Once known as the seat of ancient civilisation, Turkey’s colourful past owes much to its culture clash between the east and the west. It’s a land of contrasts, diverse landscapes, historical sites, Mediterranean beaches and fabulous cuisine. And compared with much of Europe, Turkey’s budget friendly currency, the lira, means it’s still a relatively affordable holiday.
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If you’re travelling to Turkey, pre-order your Turkish Lira before you get to the airport to save money by getting a better dollar exchange rate with less commission.Turkey banknotes come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200-lira denominations. One lira is subdivided into 100 kurus. Coins are minted in 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 kuru denominations, plus there is a 1 lira coin.
Large notes are often not accepted so order your currency in a range of denominations, ensuring you include smaller notes.
Bargaining is common in Turkey and not just at the bazaar - you can also try bargaining for hotel rooms.
To get the best deal when shopping in Turkey:
Visit a few different shops or hotels to get a good idea of the basic price, and then decide the top price you'd be willing to pay.
Go low on your counter-offer to allow plenty of room for negotiations.
Walk away if things aren't going well – it might encourage the shopkeeper to make a better offer.
Don't be pressured by hospitality – it's ok to walk away even if you've been offered food or drink tea by the shopkeeper, but don't accept them if you don't intend to buy.
Pick up your euros at a Post Office branch or have them delivered to your home – minimum order value of £400 applies online.
Online orders placed before 3pm, on a working day, can generally be delivered to your home the next working day. Home delivery for orders of £500 or over is free, or for orders of under £500 there is a small delivery charge of £4.99. Where an order is placed on a Friday and delivery to your home is required on a Saturday, there will be a charge of £1.50.
Home delivery applies to online orders only.
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Keep track of your holiday spending and instantly convert local prices into pounds with our free smartphone apps. There are three handy apps to download for iOS and Android, including Travel Essentials, Travel Money Card & Currency Converter. You can also download an instant currency converter for your Apple Watch.
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There’s always so much to do before you head off. You’ve just ticked Travel Money, but what have you forgotten? Here’s a pre-travel checklist to help jog your memory.
Get hold of your holiday money quickly. Pick it up from the dedicated Travel Money counter at your nearest Post Office.