Below you’ll find all the articles on Turkey that I’ve written so far (but there are more on the way).
TURKEY TRAVEL BASICS
CURRENCY | Turkish Lira ₺ (Check out xe.com for the most up-to-date currency conversion–they have a mobile app too!)
TIME ZONE | The entire country of Turkey, as big as it is and the fact that it spans Europe and Asia, falls within the time zone of GMT +3.
VISA / PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS | If visiting Turkey simply for tourism purposes, you will be permitted to stay for up to 90 days but you will need to acquire a visa. Acquiring a tourism e-visa for Turkey is quick, easy, and will only cost you about $20–just follow the simple instruction on this page. Additionally, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey.
LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN | Turkish is the main language spoken in Turkey.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? | The conversation of safety in Turkey is a complicated one. Personally, I didn’t experience anything during my time in Istanbul worth mentioning on the topic. However, do be sure to check out this page on Turkey safety concerns from the U.S. Department of State and always pick up travel insurance before you go.
WHERE TO STAY IN TURKEY
The largest and most well known city of Istanbul is worth the visit to Turkey alone, but the country is huge and packing tourism possibility out the wazoo. After you decide where in Turkey you’ll be visiting,
Or simply head straight to my post on Where to Stay in Istanbul.
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RECOMMENDED TURKEY TOURS
➤ INTREPID TRAVEL | If planning an entire trip sounds overwhelming, popular tour company Intrepid offers multi-day tours of Turkey that hit all the hot spots and beyond. Intrepid tours includes all accommodation, some meals, and your own personal, knowledgable Turkey travel guide.
➤ VIATOR TOURS | If you’re just looking for day tours to various attractions in Turkey, Viator is my go-to tour company. They’ve got tours for sightseeing in Istanbul, day trips, hot air balloon rides, river cruises and every single thing in between. Their tours include pickup and dropoff as well as your very own local tour guides.
TURKEY PACKING ESSENTIALS
➤ TURKEY GUIDEBOOK | I’m a big believer in travel guidebooks – they’re great for historical and background information, practical information like phone numbers, addresses, and opening and closing times, as well as restaurant recommendations and pretty pictures ’cause Turkey is just GORGEOUS! Consider them your portable Turkey travel guides.
Rough Guides and Rick Steves are my favorite go-to brands but Lonely Planet has their own loyal following as well. And if you’re interested in a different kind of guidebook, check out Culture Smart! Turkey. Culture Smart! guidebooks focus less on hotel recommendations and more on getting you acquainted with the local customs and culture of your destination. I LOVE these guidebooks and find them to be 100% accurate.