A question on many travellers’ lips: is now the right time to travel to Turkey? The short of the long is a resounding YES! In fact, Turkey is still a firm favourite among travellers – even more than ever before. In fact, the number of foreign visitors travelling to Turkey has risen considerably since  last year. With the perfect mix of delectable food, colourful culture and friendly locals, it’s easy to understand why it’s becoming one of the most popular destinations of the world. The current currency crisis has also made the country and its capital, Istanbul, more affordable for tourists. So, if we were you, we’d book those tickets to Turkey right now, because this transcontinental destination is hot, hot, hot.

Here are some of the other reasons why now is the best time to travel to Turkey:

It’s a cross-cultural marvel

This is quite literally where east meets west. The country is a natural land bridge between Europe, the Caucasus, the Black Sea cost and the Arab Peninsula. As such it has plenty of European and Asian influences from all sides.  Even though there are always some things to keep in mind,  it’s by far the most accessible of the Middle Eastern nations. It’s also the Muslim country with the most western attitude. This means visitors can enjoy the country’s singular culture without feeling completely out of place.

food market, Turkey

The exchange rate is on your side

Turkey’s economy is a little fragile at the moment. However, the favourable exchange rate makes it possible to enjoy a wonderful holiday without spending too much. In doing so, you also plow back into the local economy, which is great for everyone involved. Check the Turkish Lira rate against your own currency and make some calculations. Those extra zeros can be put to good use on excursions and keepsakes!

There are so many awesome things to see

The Goreme Valley Open Air Museum in Cappadocia! Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the famed President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The Travertines in Pamukkale. The site of the Temple of Artemis. The poignant Gallipoli Battlefields. Troy and Pergamum! There is no end to the many wonderful things to see and do.

The food is wonderful

Turkish food is without frills but full of flavour. If the thought of finicky French food puts you off, this is going to be right up your alley. Meat lovers, assemble! There is lamb in every shape and form. Not to mention 50+ types of kebab! Warm, crusty flat breads fresh out of the oven. Glistening olives, dew-dappled tomatoes and creamy cheeses. And plenty of Asian influences to boot. This is great place to eat.

The shopping is pretty spectacular

Turkey’s bazaars are legendary. Yes, there are crowds, but man is it worth it. This is where you’ll find epic pottery, lanterns, fabrics, spices and more. Istanbul is also home to the Sahaflar Çarşısı. This second-hand book market has been around since the Byzantine period! How amazing? Also – Turkish Delight. Sample it wherever you go and take home at least a few varieties.

The Turks are great hosts

The Turks are super relaxed. You are welcome in Turkey no matter who you are!  The locals are the perfect combination of exotic and friendly. Their customs are fascinating, and they adore welcoming visitors into their shops, restaurants and homes.

There are so many facts to know about Turkey, but if you’re looking for reasons to travel there, look no further. Turkey should be on your must-visit list. There are plenty more besides. The short of the long? The time to book that trip is now. Stay ahead of the curve and drink in the beauty of Turkey before the masses descend.

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