Turkey is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and was the most visited country in 2018. It’s full of culture, activities, and natural beauty. Any kind of traveler will find what they like in Turkey whether it is shopping, sightseeing, hiking, or backpacking. Foodies will find the best cuisine in Turkey as it’s influenced by various cultures and full of flavor and colors. Preparing for your trip to Turkey is important to get the most out of your time there. If you’re planning a trip to Turkey, here are some things you should do to be ready.
#1 It’s Difficult to Connect to Public WiFi
Public WiFi spots around Turkey, especially Istanbul, require a Turkish or European number to access them. If you don’t have one, you’ll stay in the airport without a connection which can make the trip challenging. International phone plans may not work well, so your best option is to buy a Turkish SIM card. You’ll find several mobile operator booths in the airport, and buy a SIM card with a good plan for the internet. Don’t forget to bring a SIM card ejection tool.
#2 Plan Your Transportation
There are various transportation options to get around Turkey. Once you are at the airport, you can ask for a public transportation card which allows you to ride the bus and metro by charging the card. You can arrange an airport shuttle with your hotel, but there is a bus service that can take you to different destinations for around $10-$30.
#3 You Need a Visa to Enter Turkey
Americans usually don’t need a visa to enter any country, but you’ll need one to enter Turkey. When you’re planning for your Turkey trip, check Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs page to know the requirements for a visa. Luckily, you don’t have to go anywhere to get the visa as you can get a Turkey e visa online and the process takes around 5 minutes. Make sure to print or take a screenshot of the bar code and approval number to provide them to the immigration officer. Online multiple-entry visas last for up to 90 days.
#4 Memorize Some Turkish Words
Since Turkey is a famous international destination, English has become more commonly understood and spoken. However, outside of Istanbul, it can be difficult to communicate in English only. Memorizing some Turkish and Arabic words can be useful while you are going shopping, dining, or haggling prices with shopkeepers.
#5 Prepare for the Weather
Turkey is a huge country stretching across two continents and has different weather conditions. If you’re visiting Turkey in the spring or summer, make sure to pack light clothes and sunscreen but opt for a scarf if you’re going to visit places with conservative backgrounds. Turkey’s high peak season is in September and October when the weather is moderate but it can get chilly at night.
Visiting Turkey will be an experience you’ll never forget. One trip isn’t enough to experience everything in this beautiful country and you’ll plan your next trip for it right after you come back. The most important thing is to prepare for your trip before you go to enjoy every moment there.