Women traveling alone in Turkey are treated with courtesy and should feel safe all over the main holiday resorts and big cities. Like anywhere in the world, you will need to keep your wits about you and be cautious and apply the same safety rules that you would do in your native country.
Some safety tips and advices for women travellers in Turkey
1-) Research the destination that you're planning to travel to. Whether you are travelling along the popular coastal resorts of Turkey, rural areas to see ancient ruins or in big cities single foreign women travellers can be viewed as vulnerable, do not fall victim to those unscrupulous characters who will try to take advantage of a lone women traveller.
2-) Do not accept any drinks from strangers,
3-) Try to avoid isolated places and dark places,
4-) Use licensed taxis only, yellow ones with a TAXI saign on top,
5-) Do not be a victim of opportunity theft by leaving your handbag wide open in public areas, such as the beaches, the supermarkets,
6-) Book hotels with good reputations, look at the customer reviews first. Always pick up a hotel business card and carry with you,
7-) If you want directions for places, ask another woman.
VERY USEFUL - Photocopy your passport and leave it with someone you trust... If you do lose your passport, they can fax the photocopy through to you or to the British Consulate. This will help your local consulate to issue new travel documents quicker...
CULTURAL AWARENESS & RESPECT WHEN TRAVELING IN TURKEY
glasses emoticon It is important that you do not underestimate the cultural difference of Turkey especially when it comes to men and women.
9-) In rural areas of Turkey most women do not communicate with outsiders, especially men, so as a western women travelling through Turkey engaging in innocent greetings or harmless conversations with locals can be misinterpreted.
10-) One must find a balance between polite formality and coming across as over friendly.
11-) Some locals may take an odd view on women travelling alone. You may experience local Turkish people asking where is your husband / partner.
12-) If you are ever in a situation whereby you feel uncomfortable, walk straight away. Be firm and ignore unwanted attention.
THE DRESS CODE IN TURKEY
There are no hard and fast rules but it is best to use common sense when deciding what to wear.
14-) The coastal resorts are used to seeing bikini-clad women, and most bars, restaurants, and hotels have English-speaking staff. However, many destinations inland and in the east of the country adhere to more conservative dress standards do not speak English.
15-) If staying on a beach resort it is fine to dress as you feel comfortable (i.e. bikini, shorts and short dresses) though when going into town to shop or to eat it may be an idea to change into a dress or trousers.
16-) When visiting mosques you should take off your shoes at the entrance and ladies should cover their hair with a scarf; often scarves are provided on the way in. Both sexes should dress modestly with no shorts and arms and shoulders covered during visiting the mosques and also you shouldn't be visiting the mosque when it's praying time.
FOREIGN WOMEN TRAVELLERS CAN THROUGHLY ENJOY THEIR TRAVEL & ADVENTURES AROUND TURKEY . . .
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