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Why I Still Went To Turkey – One Tourist’s Story

14th September 2016

Many of my friends had the good fortunate of managing to get a couple of weeks of in late July, one friend in particular surprised me by announcing they were heading to Turkey for a couple of days.

I knew they would be going somewhere they’re quite the globe trotter but still their plan to go to Turkey did catch me by surprise.

I caught up with them when they returned to find out why of all the places they could have gone they decided to go to Turkey.

Why Turkey?

“Well I’ve always wanted to go it felt like the last big place I hadn’t really visited. I’d been to Spain, Germany and even America and have always wanted to add Turkey to the list. I’ am a budding archaeologist and Turkey has some of the most famous ancient ruin sites in the world so this was my chance not to mention a few days on the beach would be a welcome break from the UK’s gloomy weather and the price was a bargain

Did Recent Events Put You Of At All?

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it, there was a point when I was at the airport on my way there that I really started to wonder what I was doing. But that quickly calmed down once I’d got on the plane and started my journey.

After all I could get hit by a car just crossing the road on my way home so in the end I just thought why not just go and have fun. As someone who travels a lot there’s always an element of risk wherever you go but you shouldn’t let it hold you back from experiencing new things”


How Long Did You Stay In Turkey?

“Three days in Istanbul and it was great I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t really sure if anything was different. Having never really been before I wasn’t sure what to compare it to, I suppose there was a greater police presence about the place and it wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be but it certainly wasn’t a ghost town.

There was a relaxed atmosphere almost everywhere and it was a really great experience


Planning To Go Again?

“Turkey yes although probably not Istanbul again it was great but I rarely visit the same city twice although you never know. I think next time I’ll take in the Turkish coast or might go and visit Ankara instead”   

Written by David Varty - YellAli Content Team

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