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 not 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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James Travis says
What lovely places
Lovely isn’t it 🙂
Joanne B says
I’ve only been for a day trip when I was holidaying in Greece, adore Turkish food though so can see us going there someday!
I really want to visit soon 🙂
Victoria Easton says
Turkey sounds good but not sure as it is close to the war / potential war at the moment
I think it should be okay to travel.
Rachael Sexey says
Wow Turkey sounds amazing
I would love to get in to those air balloons one day! 🙂
Jeanette Leighton says
It looks beautiful, I have never been abroad but this looks ideal
So petty isn’t it!
Lydia C. Lee says
I would love to go – a way off for us at the moment…Lovely pictures #KCACOLS
Karen, the next best thing to mummy says
I have never been to Turkey, I won’t to now after reading this#kcacs@_karendennis
Fiona Cambouropoulos says
I’ve only seen Turkey from Greece, but I know it is a popular destination. Some handy tips for anyone about to travel there #KCACOLS
Veronica Lee says
I have been wanting to visit Turkey for quite a while. Thank you for this very informative and enticing post, Franca.
I have not yet been to Turkey but it is creeping high up my list for our 2020 travels. I really want to stay in Cappadocia and watch all of the hot air balloons as the sun rises! I will be sure to share my travel diary with you if we make it there 🙂 #KCACOLS
Enda Sheppard says
Looks great … and the weather was obviously fab too! #KCACOLS
There is a lot of historical places in Turkey that I would love to see but I have to admit there are a lot of other places that are higher up on the list. There’s a lot of world I haven’t seen #KCACOLS
Jo (A Rose Tinted World) says
I loved Bodrum, have visited 3 times. Ephesus is a brilliant archeological site to visit. And you must visit Pammukale, which is a wonderful Spa site. #KCACOLS
Madeline (This Glorious Life) says
I’ve not been to Turkey but reading this, it sounds like a really lovely place to visit. I didn’t know all the facts about travelling there either, so this is a really useful post. x #KCACOLS
I visited Fetiye about twelve years ago and really loved it. Would love to go back and explore more of the country! #KCACOLS
Beth Owen says
I’ve never visited Turkey but always wanted to visit. I’ve had friends who have visited and they love it there. Great informative post. #KCACOLS
Twicemicrowaved tea says
I’ve always wanted to go to Istanbul, but still haven’t made it there. One day perhaps… #kcacols
So far I have not been there but I have heard many good things about it and know lots of people who have been. I had been cautious because of the conflicts there and thought it could be dangerous. However, everyone I know has had a great time so it cannot be as bad as I thought. Marmaris looks lovely and relaxing so that would be somewhere to look into as a place for my family to go.
I have so many places I want to visit and Istanbul is on my list. #KCACOLS
i really like turkey ,and you provide me with good information before i visit turkey .
thanks again for your article
Ahh so happy to hear that! Thank you x