I’ve been thinking about traveling to Turkey lately.  With all the explosions, both literal and figurative, it’s easy to overlook the Middle East as a whole.

But Turkey isn’t Egypt, it isn’t Libya, and it sure as hell isn’t Iraq.  In fact, Turkey has a history of being far safer for tourism than its neighbors, making it a bit undiscovered by the masses!

Here are three places I’m dying to visit in Turkey:

Istanbul


It may not be the capital, but Istanbul is definitely the most beguiling city in Turkey.  In Istanbul, you’ll find incredible shopping in the Grand Bazaar, beautiful buildings like the Blue Mosque, warm people, and delicious food.

Istanbul is the only city in the world to span two continents — Europe and Asia!

Patara


Many holidays in Turkey take place along the Mediterranean coast.  Why not head to the best beach of all?  Many consider that to be Patara.

Imagine lying on that gorgeous beach at sunset, watching the sun sink into the horizon.  And the fact that it’s exotic Turkey makes it all the better!

Cappadocia


Cappadocia has one of the most haunting, surreal landscapes in the world — making it no surprise that it’s been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This was caused by volcanic activity.

One of the most popular things to do in Cappadocia?  Hire a hot air balloon and float above the volcanic peaks!

Oh, Turkey…I don’t know when I’ll get there, but it will be an amazing time!  Of that I am sure.

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