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Budget Travel in Turkey: A journey on the overnight bus

Budget Travel in Turkey: A journey on the overnight bus

Writing about adventures in Paris may be wonderful, but everyone needs a holiday. That’s why I spent the month of July exploring the amazingly beautiful Turkey. After some R&R along the Lycian Coast (which I highly recommend as far as beach holidays go, by the way), I needed to figure out how to make my » Read more

Turkey’s Rail Revolution

Turkey’s Rail Revolution

All eyes are on Taksim Square in Istanbul this week, as riot police move in to confront protesters. A development proposal over an Istanbul park unleashed years of accumulated grievances. This was always about more than trees. That’s the thing about Turkey — a lot goes on without most of us in the EU and » Read more

Istanbul Budget Tips: Transit tickets, bazaar shopping, ferries, and nightlife

Istanbul Budget Tips: Transit tickets, bazaar shopping, ferries, and nightlife

It’s unsurprising that a city like Istanbul, with a population of about 12.6 million, offers an endless list of sight-seeing must-visits. Considering that even small expenses can add up, here are five pointers to help keep your budget in check. Transport: Use one-ways wisely Getting around Istanbul can be tough to figure out. One of the most important » Read more

If Not You, Then Who is Turkey’s Person of the Year?

If Not You, Then Who is Turkey’s Person of the Year?

The Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court banned access to YouTube throughout Turkey earlier this week after a video deemed insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk—the founder of the Turkish Republic—turned up on the site. Since it’s illegal to insult Turkish culture in Turkey (just ask Nobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk) these Ataturk-critical videos have caused considerable consternation » Read more

Three Nights in Istanbul for €86? Well, Kinda…

Three Nights in Istanbul for €86? Well, Kinda…

photograph courtesy of unwary We spend a lot of time looking through European budget holiday boutique offerings. Among our favorites are the Dutch chains. Outfits like VakantieDiscounter and D-Reizen regularly put together amazingly cheap packages that knock the socks off most budget-friendly package holiday packages on offer elsewhere in Europe. On VakantieDiscounter yesterday we came across an incredible » Read more

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