Backpacking In Turkey

in Turkey

Turkey is a backpackers delight, situated both in the Middle East and spanning two continents, there is more than plenty to offer travelers staying for trips both long and short. Most travelers come to Istanbul first and experience the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the famous Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi). Istanbul is quickly developing into a well worn backpacker destination with low budget hotels and several hostels appearing around town.

The hostel concept still hasn’t quite developed in Turkey but the cities of Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, and the resort towns in between are where you’re most likely to find them. Renting an apartment or subletting are other popular methods of getting low cost accommodations.

Visas To Turkey

Tourists looking to obtain visas from most Western nations can usually do so at upon arrival at the airport for a small fee and a passport valid for at least 6 months. Travel within the country’s main ports of entry, (Istanbul, Izmir, and Antalya) are made easy with well developed metro and cable cars that run from the airports and across town. Taxis are also quite common and finding one with a working meter isn’t typically difficult.

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Turkey is, in general, a fairly safe nation with a well established police and military system. Pickpockets are present and common at many of the major tourist sites but outside of these places aggravated theft and violent crime are extremely rare. Turks are very inquisitive towards travelers and may very well be interested in striking up a conversation with you no matter where you travel within the country.

  • Costs outside of Istanbul are fairly inexpensive if you’re carrying dollars or Euros, although many in many of the beach and resort towns the prices are quickly rising.

To keep costs down however backpackers in Turkey can head to the little explored eastern parts of the country. Cities like Van, Gaziantep, and Trabzon are all culturally and ecologically diverse from one another, less expensive, and where you’ll see many aspects of Turkish heritage you would miss otherwise.

Stopping for a day or two to discover hidden Ankara is a good way to see Turkey’s capital city before heading to another very ancient site, Cappadoccia. This ancient city, where the dwellings were built right into the surrounding rock was first inhabited by the Hittites around the 6th century BC. Now an important part of Turkish tourism, backpackers would be remiss to neglect spending a nice in one of the hotels – that are actually located in the rock dwellings. Prices are fairly inexpensive outside of the summer months and it is a unique and awe-inspiring experience. From there you can expand your travels to include one of the best islands in Europe, Cyprus. The Turkish-administered north part of the island is easily accessible by budget airlines or a ferry boat taking off from the town of Tasucu in the south. Inexpensive and a unique experience you can see both the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the EU-member, Greek-majority south.

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