Top Tips : 7 Things to know about Turkey
Turkey has more to offer than beautiful beaches, Turkish delights, sweet music, and flavored teas. The kebabs and the bazaars are of course big attractions, but these don’t even scratch the surface of all that Turkey has to offer. Here are seven things that will give you insight into the real Turkey.
1) Before you visit
First of all, before anything else… check your passport to insure that it is valid for at least 3 months from date of arrival into the country. Your stay in Turkey as a tourist is limited up to 90 days.
You will need to pay 10 GBP for an entry visa. This can be paid at the airport on arrival.
2) Money – Turkish Lira
Turkish Lira is available in the following denominations:
Banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 TL
Coins: 5, 10, 25 & 50 Kurus and 1 TL
(average exchange rate 8)
3) Turkey is famed for its hospitality
Turkish people are famed for being generous and warm hosts. It’s a cultural thing, and if they invite you to their place, consider it as a gesture of genuine goodwill. It is also an opportunity to learn more about the country and its people in a very real and natural setting. As a guest to someone’s house, you will be treated to authentic Turkish food and of course, lots of tea or coffee.
4) Don’t be alarmed by “personal questions”
It’s perfectly natural for conversations with the Turkish people to veer towards your country, your marital status, number of children, age, etc. It’s not meant to be intrusive, it’s normal conversation for them.
5) Don’t carry your mobile phone! – or check your roaming rates
You’ll save money on domestic calls by using a phone card purchased at the post office (PTT). If you’re too caught up to go to the post office, you may purchase these from resellers who sell these for a slightly higher price. Check for the appropriate card to make a long-distance international call.
6) There aren’t any camels
In Turkish holiday resorts it’s not unusual to see a couple of camels lined up strategically outside the tourist attractions, waiting to be photographed. Like apple tea, someone discovered that tourists like them. Turkey doesn’t have a desert, and it doesn’t have any (native) camels either.
7) Avoid stereotypical questions
Nobody loves being stereotyped. And as a people, the Turks have been negatively stereotyped in the “Midnight Express”. Be prudent and do some homework about the questions to ask, and those to avoid. Use your experiences to assess your host country. Avoid asking questions that may lead to avoidable discomfort.