Turkey is a country that I have always wanted to visit. So far, I haven’t managed to holiday in Turkey but it is definitely up there on my travel wish list. Do you have a travel wish list? I have so many places I would like to visit I hope I do get around to visiting some more of the world. Especially with my girls as I would love to share my passion for travel and exploring new places with them as they get older.
I feel there is so much to not only see but learn when we travel and Turkey is a great place to learn about a new country, culture and explore the history of the country. But what do you need to know before you visit Turkey for the first time? It is important to know now only the law around visas and travelling in the country in general but also traditions, local customs and laws to abide by whilst you are a visitor in the country.
You Need a Visa To Travel to Turkey
This is essential for everyone to know before they travel to Turkey. Especially if, like me, you have never been before. Every member of your party will need a Turkey visa to be able to enter the country. Including children. Not being in possession of the correct visa will mean you will be turned away at the airport and denied access.
It is really easy to apply for a visa for Turkey. You can do it online and buy for your whole group too at the same time. This way you know everyone is covered and able to enjoy the holiday when you arrive in Turkey thanks to having the correct travel documents and visa.
As well as the correct visa there are a few other things you need to know when it comes to your travel documents.
- You need at least 150 days left on your passport.
- Your stay is no longer than 90 days
- You do not seek and take up employment
- You do not enter into education facilities during your stay.
Abiding by Laws, Observing Local Customs and More
When it comes to visiting Turkey most of the popular resorts are now more westernised meaning that the amenities you are used to at home, are now more commonplace. You will also find dress standards more relaxed and liberal too. This is to accommodate visitors to the country to allow them to enjoy their holiday. However, if you are planning on travelling away from the tourist areas, then is respectful for women to cover arms and legs so not attract unwanted attention.
Money is also something you need to look into before you travel too. In most cases, it is cheaper to exchange your currency to Lira when in Turkey. This will give you better rates than in your home country and airports too. It is recommended to always carry cash too especially if you are travelling to smaller towns as card payments are not as widely accepted.
Where I Would Like to Visit in Turkey
So now I know what I need to make my journey run smoothly in Turkey eg having the correct paperwork and visa, there are a few places I would like to visit with Nick, Bella and Sienna. Turkey is a family-friendly place and I know we will be able to have a great time if we visit as a family.
There is so much to see and do in Istanbul. There is so much history to see and show to the girls. I think it is important that my girls know more about the world and how other people live, don’t you agree? We can also experience the fun of the theme parks, museums and also Kidzania too. We are big fans of the London Kidzania it would be so much fun to visit the one in Istanbul too.
Marmaris is such a popular resort for a nice relaxing holiday by the beach. It is important to be able to take some time to relax when you are away as this is what holidays are for. With things to do like taking jeep safaris and boat trips, there are plenty of things to do to keep the kids entertained in one of the biggest family tourist destinations in Turkey.
From visiting Saklikent Gorge to the Ghost Village of Kayakoy and taking a trip to Butterfly Valley, there are so many beautiful things to explore in the Fethiye region. I feel this would be a great destination for us to visit as a family as there is not only gorgeous beaches to relax on but many things to see and visit too.
Have you visited Turkey for a family holiday before? I would love to know what you recommend we do should we get the chance to visit with the girls.
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