2. Tourists Welcome
In the past five years, Turkey has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting over 30 million visitors annually. Istanbul alone ranked as the 10th most popular tourist destination in 2010, after being named the European Capital of Culture. Istanbul has also been praised for its modern tourism infrastructure. It is one city that doesn’t mind if you can’t speak the language. Millions of Turks are fluent in English and are more than willing to help their country’s visitors. Many tour guides are university trained, so the wealth of historical and cultural knowledge you will receive with a guided tour is more valuable than what you’ll learn flipping through a guidebook. Even the taxi drivers, hotel staff and restaurant personnel will be happy to help you learn more about their city. If you feel like exploring on you own, Istanbul is a great city for exploring by foot. Wander from landmark to landmark and take in all of the breathtaking splendor that this exotic city has to offer.