Istanbul, Turkey

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International Relocation Guide
International Relocation Guide
International Relocation Guide

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Istanbul, Turkey. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What do I need to know about living in Istanbul?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Istanbul, they said:

"They should be open minded and as in every city, this city also has advantages and disadvantages, however if you have a positive outlook and are into finding out about new cultures its a jewel. Great history, lots to see, ethnic food, safe, rich night life, lots of traffic, difficult language and some chaos. Last but not least: The beautiful Bosphorus," remarked another expat living in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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