Tuesday, February 27, 2024

15 Professionals and Cons of Residing in Turkey

Have you ever ever thought of residing in Turkey? It’s not a shock if in case you have, many individuals go to this wonderful nation, fall in love with it, and immediately take into consideration relocating. There are a lot of execs to residing in Turkey, in truth way more execs than cons, but it surely’s all the time vital to weigh all the pieces 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 wonderful locations to go to and experiences available, however I’m not going to lie—there are some cons to residing in Turkey too. I nonetheless go to Turkey very repeatedly, as that’s the place my husband is, so I’m very effectively positioned that will help you resolve whether or not this might be an excellent transfer for you or not.

15 Professionals and Cons of Residing in Turkey

From a number of years of residing in numerous places round Turkey, I skilled so much. There are a lot of nice sides to this nation and in all honesty, the upsides undoubtedly outweigh any negatives. Nonetheless, the cons may be irritating, to say the least.

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

So, let’s weigh up the professionals and cons of residing 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. Actually, Istanbul is the one metropolis on this planet 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 definitely underestimated its dimension at first. Protecting an enormous 783,562 km², we’re speaking enormous cities (Istanbul is a megacity), cities, villages, desert landscapes, forests, and gorgeous seashores. Whereas Ankara is the capital metropolis, Istanbul is definitely the largest 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 wonderful 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, akin to Cappadocia and Ankara, and even the northern Black Sea Coast – all of those areas are must-visits too.

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

Professionals of Residing in Turkey

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

1. You’re Surrounded by Superb Tradition

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One of many important benefits of residing in Turkey is the tradition. It’s so completely different from all the pieces else you is perhaps used to, and it varies from area to area. Mainly, what I imply is that irrespective of the place you go, you’ll expertise one thing completely completely different and new. I discovered a lot throughout my time in Turkey, and I beloved being uncovered to the completely different traditions.

You’ll discover that the western facet of the nation is sort of European, particularly Izmir, and the southern seashore resorts are extraordinarily worldwide. Nonetheless, should you enterprise to Istanbul you’ll discover a melting pot of previous and new, historical past and fashionable, and neighborhoods that make you are feeling such as you’re elsewhere solely. Once you head additional east, you’ll discover conservative areas which have traditions which have been handed down by means of generations, relationship again centuries.

What I discovered actually stunning about Turkey is that I used to be accepted all over the place. Even within the extra old style areas, I by no means felt misplaced, and whilst you do need to watch out of what you put on in some spots (not all), I might throw myself into the standard day by day lifetime of that place and uncover new issues on the day by 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! The complete nation has some implausible locations to take a look at, together with historical cities akin to Cappadocia and, certainly one of my all-time favourite locations, Ephesus. You even have Pamukkale and the traditional metropolis of Hieropolis, the Lycian Means 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 may go to, and there are numerous extra. After all, throughout the summer season months, you may merely head to the seashore, and the Antalya area has a few of the greatest on this planet, for my part. All in all, it’s straightforward to resolve on someplace to go and discover each time you’ve the time; all it’s worthwhile to do is resolve the place you’re going and simply go!

Istanbul is filled with wonderful sights, akin to Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, and large palaces akin to Topkapı and Dolmabahce. It will be near-impossible to see all there’s to see throughout a trip or perhaps a few visits, however you may tick so much off by relocating and touring across the nation over time.

3. Superb Meals

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For me, one of many largest advantages of residing in Turkey was entry to the wonderful meals. Significantly, I consider that Turkish delicacies is a few of the greatest on this planet and when you’ve had a couple of dishes, you’ll agree. Whether or not you’re a meat eater, vegetarian, or vegan, there’s loads so that you can strive, however in fact, Turkey is legendary 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 a terrific 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 residing, however you should buy contemporary vegetables and fruit very simply from bazaars, so studying the best way to prepare dinner isn’t tough in any respect.

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

SEE ALSO: 15 Greatest Eating places in Istanbul (Prime Locations to Eat)

4. Inexpensive Price of Residing

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

You may also lower prices by consuming at house, and as I discussed, you may 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 out of doors model of residing, particularly should you stay close to the ocean. Through the summer season months, I spent most of my time on the seashore, which meant my days had been low-cost, stuffed with vitamin D, and very pleasant.

It’s price holding in thoughts that for a Turkish particular person, the price of residing isn’t that low-cost. The Turkish minimal wage continues to be fairly low, though it has risen significantly over the past couple of years. Nonetheless, for folks visiting or residing within the nation with financial savings in one other foreign money, the price of residing is so much decrease than in most different international locations.

5. Giant Communities of Ex-Pats

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I spent quite a lot 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’ll be able to meet like-minded folks actually simply, which will certainly aid you to settle in so much quicker.

After I first moved to Turkey, I did discover it a little bit of a tradition shock. Issues appeared to be very completely different from what I used to be used to, however this was a number of years in the past; it’s so much completely different now. Having mentioned that, discovering folks I might relate to from again house actually helped me settle in and it’s undoubtedly one of many execs of residing in Turkey.

Regardless of that, I’ve quite a lot of Turkish associates too, but it surely doesn’t damage to fulfill individuals who perceive you on a special degree, and people you may speak with about acquainted life. Expat communities are additionally a terrific supply of recommendation once you’re unsure the best way to do one thing or the best way to repair a sure downside. As I’ll speak about shortly, issues don’t transfer in a short time in Turkey so should you do want to repair some paperwork or full a process, figuring out somebody who’s completed it earlier than is a blessing.

6. Nice Summer season Climate and Delicate Winters

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

You’ll definitely have to 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 important battle of summer season. Nonetheless, should you’re somebody who detests the chilly, Turkey is an efficient selection throughout the winter months, notably 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 residing in Turkey is the healthcare system. I believe it’s probably the greatest on this planet 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 known as SGK, and should you get sick or want an operation, you’re lined in state hospitals offered your funds are updated.

For those who don’t maintain a residency allow or don’t need to join SGK, you should buy a non-public well being coverage that may cowl your healthcare wants. There are many corporations working in Turkey that present insurance policies like this, they usually’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 should you qualify.

It’s straightforward to miss issues like this in favor of the price of residing and pondering of all of the enjoyable you’re going to be having, however you actually don’t wish to find yourself sick in a hospital with none insurance coverage. Fortunately, most Turkish hospitals even have interpreters that will help 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 folks like this. Nonetheless, on the entire, folks in Turkey are extraordinarily pleasant, very useful, and can gladly exit of their solution to make you are feeling snug. I by no means had any issues with undesirable consideration once I was strolling round as a lone feminine in both the vacationer resorts or Istanbul.

It does assist should you can communicate a couple of Turkish phrases, even should you merely learn to say good day and thanks; folks will recognize it. For those who’re in a extra rural space or someplace much less touristy, you’ll discover that Turkish hospitality goes up a notch. Individuals will wish 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 a lot of tales about needing to put on a pretend marriage ceremony ring or pretending to not communicate English. Please don’t take heed to any of that, it’s such a fantasy. Identical to anyplace on this planet, there are some dangerous 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 somewhat on the dodgy facet, however you merely keep away from them. I by no means had a nasty expertise there, however like anyplace on this planet, it’s worthwhile to be wise and use your frequent sense.

As an entire, Turkey has low to reasonable 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 occurring particularly. It’s a reassuring factor that makes you are feeling protected, and officers are very useful if it’s worthwhile to ask one thing or have an issue. That’s one of many largest advantages of residing in Turkey.

Whereas issues do occur, Turkey has a decrease crime charge than the USA, and crime ranges have dropped over the previous few years. Personally, I all the time really feel protected in Turkey. It goes with out saying however, don’t stroll round at evening in areas you don’t know, don’t flash your valuables, watch out in crowded areas, and avoid 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 suppose 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 may 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 notably just like the long-distance bus firm Pammukale, as they cowl a lot of the nation and their buses are snug. However, should you want to get someplace shortly, you may fly domestically from all main cities, even should 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 may normally get a one-way journey for round 15TL/50 cents. After all, there are additionally taxis, however these are typically the costliest possibility; I solely use them late at evening or once I don’t have a selection.

Cons of Residing in Turkey

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

Let’s steadiness issues up and inform you the potential downsides of constructing Turkey your property.

1. Language Barrier

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Most individuals communicate English within the giant cities and cities, however not everybody. For those who enterprise additional away, akin to to a rural space, you’ll discover that you could be battle with the language barrier. I might advise that you simply study some primary Turkish earlier than you go, as a result of not solely will locals reply to you higher should you make an effort to speak, however you’ll discover life simpler.

Turkish isn’t the simplest language to study, however there are many on-line sources accessible. Failing that, Google Translate is all the time a great tool.

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

2. Visa Difficulties


One of many largest downsides to residing in Turkey is visa points. It’s because, over the past couple of years, it’s turn out to be tougher to get a residency allow should you don’t already stay within the nation. Naturally, this might change so it’s vital 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/house, are refused. Renewals are additionally a lot tougher than they was. But it surely’s not unattainable!

Each applicant’s scenario is completely different so it’s vital to seek out up-to-date data in accordance with your wants. A method 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 may keep inside a rolling 180-day interval.

3. Giant Distances to Journey Round

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There’s a lot to see and do that you simply’ll most likely write an inventory and wish 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 meaning quite a lot of time within the air or on the highway. It’s not the largest drawback of residing in Turkey by any means, but it surely does imply that your sightseeing plans is perhaps somewhat extra difficult than you’d think about.

If it’s worthwhile to go to one other metropolis for a particular purpose, akin to a visa appointment, you then’ll most likely want to dam the entire day trip of your schedule. Having mentioned that, public transport is dependable, as I discussed earlier. However you should still have to 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 site visitors on the opposite facet. As you may see, nothing is straightforward!

4. Nothing Strikes Very Shortly

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

The identical applies if you wish to full a process; you’ll little question discover a mountain of paperwork and a number of other workplaces it’s worthwhile to go to earlier than you may full one factor. It’s irritating, and it’s even tougher should you don’t communicate the language. The nice factor is that individuals are very useful so you may all the time ask somebody to provide you a hand.

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

5. Very Troublesome to Discover Work

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For most individuals, one of many largest downsides of residing in Turkey is that you could’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 particular person can’t do the job they wish to rent you for. It’s wise when you consider it; they’re making an attempt to protect jobs for his or her folks. This usually implies that foreigners eager to work usually find yourself as vacation reps and English academics with giant corporations.

And no, it’s not sensible to attempt to work illegally. Many corporations will rent you and never get you a allow, however should you’re caught, you face prompt deportation and an extended ban. Significantly, don’t even strive it, it’s simply not price it.

Is Residing in Turkey Value It?

There are way more execs of residing in Turkey than cons, and for me, it’s a giant ‘sure’ all the way in which. I beloved my time residing on this stunning nation, and I’d do all of it once more. Sure, there are some irritating issues about residing in Turkey, however you’ll discover these sorts of challenges wherever you go on this planet.

The largest obstacles presently are visa points and the truth that you want a allow to work. These are issues you may overcome with the fitting data, and should you actually have your coronary heart set on spending longer, then discover the knowledge, get some extra assist, and work by means of it. I assure will probably be price it.

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