Traveling to Denizli? Stay at the Yıldırım Hotel!

Yıldırım Hotel in Denizli, Turkey, has reopened under new management after being closed for 3 months for refurbishments. Selin Uçman Herman, granddaughter of one...

Kaş: A Journey to the Gem of the Lycian Way

The Lycian Way has been mentioned on Yabangee a number of times for good reason, as this hiking trail really deserves all the praise...

Burgazada: Escape from the City

Editor's note: Anyone interested in camping on Burgazada should be aware that it is in fact illegal to camp on the Princes' Islands and...

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...

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...

Cappadocia: A Few of My Favorite Things

Outside the bustling everyday life of Istanbul there is a magically serene interior, which I can only hope each of you are lucky enough...

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

An evening on the oat sodas on Kadıköy’s infamous bar street brought an idea into my friend’s head: we should head to Bulgaria. Whilst...

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...

Antalya Heat

“O for a beaker full of the warm south,” wrote John Keats, capturing that almost marrow-level need for sun after a long time in...

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...

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....

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...

Cappadocia: Just Go Already!

By Tas Anjarwalla So, thousands of years ago two volcanoes erupted and created two layers of malleable rock in central Turkey. The rock slowly eroded...

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...

Luggage Delayed? How to Claim Compensation

Has your luggage ever been delayed significantly? This past summer I found myself in Istanbul without any of my bags. They eventually arrived 3...

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....

Waymarking the Carian Trail – Part 2

...continued from Part 1. Bozborun Peninsula Bozburun is the full package; it has stunning rocky cliffs, turquoise waters, traditional village life, and a tourism industry just...

Returning to Selçuk Year after Year: Camel Wrestling and Authenticity in...

There are certain constants that one can rely on when attending camel wrestling: The booze is always flowing, the camels are consistently covered in...

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...

Yabangee Travel Blog: A Week In Georgia (The One Near Russia)

Article and photos by Louis Herman My trip to Georgia (known locally as Sakartvelo) this January started with a quick flight to Trabzon from Istanbul,...

40 Ways to Make the Most of 2015 in Istanbul

The expat life is a transient one, and for many of us, Turkey isn’t exactly a permanent stop. But for those of you with...

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...

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...

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...

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