Post # 1
My husband is Turkish, and we just got married in August. However, we are going to Turkey for a Turkish wedding celebration. Its basically going to be like a wedding reception with no ceremony. I get to wear a white dress again and the whole nine yards.
However, I started doing my homework on traveling over there. I’ve never actually been to Turkey before. I am continuously reading information on US websites talking about how westerners (especially Christians, which I am) should be “cautious” and “keep a low profile” because of the recent terrorist problems.
Well, of course now I’m concerned about my safety, as well as the husband’s. I sent him an email about it and he says that we “have nothing to worry about.” Is this really so? The celebration is in Bursa, and is going to include about 300 people. My husband has not been to Turkey for about four years, and has never been there with a Westerner.
Post # 3
My friend went there last spring and didn’t have any problems (and it was 2 single girls). I would think that if you don’t come across as an “ugly American”, there shouldn’t be an issue (pretty much like wherever you can go these days).
Post # 4
I was in Turkey over the summer and the summer before that with my SO and not once did I ever feel unsafe. Relax and enjoy!
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
I don’t know anything about Bursa, but I went to Istanbul about 4 years ago, and there were no problems being a Westerner there.
Post # 6
I always think when websites write things like “keep a low profile” they basically mean, don’t go round splashing the cash wearing all your jewelry and holding a Louis Vitton bag. Basically, don’t go overboard. Be respectful of their culture and religion and you should be 100% fine.
Post # 7
I agree, be respectful and you should be fine. Plus, you’re with your husband–does he speak the language? YOu should be ok. Just dress conservatively over there (when i was supposed to go to india for business, i was told to wear long sleeve business shirt, not the short sleeve kind that i normally wea,r for example).
You’ll be around family I assume so I wouldn’t worry about it.
JUST in case, take the American Embassy’s phone # with you.
You could always say you are Canadian and if anybody asks you about religious stuff, pretend you don’t understand!
Post # 8
I’ve been to Turkey serveral times (about 9 times or so) – and I’m always staying on the beach in bikinis… You are really save – I would’nt go there as often as I do for vacations, if it wasn’t so. Just dont drive into the east turkish mountains.
Post # 9
I too have been to turkey a few times – and you will definitely be safe. The only odd experience I had was a woman who wanted to touch my hair (I am a blond) but other than that, I never felt unsafe once. Obviously use common sense – but you should have no problems.
Post # 10
haha… she wanted to touch your hair?? That is a bit strange. Yes, he does speak Turkish. In fact, that is his native language.
Thanks ladies. You’ve eased my mind!
Post # 11
I have a couple of friends who went there and didn’t have any problems at all….is your hubs familiar with the area? That would help I think……at least make you feel more comfortable.
Post # 12
I went to Turkey about a year and half ago and traveled all over, (big cities, beach towns and rural areas). I never felt unsafe, even when wearing a sun dress.
Post # 13
Absolutely nothing to worry about. We have a huge tourism industry there, thousands of tourists visits each year, many foreigners live there, with no problems. I travelled home with American S/O’s twice and they were treated like royalty. We actually love foreign visitors, especially if they attempt to speak a few words of Turkish 🙂 Don’t worry about the dress code either. Depends on the region but for example in the Mediterraean coasts many people actually go topless on the beach, much less conservative then here. And it’s a secular country so choice of religion is a non-issue.
Post # 14
Yes, he’s familiar with the area. Its where his mom lives. Oh, thanks Meliss! See, that is what my hubby keeps telling me too…
Post # 15
I second what Melis said. My fiance, his family and extended family, they are all from Bursa. I’ve been to Bursa many times, and you have nothing to worry about. You will be poured with hospitality, that I assure you. You might even get bored of that:)) So have fun.
Post # 16
We spent 2 weeks in Turkey in 2008 and it was wonderful. Relax & enjoy 🙂