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Digital Nomad Life in Turkey

By Betsy Burlingame

Summary: Turkey is a popular destination for digital nomads. The most popular cities for digital nomads in Turkey are Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir. Digital nomads like living in Turkey because of its low cost of living, vibrant culture, and beautiful scenery. A digital nomad can live on a monthly budget of around $1,000 in Turkey. The culture of Turkey is a mix of Eastern and Western influences. It is a secular country with a majority Muslim population. Turkish culture is known for its hospitality, and the people are very friendly and welcoming. Foods popular in Turkey include kebabs, mezes, baklava, and Turkish coffee. Turkish cuisine is known for its use of fresh ingredients and spices, and it is very flavorful.

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How do I meet people in Turkey?

When we asked people living in Turkey about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Expats in Turkey often join clubs and activities such as language exchange groups, book clubs, and sports teams. Expats can also meet people by attending local events such as festivals, concerts, and art exhibitions. Additionally, many expats find it helpful to join online forums and social media groups related to their interests, as well as attending meetups and networking events. Finally, expats can also meet people by simply exploring their local area and getting to know their neighbors," said one digital nomad in Turkey.

"There's the Izmir Turkish American Association which has various activities for Turks and Americans and some of them are free and for others there's a fee. They do things such as go on outings to historical sites, cooking classes, English lessons, poetry club and movie nights, just to name a few. Also, there's the IWAI (International Women's Association of Izmir), which hosts coffee mornings, dinners, and other events," commented a person living in Izmir, Turkey.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is one of the founders of Digital Nomad Exchange and the Founder and President of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange and Digital Nomad Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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