This month is dedicated to our adopted homeland, Turkey.
Last year, when looking to trade some of our advertising space for accommodation with a Turkish hotel, we were told by a hotelier that not a great deal of The Working Traveller is about Turkey. Looking through our old posts at the time we realised he was right.
More posts have been added since then but even so after five years living here the number about Turkey on The Working Traveller is equal to those on Egypt (15 posts each) where we have only spent ten weeks’ of our lives. Our month or so in Australia and 11 days in the USA have accounted for 16 and 17 posts respectively. For the record, Peru at 17 posts for the four months we lived there is the country we have covered most often on this site.
As this is, at least in part, a blog offering up suggestions for working and volunteering abroad the high prominence of Australia and America shouldn’t come as too much surprise. Turkey doesn’t come close to either of these countries in the sheer numbers of opportunities offered to working travellers (though I am looking forward to hearing more about Wanderlusting’s forthcoming volunteer farmstay).
For travellers though, Turkey can be wonderful. The country includes a huge coastline where western summer tourism plays nicely with eastern sensibilities. It’s nearly impossible to walk any great distance without tripping over the ruins of an ancient civilisation, there is winter skiing, great food, cave hotels and, in Istanbul, one of the world’s greatest cities and the only place in the world where you can travel by boat from Europe to Asia for less than a dollar.
For Europeans, Turkey is a short haul flight to another civilisation, while Americans needing to get out of the Schengen area for a while might find Turkey is the highlight of their European trip.
Turkey looks both to the east and the west. It’s cultural schizophrenia can be summed up in the not unusual sight of two BFF’s strolling arm in arm down the road, one covered with a headscarf, her friend wearing a tight t-shirt and tiny shorts. Or perhaps waking up with a hangover to the call to prayer from a nearby mosque after one to many rakis with the locals.
Despite all this we have still written little about the country other than whining about the contrast between spending summer and winter in a tourist resort in Turkey and showing some pictures of Didim’s Apollo Temple.
Some of the content we will feature this month will come from our trip around the eastern and central parts of Turkey last year and maybe some insights from our time spent living here.
I’m also particularly looking to sharing a guest post by Brandon Fralic who emailed us from the cave room where we stayed in Cappadocia. Brandon saw our post about volunteering in a cave hotel in Cappadocia, took the job and has written about his experiences.
Tomorrow though, we begin by speaking to Natalie Sayin of Turkish Travel Blog. She lives in our home town of Didim and is the first of several bloggers who will be telling us why they have made their home in Turkey.
Shane and Deidre