Located in Western Asia, Turkey is a democratic republic and the 6th most popular tourism destination in the world. The growth of tourism in the last 20 years is due to the diversity in culture, traditions, history, cuisine, but also to landscapes and the interesting attractions of the country.
A Turkish vacation can obviously set certain challenges for some travelers, especially if you don’t have much time to do researches about people’s customs and restrictions. They can be really hospitable, but only if you make a little effort and show respect for their traditions. For a perfect trip, there are some advice and tips that will help any tourist to avoid troubles.
- Get the visa to enter Turkey and make sure your passport is valid for another 6 months from the date of entry into the country. Otherwise, you won’t be allowed to cross the border. Considering that your entire vacation depends on it, this thing is the first you should solve. For travelers from most countries, the visa can be obtained at the airport – but check first before you book your trip.
- Have cash on you, in different currencies. The most suitable are US dollars and Euro, being the easiest to convert into Turkish Lira. Credit cards are also recommended, but don’t count only on them as some ATM’s may not accept your card. Many stores don’t accept traveler’s checks, so the best advice is to carry cash.
- For a better experience with local people, try to learn a little of their language. Some friendly words said by you will make them more hospitable and maybe they will invite you home for a cup of tea or coffee.
- Pay attention when you want to cross the street because drivers don’t stop even when the traffic light for crossing is green. They think vehicles always have priority so you should have eye contact with the driver to be sure that he will allow you to pass.
- Dress decently if you don’t want negative attention. Especially as a woman, it is important to be careful of what you wear because the local traditions and the Islamic religion are very restrictive about women appearance.
- Don’t mistake their food with Greek food. It is true that there are many similarities between these two cuisines, but they would feel very offended if you suggest it’s a Greek imitation.
- When visiting the mosques, beside that you must wear conservative clothes, try to be quiet if it’s prayer time. Don’t use your phone and be as discreet as possible.
- Don’t miss to taste their delicious specific foods, like baklava, kebab, lentil soap and rice pudding. Their restaurants are cheap, but you can also buy tasty food from street stands.
It is very important to know a few things about the local customs if you want to have a relaxing and comfortable vacation. For a better comfort, choose where to stay by checking the list of hotels in Turkey and see available flights on TripEconomy.