Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Recommendations re walking tours in Dubrovnik and Split
  2. 2 Traveling to Puglia in July
  3. 3 10 days in eastern Sicily - itinerary help needed
  4. 4 Puglia itinerary - need help!
  5. 5 Can't we Fodorites be kinder in our responses, especially to new posters?
  6. 6 5 women, Italy, need suggestions
  7. 7 Sleeping Beauty's Castle
  8. 8 Amalfi or Positano
  9. 9 Croatia travel ideas
  10. 10 Undiscovered Places in Paris
  11. 11 Citadines Bastille Marais
  12. 12 Car Rental tips while in Greece?
  13. 13 Portugal and Southern Spain travel tips
  14. 14 2 Week Euro Solo Trip - UK, Paris, Brussels
  15. 15 Public Transport information App/Website
  16. 16 Backpack with Infant carrier?
  17. 17 Help required with Ireland Itinerary
  18. 18 Kids Travel Guides for Reading up!
  19. 19 church / cathedral (organ/classic music) concerts in Granada/Seville ?
  20. 20 12 Days in Italy
  21. 21 Cheap Paris Boutiques
  22. 22 Romantic snowy mountain getaway to propose to my girlfriend
  23. 23 house exchange
  24. 24 First Trip to Italy-2 weeks
  25. 25 St.Malo Suggestions ?
View next 25 » Back to the top

Istanbul - pre-trip jitters

Jump to last reply

We have finally decided to go to Istanbul and will be there the last week of May - coming up soon!

I am not a novice traveler and am very respectful of local cultures and customs, but for some inexplicable reason, this trip has me unable to really relax. We are reading Rick Steves Istanbul and trying to prep on as much information as possible. I am for some reason just more afraid of offending locals by not saying or doing the right things (not just visiting mosques, but in a hammam for example, how to dress, etc.)

Also, people hearing that we are going to Turkey ask us if we are "staying away from the trouble", and I'm not really sure what they mean by that or how to respond.

Also, I know this may sound amateur, but I've never smoked a cigarette and never wanted to, so I'm wondering if trying those "apple-flavored steam" pipes would be a good idea? It seems to be a "thing to do" in Istanbul.

Anyone who has been recently to Istanbul or lives in Turkey and can shed some reassuring light on what I might be feeling, please comment! I've always wanted to go to Istanbul, it's a dream come true, so I'm not sure why I'm having these jitters. Thanks.

23 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement