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Expat Guide to Living in Turkey

Whether you're already living in Turkey or preparing to move to Turkey, our Expat Guide to Living in Turkey offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Turkey. For answers to specific questions, visit our Turkey Forum to talk with expats in Turkey.

5 Tips for Living in Istanbul

Expats that live in Istanbul, Turkey enjoy a city that is both rich in culture and history. Here are some tips and important considerations for relocating to Istanbul, Turkey.

10 Tips for Living in Turkey

Expats share tips for living in Turkey from job search advice to house hunting to expats' experiences with culture shock and the treatment of women in Turkey.

Making a Difference as an Expat in Turkey

Amanda Mulligen introduces us to an amazing expat, Figen Cakir, a British woman who moved to Turkey determined to make a difference in Goluk, Turkey. Figen's aim is for locals to make the most of their traditions and artisanal skills to give them a way to rebuild the livelihoods that were shattered a decade ago by an earthquake.

Culture Shock in Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

A serial expat describes his 51 years of experience as an expatriate and world traveler. While not the longest report, it provides some insight into what drives some people to embrace life as a globe trotter.

Culture Shock in Kemer, Turkey

An expat living in beautiful Kemer, Turkey advised others moving to turkey to take things easy and don't expect things to be the same as back in your own country. He also advised that If you are prepared to help people, they in turn usually will help you.

Dream vs Reality of Living in Izmir, Turkey

I am very happy to be in Izmir. I see a lot of potential for us to become educated and to enjoy a more humanistic lifestyle. Like many Expats who have come to Turkey for retirement, we have managed to live more cheaply and within our means here than in our home country.

Retirement in Antalya, Turkey

A retiree in Turkey shares his experiences living in Kemer, Antayla and Istanbul.

More Culture Shock Reports for Turkey

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Turkey handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Turkey:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

More Living in Turkey Reports

What are people's priorities in Turkey - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Turkey:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Turkey Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Turkey? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Turkey? Below are some of the responses from expats in Turkey:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Dream vs. Reality of Living in Turkey Reports

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Turkey. If you are already living in Turkey, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Turkey:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Retiring in Turkey Reports

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Turkey, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Turkey:
Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Turkey? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Turkey by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working in Turkey Reports

What's it like to find a job in Turkey? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Turkey? Below are some of the reports from expats in Turkey:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
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