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15 Execs and Cons of Residing in Turkey

15 Execs and Cons of Residing in Turkey


Have you ever ever considered dwelling in Turkey? It’s not a shock when you have, many individuals go to this superb nation, fall in love with it, and immediately take into consideration relocating. There are numerous execs to dwelling in Turkey, in actual fact much more execs than cons, nevertheless it’s at all times necessary to weigh every thing up earlier than making a call.

I lived in Turkey for a number of years, and it’s an expertise I look again on with a deep fondness. There are such a lot of superb locations to go to and experiences available, however I’m not going to lie—there are some cons to dwelling in Turkey too. I nonetheless go to Turkey very commonly, as that’s the place my husband is, so I’m very properly positioned that can assist you determine whether or not this might be a superb transfer for you or not.

15 Execs and Cons of Residing in Turkey

From a number of years of dwelling in varied areas round Turkey, I skilled lots. There are numerous nice sides to this nation and in all honesty, the upsides undoubtedly outweigh any negatives. Nonetheless, the cons will be irritating, to say the least.

Does it matter whether or not you’re male or feminine? In no way. Regardless of what you may assume, it’s completely straightforward for a overseas girl to stay in Turkey and never wrestle in any respect; I by no means did even earlier than I met my husband. Nonetheless, the troublesome elements are sometimes issues won’t fairly anticipate.

So, let’s weigh up the professionals and cons of dwelling in Turkey and are available to a agency conclusion on the finish.

The place is Turkey?

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Turkey sits within the jap a part of Europe, with a part of the nation in Europe and the vast majority of it in Asia. It’s sometimes called a bridge between Europe and the Center East, and that’s undoubtedly mirrored in its tradition and traditions to a big extent. In actual fact, Istanbul is the one metropolis on the earth that straddles two continents; it’s a should in your dream vacation spot record!

What most individuals don’t notice about Turkey is how massive it’s; I actually underestimated its measurement at first. Protecting an enormous 783,562 km², we’re speaking enormous cities (Istanbul is a megacity), cities, villages, desert landscapes, forests, and beautiful seashores. Whereas Ankara is the capital metropolis, Istanbul is undoubtedly the most important and most visited of all of them.

Bordered by Greece, Bulgaria, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia, Turkey has each land and sea borders. Most individuals go to Turkey throughout the summer season months for its superb coastal resorts, together with Bodrum, Antalya, and Marmaris, however the cities, together with Izmir and Istanbul, are additionally closely visited. However, that doesn’t imply you shouldn’t head to the central reaches, comparable to Cappadocia and Ankara, and even the northern Black Sea Coast – all of those areas are must-visits too.

Along with the modern-day dwelling facet of Turkey, some areas are extraordinarily conventional and extra conservative, comparable to these discovered within the east and southeast. These areas are harder to go to, however you actually shouldn’t be delay; that is the place you’ll discover some actual hidden gems and a few of the greatest meals you’ve seemingly ever tasted.

Execs of Residing in Turkey

As a result of I like to begin issues off with a constructive, let’s check out the professionals of dwelling in Turkey. For me, there have been lots, and also you’ll see a few of my most important highlights from the record under. It’s additionally no shock that there are extra execs than cons.

1. You’re Surrounded by Wonderful Tradition

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One of many most important benefits of dwelling in Turkey is the tradition. It’s so totally different from every thing else you could be used to, and it varies from area to area. Mainly, what I imply is that regardless of the place you go, you’ll expertise one thing completely totally different and new. I discovered a lot throughout my time in Turkey, and I liked being uncovered to the totally different traditions.

You’ll discover that the western facet of the nation is kind of European, particularly Izmir, and the southern seashore resorts are extraordinarily worldwide. Nonetheless, in the event you enterprise to Istanbul you’ll discover a melting pot of previous and new, historical past and fashionable, and neighborhoods that make you’re feeling such as you’re some place else fully. While you head additional east, you’ll discover conservative areas which have traditions which have been handed down via generations, courting again centuries.

What I discovered actually lovely about Turkey is that I used to be accepted in every single place. Even within the extra old style areas, I by no means felt misplaced, and when you do should watch out of what you put on in some spots (not all), I may throw myself into the normal each day lifetime of that place and uncover new issues on the each day.

2. Loads of Cultural and Historic Sights to See

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Turkey is super-historical; even Istanbul alone has extra historical past than most international locations! All the nation has some unbelievable locations to take a look at, together with historic cities comparable to Cappadocia and, considered one of my all-time favourite locations, Ephesus. You even have Pamukkale and the traditional metropolis of Hieropolis, the Lycian Method between Fethiye and Antalya, pure sights like Saklikent Gorge, Mount Nemrut, and Trabzon‘s well-known tea plantations.

That’s only a snapshot of locations you possibly can go to, and there are numerous extra. In fact, throughout the summer season months, you possibly can merely head to the seashore, and the Antalya area has a few of the greatest on the earth, in my view. All in all, it’s straightforward to determine on someplace to go and discover each time you will have the time; all it is advisable do is determine the place you’re going and simply go!

Istanbul is filled with superb sights, comparable to Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, and large palaces comparable to Topkapı and Dolmabahce. It could be near-impossible to see all there may be to see throughout a trip or perhaps a few visits, however you possibly can tick lots off by relocating and touring across the nation over time.

3. Wonderful Meals

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For me, one of many largest advantages of dwelling in Turkey was entry to the superb meals. Significantly, I imagine that Turkish delicacies is a few of the greatest on the earth and when you’ve had a number of dishes, you’ll agree. Whether or not you’re a meat eater, vegetarian, or vegan, there’s lots so that you can attempt, however in fact, Turkey is known for its kebabs; I didn’t notice simply what number of there are.

I discovered myself beginning to learn to prepare dinner Turkish meals, and it was an ideal expertise. I make a imply guveç now, which is a scrumptious stew, in addition to dolma, and a full-on Turkish breakfast. I’ll speak shortly about the price of dwelling, however you should purchase contemporary vegatables and fruits very simply from bazaars, so studying the way to prepare dinner isn’t troublesome in any respect.

On prime of that, the road meals in and round Turkey is reasonable and mouth-watering. Even in the event you go to a standard restaurant, you’ll be capable to select from an enormous alternative of various grilled meats and vegetable-based dishes. Whereas I discovered that Turks do are likely to eat lots of bread, the meals itself is mostly fairly wholesome and filled with seasonal components.

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4. Inexpensive Value of Residing

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I ought to level out that the price of dwelling throughout Turkey has risen during the last 12 months or so, nevertheless it’s nonetheless cheaper than the remainder of Europe and you may stay a comparatively comfy life-style for little or no money. General, the price of renting a one-bedroom condominium in a big metropolis is round 10,000-15,000TL ($340-$500) with utilities on prime.

You may also minimize prices by consuming at dwelling, and as I discussed, you possibly can fill your kitchen with contemporary produce and meat from supermarkets and native bazaars. Relying on the place you select to stay, you’ll discover that Turkey has fairly an outside fashion of dwelling, particularly in the event you stay close to the ocean. In the course of the summer season months, I spent most of my time on the seashore, which meant my days have been low cost, stuffed with vitamin D, and very pleasing.

It’s value holding in thoughts that for a Turkish individual, the price of dwelling isn’t that low cost. The Turkish minimal wage continues to be fairly low, though it has risen significantly during the last couple of years. Nonetheless, for individuals visiting or dwelling within the nation with financial savings in one other forex, the price of dwelling is lots decrease than in most different international locations.

5. Massive Communities of Ex-Pats

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I spent lots of time in Marmaris and Fethiye on the south coast, in addition to Istanbul. In all areas, I discovered a big expat group, and Izmir has a rising overseas inhabitants too. You may meet like-minded individuals actually simply, which will certainly make it easier to to settle in lots sooner.

Once I first moved to Turkey, I did discover it a little bit of a tradition shock. Issues gave the impression to be very totally different from what I used to be used to, however this was a number of years in the past; it’s lots totally different now. Having mentioned that, discovering individuals I may relate to from again dwelling actually helped me settle in and it’s undoubtedly one of many execs of dwelling in Turkey.

Regardless of that, I’ve lots of Turkish associates too, nevertheless it doesn’t damage to satisfy individuals who perceive you on a special degree, and people you possibly can speak with about acquainted life. Expat communities are additionally an ideal supply of recommendation whenever you’re unsure the way to do one thing or the way to repair a sure downside. As I’ll discuss shortly, issues don’t transfer in a short time in Turkey so in the event you do want to repair some paperwork or full a activity, understanding somebody who’s executed it earlier than is a blessing.

6. Nice Summer season Climate and Delicate Winters

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Turkey is known for its seashores throughout the summer season months, however that’s partly as a result of superb climate it experiences throughout the board. Regardless that it’s an enormous nation, the summer season sees little or no rain (until you’re on the Black Beach) and loads of warmth. In actual fact, the typical excessive temperature in July in Antalya is round 34°C/93°F, nonetheless, I’ve skilled it within the excessive 30s and low 40s on a number of events.

You’ll actually must spend money on both an excellent fan or an air con system throughout the summer season months if you wish to sleep comfortably. For me, that was my most important wrestle of summer season. Nonetheless, in the event you’re somebody who detests the chilly, Turkey is an effective alternative throughout the winter months, significantly on the south coast.

Even the winters aren’t that chilly, until you head to Ankara and Istanbul, which expertise fairly chilly temperatures in January particularly. The common low in Istanbul in January is round 4°C/39°F, with an opportunity of snow. Nonetheless, Fethiye experiences heat winters, like the remainder of the south coast; the typical excessive in January in Fethiye is 13°C/55°F with round 5 hours of solar per day.

7. Good Healthcare System


One of many largest benefits of dwelling in Turkey is the healthcare system. I feel it’s top-of-the-line on the earth and it’s open to residency permit-holding foreigners, so long as you join, undergo the paperwork and well being checks beforehand, and pay month-to-month. It’s referred to as SGK, and in the event you get sick or want an operation, you’re lined in state hospitals supplied your funds are updated.

Should you don’t maintain a residency allow or don’t need to join SGK, you should purchase a non-public well being coverage that may cowl your healthcare wants. There are many firms working in Turkey that present insurance policies like this, and so they’re very useful. I initially had a non-public coverage, however then I spotted the advantages of SGK and switched; I like to recommend checking it out in the event you qualify.

It’s straightforward to miss issues like this in favor of the price of dwelling and considering of all of the enjoyable you’re going to be having, however you actually don’t need to find yourself sick in a hospital with none insurance coverage. Fortunately, most Turkish hospitals even have interpreters that can assist you out, particularly within the bigger cities and vacationer resorts.

8. Pleasant Individuals

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You may need examine overly-friendly waiters and hasslers in vacationer resorts, and I’m not going to lie, you do come throughout individuals like this. Nonetheless, on the entire, individuals in Turkey are extraordinarily pleasant, very useful, and can gladly exit of their method to make you’re feeling comfy. I by no means had any issues with undesirable consideration after I was strolling round as a lone feminine in both the vacationer resorts or Istanbul.

It does assist in the event you can communicate a number of Turkish phrases, even in the event you merely learn to say hi there and thanks; individuals will respect it. Should you’re in a extra rural space or someplace much less touristy, you’ll discover that Turkish hospitality goes up a notch. Individuals will need to provide the greatest welcome; it’s an enormous a part of Turkish tradition, and it’s one thing you’ll discover the second you arrive.

Earlier than I went to Turkey I learn numerous tales about needing to put on a faux wedding ceremony ring or pretending to not communicate English. Please don’t hearken to any of that, it’s such a fable. Similar to anyplace on the earth, there are some unhealthy eggs on the market, however I’ve nothing however good issues to say about my experiences with locals in Turkey.

9. Reasonable Crime Charges

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This one may shock you, however that’s most likely since you’re solely studying about Istanbul. Sure, some elements of Istanbul are a bit of on the dodgy facet, however you merely keep away from them. I by no means had a nasty expertise there, however like anyplace on the earth, it is advisable be smart and use your frequent sense.

As a complete, Turkey has low to average crime charges and also you’ll see a big police presence in all main metropolis facilities throughout weekends, holidays, and each time an occasion is happening particularly. It’s a reassuring factor that makes you’re feeling secure, and officers are very useful if it is advisable ask one thing or have an issue. That’s one of many largest advantages of dwelling in Turkey.

Whereas issues do occur, Turkey has a decrease crime charge than the USA, and crime ranges have dropped over the previous couple of years. Personally, I at all times really feel secure in Turkey. It goes with out saying however, don’t stroll round at night time in areas you don’t know, don’t flash your valuables, watch out in crowded areas, and keep away from any protests.

10. Nice Public Transport Choices

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I by no means drove in Turkey and in all honesty, I don’t assume I ever would. That’s to not say the roads aren’t nice high quality as a result of they’re, however there are some loopy drivers, and distances will be far. Nonetheless, it’s additionally as a result of I don’t see the necessity to drive when the general public transport community is so good.

Whether or not you’re touring a brief distance or an extended one, you’ll discover common buses, trains, ferries, and flights to accommodate your wants. I significantly just like the long-distance bus firm Pammukale, as they cowl many of the nation and their buses are comfy. However, in the event you want to get someplace shortly, you possibly can fly domestically from all main cities, even in the event you do want to attach in Istanbul.

Trains aren’t fairly as in depth, however they’re nonetheless potential on sure routes. Native buses are additionally dependable, plentiful, and low cost. Relying upon which space you’re in, you possibly can normally get a one-way journey for round 15TL/50 cents. In fact, there are additionally taxis, however these are usually the costliest possibility; I solely use them late at night time or after I don’t have a alternative.

Cons of Residing in Turkey

I’m not going to fake it’s all sunshine and roses as there are some cons in terms of dwelling in Turkey. It’s principally all the way down to the well-known Turkey time, which basically implies that everyone seems to be at all times late. Nonetheless, when you get used to it, you are likely to do the identical factor!

Let’s stability issues up and let you know the potential downsides of creating Turkey your house.

1. Language Barrier

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Most individuals communicate English within the massive cities and cities, however not everybody. Should you enterprise additional away, comparable to to a rural space, you’ll discover that you could be wrestle with the language barrier. I’d advise that you just be taught some primary Turkish earlier than you go, as a result of not solely will locals reply to you higher in the event you make an effort to speak, however you’ll discover life simpler.

Turkish isn’t the best language to be taught, however there are many on-line sources obtainable. Failing that, Google Translate is at all times a great tool.

For essentially the most half, with a bit of understanding and endurance, you’ll make your self understood. Earlier than I used to be assured sufficient to talk Turkish I at all times managed to get by, even when it did embody gestures, lots of nodding, and some complicated episodes. However if you wish to have a smoother and fewer embarrassing time, studying a bit of of the language is unquestionably the way in which to go.

2. Visa Difficulties


One of many largest downsides to dwelling in Turkey is visa points. It is because, during the last couple of years, it’s grow to be tougher to get a residency allow in the event you don’t already stay within the nation. Naturally, this might change so it’s necessary to maintain updated with the information and official authorities sources.

On the time of writing, most individuals making use of for a first-time short-term residency allow for touristic causes, i.e. those that will hire a home/condominium, are refused. Renewals are additionally a lot tougher than they was. However it’s not unimaginable!

Each applicant’s scenario is totally different so it’s necessary to search out up-to-date data based on your wants. A technique round that is to remain for 90 days out of each 180 days. Whereas Turkey isn’t within the Schengen Zone, it does have the identical guidelines by way of how lengthy you possibly can keep inside a rolling 180-day interval.

3. Massive Distances to Journey Round

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There’s a lot to see and do that you just’ll most likely write an inventory and need to head off in your travels instantly. I do know I did. However what I shortly realized is that the distances between main sights are huge, and which means lots of time within the air or on the street. It’s not the most important drawback of dwelling in Turkey by any means, nevertheless it does imply that your sightseeing plans could be a bit of extra difficult than you’d think about.

If it is advisable go to one other metropolis for a selected motive, comparable to a visa appointment, then you definitely’ll most likely want to dam the entire time out of your schedule. Having mentioned that, public transport is dependable, as I discussed earlier. However you should still must journey for a number of hours to succeed in one other metropolis.

The primary time I visited Istanbul from Marmaris, I spent 11 hours on a bus. The second time, I flew, however that additionally meant touring for nearly 2 hours to Dalaman Airport, ready, enduring a 1.5-hour flight, extra ready, after which experiencing round three hours caught in visitors on the opposite facet. As you possibly can see, nothing is straightforward!

4. Nothing Strikes Very Rapidly

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Linking very intently with the final level, you’ll shortly grow to be accustomed to what I wish to name, “Turkey time.” If somebody tells you they’re going to be half an hour, you possibly can triple that. I discover it one of many main cons of dwelling in Turkey as a result of I like issues to run on time.

The identical applies if you wish to full a activity; you’ll little doubt discover a mountain of paperwork and several other places of work it is advisable go to earlier than you possibly can full one factor. It’s irritating, and it’s even tougher in the event you don’t communicate the language. The nice factor is that individuals are very useful so you possibly can at all times ask somebody to provide you a hand.

Renting a home, checking out your visa, and opening a checking account, are all issues that require visits in individual to a number of locations and plenty of paperwork. Don’t anticipate to do all of it in a day; you’ll set your self up for disappointment.

5. Very Tough to Discover Work

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For most individuals, one of many largest downsides of dwelling in Turkey is you can’t work and not using a work allow. And people work permits aren’t straightforward to get.

If you wish to work for a Turkish firm, the employer should show {that a} Turkish individual can not do the job they need to rent you for. It’s smart when you consider it; they’re making an attempt to protect jobs for his or her individuals. This sometimes implies that foreigners desirous to work typically find yourself as vacation reps and English academics with massive firms.

And no, it’s not sensible to attempt to work illegally. Many firms will rent you and never get you a allow, however in the event you’re caught, you face immediate deportation and an extended ban. Significantly, don’t even attempt it, it’s simply not value it.

Is Residing in Turkey Price It?

There are much more execs of dwelling in Turkey than cons, and for me, it’s an enormous ‘sure’ all the way in which. I liked my time dwelling on this lovely nation, and I’d do all of it once more. Sure, there are some irritating issues about dwelling in Turkey, however you’ll discover these sorts of challenges wherever you go on the earth.

The most important obstacles presently are visa points and the truth that you want a allow to work. These are issues you possibly can overcome with the appropriate data, and in the event you really have your coronary heart set on spending longer, then discover the knowledge, get some extra assist, and work via it. I assure it will likely be value it.



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