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27 things you'll need to do before moving to Turkey

27 things you'll need to do before moving to Turkey

Moving can be an onerous task; moving abroad can seem as daunting as climbing Everest. But never fear. One you break it down, it's simply a case of doing one thing at a time. We've done the hard yards for you and compiled a checklist of 27 essential tasks you'll need to complete before you head to the land of sea and sun.


7 page-turning novels set in Turkey

7 page-turning novels set in Turkey

Turkey has a long, distinguished relationship with literature. It's also a country that has fascinated authors, who are beguiled by the sheer colour and diversity of its culture. If you're on the hunt for a novel you can dive into and lose yourself in, try one of these thrilling books - and book series - by these renowned authors. As well as featuring two of Turkey's most esteemed contemporary novelists, you'll also find authors from outside Turkey who have caught the fascination of the country's past and present.


How to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Turkey

How to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Turkey

At Christmas time, expats are divided into two camps: those who try to recreate the festivities and atmosphere of home, and those who give into new traditions. In Turkey, it's easy to do both. Just about all the trimmings and decorations you could wish for are available (tinsel, trees, turkeys) but Turks don't celebrate on 25 December. Instead, they save the big celebrations for New Year's Eve, when they roast a turkey and exchange gifts. 


4 Simple Ways to Act Like a Turk

4 Simple Ways to Act Like a Turk

“When in Rome do as the Romans do” - this mindset particularly appeals to people when they travel or become an expat in another country. No one wants to stand out as a naive foreigner, so in this blog, we present four simple ways to act like a Turk when you are in Turkey. 

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10 reasons to visit Turkey this winter

10 reasons to visit Turkey this winter

Turkish tourism was built on its beaches. However, Turkey's attractions encompass a huge number of interests and industries. Explore the huge array of options on offer during off-peak months. Whether you enjoy spa breaks or surgery, sampling food or skiing, we give you a few good reasons to explore this intriguing country this winter season.


7 reasons to love Antalya

7 reasons to love Antalya

Around 12 million tourists visit Antalya each year. It's not hard to see why: the city and wider region are full of wonders. Ruins, beaches, outdoor activities, tourist hotspots - there's something to attract every kind of visitor. This list highlights the things we most love about Antalya. Come and explore the best of the region with us.


The weird and wonderful world of camel wrestling

The weird and wonderful world of camel wrestling

It’s camel wrestling season, and Turks are travelling far and wide to watch the bizarre spectacle of two camels fighting it out in a bid for the top spot. Once hugely popular all around Turkey, the sport is now largely confined to the Aegean, where a full calendar of camel wrestling events is still well attended throughout the winter months.

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How to get a Turkish residence permit

How to get a Turkish residence permit

With the introduction of an online system, applying for a Turkish Residence Permit has never been easier. The electronic system is the latest in a long line of measures designed to ease the way for foreigners to gain residency in Turkey - including the introduction of an automatic year-long residence permit for anyone who buys a property in Turkey, and the easing of the military clearance requirement.


6 ways living in Turkey can improve your life

6 ways living in Turkey can improve your life

Expat life in Turkey brings many benefits. Some of them - the favourable climate, the good healthy food - are well known. But did you know that there are other positives to living in Turkey that might just drastically change your life? Read how a Mediterranean diet, improved social life and immersing yourself in a new culture might be just what the doctor ordered.


9 habits of highly happy expats in Turkey

9 habits of highly happy expats in Turkey

What's the secret to finding happiness in your new life abroad? It's a good question. We asked three expats living in Turkey what they thought the key habits of happy expats were - and received some interesting replies. Their answers are a valuable insight into the essential tools expats need to forge a new life in a new country. 

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How to live a successful expat life in Turkey

How to live a successful expat life in Turkey

While moving to Turkey might seem like the key to a happy life, the reality is it's not quite that simple. Sunshine and Mediterranean living help, of course, but the same rules that applied to your old way of life have not disappeared with the bad weather: after all, happiness comes from within. We explore ways of cultivating your happiness and finding contentment in your new life. 

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Working in Turkey as a foreigner | What jobs can you do?

Working in Turkey as a foreigner | What jobs can you do?

While most expats retire to Turkey with the dream of putting their feet up while basking in the hot summer sun, some would like the choice of being able to work. Whether it is to meet people, keep active, or increase a monthly income, many jobs that require no training could be done by expats but how easy is it to work in Turkey?


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