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What Continent is Turkey

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What Region of the World is Turkey In?

As I look over the maps planning my route of travel through Turkey, I was struck with the question: what region of the world is this country a part of? I was struck with that odd sense of vertigo that sometimes encompasses the traveler:

Where am I?

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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Istanbul, Turkey- March 3, 2009
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Turkey is not Europe, as 90% of the country is in Asia, though the people west of the Bosporus claim that the country has a European mentality. I will remember this as I travel east.

It is not the Middle East, though Turkey shares a long border with Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

It is not Russia, though it borders on the Caucasus region.

It is not Central Asia, as it lays west of the Caspian.

It seems as if Turkey was once a region in and of itself, and it is my feeling that it still is. The Ottoman empire shrank to its source, but it was never absorbed by another region.

Turkey is just Turkey. Turkey is the place where the great roads of the world meet. Turkey is the center of the world.

I am getting excited for a trip or two out of Istanbul.

What Region of the World is Turkey In?

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 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 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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