A pair of tinted aviator sunglasses on a table.

The Reality of Traveling Solo as a Woman in the Middle East

My elbow nudges the covered woman next to me as we sit shoulder to shoulder on the front seat of a cramped Turkish dolmuş (shared taxi). Our bodies sway and jolt on the unforgiving pothole-infested roads of the remote Biga Peninsula as we leave the Aegean coast behind. In a moment of awkwardness our eyes meet and we share an apologetic smile.

Tulips blooming in the gardens outside Topkapı Palace in Istanbul.

Planning Your Time in Istanbul

Before you visit Istanbul, here’s some advice to help decide how long to stay in the city, what time of year to visit, where to spend your time & more.

Cars travel along a divided road along the coast of the Marmara Sea.

Getting Around Turkey

Getting around Turkey by air, rail, and road all have their own definite pros and cons. Use this guide to choose the best method for every occasion.

A richly appointed lobby in the Mardan Palace luxury hotel in Turkey.

The Rise of Tourism in Turkey

With the most archaeological sites worldwide, sun-kissed coasts and exorbitant seaside resorts, Turkey is one of the top visited countries in the world.