Why people love to travel to Turkey?
Read Laura's interview;
Tell us abit about yourself..?
My name is Laura. I'm a newly qualified Mental Health Nurse from Manchester, England. I'm 21 years old...soon to be 22 :) I live at home with my Mum and my beautiful dog. I love being outdoors, walking, going to the cinema, listening to music (RnB, Rap, Hip hop), spending time with my friends and of course Turkey!
What made you first decide to visit Turkey?
I first went to Turkey when i was 14 years old. I went with my Mum, Brother and my Mum's friend and her daughter. We had an absolutely brilliant holiday. I had been to many places abroad including the canary islands and america but i always remembered Turkey. And so when i went on my first holiday alone with my friend i was keen to re-visit the beautiful country with the warm atmosphere. My best friend had also been when she was younger with her family and also had fond memories.
Which cities have you visited in Turkey?
Well i've seen some lovely city airports!... Bodrum, Istanbul and Izmir. I have spent most of my time - 2 holidays in Kusadasi - near Izmir, and also Alanya.
Would you like to visit again? If yes - What is it about Turkey that you love?
Absolutely. It is by far my favourite holiday destination by a long shot. The culture, the people are so friendly and welcoming--- maybe contrary to popular belief. I am intending to book again for this year (2006) I've been to Kusadasi 2004, 2005 and soon 2006! I suppose i should experience some other countries but Turkey has so much to offer. The sea is perfect and i love nothing more than a lazy day on a beautiful beach and blue sea. The shopping is superb - although i admit i feel mean haggling - however i know alot of people enjoy that aspect. I love the Iman in the mosque- it rings culture and heritage around the cities.
The major plus for me and my friends is the nightlife. It's superb. Vibrant bars and clubs, friendly and welcoming environment. It's almost depressing board the return flight.
Did you feel safe in Turkey?
I felt safer in Turkey than i feel at home in England. In fact me and my friend felt so safe we would have to consciously think not to put ourselves at any risk - whereas at home risk prevention is automatic - i.e not walking alone in dark. The atmosphere is so relaxed is it sometimes hard to remember to stay safe. Everyone was always helpful and protective of us.
How were the Turkish people?
The Turkish people are the friendliest, warm nationality i have ever spent time with. I think the people are one of the main reasons people return over and over again. They are certainly the biggest reason i will return.
Do you have any suggestions for new visitors to Turkey? Travel - tour tips? Can you recommend any specific places or advice?
As i haven't travelled to many places in Turkey i feel ill - experienced to recommend any places or give advise. Though obviously i would suggest a holiday in Turkey to anyone. My experience though limited, has been that of a very positive one. Turkey truly is a wonderful country.