Why people love to travel to Turkey?
Read Tracy's interview;
Tell us abit about yourself..?
My name is Tracy and I am 32 years old (33 in 8 days boo hoo!). I live with my fiance and my dog in South Yorkshire. I am a social worker which I really enjoy, well, as much as you can enjoy work! I love going out with my friends for a boogy (we still all think we are 18) and I also like walking the dog and keeping fit. In the last year I have lost 7stone 12lbs, which is one of the reasons I haven't been on here much, too busy jumping about lol.
What made you first decide to visit Turkey?
I first went to Turkey in 1995. My sister and I decided to go abroad together and at the grand old age of 21 it was my first time away without my parents. I wanted to go somewhere where the was a bit of culture, somewhere a bit different and so I bought a book on Turkey, read it cover to cover and decided the place to go was Kusadasi. It sounded just what we both wanted and so we went, just for a week that September.
Which cities have you visited in Turkey?
Since 1995, I have been to Kusadasi (6 times) Gumbet(twice) Bodrum, Marmaris(3 times) Istanbul, and have visited for the day Bitez, Turgetries and Icmeler.
Would you like to visit again? If yes - What is it about Turkey that you love?
Of course, I would love to visit Turkey again and have no doubt in my mind that I will. There are so many places that I still want to see and I desperately want to go back and spend some more time in Istanbul. I love the 'chilled out' lifestyle in Turkey, it is such a good place to go on holiday if you want to relax but there is also so much to do and see.
Did you feel safe in Turkey?
I never felt unsafe in Turkey, but to be honest you make that many friends you tend not to walk about on your own much anyway, or at least me and my sister didn't. When we went to Istanbul we were told not to walk about at night on our own but we did and found some beautiful restaurants and bars and met some fantastic people that made our holiday so i am glad we chose to ignore the advice.It's like wherever you go in the world, you just need to use some common sense to stay safe!
How were the Turkish people?
The Turkish people are soooo friendly, they make Turkey the fantastic place it is. You are made to feel very welcome and considering the very long hours they work nothing ever seems too much trouble.
Do you have any suggestions for new visitors to Turkey? Travel - tour tips? Can you recommend any specific places or advice?
I think everyone should try Turkey at least once and I guarantee they will go back. My boyriend didn't really fancy going when we first met but he is now converted and tells everyone how good it is. There is somewhere for everyone so buy a book and read about the different places you can go and see what fits in with what you look for in a holiday. I used to think that Marmaris would be far too commercialised for what I wanted but having read about it, we found a part that is pretty quiet with fantastic views over the Marina and have been back again so don't dismiss anywhere until you have checked it out! I also always go self catering. the food in Turkey is fantastic and there are plenty of places to eat so you might as well try somewhere new every night especially as it's not expensive.