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Turkey Travel Hacks

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From Antalya, the world’s record holder for the highest number of Blue Flag beaches, through the terraces of Pamukkale and the hot air balloons in Cappadocia to the charming Uludağ Mountains, Turkey has a lot to offer. Personally, I fell in love with Turkey at the first sight, as soon as I walked out of the Istanbul Airport. If you’re visiting this amazing country soon, check out our Turkey travel hacks to get some useful information before you visit.

Basic Information About Turkey

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Turkey is home to 83 million people. The ethnic groups are Turks, Kurds, Arabs, Laz, Circassians, Bosnians and others. 

Official Language

The official language is Turkish. 

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turkish lira


Turkey’s official currency is the Turkish lira (currency code TRY). One Euro/USD is equal to roughly 7.3 – 6.6 TRY.


With a territory of 783,356 square kilometers, Turkey is the 37th largest country in the world. Turkey is a transcontinental Eurasian country located between western Asia and Eastern Europe. Turkey borders the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and  the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria.

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Turkey’s costal side which borders the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas has a temperate Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Turkey’s coastal areas which borders the Black Sea have a temperate Oceanic climate with warm, wet summers to cold, wet winters.

Economy & Budget

Turkey is an upper-middle income country with a free market economy. Backpackers can survive with around $30 per day, while mid-range travelers spend between $60 and $80 per day on average.

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Ankara is the capital city of Turkey with total population of 5 million.

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