Resources for Travel

I have been traveling for more than 15 years and have been to 25+ countries. Here are some of my favorite resources.

When I plan a trip these are the websites I use. Hope they help you plan your next adventure as well!

FLIGHTs and the like

Skyscanner: This an aggregate platform so you’re seeing options from many different airlines or hotel chains to make sure you get the best price possible. When you book flights and hotels together you typically get an even bigger discount.

WayAaway: While you can look for international flights with this, it definitely works the best for domestic flights. That being said, you can earn all kinds of money back through the WayAway Plus.

Priority Pass: Wit Priority Pass you can have access to really nice lounges around the world. I have been so grateful to have a nice place to chill while waiting on a long layover. They have food and drinks. Kick back, enjoy a beer and chill until your next flight.

Global Entry: This will be helpful to get through security quickly and without incident. They also have a strictly domestic one called TSA Precheck.

Accommodations

Booking.com: I really appreciate the review system of Booking.com. You can’t use it in Turkey without a VPN so make your plans while back home or grab the VPN.

Hostelworld: If you’re looking for a cheaper route, definitely recommend Hostelworld. If you want to stay in Kadıköy, Kevin’s Hostel is well-loved by travelers.

Airbnb: I typically use Airbnb when traveling in Turkey because I want a kitchen…that being said, one thing to note is that the beds typically will be quite hard. Keep in mind the standards are different here so don’t expect the Hilton.

Skyscanner: Perhaps you’re wondering if Skyscanner is legit for hotels? The answer is yes! When you buy your hotel and flight together, you can often save even more.

VISAS

iVisa: Paid service that will take care of everything for your visa.

E-visa: Free service where you can get your visa online. You can also get it upon entry but that seems riskier to me.

Phone & Internet usage abroad

Airalo: When I traveled to SE Asia I discovered e-SIMs and I’m never going back. To be fair, not every phone supports an e-SIM but if your phone does, it is really handy and easy to use.

Turkcell: If you get a card in the country, Turkcell has the best coverage in touristy places so you shouldn’t have many issues.

Google Voice: I have a Google Voice number that allows you to text as normal through the Voice app on data instead of text messages.

SurfShark: I have been using SurfShark for more than 4 years now. I could recommend something that pays out more but this one is the best price. And in all those years, I have only had 2 times where it was problematic and their customer service was so helpful!

Safety

Local Lawyer: Pelin is a lawyer who specializes in working with foreigners in Turkey. She studied law here but got her MBA in the States.

TravelInsurance.com is what I have used for every trip I take. You can compare many different companies and get the one that best fits you.

Bra Wallet: While this can be clipped to your bra, it could just as easily be clipped to your belt loop and tucked inside. Keep those important documents safe.

Travelon Backpack: These bags are awesome, especially for touristy areas where pick pocketing is common and easily done.

CAR RENTAL & Transportation

Discover Cars: I have used them several times in Turkey. Don’t forget your car insurance to protect you as you drive around the country.

GetirAraç-MOOV – With this app you can car share. Make sure you put a copy of your latest entry to the country…should be 6 months or newer.

Airport Transfer: I have used this company multiple times and they have always had nice vans, they are on time and are a great price.

GetTransfer.com – Looking to get a transfer from the airport? This is another option.

CITY TOURS & DAY TRIPS

GetYourGuide: This is my favorite for day tours as they have a pretty great selection for Turkey specifically. Make sure you select something highly rated with lots of reviews for a better chance of a good tour.

Viator: This is also a good option but I have found things on GetYourGuide that I couldn’t find here. But Viator has great name recognition and trust. The same goes for this one when choosing a tour.

Contiki: If you’re 18-35, then this is the option for you! You can travel solo and meet up with a group of people your age and see the world.

G Adventures: Whether you want to do a solo tour or join others, have it planned for you then enjoy! G Adventures has great reviews and people love their tours.

Connections

EatWith: This program is really quite incredible. You get to have dinner with locals. It is such a unique opportunity to not only eat local food but also learn about local culture.

Meetup: Surely you’re familiar with Meetup in the States. They also have meetups in Istanbul. Meet up with people for a cruise, practice language, or have a lovely dinner.