Travelling to Turkey was always appealing to tourists due to the unique history, monuments, and culture that Turkey has possessed throughout history.
However if you choose to travel to Turkey you will need to consider a number of things in order to have a memorable holiday.
Before you depart, you will need to buy Turkish Lira and exchange your GBP to TRY. It is important to know the current TRY exchange rate and to realise that many travel money providers do not have high amounts of the Turkish Lira in hand. It is wise to work with Travel FX or check the FairFX rates when trying to obtain Turkish Lira before your upcoming holiday.
Is Turkey Currently Safe to Travel to?
Safety in the past couple years in Turkey has been quite shaky due to various factors. Turkey has a very large percentage of their population that is against the current government, which caused an attempted coup d’état against the current government last year. This, combined, with the growing sector of Muslim extremists in the country, also creates risk of terrorist attacks. Lastly, there is a perception of risk for tourists from countries such as the United States, whilst travelling in Turkey. Travellers are highly recommended to keep themselves informed about the current situation when travelling to Turkey so that they are able to keep themselves safe in the event of an emergency.
Should I Buy a Package That Includes Flight and Hotel?
You can, but when travelling to Turkey, if you book your hotels and flights separately you are likely to locate more of the unique hotel properties that celebrate Turkey’s tie to the Ottoman Empire and its unique history. Booking independently means you can experience these hotels as you travel around the country. Flights can be obtained from separate travel websites such as Kayak and Skyscanner with ease due to the diverse availability of airlines such as Turkish airlines from destinations around the globe.
Places to Visit with Your Family
Istanbul: Istanbul is truly one of the wonders of the world. The history that Istanbul has experienced throughout the ages truly makes it a spectacular place to visit for tourism. One of the greatest sights to see in Istanbul is the Haga Sofia Mosque. This mosque has sensational architecture for travellers to experience from more than 800 years ago. For foodies, Istanbul boasts sensational food and coffee for travellers to enjoy whilst they are travelling from one historic ruin to the next.
Ephesus: Ephesus was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire, which makes its ruins delightful to witness in Turkey. It also possesses one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World because the Temple of Artemis is till located within the ruins for visits. The city dates back to the 1st Century B.C., which allows the traveller to truly be taken to another era while they are visiting the site.
Side: Side is a unique locale in that it was a major port in the ancient city of Pamphylia that was one of the territories occupied by Alexander the Great. Here, tourists will be able to see one of the largest ruin sites in the world or ancient Hellenistic and Roman ruins in the form of an amphitheatre. After seeing the ruins, travellers will be able to enjoy wonderful dining options and bars in a quaint small-town atmosphere.
Marmaris: Marmaris is one of the most popular places to vacation for seaside resorts. The location of Marmaris is unique in that tourists can relax on the beach or they can take day trips to Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Cleopatra Island. Marmaris is so stunning that it is considered a part of the Turkish Riviera in the Southern part of Turkey. From gorgeous resorts to classic architecture, Marmaris will make for a delightful holiday for travellers to experience who want to relax and see world history at the same time.
It is important to change your currency before arriving in Turkey in order to get the best possible rates. Given that not many travel companies regularly stock Turkish Lira, it is best to arrange to work with the biggest travel money providers in order to have the best possible results with obtaining the right amount of Turkish Lira before your holiday begins. As long as you keep the currency and safety issues in mind before travelling to Turkey, you will find a delightful and rich holiday to experience whilst visiting Turkey.
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