Stay too long in Turkey and you'll inevitably find yourself starting to adopt aspects of the culture - both positive and negative. The little cultural quirks that initially drive you mad will soon be forgotten and integrated: from haggling over the price of an orange, to fearlessly weaving across roads full of haphazard drivers, discover the ways expats adapt to living in Turkey.
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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.
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.
Moving to Istanbul with children is a big undertaking. We've compiled a list of the city's top ten areas for family living in Istanbul, taking into account essential lifestyle facilities like hospitals, schools, shops and transport to the central city and city airports. If you're considering a move to Istanbul, read on and discover the best neighbourhoods for expat families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a bid to increase numbers of property sales to foreigners, the Turkish government is set to pass a law that will grant overseas buyers citizenship when they purchase a property valued at more than $1m. The offer will appeal to buyers from the Middle East and Europe seeking not only excellent return on their investment, but access to a large regional hub with favourable tax laws.
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.
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.
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.