For many foreigners to Turkey, Turkey is a great place for a holiday destination for its great weather, amazing foods, and hospitality.
Even though it sounds great to imagine living abroad, there are lots of things to consider before moving to a country you know nothing about or have limited information. Every decision should be personal and not an obligation.
There are serious things to consider. For example, the lifestyle of the country may not lure you once you move to that country. It's vital to take a moment and think carefully about every aspect of your decision. Once you make your move, there is no turning back. Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of moving to another foreign country is learning the habits of that country. There will always be cultural differences and be prepared for these differences.
You may encounter behaviors that are far from the habits of your country or you may be frustrated by these habits. In accepting this new country, you may be wondering how you can manage the habits of this new place, which is not at all like your home.
Health and Safety
You might come across a person cleaning windows hanging out. Expect to see that often. Be careful around building sites. Be mindful around working sites around public places, because there is always a lack of caution signs. Well, at least there is Universal Health Care.
Turkey, like any other country, has its own problems. Crime in Turkey are rare however it is important to know the statistics. Let’s make a comparison between the USA, UK, and Turkey. 2018 statistics show that from 4.1 to 5 reports that have been published about normal to extreme crimes, Turkey comes in 3.3 per 100.000 of those crimes. In the Aegean and Mediterranean regions, where most of the tourists located, crimes are almost not existing and they are the most safe places even more than the large cities in Turkey.
As a foreigner, everything will be in your favor in Turkey.
Lots of people say it's difficult to learn the Turkish language, that it is hard to remember words and master pronunciation. This solely depends on your native tongue. If you immigrate from a similar phonetic country, adapting to Turkish will be a piece of cake. Although Turkey uses the Latin alphabet, the pronunciation of letters is far similar to Japanese, then it is to English or French. Since the Turkish people in fact have been living in the land more than 2 thousand years, you may even feel far more similarity to your own tongue.
Driving in Turkey's largest city and center locations may look like finding your way in a forest. You may encounter lots of reckless drivers and some careless pedestrians even. Turkey's big cities are in a sense that no one cares about the rules. Be ready for unexpected lane changing and be careful around large vehicles like trucks and busses.
Always wear seatbelts, use your horn and lights if it's necessary. Don't lose your attention in any case, always pay attention to horns, unexpected passing or cutting.
At the same time, driving has more freedom, especially on the Highways while traveling across the country. You can finally test out that top speed of your new car. Just make sure the roads are clear.
Five Minute Means an Hour
Being on time is not a thing in Turkey. When meeting friends to calling up services, expect people to be late. If you plan something for a specific time, expect people that come at least an hour late. You might get frustrated at times so, try to relax and wait.
You can adapt to this "rule" pretty easily if you are also a laid-back person.
Bureaucracy is a thing in Turkey. Whether you apply for a work permit, importing a car or residency, you need to be prepared for long hours of waiting in government buildings. You might need to spent days just for a permit or you might end up traipsing around the department to department.
Try and find a local who knows how to deal with the system and willing to help you. You might need to pay a small fee but you can get things done very easily with a helping hand.
On another note, bureaucracy means, you will never lose a document. If you have to stop by a municipality, for ID process or title deed for a property purchase, they will make a copy of all your documents. You will have more copies of your ID than you can count in less than 5 years of living in the country.
Everyone is a Tradesperson
Looking for a plumber? No worries! Just tell someone and they’ll likely tell you that they are a plumber. Maybe they have more than one profession, who knows! Don’t fall for that and find a reliable tradesperson, but in general, if you see a construction worker, there is a good chance to find a group of people watching from the sides and giving their opinion.
Turkey also has an overpopulation of trade shops. You can and will find a small shop in every neighborhood (such as carpenters, or butchers). You can fix anything in your home by a professional with little to no effort into searching for one.