26 June 2014 by Anna Staford
Turkey's incredible landscapes, rich ancient history, culture and world-renowned cuisine make it a top holiday destination. British nationals alone made over 2.5 million visits to Turkey in 2019 according to the FCDO. Turkey offers a unique blend of Eastern Europe meets western Asia, delivering a fusion of contemporary and cosmopolitan, with rural life, antiquity and deep tradition. Your visit will be all the better for being aware of this rich variety woven into Turkey’s lifestyle.
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As with any country you visit, and perhaps especially Turkey, always exercise great respect for local tradition and culture. Even in a cosmopolitan city like Istanbul, people understandably revere their traditional customs. Turkish people are inherently very hospitable and welcoming of visitors who show an appreciation for their customs. If you are planning a trip, consider these do’s and don’ts in Turkey before you go:
As with any place of worship, check the rules for visitors and ensure you follow them. For example, wear modest, loose fitting, full length clothes. Wearing a headscarf is a good idea for women. Speak quietly and behave respectfully. Mosques will usually closed to visitors during prayer times.
Hospitality is at the heart of Turkish culture. Turkish people are welcoming, friendly, willing to offer help and have a chat.
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The FCO says that most visits to Turkey are trouble free, but like anywhere, be alert to your surroundings and remain vigilant in crowded places that are popular with foreign nationals. Certain areas have travel restrictions, such as areas within 10 km of the border with Syria, so be sure to check the lastest FCO advice before you book or travel see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/safety-and-security.
Turkey is one of the remaining few places on Earth where you can buy kilims, rugs, carpets, and jewellery crafted in the ancient traditions.
The key advice given by most travel experts is to make sure you buy travel insurance as soon as you book any part of your trip. It’s essential to have travel and medical cover in place so you are protected against emergencies that may occur during your trip, or even certain events before you travel that may prevent you from going. Many policies now include Coronavirus emergency medical expense cover if you contract the virus while on your trip, including Globelink, so it’s worth reviewing the reliable travel policy options we offer.
Whether you are visiting ancient ruins such as Göbeklitepe, Ephesus, shopping for traditional craftwork, or just savouring authentic Turkish coffee and cuisine, remember that you are in an unfamiliar place it's always a good idea to take precautions, like having appropriate travel insurance in place. Key advice given by most travel experts is to make sure you buy travel insurance as soon as you book any part of your trip - that way you are covered from the moment you buy - even if your trip is cancelled for certain reasons before you travel. It’s essential to have travel and medical cover in place so you are protected against unexpected mishaps and emergencies during your trip, or even certain events before you travel that could stop you from going. Many policies now include Coronavirus cover for emergency medical expenses and cancellation if you contract the virus while on your trip, or before you travel - including Globelink - so it’s worth reviewing the reliable travel policy options we offer.
Lastly, whenever and wherever you travel, always check your local Government, or for UK residents, the FCDO’s travel advice to help you stay safe and travel aware.