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Turkey is one of most eastern countries that we include in our southeastern European travel site. That said, Trukey’s influence is seen all throughout southeastern European countries.
Home of one of the most famous cities in modern ancient history, Constantinople, as well as the Hagia Sophia (the Blue Mosque), Topkapi Palace, and more Turkey has plenty of historical treasure to offer site-seers.
Turkey also has plenty of other relaxing past-times to get into, like spotting sea turtles, mingling with locals, drinking some of the finest coffee in the world (and maybe puffing a hookah while you’re at it).
But, before you think any further about visiting Turkey, there are several important factors to first be aware of.
Read on below for everything you need to know about visiting Turkey, including travel FAQs!
What Do You Need To Know Before Visiting Turkey?
The English language is not spoken widely in Turkey. Most locals do not even know how to say the basic words ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in English. So you have to learn some of the Turkish phrases or words commonly used by locals. It will help you to communicate with them or buy food from local restaurants without any difficulty.
Besides learning Turkish phrases, you can also take the help of non-verbal communication. For instance, in a restaurant, to say no to some food item, you can put your hand on the heart and move your head as you usually say no. You may also hire a translator to communicate with locals, but it is costly.
Limited Wi-Fi For Foreigners
Most of the tourist places offer limited wifi for foreign visitors. You have to have a Turkish or European number to enjoy the free wifi. Otherwise, a private internet connection would be costly. You can also rent mobile hotspots from specific Turkish companies with amazing deals, especially for families.
Be careful while using free wifi as it can be risky in terms of security or privacy. Also, its quality is low as it can stop working anytime. Thus, it is recommended to not rely entirely on the wifi and always have a backup.
Turkish Food & Cuisines
Turkish cuisine is well-known around the world for its colorful and mouth-watering dishes. It is considered the third-richest cuisine in the world after Chinese and French. Almost every region has specific food items for which it is known and distinguished from others. If you are traveling to Turkey for the first time, don’t forget to visit Nicole Restaurant, Hünkar, and Orfoz, the best Turkish restaurants there.
The country is especially famous for several iconic sweets like Baklava and Lokum. You can get these from any supermarket or nearby bakeries. Other must-try dishes besides the desserts include Şiş Kebap, Döner, Pide, Meze, and Kumpir. The best thing about all these Turkish foods is that it is pretty reasonable for everyone with a different budget.
What To Wear During The Visit
The majority of the Turkish population is Muslims. So you have to wear covered dresses, unlike other Western countries where you can follow a liberal dress code. That doesn’t mean you will have to wrap your head fully all the time. There are some cultural places like mosques where you should dress nicely and wear a scarf. In larger and modern cities, you can wear long skirts and loose t-shirts as well.
Men can wear casual dress like long trousers, t-shirts, or shorts except when visiting religious places. In footwear, you can wear sandals or shoes, in which you can comfortably walk on the streets of Turkey. Women should avoid wearing heels as the roads are primarily bricks and uneven, where walking can be difficult.
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Currency & Bargaining
It’s friendly advice to travel with mixed cash, ATM card, and credit card to any country, including Turkey. Though there are many ATMs throughout the country, you first have to check for overseas withdrawal fees from your bank.
Don’t forget to carry sufficient cash with you! It would save you from any inconvenience in case of not finding an ATM nearby.
When buying anything from the local market and ordering the food, make sure to check for the prices. There is always some room for negotiations, especially if you are interested in buying famous Turkish carpets. For this, you would have to be familiar with their prices and currency first.
FAQs About Traveling To Turkey
How Is The Weather Of Turkey?
Weather in different areas of Turkey vary from each other. If you want to see Istanbul and the Mediterranean sea area while visiting Turkey, they have mild winters and dazzling summers.
At the same time, the climate of the northeastern region is comparatively colder than the central or desert area. So if you are planning a trip to Turkey, it is advisable to make preparations according to your destination.
What Is The Best Time To Visit Turkey?
Turkey is one of the favorite year-round destinations for tourists worldwide, believe it or not. The variant climate is probably the main reason behind it. That said, May, April, October, and September are generally the ideal months for visiting different tourist places in Turkey.
As summers are too hot, it would not be easy to explore places like Cappadocia and Ephesus. If you are the one who loves snowfall, you should plan your trip for November. While the spring and autumn season is the busiest time in the country, entertaining millions of tourists worldwide.
Is Turkey Safe To Visit?
Though the crime rate and terrorism are increasing in many countries, Turkey proves to be one of the safest European countries to visit. Security standards are strict, especially in bigger cities. But travelers are recommended to take all the necessary precautionary measures to ensure their safety.
Moreover, the locals are pretty hospitable and friendly. They often invite tourists and offer them their traditional coffee and Turkish tea. You can visit them without any fear. Still, it is advisable not to carry too much cash just for the sake of precaution.
Is It Expensive?
A quick answer to this question is No! As compared to other countries, visiting Turkey is not as expensive. But it all depends on the place you choose to visit, whether small villages or big cities, what you plan to do, and how long you plan to stay.
Meals are affordable at both street food points or high-class restaurants in Turkey. You can also bargain the prices while shopping from the local markets while visiting Turkey. In short, we can say travelers can visit the country without breaking their bank. So there is no need to worry about the low budget!
What Are Must-Visit Places In Turkey?
Turkey has so much to offer for its visitors. From exploring the unique landscapes, seaside, dazzling desserts, rose valley of Cappadocia, or terraces of Pamukkale.
Following are some of the must-visit places in Turkey that you should not miss:
- Izmir (where you can visit Cesme, Alacati, Pamukkale, and Ephesus)
- Cappadocia and its historical hot air balloon ride
Thanks for reading! Enjoy your trip!
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