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Turkey Expensive Country for Travel

It is a very lucky occurrence that the Couchsurfing is good in Turkey, for if it was not, the country would be too expensive to travel in.

Food is cheap in Turkey, you can fill yourself up off of $1.50.

Transport is moderately prices, $3 per seat hour on a bus is the going rate.

Accommodation is expensive.
Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
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Couchsurfing is a good travel resource if you know where you are going to be a week ahead of time and you have a good idea of your route of travel and timeline. If you are flying by night, riding the wave, traveling quick, or just seeing where the great Road leads, couchsurfing can be a little difficult to utilyze.

[adsense]Upon returning from Iraq, I wanted to quickly travel up to Hasankeyf and then get right to Syria. Traveling quick is not a good formula for couchsurfing. So we knawed on our muzzles a little and paid out the cash to stay for one night in Midyat and two nights in Hasankeyf. The prices that we paid for our rooms were cheap by Turkish standards, but were outragously expensive by a vagabond’s gauge of value. We then returned to Sanliurfa where Chaya became sick, and we spent the next five nights in a hotel wondering when she was going to get better and ever planning to leave the following morning.

The couchsurfing is a good way to travel in Turkey – the hosts tend to be excellent and the rooms comfortable – but couchsurfing requires a systematic approach to use continuously. You need to go to where the hosts are and have resonably formulated travel plan. In Turkey, if you venture outside of the couchsurfing sphere and are not prepared to camp, the cost of accomodation will eat your travel funds right out of your pocket.

Prices of hotels in Turkey

This is a list of the prices that two people paid to stay in hotels and hostels in Turkey.

Istanbul- 1 night in Neverland Hostel: 2 dormbeds, $30
Sanliurfa- 7 nights in Dogu Hotel: double room, $18 a night
Silopi- 1 night in New Hotel: double room, $18
Midyat- 1 night in Yuvam Hotel: double room, $15
Hasankeyf- 2 nights in Hasankeyf Motel: double room, $21 a night
Sanliurfa- 5 nights in Hotel Ipek Palas: double room, $18 a night
Kilis- 1 night in Otel Istanbul: double room, $12.50 (not bad price)

These prices are far too high for me to sustain myself and to continue traveling. Next time I return to Turkey it will be with a tent and a bicycle.

It may not seem as if these are expensive prices for a hotel, but keep in mind that I only stayed at the cheapest hotels that I could find. I cannot boast of the quality or cleanliness of many of the hotels on the above list, and for a few of them I had to barter hard to get the price that I did. Most of the hotels that had even basic amenities for their guests were around $40 to $50 a night, and most hotels were more expensive than this.


The hotels that I stayed at were the bus driver and traveling salesman hotels, with the exception of the Hasankeyf Motel, they were nothing to brag of. I would not expect to pay half the price that I paid to stay in many of these places.

The Hotel Ipek Palas in Sanliurfa. This Hotel is as cheap as they come in Turkey. I cannot complain too much about this hotel. The staff were real good, there was free WIFI, and breakfast was included. This was among the best hotels that I stayed at in Turkey.

Turkey Expensive Country for Travel

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 80 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3126 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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