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Turkey on a Budget

Turkey is no longer the steal it once was, but the shoulder seasons (generally late spring and early fall) offer a chance to snag discount rates on hotels in many locations. There are hostels in most cities and beach resorts, many of which are perfectly pleasant alternatives to the higher-priced resorts and hotels. Many of the major sites are relatively inexpensive to get into, and don't be shy about bargaining with a guide to get a better deal. In Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar is free to enter but can provide hours of entertainment (just try not to shop too much). Consider travel between cities, archaeological sites and seaside resorts by bus; fares are moderate, the vehicles and highways are modern and well-maintained, and it's a great way to get a sense of the country.

Best Time to Go to Turkey

Weather watchers will want to consider spring and fall, which are the most pleasant times to go and less touristed. Winter can be cold and the weather problematic, so if you want to avoid crowds and don't mind raingear, plan accordingly. City lovers may want to a visit in the summer, a notoriously hot time in many regions of the country -- while beaches are packed and pricey, Istanbul is relatively quiet, with fewer people to be found at the capital's myriad attractions.


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