“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.”
I love books and I love traveling..and I love this quote because it highlights the importance of chasing after adventures that are awaiting you “in the great wide somewhere”. Comparing reading to traveling is pretty accurate because both activities open doors to other worlds, while feeding your mind with positivity, knowledge and energy. Whenever you want to calm down, whenever you want to escape reality, I recommend you to read a book or to book a flight. Or just do both, like I did: Reading a book while flying miles above the ground, heading to my motherland.
Top 10 Travelhacks
1. Booking: If you want to save money: When booking flights and planning the place you want to stay in, enable the private browsing option because lots of websites track the visits and raise the prices after you have visited them. Signing up for the airline newsletters is also a good idea to keep up with the prices and save money.
2. Online Check-In: Some people still do not know or simply don’t do it – using the Online-Check-In-Option 24 hours before your flight. You can save your time on the day of the flight and also pick a seat of your choice for free. Speaking of seats, check out “Seatguru” to inspect every single detail of the seat before booking it.
3. Liquids: If you really want to bring liquids (more than 100 ml per bottle) with you, make sure to freeze them before.
4. Liquids: When packing liquids and are afraid that it could leak, just open the lid, insert a plastic wrapper in between and tighten it around the plastic.
5. Organizing stuff: You can use containers and cases to separate your items – a separate container for cables and chargers, for your make-up, hair-care and so forth. It becomes so much easier to find your stuff, saves your time and nerves.
6. What to wear?: Layers! I prefer to wear a shirt, a jacket over it, leggings and comfy boots.
7. Google Maps without Internet access: You can use Google Maps offline by typing the words “OK Maps” and the area you want to access later will be saved.
Travelhacks for your stay in Istanbul…
1. Packing: When packing, more is less because you can find great articles made from high-quality fabrics for cheap prices everywhere in this country and therefore, just buy a few new items in Turkey.
2. Transportation: Taking a taxi is the simplest way, but most expensive way to get to your desired destination. In turkey, you can take the so called “dolmuş”, which is a small bus, and pay a small amount of money. However, in Turkey there are so many more options and you can pick one out of many possibilities. To use the Buses, trams, metros, ferries, motor boats, hydrofoils or the Marmaray (tunnel under the Bosphorus strait) make sure to get either a Istanbulkart or the so called Akbil. Akbil is a little electronic device or tag and commonly used for public transport. You can easily charge it with money and recharge them anytime at every station. Even if you do not have a card or Akbil , in Turkey you can ask anyone for help or to lend you theirs, no one will refuse your plea.
3. If you need help – Don’t be shy!: In Turkey, people are willing to help you and most importantly, lots of people know enough English to help you out or will at least try to understand and help you by making use of the Internet. If you do not speak Turkish, it is easy to find someone who knows enough English to answer simple questions, especially in a city like Istanbul! Moreover, do not be scared and do not take things the media tells you too seriously… Certainly, Turkey IS a democratic country and not only a great place to vacation, but also to live in. Strangely, I even read on a few websites that one should dress modestly and wear long sleeves. I do not know who came up with this suggestion, but let me just tell you that you can wear whatever you want unless you are going to enter a mosque. People, including me, wear whatever they want and so should you.
By the way: What does home mean to you? How do you define this term, this idea, this notion? I, myself believe that “home” is not about a warm bed, about having a roof over my head. It is more about the emotions you feel while being in a particular place. It is about happiness and with happiness comes so much more than just joy. Blissfulness, relief and most importantly, the sensation of finding and retrieving one’s inner piece are only a few of the pleasures I connect with the term “home”.
All in all, it is respect and warmth that I seek in a place before calling it “my home”. Unfortunately, there is so much darkness and hate in lots of people’s hearts nowadays or maybe I was unlucky and ran into the wrong people. That is the reason why I am happy to travel to places where people are welcoming me with open arms, treat me with respect and show me nothing but love. Jobs fill our pockets, but adventures fill our soul.
Every week, I will share my adventures with you. Stay tuned!