Language barrier – Turkey has a significant language barrier for non-Turkish speakers, which can make communication and navigation difficult. A solution could be to learn some basic Turkish phrases or bring a translation app.
Crowded tourist areas – Turkey is a popular tourist destination, which can lead to crowded and congested areas, especially during peak season. Solutions include visiting during shoulder season or avoiding the most popular tourist spots.
Currency exchange – Turkey’s currency is the Turkish lira, which can be difficult to exchange in some areas, especially outside of major cities. A solution could be to bring a credit card that doesn’t have foreign transaction fees or to exchange currency at a bank or currency exchange office.
Transportation – Public transportation in Turkey can be confusing and overcrowded, especially in larger cities. A solution could be to hire a private driver or use a ride-sharing service.
Food and water – Turkey’s tap water may not be safe to drink, and food can sometimes be difficult to find that is suitable for dietary restrictions. A solution could be to bring a water filter or purification tablets and to research local restaurants that cater to specific dietary needs.
Political instability – Turkey has a history of political instability, which can lead to safety concerns for travelers. A solution could be to stay informed about current events and to avoid areas that have been identified as unsafe.
Bargaining – In Turkey, bargaining is expected in many markets and shops. This can be difficult for travelers who are not familiar with the practice. A solution could be to research the expected prices and to practice the art of bargaining.
Scams – Turkey is known for its high number of scams, which can include street vendors, taxi drivers, and even hotel staff. A solution could be to research common scams and to be aware of one’s surroundings.
Health concerns – Turkey has a high number of cases of Hepatitis A and B, and other illnesses. A solution could be to get vaccinated and to take precautions to avoid getting sick.
Cultural differences – Turkey has a unique culture that can be quite different from Western cultures. A solution could be to research and be respectful of local customs and traditions.