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 wonderful nation, fall in love with it, and immediately take into consideration relocating. There are various professionals to dwelling in Turkey, in truth way more professionals than cons, but it surely’s at all times vital to weigh every part 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 dwelling in Turkey too. I nonetheless go to Turkey very commonly, as that’s the place my husband is, so I’m very effectively positioned that can assist you determine whether or not this might be an excellent transfer for you or not.

15 Execs and Cons of Residing in Turkey

From a number of years of dwelling in numerous areas round Turkey, I skilled loads. There are various nice sides to this nation and in all honesty, the upsides positively outweigh any negatives. Nevertheless, the cons may be irritating, to say the least.

Does it matter whether or not you’re male or feminine? By no means. Regardless of what you would possibly suppose, it’s completely simple for a international girl to stay in Turkey and never battle in any respect; I by no means did even earlier than I met my husband. Nevertheless, the troublesome components are sometimes issues may not 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 also known as a bridge between Europe and the Center East, and that’s positively mirrored in its tradition and traditions to a big extent. In actual fact, Istanbul is the one metropolis on the planet that straddles two continents; it’s a should in your dream vacation spot listing!

What most individuals don’t understand about Turkey is how massive it’s; I actually underestimated its measurement at first. Overlaying an enormous 783,562 km², we’re speaking big cities (Istanbul is a megacity), cities, villages, desert landscapes, forests, and gorgeous seashores. Whereas Ankara is the capital metropolis, Istanbul is indisputably 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 time 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, equivalent 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 aspect of Turkey, some areas are extraordinarily conventional and extra conservative, equivalent to these discovered within the east and southeast. These areas are tougher to go to, however you actually shouldn’t be delay; that is the place you’ll discover some actual hidden gems and among 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 loads, and also you’ll see a few of my major highlights from the listing under. It’s additionally no shock that there are extra professionals than cons.

1. You’re Surrounded by Wonderful Tradition

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One of many major benefits of dwelling in Turkey is the tradition. It’s so totally different from every part 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 cherished being uncovered to the totally different traditions.

You’ll discover that the western aspect of the nation is kind of European, particularly Izmir, and the southern seashore resorts are extraordinarily worldwide. Nevertheless, should you enterprise to Istanbul you’ll discover a melting pot of previous and new, historical past and trendy, and neighborhoods that make you’re feeling such as you’re someplace else completely. While you head additional east, you’ll discover conservative areas which have traditions which were handed down by 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 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 nations! Your complete nation has some implausible locations to take a look at, together with historical cities equivalent to Cappadocia and, one in all 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. After all, throughout the summer time months, you possibly can merely head to the seashore, and the Antalya area has among the greatest on the planet, for my part. All in all, it’s simple to determine on someplace to move and discover at any time when you’ve gotten the time; all it’s essential to do is determine the place you’re going and simply go!

Istanbul is filled with wonderful sights, equivalent to Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, and big palaces equivalent to Topkapı and Dolmabahce. It might be near-impossible to see all there’s to see throughout a trip or perhaps a few visits, however you possibly can tick loads 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 wonderful meals. Severely, I consider that Turkish delicacies is among the greatest on the 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 known for its kebabs; I didn’t understand simply what number of there are.

I discovered myself beginning to discover ways to cook dinner Turkish meals, and it was a fantastic expertise. I make a imply guveç now, which is a scrumptious stew, in addition to dolma, and a full-on Turkish breakfast. I’ll discuss shortly about the price of dwelling, however you should buy recent vegetables and fruit very simply from bazaars, so studying how one can cook dinner isn’t tough in any respect.

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

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4. Reasonably priced Value of Residing

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

You may also lower prices by consuming at dwelling, and as I discussed, you possibly can fill your kitchen with recent 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 type of dwelling, particularly should you stay close to the ocean. Through the summer time months, I spent most of my time on the seashore, which meant my days have been low cost, filled with vitamin D, and very fulfilling.

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. Nevertheless, for folks visiting or dwelling within the nation with financial savings in one other foreign money, the price of dwelling is loads decrease than in most different nations.

5. Giant Communities of Ex-Pats

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I spent numerous time in Marmaris and Fethiye on the south coast, in addition to Istanbul. In all areas, I discovered a big expat neighborhood, and Izmir has a rising international inhabitants too. You’ll be able to meet like-minded folks actually simply, which will certainly aid you to settle in loads sooner.

Once I first moved to Turkey, I did discover it a little bit of a tradition shock. Issues appeared 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 loads totally different now. Having mentioned that, discovering folks I may relate to from again dwelling actually helped me settle in and it’s positively one of many professionals of dwelling in Turkey.

Regardless of that, I’ve numerous Turkish mates too, but it surely doesn’t harm to fulfill individuals who perceive you on a unique degree, and people you possibly can discuss with about acquainted life. Expat communities are additionally a fantastic supply of recommendation whenever you’re unsure how one can do one thing or how one can repair a sure drawback. As I’ll discuss shortly, issues don’t transfer in a short time in Turkey so should you do want to repair some paperwork or full a activity, realizing somebody who’s carried out 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 time months, however that’s partly as a result of wonderful climate it experiences throughout the board. Regardless that it’s an enormous nation, the summer time sees little or no rain (until you’re on the Black Coastline) and loads of warmth. In actual fact, the common 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 have to spend money on both an excellent fan or an air-con system throughout the summer time months if you wish to sleep comfortably. For me, that was my major battle of summer time. Nevertheless, should you’re somebody who detests the chilly, Turkey is an effective 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. Nevertheless, Fethiye experiences heat winters, like the remainder of the south coast; the common 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 believe it’s the most effective on the 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 referred to as SGK, and should you get sick or want an operation, you’re coated in state hospitals offered your funds are updated.

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

It’s simple to miss issues like this in favor of the price of dwelling 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 can assist you out, particularly within the bigger cities and vacationer resorts.

8. Pleasant Folks

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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. Nevertheless, on the entire, folks in Turkey are extraordinarily pleasant, very useful, and can gladly exit of their approach 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 should you can converse a couple of Turkish phrases, even should you merely discover ways to say howdy and thanks; folks 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. Folks 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 numerous tales about needing to put on a pretend marriage ceremony ring or pretending to not converse English. Please don’t take heed to any of that, it’s such a delusion. Similar to wherever on the 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 would possibly shock you, however that’s most likely since you’re solely studying about Istanbul. Sure, some components of Istanbul are a bit of on the dodgy aspect, however you merely keep away from them. I by no means had a nasty expertise there, however like wherever on the planet, it’s essential to be smart and use your frequent sense.

As a complete, 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 at any time when an occasion is happening particularly. It’s a reassuring factor that makes you’re feeling secure, and officers are very useful if it’s essential to 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 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. Nevertheless, 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 many of the nation and their buses are comfy. However, should you want to get someplace shortly, you possibly can 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 possibly can normally get a one-way journey for round 15TL/50 cents. After all, there are additionally taxis, however these are usually the costliest choice; I solely use them late at night time or after 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 dwelling in Turkey. It’s principally right down to the well-known Turkey time, which basically signifies that everyone seems to be at all times late. Nevertheless, when you get used to it, you are likely to do the identical factor!

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

1. Language Barrier

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Most individuals converse English within the giant cities and cities, however not everybody. Should you enterprise additional away, equivalent to to a rural space, you’ll discover that you could be battle with the language barrier. I might advise that you just study some fundamental 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 assets accessible. Failing that, Google Translate is at all times a useful gizmo.

For probably the most half, with a bit of understanding and persistence, 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, numerous 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 certainly 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 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 assets.

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/condo, are refused. Renewals are additionally a lot tougher than they was once. But it surely’s not unimaginable!

Each applicant’s state of affairs is totally different so it’s vital to seek out up-to-date info 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. Giant 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 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 numerous time within the air or on the highway. It’s not the most important drawback of dwelling in Turkey by any means, but it surely does imply that your sightseeing plans could be a bit of extra sophisticated than you’d think about.

If it’s essential to go to one other metropolis for a selected purpose, equivalent 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 visitors on the opposite aspect. As you possibly can see, nothing is simple!

4. Nothing Strikes Very Shortly

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Linking very carefully 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 question discover a mountain of paperwork and a number of other places of work it’s essential to go to earlier than you possibly can full one factor. It’s irritating, and it’s even tougher should you don’t converse the language. The great 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 many paperwork. Don’t anticipate 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 dwelling in Turkey is which you could’t work with out a work allow. And people work permits aren’t simple 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 wish to rent you for. It’s smart when you concentrate on it; they’re attempting to protect jobs for his or her folks. This usually signifies that foreigners eager to work typically find yourself as vacation reps and English lecturers with giant corporations.

And no, it’s not clever to attempt to work illegally. Many corporations will rent you and never get you a allow, however should you’re caught, you face on the spot deportation and an extended ban. Severely, don’t even strive it, it’s simply not value it.

Is Residing in Turkey Price It?

There are way more professionals of dwelling in Turkey than cons, and for me, it’s a giant ‘sure’ all the way in which. I cherished 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 planet.

The most important obstacles at the moment are visa points and the truth that you want a allow to work. These are issues you possibly can overcome with the precise info, and should you actually have your coronary heart set on spending longer, then discover the knowledge, get some further assist, and work by it. I assure it will likely be value it.