People are traveling far and wide these days, experiencing rich and vibrant cultures all over the world.
But every area has specific quirks and customs that travelers should know before they go.
If you’re planning to travel to Turkey, there are a few things you should be aware of before you go to make your trip more fulfilling and enjoyable. Keep reading to learn more!
1. You May Want to Learn a Few Words in Turkish
In many areas of Turkey, you’ll find citizens who speak English and can easily understand you. In more rural areas, however, you might find a dictionary or a few Turkish language lessons helpful.
Turkish people appreciate a polite effort, so learning even simple phrases like “please” and “thank you” or studying cultural items of significance like the Turkish flag can go a long way in conversations.
2. Research the Climate to Learn About the Best Time to Go
Turkey boasts sweltering summers and freezing winters, although temperatures vary depending on the part of the country you’re traveling to. If you’re looking at a coastal destination summer is okay, and winter holds its own charms for travelers with the snow. Most people, however, choose to travel during the milder months of spring and fall.
3. Costs Vary Depending on the Region You’re In
Turkey is a reasonably priced country to travel in, but costs vary depending on your region. Areas that attract more tourists will be more costly than rural regions. From souvenirs to dining options, you can find something for just about every budget.
4. Dress Appropriately
Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country with some modern European influence. While it isn’t a requirement to completely cover up, dressing modestly while traveling through the country is recommended. Some religious sites and tourist areas will have dress codes that must be followed.
5. Don’t Rely on Your ATM Card
While you’ll find many ATMs through Turkey, it’s recommended to carry actual cash as well. The accepted currency in Turkey is the Lira, which comes in notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 note increments. Check a currency converter to see current exchange rates.
6. You Might Need to Squat
Americans traveling to Turkey might be surprised by traditional Turkish toilets, which require you to squat. Make sure to remove valuables from your pockets before attempting this new skill or you might find yourself trying to fish your phone from the toilet!
7. You’ll Need a Visa
Most Western travelers might be surprised to learn that a visa is required to enter Turkey. You can check and apply for a visa online. The process generally takes a few weeks, so don’t leave it until a week before your planned departure date!
Enjoying Your Travel to Turkey
With a little planning and research, you’ll be ready to travel to Turkey and enjoy this vibrant culture in no time! Learn a few phrases, pack with respect for the culture in mind, don’t forget a visa, and you’ll be on your way!
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