This article first appeared on TripZilla Magazine.
Feeling all sentimental writing this leg of my adventure because for many who know me personally, Turkey has always been a country I've wanted to visit.
Many ask what exactly do I see in Turkey and I can't really tell you straight why I love Turkey so much but I hope this blog post will somehow show you why. It is not just about the culture, food, people.
It is something deeper, something I don't know how to put it into words. Of course, many thanks to Huiming for planning this trip together with me.
For Turkey, it is very important for you to plan your route well because Turkey is really huge and travelling from one city to another can take up to 10 hours.
For us, we decided to take a round trip from Istanbul > Cappadocia > Denizli (day trip)> Izmir > Istanbul.
1. Getting the right ticket
We caught a flight from Athens to Istanbul via Pegasus Airline. The flight costs around 97 EUR (S$173) and is cheaper to book in advance. We also booked domestic flights (Istanbul > Kayseri (Cappadocia) & Izmir > Istanbul) because we had so limited time in Turkey and travelling via plane would cut down on our travelling time.
Domestic flights are really affordable. Flying from Istanbul to Kayseri (Cappadocia) costs around S$60 and from Izmir to Istanbul costs around S$53.
So book early because it can be even cheaper! In particular, I liked how Pegasus Airline provided us 20kg check-in luggage for free! That aside, I like how it flies to many places at affordable prices.
Within Turkey, it is best to take bus from one city to another. Internal city bus agencies are everywhere in any cities of Turkey eg. Metro, Pamukkale etc. So you don't have to pre-book the ticket online.
You can just head into any bus agency to book your ticket. Booking it one day in advance would be advisable to avoid undesirable time slots/seats. We took a 10 hours bus ride from Cappodacia to Denizli (55TL = S$32) and a 3 hour bus ride from Denizli to Izmir (23TL = S$13) via Metro (bus company name).
It is important to choose your seat wisely. We chose the last row and ended up having not enough leg space and having to cross our legs to sleep fml.
For the best seats, choose the front row seats! Most buses will have wifi but connection is weak and there will be a coffee boy on the bus to serve you coffee and tea.
Remember to buy some snacks and water too. It is a 10 hours ride guys. I think one of the most important things to take note while travelling is to always keep hydrated.
Even for someone like me who doesn't drink a lot of water, I really forced myself to drink up because of the changing environment that we were experiencing and the last thing you want in the trip is to fall sick.