Are you booking a holiday to Turkey?
Before buying travel insurance for your holiday to Turkey, there are a few things you might want to think about:
- Firstly, the cost of your trip - If you have to cancel, it's important to know that you can get your money back
- Secondly, the activities you might be doing while you are away - We include over 50 adventure activities in your policy as standard, so you probably will be covered, but it's best to check these things first! If you're planning anything more extreme, we can offer you extra cover. Just give us a call on the number above
- How much medical coverage you have - No one wants to think about becoming ill or having an accident abroad but, unfortunately, it does happen
- Finally, don't forget to check the latest travel advice for Turkey from the FCO
Did you know that...?
- Get naked except for a pair of leather shorts and lube yourself up with plenty of olive oil. Now you're ready - for Kirkpinar. That's a Turkish oil-wrestling tournament that's been held every year since 1346, usually in June near Edirne.
- On the shores of Lake Van, the largest lake in Turkey, lives a very strange cat. The Van cat has odd-colour eyes, one green one blue - and unlike most domestic cats, it adores swimming in the lake, even though it's very salty!
- Santa Claus came from Turkey. St Nicholas was born in Patara and lived in Myra, now part of Demre in Turkey. He became the model for Santa because he liked giving secret gifts - but he's also the patron saint of thieves!
- Nodding your head in Turkey means "no". But it also means "yes". Nod it up and back and raise the eyebrows archly for "no". Nod the head forward and down to say "yes". Shaking your head means "I don't understand". Understand? Now nod or shake!
- Love dancing but hate music? Then Kilic Kalkan is for you. Also called the Sword and Shield Dance of Bursa, this Turkish dance has men dressed in shorts and waistcoats (Ottoman battle dress) dancing while clashing their swords and shields. No music.
- Tulips don't come from Holland. They were introduced to Europe in the 16th century from Turkey, where they were first grown commercially. "Tulip" is derived from Turkish "tülbend" and Persian "delband", meaning "turban" - which the flower resembles.
- In Turkey, they call a turkey a "hindi", meaning "Indian" because they wrongly thought it came from India. We call it a turkey because we wrongly confused them with guinea fowl, once called turkey fowl after the Turkish merchants who sold them.
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