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A beginner's guide to tipping in Turkey

A beginner's guide to tipping in Turkey

The whens and how-muches of tipping -or baksis (baksheesh) - can be confusing to newcomers to Turkey - especially those of us who come from a non-tipping culture. Here’s a breakdown of how to navigate Turkey’s tipping culture. When to tip, how much and those times when a tip just isn’t appropriate at all.

Why Turkey is a birdwatcher's heaven

Why Turkey is a birdwatcher's heaven

Its location at the crossroads of Asia and Europe has meant Turkey has been an important route for human migration and trade for millennia. However, eons before the first trade route was established, our feathered friends have been winging their way across the country’s on their way to Europe or Asia.

Take Your Pick: Themed Holidays in Turkey

Take Your Pick: Themed Holidays in Turkey

When package holidays became popular in the 1970s, the emphasis was purely on sun, sea and sand. Fast-forward 40 years later, and holiday themes have immensely evolved to cater for everyone. Turkey is one country that embraced diverse tourism and from the East to the West; themed holidays are popular with a variety of nationalities including Brits, Europeans and Americans. Here we take a look at the best themed vacations to try in Turkey. 

Common Tourist Scams to Avoid in Turkey

Common Tourist Scams to Avoid in Turkey

As every tourist knows, no matter what country you go to on your holidays, you will always find common tourist scams and things to avoid once you land on your vacations. Turkey is no exception, here we provide you with some helpful tips to avoiding the classic tourist scams in Turkey. Prepare yourself with the knowledge beforehand and you will have no problem enjoying the holiday of a lifetime in Turkey. 

The Istanbul Shopping Maze

The Istanbul Shopping Maze

From the historic Grand Bazaar, to some of the largest shopping malls in Europe, to some of the most famous shopping streets full of boutiques and antiques - Istanbul is a maze for shoppers and a delight for those who are looking to shop until you drop. Follow us on a journey, an expensive journey, through some of the best malls, avenues, and markets for shopping in Istanbul. 

8 of the best family villas in Ovacik

8 of the best family villas in Ovacik

Sunny Ovacik is a magnet for families and anyone wanting a peaceful Turkish Mediterranean holiday near the beach and close to amenities. Located on a hilltop, ten minutes from Fethiye centre, it’s a fantastic place for a holiday home and also one of the best rental locations on the south coast. We explore Ovacik’s best holiday villas. Take a look and get inspired.

12 MORE unspoken Turkish rules you might not know

12 MORE unspoken Turkish rules you might not know

Our first article on Turkey’s unspoken rules generated much discussion and debate. Based on the original article we’ve compiled a few follow-up rules. Have you encountered any of these during a trip to Turkey or among your Turkish friends? Read on and learn about some of the nuances that many people miss when they visit Turkey.

Navigating Istanbul’s Transport System

Navigating Istanbul’s Transport System

As the largest, and certainly the busiest city in Turkey, Istanbul is a hive of frenzied activity for the tourism, business and financial sectors all fighting for public transport and highway access. Naturally, these are all supported by an intense network of transport options, ranging from the Metro, tram, car hire, taxis and buses, all used by millions of people per day. Here is the lowdown on navigating and moving around Turkey's greatest city. 

How moving to Turkey could increase your life expectancy

How moving to Turkey could increase your life expectancy

Researchers from a Turkish university have just completed a study exploring why the populations of certain villages have a life expectancy way beyond the norm. Turkey’s life expectancy has increased a great deal in the last couple of decades thanks to economic prosperity - but this is more than that. Whether it’s the Mediterranean diet or the high number of sunny days allowing people outside to exercise, We explore why life expectancy in Turkey is growing - and how it can impact anyone looking for a new life.

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