Recommended blogs & websites on Turkey

Come and explore Turkey with me!

I’m a member of a Facebook group for travel writers and I recently asked for suggestions of blogs and websites about Turkey and neighbouring countries. Surprisingly, at least to me, there were few suggestions. Naturally, I decided to compile my own. Listed below, in no particular order, are some but by no means all, my favourites.

Janey in Mersin
The fact that Jane is from Sydney, Australia, like me, doesn’t affect my judgement of her blog at all. Not a bit. It’s simply brilliant, because unlike most starry-eyed “I came to Turkey as a village bride/novice English teacher, everything’s always wonderful” blogs, she writes as she sees it, warts and all. Jane moved to Mersin in 2012, and she writes about the everyday battles of the typical (not) Turkish housewife – getting on with the neighbours while plotting to kill their cockerel, learning to make salça even a Turkish mother-in-law will approve of and my favourite, how to drink too much wine and walk through fields safely, a skill Jane sadly and hilariously lacks. If you’re sitting at home after yet another argument with the family and thinking life must be better elsewhere, this is the blog for you.

Adventures of the the lost and found!

Katrinka Abroad
Katrinka lives in Istanbul and uses it as a base to travel deep into Turkey and the Middle East, as well as making regular incursions into Eastern Europe. Her main focus in photography but as with most people who want to capture the spirit of a place, she always shares the story behind the image. Useful for those who want to hone their photography skills and explore interesting corners of the city.

The Turkish Life
Expat and journalist Jennifer Hattam hails from San Francisco and moved to Istanbul in early 2008. Her blog is a mix of random observations of everyday life, cultural differences and politics, and her articles cover arts, culture, politics and much more. She offers readers a much more realistic picture of contemporary life in Istanbul as she ventures out to the far flung suburbs to investigate the boom in housing construction, or writes about the effect of terrorism on everyday life in the city. Recommended for those living in Istanbul wanting to learn about more than the usual tourist spots.

With the right advice, you'll always know the way!

Turkish Travel Blog
Founded by the inexhaustible Natalie Sayin, the Turkish travel blog is the perfect go to guide for planning your travels in Turkey. From practical advice on how to get around to brutally honest reviews of must-see or better left off the itinerary places, Natalie has left no stone unturned in her quest to entice visitors to Turkey. Unlike many similar websites Natalie always goes to the places she writes about and tells you exactly what she thinks, making it easy to make up your own mind on whether to visit a particular place. Highly recommended.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table
Although I’m not a bad cook, the kitchen isn’t my favourite room in the house. I rarely cook from a recipe because I usually get bored before I’ve even finished reading it. However, I do like food and Turkish food in particular. For this reason I love Ozlem’s page, because she writes so carefully about the history of the food she makes, and her recipes are so delicious even I can use them. Her site is great for people who want to expand their Turkish cooking repertoire, no matter where they live in the world.

For a complete list of the blogs I follow, look at the list called “Blogs I love” on the right hand side of this page. If you know a good blog about Turkey or a country to the east I’ve missed, put the link in the comments section at the end of this post. I’d love to see more!

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About Goreme1990

I’m Lisa Morrow, the person behind www.insideoutinistanbul.com. I was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up a leafy middle class North Shore suburb. After finishing high school I went to Sydney University but failed to find my niche. After working as a public servant, cleaner, sales assistant, waitress, bar maid and car counter, I went overseas. Once there I hitchhiked through the UK, travelled in Europe and arrived in Turkey just as the Gulf War was starting. My three months stay in the small central Anatolian village of Göreme changed my life. On my return to Australia I earned a BA Honours Degree in Sociology from Macquarie University. An academic career beckoned but the call to travel was louder. After several false starts I moved to Turkey and lived there for ten years. In 2017 I moved to Lisbon, Portugal, but continue to travel regularly to Istanbul.

In addition to my blog I’ve written a travel narrative memoir called “Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul” and two collections of essays, “Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City” and “Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries”. I have a regular segment on San Francisco Turkish radio and in early 2017 I released an audio walking tour called “Stepping back through Chalcedon: Kadikoy Walk”, through VoiceMap. In addition I write for various international and Australian magazines and websites, as well as for this blog. A full list of my published articles, with links, can be found on the Writing on Turkey and Writing Beyond Turkey pages.

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12 Responses to Recommended blogs & websites on Turkey

  1. Cassandra says:

    AMAZING! Thank you for this list. I can’t wait to read more about this beautiful country that I will call home next year!

  2. Julia says:

    Hello Lisa, this is a really useful list, thanks.

    Although I knew about the others, I’d not come across Janey and Katrinka before, so I’m looking forward to exploring their experiences over a cuppa very soon.

    I’m trying to blog more myself and am still shy about it, but here goes… https://www.istanbulplace.com/blog/
    It’s all about making the most of short stays in Istanbul and might be of interest to travellers who are new to the city.

    Also there’s http://www.turkeysforlife.com/ from Julia and Barry in Fethiye, who cover Istanbul sometimes too.

    • Goreme1990 says:

      Thanks for sharing your blog with me and the Fethiye one. I’m looking forward to reading what you have written.

  3. Faye Rogan says:

    ‘Lovin’ Turkey ‘ http://www.fayerogan.com features a blog on love & relationships in Turkey

    • Goreme1990 says:

      I’ve sampled almost everything in Turkey, but not a relationship with a Turk so I’m looking forward to reading about your experiences.

  4. Camilla says:

    There is also http://www.loveantalya.com. A blog about what to see, where to stay, where to eat and what to do in the Antalya area. And recipes for delicious turkish food ?

  5. Ken Curtis says:

    http://www.southcoastofturkey.com/ – General information about tourism destinations on the Aegean and Mediterranean coastlines of Turkey.

  6. Seval says:

    Hi Lisa,

    i have just seen the link to your Blog from Turkish Travel Blogs Facebook site.
    I didn´t know you Blog before.

    That is a really nice list of Blogs. 😀

    I have found some new Blogs in it about Turkey, that I didn´t know so far.

    Two Blogs I would recommend to your List is http://yabangee.com/ a Blog about Foreigners in Istanbul and …

    …. https://www.tuerkeireiseblog.de That is the Blog of a German writing about Turkey.

    Kind Regards,

    Seval

  7. Merhaba Lisa, thank you so much for including my blog here, very kind of you, so glad you’re enjoying my recipes! Cok tesekkurler, Ozlem x

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