(Closed) Safety in Turkey?

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
235 posts
Helper bee

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
11826 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • 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
2779 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 # 11
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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 # 15
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
1103 posts
Bumble bee

We spent 2 weeks in Turkey in 2008 and it was wonderful. Relax & enjoy 🙂

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