Turkey on your own, in November
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 14, 2012 7:44 AM Last Post By: sarikanarya
Nov 8, 2012 2:00 PM
Turkey on your own, in NovemberHi!
I'm planning to travel through Turkey in November, on my own. But it's my first time as a solo traveler and I would like to know if this is a o.k. time to be doing this. Will there be enough other travelers to meet up with? Or will it be just me? Is the weather alright? I'd be visiting Istanbul for sure. Are there other things I should not miss? Places to meet other travelers?
Or is maybe a different European destination more fit to loose my Solo-Backpacker-Virginity in this time of year? I'm looking for an adventurous trip for two weeks.
Thanks a lot!
Joeri, The Netherlands
Nov 8, 2012 11:11 PM
1Welcome to the forum Joeri!Turkey is a safe country for backpackers especially those who use their common sense and don't take unnecessary or stupid risks.Turkish people are warm and welcoming and mostly very helpful to visitors.There are plenty of clean,comfortable safe hostels in most area's and these provide a safe environment to meet other solo travellers.November is still pretty decent weather wise and on the the south coast in particular the weather is still good but cool enough to walk around sight seeing in comfort.Of course you need to bring a warm water proof jacket as nights are cold now and there is always some chance of rain.
I think you would be surprised at just how many visitors there are at this time of year,a lot,but the screaming hordes of high summer are long gone so you do have more space,shorter queues and cheaper accomodation too.
For 2 weeks you could do a loop around the country of IstanbuI>>Ephesus>>Pamukkale>>Fethiye >>Kaş>>>>back to Istanbul.
All of this can be done on intercity buses which are very safe,cheap and comfortable.The stretch along the south coast from Fethiye to Kaş forms part of the Lycian Way so if you enjoy walking this would be an interesting area for you to visit.
It sounds as if you are right at the start of your planning so you need to do some quick research about these different area's and decide which ones sound like places you'd enjoy .Take a look through the trip review sticky at the top of the page,there is a whole heap of wonderful,up to date,detailed info amongst them!
Then try to put together a basic itinery and bring it back to the forum for us to take a look at and tidy up for you :)
Nov 9, 2012 2:44 AM
2The Aegean is too cold for swimming in by November, but you can still swim in the south (ie in Antalya).
There is 100% a good chance of rain in November, but usually it's good weather.
If it's your first time travelling in Istanbul, read up a little bit on scams here. The huge majority of Turks are welcoming and hospitable but a small chunk of them will try to bargain and get you to pay well over the real price (usually for souvenirs) and a tiny, tiny number of people in the tourist district are out to get you directly. Istanbul has a couple of ongoing scams which the police haven't been able to stop but if you know about them, your chances of being caught out are about 0.
Nov 9, 2012 6:38 AM
3We Hobbits live in a small village near Kaş on the Lycian Coast of Turkey. See this blog post about Kaş.
Today, November 9, was nearly 24 C in the sun and a fair number of tourists and locals all around the square. Had a delightful quiet time at Noel Baba cafe watching the crowd wearing only a t-shirt. :-) The weather forecast is for sunny and warm for the next 10 days!!!
That being said, we had rain the previous two days and the temp dipped to 18 C on the second day. Dive boats are still hauling divers out to the sites and people are sun bathing and swimming.
Kaş is a good central location from which to branch out and see a lot or just follow the advice of sarıkanarya's itinerary...
Nov 9, 2012 8:15 AM
4I traveled around Turkey in April by myself but was rarely alone. Turkey is a popular destination right now and there are a lot of people traveling alone or in small groups. There seems to be a pretty well worn tourist track of where Sarikanarya suggests, as well as in Cappadoccia. Enjoy yourself, it is a wonderful place.
Nov 9, 2012 12:40 PM
5So I was browsing through the forum again and came across this post, I'm also travelling during November, more specifically from the 17th until 4th of December. But I thought it would be too cold to swim in November and hence I ruled out the southern coast and planned for minimum time in Selcuk, as I have every intention to visit Turkey again; hopefully during the warmer season. But if it is true maybe I need to make some last minute changes to my itinerary or not...
It's so hard trying to plan things where there are so many things that I want to do in such a limited time span :S
Nov 9, 2012 1:42 PM
Nov 10, 2012 2:37 AM
7Sea surface temperatures from the Turkish State Meteorological Service:
Nov 14, 2012 3:49 AM
8I will also be starting my first solo travel experience in Turkey this november (in about 2 weeks). So that makes at least 3 people here who will be there around then!
As for planning, Wikitravel.org is also a good place to start, I think.
Nov 14, 2012 7:44 AM
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