The Complete Yalova City Guide: An Alternative Destination for Digital Nomads Near Istanbul

The Complete Yalova City Guide – An Alternative Destination for Digital Nomads Near Istanbul

After spending a month as a digital nomad in Izmir and then moving to Serbia for another month, I initially planned to choose Istanbul as my next home base until just a few days before my arrival back to Turkiye, the Airbnb host that I booked canceled on me. And when I tried to find another apartment through the platform, I couldn’t find any apartment in Istanbul, not even a studio, that cost less than $700 USD per month.

So after a few considerations before traveling back to Turkiye, I decided to find a place for me to stay outside Istanbul as a digital nomad. Somewhere that is not too far from Istanbul that I can travel back and forth on a day trip to the big city, but with more budget-friendly rent for my accommodation. And that’s when I decided to book a place in Yalova, a city I never knew existed before I moved there earlier this year.

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13 Amazing Cities to Visit in Turkey – Outside Istanbul

If you got a chance to travel to Turkey, chances are you’ve probably visited Istanbul already. If you haven’t, Istanbul will likely be the first city on your bucket list to see in the country. And now you may wonder what other cities in Turkey are worth visiting outside Istanbul, so this post is the answer to your question.

In this post, I’m collaborating with a few fellow travel bloggers to present some alternative destinations to visit in Turkey outside Istanbul. After all, Istanbul is probably a must-visit city in Turkey among others, but there are also plenty of things to see and experience elsewhere.

So, what are the top 10 cities to visit in Turkey outside Istanbul?

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Accommodation in Edirne: Cavit Duvan Prestige Hotel & Ponsetya Restaurant

Accommodation in Edirne: Cavit Duvan Prestige Hotel & Ponsetya Restaurant

If there’s anything that I’ve learned from visiting Edirne, it is the fact that Agoda doesn’t have too many accommodation options in the city. As an avid Agoda user, I decided to just book the first accommodation option that I got on the app, and it was Cavit Duvan Prestige Hotel.

When I checked their rating, it was 9 out of 10 so I guest Cavit Duvan Prestige is one of the recommended hotels to stay in Edirne. The room photos that I saw on Agoda also helped me decide to stay there for the three nights I was there.

In this post, I’m going to highlight the pros and cons of staying at Cavit Duvan Prestige Hotel in Edirne and share my experience of having dinner at Ponsetya Restaurant, the restaurant on their rooftop that is named to be the best rooftop restaurant in town.

So, how was it? Check this out! 🙂

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Is Edirne Worth Visiting? - 11 Things to Do in Edirne, Turkey

Is Edirne Worth Visiting? – 11 Ultimate Things to Do in Edirne, Turkey

Edirne is a historical city in Turkey that is situated close to the Bulgarian and Greek borders. When I told my Turkish friends that I was planning to go to Edirne on my last trip to Turkey, some of them convinced me that the only benefit of going to the city is exactly the fact that it’s the closest city in Turkey to the European Union. But other than that, is Edirne worth visiting? What are some ultimate things to do in Edirne?

In this post, I will try to share my firsthand experience of visiting Edirne. The pros and cons of going to the city that used to be the capital city of the Ottoman Empire before Constantinople took over in 1453.

So, here are some things you can do in Edirne, Turkey!

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Day Trip From Izmir, Turkey: Ephesus and Sirince Village

It was only the last few days in Izmir that I realized time was running out, so I decided to go on a day trip from Izmir and get on the train to Selcuk to visit Ephesus and Sirince Koyu. It wasn’t my first time visiting Ephesus, but I had never been to Sirince, a village not so far from Ephesus that is known for its wine.

The last time I was in Izmir, I really thought I had enough time to reminisce the good ol’ days and visit all the places I went to 12 years ago for the sake of nostalgia. But with work and other responsibilities, I couldn’t get it all. As a result, I didn’t have the opportunity to go to Cesme from Izmir as planned on my last trip. Maybe next time, though.

But well, I managed to come back to Selcuk and visit the ancient Greek city Ephesus, the cave of the Seven Sleepers, and the House of Virgin Mary on my last trip to Izmir, I decided to share my experience on that. This article will include some tips to go to Ephesus from Izmir by public transportation and some other information you may need to know before going there.

So, how do you go to Ephesus from Izmir city center? There we go!

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