly to the “Dear old Blighty”. The small and dark Island floating in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The island that provokes doom and gloom memories of miserable people who are incapable of muttering good morning without moaning about their daily lives and the poor performance of their government.  Where am I talking … [Read more...]

Crime in Turkey – Comparing It With The UK

Turkish police

The recent riots and looting in the UK have made me think a lot about crime in Turkey. I was mainly spurred on by listening to all the comments flowing from the lips of irate British ex-pats and holiday makers who were watching television to see their home towns descend into anarchy and chaos. I heard the following comments more than once… “The Turkish police would not put up with that … [Read more...]

The Culprits That Stole My Lunch

Wild Birds

I was out and about doing a bit of sightseeing.  The heat of the mid-day sun was blaring down on me and I had walked many miles which made me develop a large appetite and extreme thirst As I was on my own, I felt  self-conscious and was glad to find a café that was not crowded. I ordered a donor kebab, a can of coke and sat down to enjoy my meal which I believed that I thoroughly deserved. I was … [Read more...]

Fat Hips and Loose Lips

Loose lips

The winter months in Turkey have been very kind to me. The fine dining, copious amounts of beer and my desk job have all combined to bless me with a spare tyre and a couple of extra chins. I don’t need people to tell me that I have put weight on. There are six pairs of trousers sitting in my wardrobe that I cannot pull over my hips. The English ex-pats have been diplomatic to me. They remember … [Read more...]

When a Blog Becomes an Online Diary

online diary

My post today is all about me. Yes, call me a narcissist if you want however there are reasons why I am putting pen to paper, so to speak. It is my birthday today.  I am 35 years of age and I still feel young and energetic. However the fact that I am having problems answering simple questions about my travels around Turkey is alarming. It suggests to me that age is starting to creep up on me or … [Read more...]

Weather in Turkey – The Unofficial Guide to the Summer Months

weather in turkey

All over Turkey are evident signs that summer is coming. For me, this is a welcome relief because for the last five months I have taken to wearing two jumpers and walking around like the Antarctic Circle landed in my living room. The signs of summer have put a huge smile on my face and with this in mind; I have put together a little guide of what you can expect from the weather of … [Read more...]

Is it Safe to Travel to Turkey?


Updated Information - October 2014 There has been an increased amount of traffic to this page and I suspect it is because of ISIS activity in neighboring countries. I am still in Turkey, on the Aegean coast and life is as normal. We shop, eat, drink, sunbath, go sailing, and are enjoying the last days of summer. All restaurants and bars are open for business as normal and major tourist sites … [Read more...]

Why Do People Travel?

The Unknown traveler

I first spotted him sitting two seats in front of me. My attention was drawn to him because he was nervous. He took his thick, bulky jacket off and then put it on again. His black leather cap was on his head and then disappeared, only to be placed back there two minutes later. He leaned his head against the window as if going to sleep and then he sat up straight and glanced around, taking in his … [Read more...]

My Bad Hotel Experience : The Story

hotels yalikavak

When on the road, you expect something to go wrong and so far our road trip had been perfect. However our arrival into the resort of Yalikavak turned out to be the day when I would have to start assessing my expectations and what I was prepared to put up with. I had a bad hotel experience that has made me doubt the hotel industry. Even though, the day turned out well in the end, it also left me … [Read more...]