Safety for single young woman in Istanbul
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 29, 2012 11:26 PM Last Post By: sarikanarya
Oct 17, 2012 4:58 AM
Safety for single young woman in IstanbulHello!
I am a single woman (28 years old), currently doing my PhD work in Paris, France but am hoping to travel to Turkey before I head back to Canada in December. Being a student of Religious Studies, Istanbul is at the absolute top of my list of places I want to visit, but I am wondering about safety for someone like me in Istanbul. Should I attempt to find a travel companion or should I be alright on my own? Any neighbourhoods that I should avoid? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Oct 17, 2012 5:56 AM
Oct 17, 2012 7:18 AM
Oct 17, 2012 7:40 AM
3As another woman(a lot older than you unfortunately!)I would agree;Istanbul and Turkey in general are quite safe for any sensible female who uses her street smarts.Indeed I would even say that Istanbul is probably safe than many parts of Paris.
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Turkey is a good country for you to visit,although now nominally a Muslim country,there is also a great deal of early Christian history here-7 Churches of the Revelations,early rock churches in Cappadocia,Armenian churches of Artvin and Kars etc.etc. and around Istanbul a lot of Sephardic Jewish history too.Also in Istanbul are to be found Greek Orthodox,Catholic and Armenian churches still in regular use.
Non Muslims were given the right under Ottoman rule to build their own houses of worship but by law they could not front on to a street and had to be built back from the road behind gates and/or walls,hence today some of these churches are not so easy to spot.Several Armenian churches are fronted by a very plain wooden door in a wall which opens out onto lovely church courtyards.Lot's for you to see and absorb,happy hunting :)
Oct 17, 2012 10:16 AM
4Thanks for all of your responses. It wasn't really Istanbul itself that was making me nervous, but probably just travelling on my own in general. I can't wait to explore all that the city has to offer.
Oct 17, 2012 5:06 PM
5The only thing I found even remotely nervous-making in Istanbul was sometimes a car will hop the sidewalk about, or there won't be a sidewalk at all, in Sultanahmet in parts. Watch out! Otherwise, enjoy. I'm an attractive woman in my 30's who looks young. I had zero problems while there and found Turks to be some of the nicest people in the world. I didn't wear anything skimpy though, although I saw girls wearing some micro-dresses and plats and stuff, and they got whistles, though in the U.S., it would be about the same in many areas.
Oh, the other nuisance was, for me, stray dogs near mosques. I learned quickly to avoid walking alone near mosques in the early morning because of this canine fun that I seemed to attract.
Oct 17, 2012 9:22 PM
Oct 18, 2012 6:18 AM
7Another young solo female traveller who agrees that Turkey is pretty safe, providing, as mentioned above, that you take normal precautions. Travelling outside Istanbul wasn't a problem either, I found most people really helpful. That said, I was in the western and central areas of Turkey, which are already very used to Western tourists, I'm not sure about the roads less travelled heading towards the east.
Oct 20, 2012 3:30 AM
8Istanbul is a city with more than 10 million population.
As it is in all big cities you will encounter people from all walks of life,not everyone might be well meaning so you should be as careful as you would be in any big city,not more or not less.
No need to get paranoid and no need to get your guards go down completely either.
Oct 29, 2012 11:26 PM
9Welcome to the forum :)
Ughh!Frotters,don't they make you sick!Sad little pervs.Do not put up with this in silence,I hope it doesn't happen to you again but if it does make a noise and kick up a fuss.No one,least of all Tthe Istanbullers,likes these men and other passengers will come to your defence.
They are able to do what they do mainly because women either put it down to just jostling caused by a busy tram or they are too embarassed or scared to say anything.Yet when one is brave enough to confront them other passengers will back you up,even more so when they realise you are a visitor to the city.
You can shout AYIP! or DEFOL! or TERBİYESİZ!(ter-be-ey-siz).The first means shame on you,the second get lost and the last rude ill mannered.
Tell others what he did by saying "o beni taciz etti!"(taj-iz)"he touched me up!".
The results will surprise you :)
Sometimes it is not possible to avoid crowded buses or trams so now you are armed and ready but don't suffer in silence.
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