An expat’s perspective: 10 reasons why digital nomads should live in Turkey


Turkey is fast becoming a popular destination for digital nomads and a good fit for remote workers, especially as many domestic operations are also moving to the work-from-home option. While this has made conditions for those of us working from our computers much easier in recent years, with coworking and other spaces springing up everywhere and the affordable cost of living for those receiving a foreign salary, I support the idea that Turkey has always been a great destination for digital nomads and expats like me, my mother and the vast community of foreigners residing and retiring here can attest to that and here’s why:

Turkish values

Turks are known for their hospitality, which certainly extends to visiting foreigners, especially those who choose to live here. Although they will certainly appreciate it if you try to speak their language, it is certainly not essential as most Turks speak some degree of English and jump at every opportunity to practice their language skills. Turks are ready to do anything to help people and most of the time just for fun. They like to give gifts, be neighbors and social, and have spontaneous adventures. Turks have strong family values ​​and as evidenced by the number of adorable street animals we share our lives with, they love to take care of their furry friends, which to me is always a feast for the eyes. after living in places where stray animals are almost painful. not present.

Housing and Homestead

Housing in Türkiye is relatively affordable for foreigners and there is a wide range of options from villas to detached village houses, apartments in gated communities to apartments that can be found just about anywhere. Finding a studio-sized apartment is rare as Turkish people traditionally prefer to share their property with family members and friends rather than secure a smaller space for themselves. Turks love to garden and sit on their balcony with a cup of tea for a game of tavla (backgammon) and admittedly most houses and apartments were built to meet this need. This means that the majority of houses in Türkiye will have some sort of outdoor space in the form of a balcony or a garden and you can easily make this one of your application criteria for the type of house you are in. choose to live, especially if you are looking for living space through a realtor or online website.

Türkiye Coffee Culture

Turks’ love of coffee and tea is certainly nothing new, but fortunately, in addition to the traditional tea gardens and cafes where locals are almost always welcome to laze around all day, there is a new wave of cozy cafes and gourmet coffee shops. shops are opening all over the country for the sole purpose of socializing, studying or working at your table. It is extremely rare that people are asked to leave a space and in many cases it is even difficult to pay your bill in a timely manner as sitting down and enjoying a cup of tea and coffee is an integral part of the history and culture of Türkiye.

For the love of food

Turkish cuisine is delicious, varied, based on fresh seasonal products and affordable. From dining out for long, lavish meals to snacking on street food after midnight, there is plenty available for people who love to eat out. Along the same lines, the selection for sourcing the best produce is vast, and in many cases centered around weekly farmers markets and local producers.

Nightlife

It always amazes me how any day of the week in most cities and towns you can find people sitting in cafes, dancing to live music or just walking the streets. Additionally, soup vendors and street food stalls can have queues long after midnight. How they can afford the money and time allotted to just enjoy life has always amazed me as someone who tends to turn into Cinderella at midnight. And, most party people you see on the street will still be able to wake up bright and energized in the morning for work. It is undeniable that the Turks love life and have enough energy to express it!

Spontaneity

Many of the aforementioned factors, such as spending a day in a cafe or dancing in the streets at night, occur spontaneously in Turkey. Turks are famous for making tentative plans, followed by the idiom “Inşallah”, which means “God wills it”. So while it can be difficult to get most Turks to adhere to a specific schedule or plan, you could literally find yourself on a wild ride with them in no time. I know now that you have to be as prepared as possible at all times in Turkey because you never know where you might end up if you wanted to. That means I always dress for success, have enough cash on me, and stock up on snacks, water, and all supplies literally in my bag on my side, because a simple walk can turn into a reunion with old friends or a whirlwind adventure with new ones. The sky is the limit when it comes to living in Türkiye right now!

Nature

I’ve lived in Istanbul, which is also revered for the amount of greenery and bodies of water the vast metropolis is also home to, but personally, I love the country’s coastal and forested areas. But in Türkiye, there really is something for everyone. If it’s rock climbing you’re into, there’s an area in Antalya for that, the coastline of Marmaris is excellent for cyclists, the plateaus and lakes of the Black Sea regions are spectacular, bustling towns like Eskisehir and Canakkale have wonderful natural and natural sites nearby. historical escapades and Cappadocia is without question one of the most miraculous natural geographies that have ever existed.

The story

A to-do list for Türkiye could be virtually endless. Are these some of the oldest archaeological sites you’re looking to see, soar in a hot air balloon or paraglide above the aforementioned geographical wonders of the country? Walk along the ancient Lycia and Carian Trail or cross the Saint Paul Steps and dip in the Cleopatra Spring Baths…need I say more because I could. The coast is littered with rock tombs carved into the hills thousands of years ago, there are underground cities and cisterns and churches dating back to the early AD era.

culture and arts

While growing up in Los Angeles, many might be surprised that it was in Turkey that I was able to watch ballets and operas by visiting state troupes from around the world. My introduction to museums, archeology and anthropology, in which I would obtain a degree, took place in Turkey. There are language and art courses in cities all over the country, many of which are free, and events such as seminars, lectures and philosophical evenings happen regularly everywhere.

Security

For me, and especially as an American, I must say that the main reason why I chose to live in Türkiye is security. I spent months in Turkey camping under trees, in houses without keys, not locking my car doors and walking home at all hours of the night, things I could never have to do growing up in Los Angeles. If someone should harass me, I just tell the nearest market vendor and he helps me. I’ve heard of break-ins, but I think it’s cheap and rare for people to get hurt. And even if so, there are horror stories popping up in the news all the time that seem like crimes of passion happening everywhere, whereas in other countries, like my native United States, I would have afraid to send a child to school or even the movies, due to the sheer chance of violence which seems to happen more regularly there.

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