“Are you not scared living in Turkey?” If I had charged a pound for every time I was asked this I wouldn’t be sat here on my sofa picking at pumpkin seeds laptop in hand – I could afford to sit on a dreamy island, sipping a cocktail and watch a nanny hurtle after my boys (take me away…)
I do wish people would quit asking me this question,”is Turkey safe?” Am I, a pro-Turkey expat, really the one to ask if you’re looking for a negative response? Do you really think I would be sat here putting the lives of my loved ones at risk if I honestly thought we were in danger? Come off it – I live here. Turkey is my home. I have lived here on and off for 12 years so please stop tit-tutting in disbelief at how crazy you think I am or fearing for my safety – hear me out…
Fethiye in Turkey is the safest place I’ve ever lived.
It’s understandable, you know very little about a country, it’s intricacies or politics so you judge it simply based on bad press. Bad news always travels further than the fluffy good stuff and last year Turkey suffered a pickle of bad reports. The tabloids wrote Turkey off so you have too. Hmmm…
It’s hard to talk about how safe anywhere in the world is these days. I mean, is there a safe country? There have been attacks all over. Perhaps a better question would be, “how can we all stay safe wherever we are in the world?”.
It’s relative – feeling safe and being safe are two different things. I have felt far less safe of an evening in Birmingham. I have felt far more at risk in London. I would feel a hell of a lot more at risk raising my kids in any major city in the world, Istanbul included. Check out the British Foreign Office website, the risk of a terrorist attack in the UK is “severe”.
I wrote an article last year for work, “Is Turkey Safe? Consider this…” It did fairly well. It was liked over 12,000 times and shared almost as much (quite an achievement for a little-known property blog). The point behind it was to try and make readers realise that there is a risk of terrorism the world over, not just in Turkey. That, just because there was an attack in a big city, you shouldn’t write off visiting an entire country. My point; if there was an attack in London, did that really make you cancel your holiday camping in Cornwall or stop you from going to the hen-do in Blackpool? I think not.
That’s how I see living in Fethiye. Most don’t realise that Turkey is a huge country, in fact it’s MASSIVE! You can fit the UK in Turkey over two and a half times so I’m told – that’s big! Yes, it has its problems but most are focused in Ankara, Istanbul or around the Eastern borders over 24 hours drive from the popular coastal resorts like Fethiye. I can honestly say that I have never felt as safe as I do here. Admittedly, some daily risks do annoy like the lunatic drivers and Turks general disregard to health and safety (far more likely to kill you), but I certainly don’t fear a terrorist attack here in the sleepy little town I call home. Here I wake up to the sun (mostly). My kids get to play outside and enjoy nature instead of being stuck in front of an X-box or unable to go and play in the park for fear of abduction. They eat fresh organic food, none of this processed crap, they watch sunsets and stare at stars. They swim most days in the summer and are active. They glow with life and meet people of all ages, races, and religions. Yes, there is a risk visiting Turkey, but no more than visiting most other places. Please, my dear friends – stop asking me this silly question. My family and I are as safe as you are – if not more so!
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