In Conversation with Kate Clow of Trekking in Turkey

Kate Clow, a long-time resident of Turkey, is a renowned sage of hiking in the region. She is best known for heading efforts to build,...

Raw Food: An Offbeat Way of Living in Kartepe

Leading a healthy and sustainable life has been a basic concern for most of our time here on earth and it has led us...

Istanbul to Sofia Train Ride: Cigarette Smuggling and Bribery on the...

You can read Part 1 here. It was around three or four in the morning before we reached the border, where all the fun began....

Travelling to Turkey with Pets 101

Moving is a big deal. The whole process of packing your items and shifting from one place to another is tiring and time-consuming. Relocating...

Weekend Getaway: Ayvalık

With the weather improving and spring right around the corner, many of us are thinking about where to travel within Turkey. There is one...

Getting to the Airport: More Than One Way to Getaway

Going on weekend getaways is one of the perks of living in Istanbul. The Mediterranean sun is just a hop, skip and a jump...

Thermal Baths: The Ultimate Winter Holiday

Now, we all enjoy a good Turkish bath. They are very much part of the tapestry, or should I say the kilim, of the...

Weekend Getaway: Lake Sapanca

Like many places in Turkey, there's a story behind Lake Sapanca's name. In fact, it derives from a myth that many locals apparently still...

Weekend Getaway: Bozcaada

Where can you feel like being on a Greek island without leaving Turkey? Look no further than the beautiful Aegean island of Bozcaada (known...

Insider Trading: Aynalıkavak Palace

Surprising to say, but Ottoman palaces in Istanbul are a dime a dozen. Palaces were a necessary part of imperial life, but after the...

Yeşilce: An Extraordinary Village with an Ordinary Name

I doubt Ordu ranks high on anyone’s list of places to visit in Turkey. It certainly wasn’t on my ‘must-see’ radar. It doesn’t have...

Weekend Getaway: Gökçeada

Sometimes the sights, sounds, and smells of Istanbul get a bit too overwhelming and an escape is needed from this “City of Cities”. For...

Weekend Getaway: Muğla

Looking to experience a city with a mellow vibe? Head to southwest Turkey, away from the crowds, to the picturesque city of Muğla, located...

Weekend Getaway: Xanthi & Thessaloniki (Part 1)

Part 1 focuses on Xanthi, Greece. Part 2 focuses on Thessaloniki. Our family loves travelling. Whenever we have such an opportunity we always use it. We’ve been to lots...

Rumeli Feneri: Paradise Lost

Feeling as if in a dream, I watched the thick fog swirl around on the forest floor as we raced through a breathtaking canopy...

To the Black Sea and Back in a Day: A Scooter...

If you are longing for an excursion and escape from your everyday surroundings, sometimes there is no need to even leave the city.  One...

Weekend Getaway: 48 Hours in Sofia, Bulgaria

In a city the size of Istanbul, it’s definitely understandable that sometimes you just want to get away. One place that would normally not...

Ani: A Timeless Beauty on the Edge of Turkey

I remember walking down the large avenues and neatly perpendicular streets of Washington, D.C. not too long ago, longing for old buildings and crooked...

Magnificent Monument to Raging Narcissism: Nemrut Dağı

Who said there was something wrong with megalomania and narcissism? Antiochus I Theos Dikaios Epiphanes Philorhomaios Philhellenos of Commagene certainly did not think so....

A Walk around Üsküdar

For many people living on the European side of Istanbul, crossing over to the “other side” (the Anatolian side) seems like a trek, especially...

Southern Excursion: Turunç

Waking to the smell of jasmine growing outside my window and having a chorus of birds coax me out of bed, I feel welcomed...

Yabangee Travel Blog: A Week in Northern Cyprus

A trip to Northern Cyprus should be on the list of any Istanbullu who thinks that our fair city is (sometimes) a bit too...

Mountaineering in Turkey: An Introduction

By Gökay Ürk, guest writer for Yabangee Mountaineering is probably the best outdoor sport for adrenalin junkies, and Turkey’s impressive range of mountains have enabled...

Waymarking the Carian Trail – Part 1

Okay guys, we’ve all had enough of winter. The cozy appeal has washed away and we’ve had enough of staying inside, going to the...

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