• 19 Beautiful Places To Visit in Turkey in 2021

    After more than 10 trips to Turkey I put together this list of the most amazing places to visit. Expect quaint mountain villages, the food capital, spectacular landscapes, beautiful mosques, ancient Greek ruins, beach destinations and the unmistakably Turkey tourist destinations: Cappadocia and Pamukkale. Read about all my tips including where to stay and what to do around.

  • 3 unique things to do in Istanbul

    With so many cool things to do in Istanbul it is hard to choose how to spend your days in this amazing city. Of course I want you to check out the Old City and see the magnificent Blue Mosque, get lost in the bustling streets, and go shopping in the Grand Bazaar. Or what about Taksim or the Galata Tower and then you have not even been to the Asian side. There are so many Istanbul tourist attractions, but those you will all find in your guidebook. Let me tell you 3 unique things to do in Istanbul.

  • Best Luxury Hotels In Besiktas Istanbul

    The last two times I visited Istanbul I chose to stay in Besiktas, a very lively neighborhood on the Bosporus. Running around in the narrow streets of this area you don’t feel like you are in a big city. There are supermarkets, little shops, bakeries, restaurants and a dozen teahouses and coffee shops. I was there both times in winter and still people were sitting outside under the heaters sipping their tea as if it was normal, but the temperature was below zero and I was freezing my ass off!

  • Buying a Prepaid Sim Card in Turkey in 2021

     

    Traveling to Turkey soon? Don't waste money on high roaming costs or slow overseas data roaming bundles. Getting a local sim card in Turkey is easy. This is your guide for buying a Turkey sim card with: where to go, best 4G/5G network, up to date prices, my experiences and my recommendations. Find below everything you need to know about prepaid Turkey sim cards.

  • Buying a Sim Card at Istanbul Airport in 2021

     

    Planning a trip to Turkey and flying to Istanbul Airport? Get yourself a local sim card on arrival to avoid high roaming costs. This is your guide for buying a local sim card at Istanbul Airport IST with everything you need to know: where to go, the best option, up to date prices, mobile network coverage, opening hours and more.

  • Buying a Sim Card at Istanbul SAW Airport in 2021

    Flying to Turkey soon? Sure you are arriving on the Asian side at SAW Airport? If yes, then this is the complete guide you were looking for when buying a sim card on arrival at Istanbul SAW Airport. With up to date prices, where to buy, best network and more tips.

    For many years my article about the best Turkey sim card is providing useful information for people traveling to Turkey, so in addition I wrote this blog about SAW Airport to make it even easier for you buying a Turkey sim card on arrival.

  • Day Trips From Istanbul | The Edirne Mosque

    If you have done all the Istanbul sightseeing and still have some spare days in your agenda then you should consider taking one of the day trips from Istanbul to Edirne and pay a visit to the impressive Edirne Mosque called Selimiye. Nowadays a sleepy little town full of history, but once the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Edirne, Turkey lies only a few kilometers from the Bulgarian and the Greek border. I admit it was pretty tempting to make a little detour and cross into these two countries, as I had never been to any of them. But as we were toured around by the Turkish Tourism Board it would have been a little inappropriate to leave the country. ;) Surely some day I will end up there again!

  • How To Get To Buyuk Valide Han Istanbul

    Looking for some cool adventure in Istanbul? I found out where to go to enjoy an amazing sunset over Istanbul. A place that you for sure wont find in your guidebook. Somewhere on the rooftops of an old deserted shopping mall you will find one of the best views over the city.

  • Istanbul off the beaten track | walking tour Fener Balat

    Istanbul is such a huge city and you can easily spend a couple days here doing all the standard touristy stuff and becoming a 'Touristanbul'! It is not hard to find something about visiting the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque or the Grand Bazaar, but what if you are after an Istanbul off the beaten track adventure? If you’re the kind of tourist who likes to get to get away from the crowds, then a Fener-Balat walking tour is your best bid!

  • My First Travel Blogger Event: World Tourism Forum Istanbul

    Just like a lot of travel bloggers I get the most crazy emails and request from random people and businesses from around the world suggesting that I am going to spend time and money in growing their new business or helping them becoming a successful travel blogger. Sorry but that is not the way it works, so I cant help you grow your Instagram account nor am I going to find you costumers for your travel agencies or will I promote your new app for free.

  • My First Year As A Travel Blogger | My 2017 Trips In Numbers

    Curious how many miles I traveled? How many countries I have been? And how my 2017 flight schedule looked like? In this blog I am recapping all my trips of 2017 and I collected some cool statistics about my travels. Plus some insight in my travel plans for 2018.

  • The coloured houses of Fener - Balat Istanbul

     

    What to do in a capital so big with even more inhabitants than my own country? Where to start and what for sure not to miss? I have been traveling to Istanbul for a couple days now and first did the most common sightseeing things, like visiting Buyuk Valide Han. If you would be in Istanbul only a couple days then I would suggest to take a hop-on-hop-off bus to see as much as possible. In that case you can call yourself a touristanbul! LOL

    But hey I’m travelling, I’m not on a holiday and therefore I like to get off the beaten path in Istanbul. That way I found out about Fener-Balat.

    Find here a list of 19 beautiful places to visit in Turkey, including some epic hidden gems, like the Maldives of Turkey and much more.

  • Ultimate Turkey Itinerary For 14 Days | DIY Hidden Gems & Top Sights

     

    After visiting Turkey more than 10 times over the last couple years last time I decided to go wild on my Turkey trip and travel to off the beaten path places on top of the standard top sights in Turkey. This way I created the ultimate road trip itinerary. With this 2 week itinerary for Turkey you can easily plan your trip yourself.

    Trust me, traveling to Turkey does not need to be done in a group trip or with a tour operator. Let me convince you that you can do this on your own and no doubt you are going to have the time of your life.

  • Welcome to Istanbul

    After a long an unexpected epic weekend in Cologne I finally made my way to Istanbul. Finally, cause it was not really my plan to stay in Germany that long. I left home Friday morning and said goodbye to mom and dad and ended up in Cologne. It was the weekend of El Clasico and since I am a huge Barca aficionado it was a weekend to remember.

  • What It's Like To Travel to Turkey During COVID

    Everyone is constantly saying they are stuck because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone's trips get cancelled, yet I am still traveling. So what is my secret? Why am I able to still travel the world during the Corona pandemic? The answer is simple...