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Pros and Cons of Living Abroad

Pros and Cons of Living Abroad

Anybody embarking on an adventure overseas should seriously think about the pros and cons of living abroad. For many people, a new life of sun, sea and sand is an enticing dream that breaks up their daily life. Yet, bear in mind, experts say moving house is one of life's most stressful experiences.


The Best Supermarkets in Turkey to Shop

The Best Supermarkets in Turkey to Shop

As with any country, the supermarkets in Turkey all engage in mass supermarkets wars to capture the attention of daily shoppers. Operating through stores, they now also target us through social media and online shopping apps to get our pennies while providing quality products at affordable prices.


How to Register a Mobile Phone in Turkey

How to Register a Mobile Phone in Turkey

If you plan to stay in the country for longer than four months, you need to know how to register your mobile phone in Turkey. Owners of all foreign mobile devices like laptops, phones and tablets should register them in the Mobil Cihaz Kayit Sistemi, which stands for Mobile Devices Registration System.


The rise of Istanbul’s Esenyurt

The rise of Istanbul’s Esenyurt

Esenyurt’s trajectory from small settlement in the 1980s to today’s sprawling neighbourhood has been nothing short of phenomenal. Often overlooked in favour of its more upmarket neighbours, Esenyurt’s smartening up, attracting a generation of first home buyers, and becoming a sought-after location for investment properties.


Istanbul in February - Complete Guide and Things to Do

Istanbul in February - Complete Guide and Things to Do

If you are thinking of visiting Istanbul in February, we wholeheartedly recommend a city break with so many things to do. Many people scoff at travelling during February, traditionally marking winter end. They prefer to wait until Spring; however, this wonderful global city has many delights and surprises regardless of the month.


Things to do in Istanbul in January? A complete guide

Things to do in Istanbul in January? A complete guide

Many people scoff at travelling this winter month, but Istanbul steps up as a perfect city break. If you are willing to forget about sunbathing and swimming, in return for cultural heritage and urban vibes, head to Istanbul after your celebrations. Benefits of visiting in January include fewer crowds at major tourist attractions, cheaper flight and hotel prices, traditional winter food and drinks like Salep.


Useful Apps for Expats in Istanbul - Guide to living in Turkey

Useful Apps for Expats in Istanbul - Guide to living in Turkey

The long list of apps for expats in Istanbul ensures that every resident, regardless of age or nationality, can effectively plan their time and receive advice, information, and tips direct from their mobile phone. Indeed, apps are now an essential part of our lives, whether ordering food, paying bills, or trying to get from one place to another.


Welcome to Ankara – Capital of Turkey

Welcome to Ankara – Capital of Turkey

Ah, Ankara, Turkey's capital ruling city. To many foreigners, this vast city is not as well-known as Istanbul. Indeed, some people from other nations assume the Turkish government rules from Istanbul. That city does lead in business, education, tourism, and finance. However, for politics, Ankara reigns supreme, and for visiting tourists, Ankara offers insight into Turkey's second-largest city.

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What is the School System like in Turkey?

What is the School System like in Turkey?

For expats looking at the education and school system in Turkey, local research and knowledge are necessary. Whether you choose to put your children in state schools or private is a personal choice, but it is wise to know what education they will receive, any outgoing costs and their curriculum so you can plan your new life around that.


Seven reasons you'll fall in love with Turkish people

Seven reasons you'll fall in love with Turkish people

There's much to love about Turkey. Great Turkish food, beautiful golden beaches, fascinating history and a great lifestyle for expats in the country. But what about the people? Loyal, passionate and embarrassingly direct, here's why we love the Turks in all their complicated glory.


Living in Istanbul: Pros and Cons for Foreign Expats

Living in Istanbul: Pros and Cons for Foreign Expats

When it comes to living in Istanbul, stats show this is a popular hub for foreign expats. A recent report said that excluding refugees, 645,000 foreigners with residency permits lived in Turkey's biggest metropolis. Sitting next to the Marmara Sea, Bosphorus, and Golden Horn, Istanbul occupies Turkey's Northern, western corner and sits on an advantageous geographical location.


How to beat the traffic in Istanbul

How to beat the traffic in Istanbul

Despite being one of the world's most wonderful cities, with a population of about 16 million people, Istanbul is unfortunately one of the most congested. However, if you're smart, you can avoid the worst of it. Read our guide to discover ways to beat the traffic while getting the very best out of this magnificent city.


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