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Moving to Turkey

Frequently asked questions about moving to Turkey, how to retire in Turkey, what's it like to move, become a resident, live and work in Turkey

Is it Safe to Live in Turkey?

Is it Safe to Live in Turkey?

On the odd occasion, customers sometimes ask if it is safe to live in Turkey? This is quite understandable given that holidaying in a country and living in it, are two different experiences. People also ask for several reasons. Some want to know about crime rates and how safe it is for single females. Some wonder about the border region that Turkey shares with Syria while others cite terrorism that is a worldwide concern.


A Useful Expat Guide to Living in Turkey

A Useful Expat Guide to Living in Turkey

We hope that by writing an expat guide to living in Turkey, all our customers who have plans to move to the country on a permanent basis will have a useful system to follow. However, while we have many hints, tips, guides, and bucket loads of advice, it is worth mentioning that some characteristics will stand you in good stead during the first year of living in Turkey as an expat.



Can you eat pork? The reality of living in a Muslim country

Can you eat pork? The reality of living in a Muslim country

It's difficult to imagine a country you've never visited, which is why we often get asked about the reality of living in a predominantly Muslim country. Marie Coggin, a British expat living in Bodrum, addresses a few commonly asked questions, and puts to rest the concerns some people might have about visiting and living in Turkey.


Expat Challenges in Turkey and How to Overcome Them

Expat Challenges in Turkey and How to Overcome Them

The dream of living in Turkey fills people with hope. They imagine a life by the beach, with gorgeous weather and a stunning home. They think of their perfect utopia, and it is what motivates to wake up. Unfortunately, while there is nothing wrong with this dream, it rarely goes so smoothly. Moving to a different country can be a stressful experience if you are not prepared for the expat challenges that accompany a life in Turkey.


Setting sail: a life-changing week on board a gulet

Setting sail: a life-changing week on board a gulet

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.


Why Living Seaside in Turkey is Good for You

Why Living Seaside in Turkey is Good for You

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.



7 Things Only People Who Have Lived in Turkey Will Understand

7 Things Only People Who Have Lived in Turkey Will Understand

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.


8 family friendly properties in Istanbul

8 family friendly properties in Istanbul

Turkey's largest city is a bustling, action-packed metropolis. It's full of culture, history and incredible activities for the whole family. It's little wonder families are starting to locate to Istanbul for work - and a new life. Explore some of the properties we think are most suitable for families wishing to live in what's surely one of the most incredible cities on the planet.


These 5 Places Will Make You Want to Move to Turkey

These 5 Places Will Make You Want to Move to Turkey

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.


21 signs you've been in Turkey too long

21 signs you've been in Turkey too long

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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