A holiday in Turkey can present significant benefits for travellers earning dollars or euros: due to Turkey’s economic situation, a visit to Turkey can offer a cheap holiday. Turkey, renowned for its turquoise seas, rich cultural heritage and culinary culture, now appeals to travellers’ pockets as well.
Visitors from nations where dollars, euros or UK pounds are used will enjoy a significant advantage! Even the rates at luxury hotels will seem moderate for those who are earning dollars, euros or UK pounds.
As the dollar and euro have gained strength against the Turkish lira in recent years, it is now possible to stay at the best Turkish hotels at affordable prices. For example, US$ 1 was worth TL 1.8 in 2012; in 2018, US$ 1 is worth TL 5.3. So, for a hotel that cost TL 1000 per night, travellers used to pay about 555 units on a dollar basis. Now, that same tariff is about 200 units! And the same applies to the euro.
The British pound is another currency that has increased its value against the Turkish lira, offering opportunities for affordable Turkey holidays to travellers using this currency. In 2012, one GBP was about TL 2.7; in 2018, the exchange rate increased to TL 6.8 per one GPB. Naturally – and paired with Turkey's well-known tourism options and distinct holiday concepts for every season of the year - this makes Turkey a tourism star.
Due to its advantageous geographical position, Turkey is lively throughout all four seasons, a vibrant destination that brings visitors together with different cultures. As such, the country attracts more than 25 million tourists annually. In some years, the number of tourists visiting Turkey has exceeded 40 million – not at all surprising, considering the country’s touristic advantages. Turkey’s western and southwestern regions, especially the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, are always quiet and peaceful – except during those nights when crazy parties are happening!
Some people ask whether it is safe for someone living in a western country to go on a holiday in Turkey. For those who want to spend time on Turkey’s bright coasts and clear blue seas, there are many areas in the southern and southwestern regions; and these places are completely safe, with residents and tourists alike simply enjoying the turquoise waters.
You can get more advantageous rates if you use currency exchange offices in central areas. As well, those areas tend to have more offices and thus more competition for better rates.
Food and drink are very affordable in Turkey. Of course, in some of the touristic areas prices may be higher, but you can always go to supermarkets or more affordable local restaurants, shops and cafes. There is a supermarket on nearly every street in Turkey; many offer their own brands at lower prices.
If you love to shop, Turkey is a perfect destination: You can find everything here - but you may need to bargain! Turkish merchants like to bargain; if you are persistent you may be able to obtain your desired item at a reduced price.
Prices are almost always higher at the beaches, at the seaside and in popular holiday destinations. If you are spending your holiday in these areas, you may find that shopping at supermarkets is a more cost-effective option.
Turkey is a country where you can spend a lot or very little for a holiday. You can find hostels for as low as 10 euros and ultra-luxurious rooms that start from 6,500 euros per night.
Public transportation is very affordable. You can travel economically by metro, metrobus, bus, train, plane and ferries.
Depending on the airport, the cheapest way to get from the airport is to use the municipal bus or metro systems. Some flight booking services also provide comfortable shuttle or service buses at reasonable prices.
The airport shuttle bus services offer inexpensive transportation to and from the Istanbul airports and the city’s central areas.
You can rent vehicles at affordable prices in Turkey. Pegasus car rental service provides you with very convenient service!
While you will need to obtain the proper documentation for your pet, once you arrive, you will find that Turkey is an animal loving country. People feed street cats and dogs here, and you can find all services for your pet at very reasonable prices.
If you make early bookings, you can stay at Turkey hotels for very reasonable prices. If you are planning to go to metropolitan areas such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, or to popular resorts such as Bodrum and Dalaman, you can stay at hostels for very cheap rates. If you get to the eastern regions of Turkey, it is possible to stay at boutique hotels for very affordable rates. Bungalows and pensions also offer cheap rates.
Yes! It is very easy to eat on a budget in Turkey. The cheapest meals can be found at small restaurants, called ‘artisan’ or ‘home-cooked food’ restaurants, as well as at international food chains.
For someone visiting Turkey from abroad (especially from countries where the euro, dollar or pound are in use) nightlife is cheap. While prices may be higher in popular resort areas, if you know where to go, you can find affordable places everywhere.
Both international and local GSM operators are available in Turkey, and their voice, text and data package prices are reasonable.
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