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Important Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Retiring to Turkey

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As Turkey is currently falling over itself to join the European Union over the coming years, they are doing their utmost to appeal to westerners as far as possible—this includes trying to make it easier for retirees to settle in their country. This means that previously oppressive laws have had to be toned-down to comply with EU legislation and red-tape has had to be cut in many areas to ensure the country is never accused of being arbitrary in any way.
This all transpires into a win-win situation for anyone who is looking to retire to Turkey at the moment. In fact, if you are contemplating such a move, it is probably going to be wise to do so before Turkey actually joins the EU—as the case was previously with countries such as Bulgaria and Romania.

What is the cost of accommodation in Turkey?

The simple answer to this question is very reasonable! However, you need to bear in mind that the bargains available to purchase and rent will not hang around forever. As soon as Turkey joins the EU—which is very much on the cards at the moment—prices will rise pretty soon after.

Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey

What is the standard and cost of living in Turkey?

Many people tend to have rather a false impression of life in Turkey and this is usually unfairly negative. For example, people presume that Turkey is a poor, third-world nation. This is not the case and at present Turkey may easily be ranked as a second world country that is fast developing. There are pockets of poverty in the country and areas where modern services and infrastructure may be wanting, but isn’t that the same for most countries? Even the most developed countries in the world.
As far as the cost of living is concerned, there is some good news on this score, as on average, this is cheap in Turkey. Groceries, utilities, petrol, eating out: are all much less than in western nations.

Will I be able to accept the cultural differences in Turkey?

Okay, so the biggest fear here may be that Turkey is very much an Islamic nation and with this often comes extremely oppressive laws and cultural differences. However, this is not so much the case for Turkey. Yes, there are still some areas where Turkey may need to ‘westernize’ further if they are seriously looking to join the EU, but on the whole, this is a safe and relatively tolerant society. As with any Muslim country, though, people looking to retire here in single-sex relationships may need to think again and find another destination. Islamic countries are never safe for such people!

How easy is it to travel to and from Turkey?

The short answer—very! The main areas in which retirees will be most interested in moving to have a number of good airports serving them. These airports offer both chartered and scheduled flights and these connect with all major cities across Europe. For retirees from further afield, you might need to think about flying with a national flag-carrying airline to either Ankara or Istanbul and then connect with the regional airport of your choice.

Ankara: Atatürk's Mausoleum

Ankara: Ataturk’s Mausoleum

Which are the most popular areas to retire to in Turkey?

By far the most popular area in which to retire to in Turkey can be found along the south and west coasts of the country. The aptly-named and charming ‘Turquoise Coast’ is especially popular and offers a gloriously relaxed way-of-life with plenty to see and do in the towns and villages of the region. Bodrum and Marmaris are also excellent choices. At the end of the day, as Turkey is such a vast country, you are bound to be able to find a resort that ticks all the right boxes for you.

Turkey is becomingly increasingly well-known with the tourists; however, there are a few issues connected with this country that may have precluded people from physically retiring here in the past. Hopefully, now that some of the most pertinent anxieties have been addressed in this article, you should be able to make a more informed decision as to whether or not such a move will be right for you.