The Low Cost Way to Explore Diverse Turkey

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Jun 24, 2014 / 0 comments

Turkey is a country that offers a lot in the way of cultural experiences, and it’s an extremely inexpensive vacation destination. There’s also the option to teach in Turkey and this is a great way to immerse yourself in the country and be paid whilst there.


Turkey is a country that attracts 30 million visitors per year, and it is the sixth most popular tourist destination in the world. The beautiful beaches at locations, such as Marmaris and Oludeniz, are of course major attractions, but Turkey is also a land of history, vibrant cities, and scenic splendour. Travellers on a limited budget will find that it doesn’t cost much to explore all that this fascinatingly diverse country has to offer through a cheap Turkey holiday.


The Byzantine Basilica, Xanthos, Lycia, Turkey

The Byzantine Basilica, Xanthos, Lycia, Turkey. Built over an earlier Roman temple, to the east of the Lycian acropolis. Magnificent mosaics have been found in the basilica (now covered and protected). Photo courtesy flickr creative commons: Carole Raddato


Low Cost Accommodation Methods

If you’re considering taking an extended travelling vacation in Turkey, then research the accommodation options during the off-peak seasons. Turkey is a major holiday destination, which means that the peak summer months come with high prices. However, during the low seasons, you can pick up good quality accommodation and inexpensive holidays in Turkey at up to 70% off the normal price. This means you can easily obtain accommodation in Turkey for a few months at a fraction of the normal price. Another bonus is that the weather in Mediterranean areas, such as Antalya, will range from warm to hot even during the spring and autumn months.


Cultural Activities in Turkey

Avoiding the peak summer months means you should be able to pay a lot less for activities and excursions in Turkey. You can take trips to ancient site,s such as the Lycian temple tombs in Caunus, or visit the ruins of Aphrodisias in Caria. A trip to the Roman amphitheatre in the site of the ancient city of Telmessos in Fethiye should also not be missed. Turkey is also home to a staggering 33 stunning national parks and the low season months with their cooler temperatures are the perfect time to explore these natural beauty spots.


Port Göcek early evening  - Turkey

Port Göcek early evening. Göcek, previously named “Kalimche” in the antiquity, was conveniently located between Telmessos (today Fethiye) and Kaunos (today Dalyan). According to the legends, it is in the Göcek area that Ikarus felt in the sea after his famous flight, trying to escape from the tower where he was imprisoned. Photo courtesy flickr creative commons: SLR Jester


Consider Teaching Opportunities

Teaching English is one of the best ways to become immersed in a different culture...and to earn a salary while doing so. English teachers in Turkey are much sought after, and teaching experience is not always a prerequisite. There are many teaching recruitment agencies looking for candidates who are native, or almost fluent, English speakers with a bachelor’s degree in any area. The monthly pay rates are generally more than enough to live comfortably; the hours are flexible and in some cases accommodation will be provided.

Remember that immersing yourself with locals, including eating where they eat at the traditional restaurants, will not only help you make new friends and contacts, but will also help you to obtain affordable prices on meals. The cost of living is exceptionally affordable in Turkey, and your money will stretch a lot further in this country.


Where will you go first, in Turkey?