Turkey

 

After visiting Turkey more than 10 times over the last couple years this summer 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 and created the ultimate itinerary. With this Turkey itinerary you can easily plan your Turkey 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.

Looking for a place to get away from the tourist trail in Turkey? Sirince, the laid-back mountain village near Ephesus the Ancient Greek city is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Turkey for that. Welcome to the village where life only seem to move at a slow pace.

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.

In February 2020 I was able to visit Bursa as part of a trip to Turkey, speaking at the Emitt Travel Fair about Influencer marketing. In total I stayed 4 nights in the city and got to know all the best things to do in Bursa. Travel tips, tourists attraction and more ideas for your next trip to Bursa can be find below.

 

The Turkey sim card business is booming! That I learned from my previous trips to Turkey and from my article about the best sim card in Turkey. Prepaid sim cards for tourists aren't cheap. Last September 2020 I drove 4,500 kilometer through the country on a big road trip. I of course updated this article for the new IST Airport. Find here everything you need to know about buying a Turkey sim card at Istanbul Airport IST upon arrival!

Most shops are closed due to the Corona pandemic, but as of September 2020 all the mobile internet provider shops at Istanbul Airport are OPEN!

For the last two years my article about the best Turkey sim card is providing useful information for people traveling to Turkey. But wouldn’t it be much easier to buy a sim card at Istanbul SAW Airport straight upon arrival? For this blog I traveled in August 2019 to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport to find out everything about buying a Turkey sim card for tourists.

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!

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.

 

As a big fan of mobile internet there is no way I can go without being connected. As soon as I arrive in a new country I buy a local sim card. I have made countless trips to Turkey and checked out all the mobile internet providers to see what Turkey tourist sim cards they offer. Now already update as of September 2020. Turkey sim card for tourists are cheap, but it depends where you buy them.

Traveling to Turkey and need inspiration? Find here a list of the best things to do in Turkey, with 19 amazing places to visit. What about the Switzerland of Turkey or Maldives like beaches? Hidden Monasteries and well preserved UNESCO heritage sites? Click on the link to find them all!

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!

 

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.

When looking at pictures from Istanbul you will always find a mosque in it somewhere. They are literally scattered all over the city and their minarets are looming large above the city. In the Old City you will stumble upon several Muslim worship places and five times a day you will hear their call for prayer. This sound always makes me feel like I’m travelling!

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 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!

Nowadays there are numerous ways to meet people through the web. Just take a look at your phone and you will realize that you also have one of those apps for networking. I admit I am a social media addict and meet lots of people through the web. Staying in hostels makes it super easy to meet travellers and most of them have the same mindset and are looking to connect with people from all over the world. But in my case I meet a lot of people through apps like for example Instagram.

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.