We so often think of ancient Rome, the famous sights of Athens, the Pyramids and wonders of Egypt to be the highlights of western antiquity. Another country, Turkey, bridges the lands between east and west and holds a wealth of civilisation and history with vast treasures just waiting to be rediscovered by the more intrepid traveller.
Tourists visiting Turkey may coo at the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, they may rave at the natural wonders of Pamukkale or Cappadocia; however, far too often a trip to Turkey is undertaken as a whistle-stop tick the boxes type of tour and given the vast size of the country it seems, at the least, to do a vast disservice to both host country and visitor alike.
It is tempting if one only has a short break or a tight budget to try to cram as much in as possible. I would suggest that visitors could get “more bang for their buck” by concentrating on a couple of regions and endeavouring to spend less time travelling on long distance buses and more of their valuable vacation actually in situ.
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Four tips to get you on the road; sharper, lighter and faster
I will bet you have seen, at some point in your travels or even at home, a weary backpacker stumbling along with a huge pack on their back and possibly at times a large daypack on the front too. Balanced like an unsteady turtle, ready to fall over and lie incapable on the ground these poor folk need some help.
I am not suggesting you help to carry their luggage but relieve them of some, in the nicest possible way of course.
I am guilty myself sometimes of over packing the case or worrying about excess baggage costs, taking too many shoes or guidebooks. More weight generally means more stress and more bags more to lose although luggage is just one of the items to cut back on.
A good holiday or adventure trip needs proper planning; that doesn’t mean we throw everything we could possibly need in our bags or take all the credit cards we have. If several countries are involved the guidebooks alone can weigh a ton and what about medicines and toiletries? The list goes on and on. I have put together a few ideas and tips to trim at least some of the fat from our burden and hopefully allow more time and energy to enjoy the well earned vacation.
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