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Turkey Travel Guide

A family reunion brought us to Istanbul, Turkey. Before arriving, we had plans to travel throughout the country. However, our plans quickly changed, because we didn’t want to leave Istanbul. We compiled 2-month’s worth of travel tips and favorite experiences into this Istanbul Travel Guide.

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  • Turkey Travel Basics
  • Where to Go in Turkey (Map)
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Turkey Travel Basics

Official Name: Republic of Turkey

Capital: Ankara

Government: Presidential governmental system

Regions: Marmara Region, Black Sea Region, the Aegean Region, the Mediterranean Region, the Central Anatolia Region, the Eastern Anatolia Region, and the Southeastern Anatolia Region. 

Population: 79.5 million

Language: Turkish (official), Kurdish

Currency: Turkish Lira

Payment Culture: Cash and credit cards. When buying food and goods from street vendors, markets, and bakeries, you’ll typically pay in cash. If you’re at a restaurant or bar, you can usually pay with a credit card.

Tipping Etiquette: Only tip in cash. In restaurants and cafés, you can tip 5-10%. In Taxis, you don’t have to tip; simply round up the bill. In hotels, you can tip porters and room service 5 TL. Read more about tipping in Turkey here.

Water Quality: Drink filtered water only.

 
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Traditional alpine farming (“alpine transhumance”) is a type of pastoralism in which livestock are seasonally moved to higher elevation mountain pastures in summer and to lower elevation valley pastures in the winter.

For centuries, transhumance has sculpted the landscape of the Alps. Forests have been felled for grazing cattle and sheep, creating large open meadows at high altitudes.

The Alps are synonymous with verdant alpine pastures as much as snow-capped peaks.

Hiking trails and cycling routes often bisect alpine pastures where cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and donkeys freely graze.

It’s really important that you don’t disturb grazing animals (especially cows). As silly as this might sound, your life is at stake. These pastures are not a petting zoo.

There have been a number of accidents and deaths in the last few years because people have provoked, pet, and/or disturbed grazing cattle.

Swipe right ➡️ for safety tips.
  • Austrian mountain hut etiquette.

Rule #1 Take your shoes off before entering any of the bedrooms/dormitories.

Rule #2 Never ask to be seated alone.

Swipe right ➡️ for the basics. For more guidelines, read our Hut to Hut Hiking in Austria guide.

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https://www.moonhoneytravel.com/hut-to-hut-hiking-in-austria/
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  • Just wrote 3,986 words about visiting the Alps in summer. Our latest blog covers alpine transhumance, wildlife, weather, hiking infrastructure, and more. 

Head to https://www.moonhoneytravel.com/alps-in-summer/ (link in bio)
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The original trail starts in Porto Covo and ends in Odeceixe (4 stages). Last year, the Rota Vicentina Association extended the trek to Lagos in Algarve (13 stages total).

We’re dying to return and hike the extended version.

What’s your favorite coastal hiking trail?