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Read all about life in Turkey and living in Turkey from places to go, things to do, culture, costs, social life and much much more

Why Turkish Soups are the Best in the World

Why Turkish Soups are the Best in the World

Turks have mastered the simple art of combining the simplest of ingredients to produce the most satisfying dishes, and their choice of more than 300 soup recipes are perfect examples. Eaten as a snack, starter, or main course, we think Turkish soups are the best in the world and here are six reasons why you simply cannot go to Turkey without trying the famous soups. 


Common Turkish Expressions and Phrases to Use Everyday

Common Turkish Expressions and Phrases to Use Everyday

In the last 20 years, Turkey has modernised itself in many ways, yet behind the face of travel magazines and modern trends, tradition and culture still reign strong. This is especially evident in the daily expressions used among friends, family, work colleagues, and strangers. Indeed, anyone learning Turkish would do well to learn the phrases because they will hear them frequently. Whether they are cultural phrases used for politeness or slang expressions used to express dismay, most of them are quite easy to remember.


Love and marriage in Turkey

Love and marriage in Turkey

It's a subject that preoccupies us world over: how to navigate the often stormy world of love and marriage. In Turkey, a traditional society means the customs and culture around dating and relationships is a little different than the west. We explore some of the odd Turkish cultural quirks you'll discover if you embark on the path to love and marriage in Turkey.


What is the Cost of Living in Turkey in 2017?

What is the Cost of Living in Turkey in 2017?

Across the globe, in every class of society, profession, and social status, the number one daily question that everyone asks themselves is how much does this cost? Whether it is something for our home, utilities or spending money for leisure, money makes the world go round. So, understandably, potential customers always ask us about the cost of living in Turkey in 2017. In this article, we will break it down, according to current prices but before we start, there are also two things to consider re year on year estimations and daily costs.


Why everyone’s talking about Bursa

Why everyone’s talking about Bursa

Full of parks and nature spots, surrounded by forests and close to Uludag Ski Resort, Bursa's standard of living has never been in doubt. Now it's more accessible than ever before, thanks to a new bridge connecting Istanbul to the South Marmara coast. Discover why everyone's talking about Bursa.


Pros and Cons to living in Turkey for the first time

Pros and Cons to living in Turkey for the first time

Moving to Turkey is an exciting but nervous endeavour. People want to take advantage of the laidback, comfortable lifestyle, and gorgeous summer weather but at the same time, need to learn about the culture, language and navigating a system for day-to-day living that is entirely different from their home country. Speaking to people who have already made the move, discover the Pros and Cons to living in Turkey for the first time.


How many Expats live in Turkey? Best cities to live

How many Expats live in Turkey? Best cities to live

The expat residency population of Turkey runs into the thousands. An easy-going, relaxed lifestyle has lured many different nationalities to settle permanently in the country. They generally settle in the same areas and towns, although there are a few exceptions, notably, foreigners who have moved here for marriage and family. Find out how many expats live in Turkey, and where they decide to make their home. 


Should I move to Turkey? The pros and cons of moving abroad

Should I move to Turkey? The pros and cons of moving abroad

Moving to that coveted place in the sun is a world away from a week-long sojourn in your favourite beach destination. We've listed the pros and cons of moving to Turkey, so you can weigh everything up and make your decision with confidence. Discover the good, the bad and the ugly about moving to Turkey.


Is it safe to travel to Turkey in 2017?

Is it safe to travel to Turkey in 2017?

Security concerns have put a number of visitors off visiting Turkey. In fact, tourism declined by more than 30% in 2016. But how justified are these security problems? We ask a frequent visitor to Turkey if she'll be back this year, and quiz Property Turkey director Cameron Deggin on the country's suitability for tourists - especially those with young families.


Easy Ways to Learn the Turkish Language

Easy Ways to Learn the Turkish Language

Thousands of expats and repeat holidaymakers to Turkey would like to learn the national language. Being fluent in Turkish bridges the social and cultural gaps but for expats or people in mixed cultural relationships, it also makes daily life much easier when you speak the native tongue. Some people have learned the language without difficulties, but most of our expat customers say it is hard, and they would love to find easy ways to learn Turkish - find out easy ways to learn Turkish here. 


7 Helpful Reasons to Buy Property in Kalkan

7 Helpful Reasons to Buy Property in Kalkan

Gorgeous Kalkan on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey maintains a discreet reputation on the international travel and property scenes. Often overlooked by the neighbouring, characteristic town of Kas, many tourists also flock to the nearby hubs of Fethiye or Antalya instead. Kalkan remains one of the country’s best-kept secrets, and anyone looking for an abundant lifestyle devoid of hustle and bustle, would fare well to look more into the resort - find out why you should buy a property in Kalkan. 


Awkward Things about Living in Turkey

Awkward Things about Living in Turkey

For the most part, expats in Turkey enjoy splendid lifestyles. Attracted by hot summer days, cool evenings and a cheap rate of living, we go about our daily business with ease. Occasionally, though, some situations and interactions with native Turks leave us speechless. Mainly arising from a difference in culture and traditions as well as a language barrier, when they happen, we are quite uncertain of how to respond. Here are some examples of awkward scenarios that most expats in Turkey have encountered at least once.


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