People and Culture in Turkey


Often referred to as “where East meets West”, there is no other destination in the world like Turkey….the vast richness of its history, culture, and landscape will spellbind any traveler!

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Remember how your parents used to tell you to keep your elbows off the table during meals? Or that it’s rude to slurp your soup? Well there’s good news guys, these American cultures and customs don’t always translate to other countries! While the local people you meet won’t expect you to be fluent in their language, culture and customs, it is important to familiarize yourself with them.

Do you know how kissing, snoring and other things sound in other languages? That’s right, even sound effects can be translated!

Turkish people at large are warm, friendly, hospitable, and proud of their heritage. Don’t be shy to ask for directions, as most people will take the time out to help tourists and strangers find their way. In conversation, showing emotion and sincerity is important! Challenge yourself to learn basic greetings and thank yous in Turkish! Check out this guide to Turkey’s social traditions and customs to further familiarize yourself!

When in Turkey, be sure not to miss enjoying a relaxing cup of Turkish tea or Turkish coffee, preferably at a nice local cafe! Learn more about Turkey’s fascinating tea and coffee culture with these great articles! For tips on the best foods to try in Turkey, check out the “21 Tantalizing Turkish Foods You’ll Want Immediately” (with mouth-watering pictures!).

The most important thing to remember while you’re abroad is that things will be different. But, different doesn’t mean wrong. Be open, be curious, and read more about the culture you will be stepping into. Get excited about LIVING the life you’ve only dreamt and read about until now!



#CISabroadtip: Dress modestly if you’ll be entering mosques. Longer bottoms, and covered shoulders and chest is considered respectful attire. You could bring along a scarf if you choose, although mosques in tourist areas will only ask you to wear one if your shoulders or cleavage is revealed.


#CISabroadtip: “No” in Turkey can be expressed with a slight upward tilt of the head, accompanied by an eyebrow raise and cluck of the tongue.