Turkey has been a country on my to-do list for years… pretty much since I started thinking about travel. Even though it wasn’t on the list of 10 countries I want to hit before I hit 30 list, I’m thinking now that list should be modified to include Turkey because a) it’s awesome, b) I don’t I want to visit some places on the list at the current time, and c) it would help me reach my 10 country goal in time! Ha.
With the help of my awesome Star Alliance ticket to Bishkek, I’m getting to hang out in Istanbul for just a few days before heading over to Central Asia, but I thought I would channel the help of my fellow travelers and bloggers to assist with planning.
So, what is there to do in Istanbul, in 4 days, that are a must for a newbie like myself? Where do you recommend I eat, sleep and play while living it up Turkish style?
To get a better idea of my travel wants, let me explain: I want to drink some Turkish coffee and have some awesome Turkish bread and dips. I like history and cultural activities, walking and people watching.
I’m a hostel lover, especially when traveling solo, but would consider spending more money on accommodation if the experience were worthwhile. Since I’m not traveling with other people on this journey, I wouldn’t consider any Europe vacation rentals, although the next time I’m with a group, this is totally going to make the list of options.
I’ll probably be looking to stay on top of work and Internet life until I fly into the depths of Kyrgyzstan, which was pretty bleak in terms of connection while there in 2008. So, if you know a good place to chill and pick up some free Wi-Fi, that would rock, too.
Oh, and any tips for getting around would be appreciated as well.
I totally look forward to hearing what you Turkey travelers have to say. Cheers!