Turkey

Booking Accommodations in Turkey

Before booking accommodations in Turkey, make sure you fully understand the ratings system to avoid unhappy surprises when you arrive, as the star-class system used isn’t standardized. Turkish travel expert Leeane Murphy shares tips for finding the best rates, understanding what’s included in your booking, and other handy advice.

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Getting Into and Out of Turkey

Getting into and out of Turkey is fairly straightforward. Visas are obtainable online prior to travel for most countries, and the list of customs regulations regarding what you can import and export is also pretty standard. As always when visiting a foreign country, however, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules beforehand to keep your travels smooth.

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Wildlife Native to Turkey

Turkey is a natural habitat for a wide variety of animals. Europe in its entirety is home to 60,000 species, while Turkey has 80,000, not counting subspecies. From migratory birds to ancient species of lions to two almost extinct sea creatures, here’s a little about Turkey’s wonderful native wildlife.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Lucas Peters

Lucas Peters

Having spent the better part of ten years living in different parts of Europe and the U.S., Lucas M. Peters thought it was time for a change. In 2009, he took a job in Morocco teaching literature and composition at a college in a small town atop the Middle Atlas Mountains outside of Fez. When his plane landed he found that all of his luggage was lost. Two weeks later his luggage was returned, but Lucas had already had to shop at the local markets for food, clothing and other basic necessities without speaking a word of the local dialect.

Lucas has traveled Morocco from the date groves of the Sahara to the fishing villages along the Atlantic Coast. He’s dined at Rick’s Café in Casablanca, caught a ride on the “Marrakech Express,” gotten lost in the labyrinthine maze of the Fez medina, and followed “The Beats” in Tangier. Along the way, he picked up some of the language, made a few friends, and married his wife, a Tanjaioua from Tangier. Together, they continue to explore the small towns dotting the national roads, the difficult-to-access mountain villages, and tucked-away beaches.

Since publication, Lucas has moved to Paris. Want to get Morocco updates and additional tips? Visit his website: Moon Morocco.