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With my Turkish roots, I couldn’t think of a more beautiful start to our Puttering Around the World adventure than Turkey. Turkey still has many unknown places that are not overcrowded by tourism and beautiful nature that is just waiting to be found.

Getting around Turkey is very easy, and the costs are low. And even if you might not find a Döner Kebab stand on every street corner like in Germany, there is delicious and especially authentic Turkish food. We have summarized a few restaurants for you in our Food Recommendations for Istanbul blog.

James and I have done a few road trips to Turkey over the years, but this time we wanted to spend as much time as possible with my parents in Akbük and to take a few day trips together.

At the beginning of our journey, we spoiled ourselves with a trip to the incredible city of Istanbul.

So here it starts, our adventure! You can read about our days in Istanbul in our blog First Stop: Istanbul.  

How to Get Around in Istanbul summarizes the easiest and cheapest ways of getting around this daunting city.

If you have a few days more, and love history and museums, be sure to get the museum pass. Not only will you save a lot of money, but you might visit a museum or two that was not on your list! Find out in The Museum Pass of Turkey which different museum tickets and prices are available.

Be sure to check out all our Golf in Turkey stories as well!

Simit with a view
Simit with a view

The West Coast of Turkey

After an amazing week in this incredible city, we flew to Bodrum, then continued with the bus to the small town of Akbük.  We spent wonderful days with my parents just relaxing and enjoying our time together.  We also planned a few day trips, like One Day in Milas, Sercin, Doganbey, Karina, Didim as well as Bafa Lake.

Family time on the West Coast of Turkey
Family time on the West Coast of Turkey

Summary of links

First Stop: Istanbul

How to get around in Istanbul

The Museum Pass of Turkey

Food Recommendations for Istanbul

One Day in Milas

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