Life in Turkey Blog Posts


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.


Lonely hearts: moving to Turkey for love

Lonely hearts: moving to Turkey for love

Moving abroad can be challenging enough without having to adapt to your partner’s culture - not to mention their extended family. There's a language barrier, bureaucracy to navigate and friends to make. And that's just the first year. We speak to two people who have been there and done that: get the lowdown on moving to Turkey for love.


Culture shock: expats reveal the Turkey no one tells you about

Culture shock: expats reveal the Turkey no one tells you about

You can Google all you like, but you'll never know all there is to know about a country before you get there. The parts of culture that puzzle tourists and newcomers to Turkey can frustrate, annoy - or delight in turn. Discover what two expats living in Turkey found the most challenging when they first moved to Istanbul and Fethiye.


17 ways to deal with homesickness when you move to Turkey

17 ways to deal with homesickness when you move to Turkey

It's rare to find the expat in Turkey who hasn't been afflicted at some point by homesickness. Whether it's a longing for your home, the loved ones you left behind - or even just your favourite food - homesickness is something every newcomer to Turkey will deal with at some point. Read our guide to the symptoms of homesickness, and how to combat its effects. 


Turkey's long, lustrous love affair with the moustache

Turkey's long, lustrous love affair with the moustache

Turkey has a long love affair with the moustache. Dating back to Ottoman times, Turks have sported a variety of upper-lip dos, some impressive, some just strange. However, did you know there's more to moustaches than meets the eye? Read on to discover how moustaches are more than just a facial hairstyle: they can tell you a whole lot about their owner.


How Turkish television is taking over the world

How Turkish television is taking over the world

From Albania to Argentina, Turkish television is rapidly colonising the globe. Its dramatic storylines - and luxuriant moustaches - are captivating the hearts and minds of television addicts from many different cultures. Discover why Turkish drama is so beloved by different countries and cultures.


Famous Handicrafts of Turkey

Famous Handicrafts of Turkey

It is inevitable that when man perfects an art skill, a stream of respect and admiration follows. This is true in particular areas of Turkey well known for developing certain handicrafts because many skilled artists and craftsmen, use simple tools or construct an item purely by hand. Despite the onslaught of modern machinery, skilled artisans still make a roaring trade in Turkey, and some of this can be credited to tourism and people’s desire for authentic souvenirs. It is worth looking at these trades history though because many flourished during a glorious era of the Ottoman Guild system.


Beautiful and Famous Mosques in Turkey

Beautiful and Famous Mosques in Turkey

Opening their doors to everyone regardless of faith, the mosques of Turkey provide a unique insight into the role of Islam in this secular, democratic country. Even though a large proportion of the country is Muslim, not every citizen practises the religion so away from the bars and restaurants of the coastal resorts, seeing inside a mosque is an alternative and easy glimpse at one of the biggest religions of the world.


How to Spend 24 Hours in Bodrum

How to Spend 24 Hours in Bodrum

Bodrum on the Aegean coast of Turkey is a clustering of small holiday resorts and a larger town centre. Known as a major player of the Turkish Riviera, it has firmly established itself on the international yachting scene because of its excellence, not only for sailing boats but also for making them. Due to the enormous range of things to do and places to go, we have listed our top three favourite ideas of how to spend 24 hours in Bodrum.


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