In many countries across the globe, experts are asking whether village culture is dying out. In 2009, a study said the flight of young Germans to big cities were killing off small villages. Five years later, an environmental report said Italy is facing the abandonment of thousands of villages, and at the same time, risking an endangered way of life and decline of rural traditions and social communities. Let's explore villages in Turkey and see what is happening there.
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When a colourful poster in a travel agent caught her eye, Marie Coggin decided a couple of weeks in the Turkish sunshine was just what she needed. She had no idea that the trip would mark a new beginning: the start of a two-decade love affair with Turkey. The Gumusluk, Bodrum resident recalls the magic and wonder of her first holiday exploring the region on land and by sea.
Seaside living in Turkey is more popular now than ever before. Many Turks from the inner cities have holiday homes in the coastal resorts of the Aegean and Mediterranean. The same trend applies to thousands of foreigners who have bought holiday homes in Turkey or moved here to live out their retirement. The resort of Fethiye attracts British buyers, while Antalya has turned into a cosmopolitan hub of many nationalities including Russians and Europeans.
In the last thirty years, the concept of living abroad has opened to the masses. Whereas pre- 1990s, it was restricted to affluent retirees, the advancement of travel, technology and the Internet means more people are looking at upping sticks to seek out an alternative lifestyle and in many cases, one that is more laid-back, healthier and of course, full of copious amounts of sun. Have a read of why you should consider retiring to Turkey.
Some people like familiarity. They have a small select group of lifelong friends, and they live their entire lives in the same city or town. However other people get the urge to spread their wings and these days. Indeed, many expats have descended on the shores of Turkey and are often found in the small Aegean and Mediterranean towns. Unfortunately, not everyone stays because there are some aspects of Turkish life that they just really can’t get their head around.
In our series about expat life in Turkey, we talk to real people in the country to get a realistic outlook and viewpoint on what living in Turkey is like. In this article, we talk with Natalie Sayin. She has lived in Turkey for 15 years, been married and divorced here, worked as a rep, estate agent and is now a location independent freelancer. We asked her to tell us more about her life in Turkey as an expat.
A series of negatives in his life prompted 52-year-old Andrew Edmonds to reassess his life. Wanting a change before he was too old to enjoy it, he decided to pack up and move to Turkey - a country he'd never even visited before. He explains how it's been settling into his new home in Yalikavak, Bodrum.
Living in Turkey as a foreigner, exposes you to cultural awareness but it also changes your outlook on life. The lifestyle that at first seems baffling and sometimes absurd slowly works its magic on you, and before you know it, your thoughts, mannerisms and actions extensively change to the point, where your Turkish friends insist you are no longer the yabanci (foreigner) but instead their half Turkish brother or sister.
Here’s the thing about visiting Turkey on holiday. It has an acute knack of drawing you in, and by the time, your departing flight leaves the tarmac, you are already planning your next trip back. While the country has a hardcore fan base of holidaymakers, some people also go one step further by packing their bags and moving here permanently - here are five places in Turkey that will have you never wanting to leave.
The broad spectrum and diversity of tourist attractions in Turkey have earned the country gushing admiration in travel guide books and fairs. From the weird and wonderful to historical or natural places of beauty, most are family friendly destinations, as well as favoured spots for independent travellers. Have a read of the ten best tourist attractions that anyone visiting Turkey just HAS to visit.
Istanbul's quieter during the summer months, as city dwellers head out of the megacity and to the long sands of Bodrum, Antalya and Fethiye's beaches. However, there are plenty of seaside delights to be found in Istanbul, as our list proves. Join us as we explore some of the city's nicest shorelines.
Kalkan on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey is one of the lesser talked about destinations in the country, yet, it has a hard-core fan base of repeat holidaymakers and expats, who either live there permanently or for half of the year. Even the locals speak English with clear intent and confident knowledge of it as a second language. Find out why foreign expats love living in Kalkan in this blog.