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Escape the city: the best nature spots near Istanbul

Escape the city: the best nature spots near Istanbul

The pandemic has given us a new appreciation for nature. Even if you're living in a city as large and dynamic as Istanbul, there are still ways to get out and enjoy wildlife, open vistas and beautiful spaces. Join us on a tour of some of the most tranquil spots outside Istanbul, opening up a new appreciation for this part of the country.

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Straight talk: how to make a killing in Istanbul

Straight talk: how to make a killing in Istanbul

Cameron Deggin has a hard truth for Straight Talk watchers: the properties most aggressively marketed to foreign buyers aren't necessarily the ones that are going to yield returns. Deggin outlines the difference between the branded residences that dominate agent portfolios, and the smaller, lesser-known developments quietly making money.


Why interest is growing in Istanbul's seaside homes

Why interest is growing in Istanbul's seaside homes

Seaside property in Istanbul has always been popular. But with a growing awareness of the need for nature and space to keep us happy, and the new emphasis on social distancing, sea view property in Istanbul and suburbs close to the water are experience an unprecedented surge of interest. 

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Shopping in Istanbul: Guide to Malls, Streets and Bazaars

Shopping in Istanbul: Guide to Malls, Streets and Bazaars

Do not expect to go home with any loose change when shopping in Istanbul. The vast range of bazaars, malls and famous streets host thousands of bargains and luxury stores of which the happy sellers help to empty your purse. Whether buying souvenirs in bazaars, or clothes in cosmopolitan boutique stalls, travellers always find what they want in this vast metropolis.


Straight Talk: Avoiding citizenship scams in Turkey

Straight Talk: Avoiding citizenship scams in Turkey

Turkish citizenship for just $175,000. When the threshold is $250,000, this sounds like a good deal, right? Almost too good to be true? In this episode of Straight Talk, Cameron Deggin walks us through a scam that's doing the rounds in Istanbul, where unsuspecting buyers are falling for a gimmick that could land them in hot water.


Straight Talk: Perfecting your exit strategy when investing in Istanbul

Straight Talk: Perfecting your exit strategy when investing in Istanbul

Property investment can be a tricky business. It's not an emotional purchase like buying a family home; instead, it involves casting an eye to the future. In this episode of Straight Talk, Property Turkey director Cameron Deggin talks about surefire ways to fail - and win - at an exit strategy when you're investing in Istanbul property.


The 5 Best Shopping Malls in Istanbul

The 5 Best Shopping Malls in Istanbul

Bring on the competition America. When it comes to shopping malls in Istanbul, the excellence and professionalism of these establishments easily match any westernised version of where to splash the cash and have a good time. These malls are renowned throughout Turkey as shoppers’ havens, with a little bit of fun and eating out in food courts thrown in.


The Best Istanbul Neighbourhoods for Expats Looking to Relocate

The Best Istanbul Neighbourhoods for Expats Looking to Relocate

The long list of Istanbul neighbourhoods run into hundreds and this is no surprise given, it is Turkey’s largest, most populated city. As a hub of everything and anything, including business, education, tourism, health, and economy, people flock from all over the world to boost the local population of Turks. Many Istanbul expats are working professionals, while others just like an urban lifestyle. All have one thing in common, though, and that is to live somewhere decent.


Living in Istanbul as a Foreigner: 9 Useful Things to Know

Living in Istanbul as a Foreigner: 9 Useful Things to Know

From tourist to expat, if you are thinking of living in Istanbul as a foreigner, it is a great lifestyle move to make. As Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul offers so much including a low cost of living, a unique culture, the best nightlife and shopping scenes in the country, as well as abundance of tourist and historical attractions.


Digital Nomad in Istanbul – Turkey: Need to Knows

Digital Nomad in Istanbul – Turkey: Need to Knows

To be a digital nomad in Istanbul is the new norm, especially during these times, when employers actively encourage working from home. This situation works for both parties, and if the thought of becoming a digital nomad appeals, Istanbul is a great place to relocate to.


Five little-known Istanbul gems

Five little-known Istanbul gems

Some city tourists like to stick with what they know. And that's fine. But other travellers know that when you venture off the pages of the guide book, you are often rewarded for your trouble. We've picked out five neighbourhoods around Istanbul that might not be in your Lonely Planet guide, but are really are worth exploring.


The Galata Tower of Istanbul and the Karakoy District

The Galata Tower of Istanbul and the Karakoy District

For a fantastic panoramic view over Istanbul, head to Galata Tower in the Beyoglu district. As one of the city’s most iconic landmark buildings, every day, it hosts hundreds of people eager to find out what all the hype is about. Not only that, it’s illustrious history, makes it an exciting story.


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