Have a Happy Holiday in Turkey: Travel Tips

By on October 20, 2014

Turkey is right at the center of the planet—a place that beautifully combines Eastern and Western culture that results in a way of life that is very Turkish. This country is easy to love as no matter where you are from, you can find a bit of yourself here. The exotic flavors of the Orient combined with the posh lifestyle of the West will have you easily hooked on Turkey. If you want to see the best of Asia and Europe and be able to blend in with ease and feel like you belong, this is the best destination for you. Check out these tips to make travelling in Turkey smoother and more fun.

1.    Know the national holidays.

When you are planning your visit Turkey, either avoid the holidays to escape delays or plan ahead to make sure that you will be able to travel conveniently and get the accommodation that you prefer. Most establishments are closed during holidays and the traffic becomes thick, because of the high number of people that are out.

2.    Learn the art of bargaining.

You will be able to use this skill in most stores in Turkey unless the place is really luxurious. Bargaining makes shopping in Turkey more fun and thrilling, so make sure you practice.

3.    The local food is delicious.

Rich flavors, great variety, and good prices make Turkish food well loved by many. While here, skip the usual comfort foods that you are used to back home and try as many local dishes as you can. Since the food is not that expensive, you can eat out and be fancy here more often. Just make sure you know exactly what you are paying for. The usual free stuff such as nuts at the beginning of the meal is not free in Turkey and can sometimes shoot your bill way up high. If you’re unsure about something, don’t hesitate to ask if it’s free.

4.    Always have cash with you.

There are establishments in the country that accept credit cards, but it is always wise to have a reasonable amount of cash with you whenever you go out. When it Turkey, don’t convert a huge lump of cash as the local inflation rate is high. Convert a small amount from time to time. Another reminder, most business owners won’t accept bills that are worn out or have rips. So handle your bills with care.

5.    Dress conservatively.

Turkey is a very conservative country and has certain rules when it comes to wearing clothes. If you are a woman, it is always advisable that you wear a long skirt and a scarf. Long sleeved clothing is also advisable especially when you will be entering a museum or another formal place. Provocative clothing, especially beachwear when not at the beach is to be avoided.

6.    Don’t be stuck in Istanbul.

While Istanbul is beautiful and definitely a must see, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. There is so much of Turkey that you need to see. There’s the very Greek Izmir, Mardin for its refreshing country feel, and Ankara among others.

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