Why I want to go back to Turkey

As a travel junkee, I’m always on the look out for cheap holidays, but the questions always comes down to, do I want to go back to a place I loved or do I want to try something new? In the past I’ve always opted for something new. However, Wandering Early just did a post about Why he won’t be visiting every country in the world because he has so many that he wants to go back to someday. It got me thinking about all the places I’ve visited too briefly, fallen in love with and want to go back to someday. And at the top of the list? Turkey

Why do I want to go back to Turkey?

Well, it’s starts with how I got there. I had a week off for Thanksgiving and some extra cash and pretty much at random my friend I found some cheap flights to Athens and Istanbul and that was that. With only a week and two cities, we had barely four days to spend in the former Constantinople. We barely saw the city and had no time for the rest of the country.

I missed a lot

Although we did manage to see the major historic sites, take a cruise down the Bosphorous, and visit the Egyptian Spice Market, we weren’t able to see many sites. For example, the Grand Bazaar was closed due to an Islamic Holiday. And that’s just in the city.

There is a ton to do in Turkey outside of Istanbul. I would have loved to see Ephesus, a famous archaeological site in the south. I also would like to see Western Turkey where you can take a balloon ride over the mountains. I’ve had many friends see the entire country and rave about its beauty. I can say I’ve been to Istanbul, and I have a passport stamp to prove it. But…

I haven’t really seen the country.

But, there is another reason I want to return to Turkey. I loved, LOVED Istanbul. It has got to be one of my favorite cities. (And not just because I had just come from Athens…burn). Istanbul is definitely one of those “East Meets West” type cities. Modern and Ancient all at once. I loved sitting on the Galatta Bridge and watching the skyline. Listen as the minarets called for prayer and the fisherman finished up their days. Watch the stylish young people head out to the clubs.


Overall, Istanbul is an amazing city and I’ve heard such great things about Turkey that I want to make sure the at return visit is in my future. If I go back, I will still spend some time in Istanbul but I will also try and visit the surrounding country side. 

Next time I find a cheap holiday to Turkey I might just jump on it.

What about you? Where in the world do you want to go back?


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by a third party. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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8 Responses to Why I want to go back to Turkey

  1. Megan says:

    i keep hearing amazing things about istanbul and it keeps climbing up on my list of places i need to check out.

    as for places id return to, there are not many unfortunately. i tend to enjoy everywhere i go, but not enough to go out of my way to return. a few places i could go over and over, however, are: reykjavik, cincinnati (i even lived there for a while and left so much undiscovered!), vilnius, and munich. i really need to get out more…im containing myself just to europe agh!

    • ElizabethJ_Bird says:

      I really want to reykjavik. Everyone says great things about it and it sounds wonderful. The world is so big -its so hard to pick the next place!

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  5. Claire says:

    I can’t wait to go to Istanbul. I might have to talk to you before I go for any more suggestions not listed above :) And if I interpreted your comment up there correctly…I also did not like Athens :P

    • ElizabethJ_Bird says:

      Haha yeah, Athens was not my fav place…. And totally come find me before you leave – I love talking to people about their trips!

  6. Shafeeqah says:

    This article made me feel a bit better. I thought there was something wrong with me for wanting to go back to Turkey every year! I’m busy planning my 3rd trip in as many years! The place is magical. I have been fortunate to see alot of the country but it still doesnt feel like enough!

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