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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.


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.


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. 


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. 


6 strange festivals in Turkey

6 strange festivals in Turkey

In Turkey, you will always find a celebration, whether that is a birthday, a family occasion, or a whole town coming together in a festival - Turks pull out all the stops to celebrate events successfully. Yearly there are several festivals that raise an eyebrow, and in this blog we present to top 6 weird and wonderful festivals that you simply have to see when you go Turkey. 


What are the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Turkey?

What are the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Turkey?

The World Heritage Sites in Turkey join many other countries to form an impressive collection of well-preserved historical and cultural sites that beat any history book. Often referred to as open-air museums, they tell stories of earlier civilisations, living trends and urban traditions. An organisation called UNESCO works with relevant government bodies in each country to preserve these protected areas.


8 Books about Turkey that you should read

8 Books about Turkey that you should read

A country of the magnitude of Turkey, the diversity, and history is sure to have many a book written about it throughout time. From travel guides, to romantic fiction, to historical events, there are hundreds of books for you to read about Turkey to get a flavour of what this magical country is all about. In this blog, we have gathered eight books that we have personally read and think expats and tourists would enjoy a read also.


9 Turkish habits that will drive you crazy, and how to manage them

9 Turkish habits that will drive you crazy, and how to manage them

Moving to a new country isn’t easy. It’s not just sandy beaches and sparkling seas - navigating a new culture can be interesting at best, and utterly infuriating at its worst. From driving to queuing, discover the nine Turkish habits sure to drive a new expat round the ben. But don’t worry - we also give you a few ideas of how to manage them without blowing a gasket.


7 unknown incredible historical Turkish sites

7 unknown incredible historical Turkish sites

The ruins and underground cities of Turkey are some of the best preserved in the world. And excitingly, they’re still being discovered and excavated, gradually revealing a window into a long ago era. We’ve made a list of seven historical sites that are off the beaten track, and not for the fair weather traveller. The beauty of the internet, however, means that you won’t have to leave your home to get an insight into these incredible sites. Read on to discover a little about Turkey’s secret history.


Enjoy Alacati an Aegean town close to perfection

Enjoy Alacati an Aegean town close to perfection

Considered as one of the finest resort towns in Turkey, Aegean Alacati certainly lives up to its name. With its tastefully restored Greek houses, colourful streets and wonderful cuisine, Alacati simply has to top your 'to see' list. Property supply is limited yet there are fine renovated stone houses for sale in Alacati that will give any Tuscan property a good run for its money, certainly in terms of affordability. 


The top free things to do in Istanbul

The top free things to do in Istanbul

Istanbul is crammed with quality free sites. You can feast your eyes on free art, or sit in a square and enjoy free music. You can explore parks where tulips nod in their thousands, or gaze upon Ottoman mosques, palaces or mansions. You can learn about a city’s history, or step inside the home of one of its most famous inhabitants. From museums to beaches, we have compiled a list of the very best cultural, historical and leisure attractions available to all in the city.


10 expat blogs about living in Turkey

10 expat blogs about living in Turkey

There are thousands of expats living in Turkey - from the charming beach resorts in Bodrum, to the busy city life in Istanbul, to the sweeping town of Kalkan, it seems as though those who move to Turkey just can't get enough - some going so far as to write down their thoughts on life in the country in the form of blogs that have became credible sources of information for those thinking of joining the trend by moving to Turkey. We bring you the top 10 Turkish blogs by expats. 


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