Why people love to travel to Turkey?
Read Jamie's interview;
Tell us abit about yourself..?
So…I am 23 years old and originally from upstate New York, USA (no not NYC). I went to my first two and half years of university in Vermont but then spent my last two and half years outside the country.
For a semester I sailed around the world with Semester at Sea, the Institute for a Global Education. I spent a summer living in Ghana with a local family volunteering at an orphanage. Then I spent the rest of my education in France studying business.
Now, I own a company and operate a hotel, Anmaç Hotel, in Kusadasi with my husband, Ekrem. I recently graduated from university with my degree in Human Resource Management. I've done a good amount of traveling, Canada, Bahamas, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Tanzania, India, Vietnam, PRC Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan, England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Ghana, Syria, Turkey and around the USA as well. In the future, I hope to travel Cambodia, Sudan, Jordan, and Belize.
I enjoy traveling, reading, cultures, history, and helping people out. One of my goals in life is to make enough money and use that money to help children and families in Ghana and Vietnam.
What made you first decide to visit Turkey?
I first became interested in Turkey two years ago when I took an Islamic Art History course. The teacher showed pictures of mosques in Turkey and Syria, and I became so interested I told myself I need to go to view them in person. So, six months later I put myself on a plane and came to Turkey and fell in love with the country.
Which cities have you visited in Turkey?
Istanbul, Kusadasi, Izmir, Soke, Selcuk, and a bunch of cities in the eastern part as well.
Would you like to visit again? If yes - What is it about Turkey that you love?
Hell yes, I loved it so much I moved here. The number one thing I love about Turkey is that people here believe in spending time with their families and will put their families first before their career.
Did you feel safe in Turkey?
Yup, I feel safe in Turkey. But still use street smarts here just like you would in your own country. Just because the crime rate is low compared to your own country doesn't mean that crime doesn't happen.
How were the Turkish people?
The Turkish people are awesome. One of best memories of Istanbul was when I walking around during the day and a carpet seller stopped me. He did the normal where are you from routine and I was getting ready to say, "No, I don't want a carpet" when we grabbed my hand took me into a café and just sat and talked to me. He told me about his life and I told him about mine. The whole time I sat and talked with him he didn't try to sell me anything he just wanted to sit and talk. When does that ever happen in the USA - yeah it doesn't.
Do you have any suggestions for new visitors to Turkey? Travel - tour tips? Can you recommend any specific places or advice?
Okay yeah a lot of people will try to sell you something but not everyone. So, give some people a chance and just sit, talk, learn from them and exchange ideas.
I think the best thing for people who have not traveled to Turkey yet is to go online or seek out Turkish people in their own countries and ask about Turkey. Learn as much as you can about the history and culture before you come.