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What's the app?
oudmane 2mo
It's a slack app/bot the developer of nomadlist made, you don't need to do anything else than add your future trips on your profile :)
you should just be able to click this and go to your profile to add your travels
d3nyaz 2mo
yemeksepeti works probably
you can use getir + trendyol as well
you need to add it as a trip on nomadlist dashboard and connect it through Slack
ah it's already answered
oudmane 2mo
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kevinpost 2mo
Turkish citizens do not need a visa upon arriving at the border of Georgia (Gรผrcistan) correct?
rustho 2mo
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mehmet 2mo
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kevinpost 1mo
Hopefully they stamp my friends' passports because I need them to travel as much as possible outside of Tรผrkiye before I help them apply for a visa to ABD.
kevinpost 1mo
Thanks again rcrqjrdumbcgzd
Oups, sorry U02JK5N9MFHbr /> We have missed the opportunity meet there. We left around 2nd of December.

Now settled back to Mudanya, Bursa. If you have any chance to visit Mudanya, let me buy you a coffee. And please tag me ๐Ÿ˜„
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mehmet 1mo
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Hey jumping on the topic guys, I'll arrive in Istanbul next week.

I've heard a lot that taxis are full of scammers in Istanbul. But it shouldn't be a problem using Uber / Bolt right?
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etsmith 1mo
hey all. I'm heading to Istanbul in a couple of weeks and have been reading about the taxi scammers. Is Uber functional in Istanbul and fairly scam free? Also, any scamming issues with Airbnbs that I should be aware of?
evan222 1mo
its mostly functional, sometimes it can be hard to call one. One guy tried to ask me for double of what uber said. I used google translate to tell him that I"ll pay him with the app. I did, and then reported him. Taxis are normally fine as long as the meter is going (which normally starts at 10-12 lira base). Had no issues with airbnb.
etsmith 1mo
Thanks! This is good to hear.
Was wondering the same thing, thanks caprnccfg
alxmhe 1mo
Hi! I'll be arriving in Istanbul today! Would be great to meet fellow nomads. Quick question, what would be the best phone carrier?
Yeah, the problem isnโ€™t scams, itโ€™s a shortage of cabs. The taxi cartel has created an artificial shortage so drivers have all the power.
Thereโ€™s an alternative called Bitaksi, itโ€™s a bit janky but often you get taxis faster than with Uber because it has a feature where they can turn the meter on while en route to pick you up.
etsmith 1mo
Hey Alxmhe! Don't know how long you will be there, but i arrive on the 10th. If you are still around, it would be great to meet.
nightfury 1mo
I just left a month ago and Bitaksi is all i used 99% of the time, one time i had to use uber and still a taxi showed up. On the Bitaksi app check the box to start meter its a little bit earlier but it 100% will be running when you are picked up
nightfury 1mo
TBH public transportation is really really good there however and didnโ€™t find it hard to navigate after a few days as well as a backup
Itโ€™s very dependent on your location and the time of day. I called with both Uber and Bitaksi 7 times from different locations around the area west of Dolapdere and got zero hits just a few hours ago. This is with a high Uber rating and using the Bitaksi feature where they run the meter on their way to you. To be fair, that area is a bit sketchy, but still, I would say Istanbul is hands down no contest the single worst city to get a taxi in that I have ever been to, and Iโ€™ve taken taxis in 30-40 countries.
I would also agree that public transportation is excellent IF youโ€™re on a metro line. The ferries are also fantastic. However, most of the neighborhoods outside the main tourist areas are dependent on buses, which are not reliable. There are no dedicated bus lanes so they regularly get stuck in traffic, and at peak hours, they get overcrowded to the point that you may not fit. Also, sometimes the bus route changes without warning, and if you donโ€™t speak Turkish, itโ€™s hard to figure out whatโ€™s going on. If youโ€™re stuck relying on buses, get the Moovit app, itโ€™s clunky but much more likely to have the correct bus route updates than Google Maps is.
nightfury 1mo
Agreed, had a lot of good luck on the asian side but a few times i just decided to walk. The one time i took the bus i just ended up getting off and walking because it was faster than sitting in traffic
All the more reason never to leave Kadฤฑkรถy ๐Ÿ˜‚
faun 1mo
Turkcell is good, but don't buy your SฤฐM at the airport.
charliegb 1mo
Unethical life pro tip change your Uber name to a Turkish name. Will get you less cancelations ๐Ÿ˜†
oudmane 1mo
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nico_lrx 1mo
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Hey guys, I'll land in Istanbul today. I will be staying in Kadikรถy for the next couple of months.
Are there any fun events happening during my stay? Would be happy to meet some of you as well!
etsmith 1mo
Hey Matei,
I'm arriving next week and staying for a bit, so follwoing partly for responses on what to do. I'm also going to be in Kadikoy, so maybe we can grab a beer.
Keep me in touch arvaweeep when you'll be around. I'm in to grab a beer ๐Ÿป
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sapovich 27d
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dschulman 26d
Merhaba, does anyone have experience using eOfis for coworking? According to their website, they a minimum 3 months on "packages," but I am not sure if packages include coworking or just offices. It also seems like your able to use their offices in different locations/cities with the same signup. I've sent them a few inquiries, but they haven't got back to me.
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etsmith 26d
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dschulman 25d
I did hear back from eOfis. It seems like they have a pretty flexible plan that requires 500 TL per month and then they deduct 15 TL per hour of usage. I am not really sure how it is all administered. They have an app, but it is only in Turkish.
Hey dschulman,
I havenโ€™t use eOfis but Workinton is my favorite, it offers hour credit system where you buy in bulk (like 50 hours) and spend per usage (for a full day usage they charge only 5 hours max).

They are exist in very good places across Turkey. Satisfied with their location in Istanbul, Bursa and Izmir
dschulman 25d
fzxsznrrjrmx Thanks for the info. I have heard good things about Workington, and I appreciate getting a positive recommendation.

For my upcoming Turkey plans, I'm planning on visiting the Southeast of the country and going to places like Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakฤฑr, Adฤฑyaman, and Mardin. In the part of the country, it looks like coworking space are a bit hard to come by. eOfis is in two of those locations, so I'm thinking of basing out of them and doing short trips to the others.

If there are other cowork options in Southeast Turkey, defiantly interested in pointers.
mikeneves 24d
So can I use Uber or Bitaksi straight at airport? And pay in the app to avoid cash change scams?
mikeneves 24d
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cagince 24d
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charliegb 23d
In theory yes. If you are unlucky, they might cancel the trip on the app and demand cash payment after you are inside. They can be annoying. If you are landing in SAW, take the metro. If you are landing in IST, consider taking the Hava bus!
Allot extra time for the headache of having the first few cancel on you for no reason and then not being able to find them.
itouiuhwajuuwa that sum up perfectly my first 30 minutes in Istanbul lol
Best place to nomad from in Turkey rn?
Any guides/resources people have to share?
Istanbul for megacity stuff and other DNs. Izmir for a chill liberal city. Ankara has lots of amenities and nice things, but doesnโ€™t have an exceptional unique draw. Antalya if youโ€™re Russian?
๐Ÿ›ฌ dzmzvnimqxonh just arrived in ๐Ÿ– Istanbul, #turkey
Istanbul is cold and overpriced bc of all the Slavs right now.
maratr 18d
Antalya, Alanya and Kas are still pretty warm during the day (+17/20C) but the issue with prices due to the influx of Russians and Ukrainians because of the war exists there as well. It's still not that expensive compared to most of Europe where it's also much colder.
maratr 18d
I've even seen some slightly crazy people swimming in the sea a few days ago.
maratr 16d
Ended up ordering online from the official Apple store. Got it delivered in 2 days!
Hi friends! My boyfriend, dog and I are spending 2 months in Istanbul โ˜บ๏ธ Would appreciate any valuable info and specially neighborhood recommendations
Stay away from Beyoglu or Istikal. Cihangir is ok but gets old fast. Moda is probably the best option. Caddebostan (further south of Moda) is great for long term stays. European side, I prefer Kurtulus and Sisli. Honestly, it will just come down to budget. Istanbul is very crowded these days with tourists and Russians so housing prices are high.
Thank you so much Nathan
Is Moda the same as Kadikoy?
Moda is a neighbourhood within the district of Kadikรถy so I's a yes
Aaa ok ok thank you , I was a bit confused prayheart
mikedev10 12d
where can i go read up and get a check for the vibe, plan on going here for 3 weeks in september. in the past i've stayed a bit off istiklal and enjoyed it. did not poke around kadikoy.
Yeah Moda is the more hipster part of Kadikoy. Kadikoy is hugeโ€ฆ.Caddebostan is further southeast of Modaโ€ฆbetter for long-term stays, in my opinion.
dzfaridua 11d
Best Turkish breakfast place. I would say one of the best breakfasts of my life.
is the turkish lira currently set at a floating real market rate? plan on visiting in september, and wondering if using ATMs/credit cards is just fine, or if i should be trying to bring dollars instead..?
tell me more lol. what there and why so good? given my more recent find of shakshukas, i regret not having menemen while there in the past ๐Ÿ™‚
It is delicious
the rate changes, but ATMs and credit cards update with the new rates. I've never changed cash in Turkey and only used ATM and credit cards. One thing to watch out for is the fees for most Turkish ATMs are pretty high. Some even charge a percentage PLUS a fixed fee per transaction. Even if you have a bank that reimburses fees they might not reimburse the added percentage.
Agreed Cihangir is a good starting place but gets old kind of fast.
ok thanks! when i last visited argentina (and unfortunately now for them again) the official rate was fixed/way off the market rate, and bringing USD to change on the street at a rate announced by a twitter account was the thing to do.
Being in Argentina right now and having spent over two hours at Western Unions this week and almost getting in a fight because everyone was pissed off, I can definitively say it is much easier getting local currency in Turkey.
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erdo 9d
Turkey is not there yet, but itโ€™s at the edge of having different rates at banks and on the street. But there is still one exchange rate.
hey :wave:
anyone in Izmir want to meet? Iโ€™m an ecommerce biz owner, interested in all things AI-related, PKM, etc.
Open to grab a drink โ˜•๏ธ somewhere in Alsancak or Bornova.
Also can just grab a wise card if you can , I used it almost exclusively when I was there last. Miss the Amex points but most places wouldnโ€™t take it anyways :) exchange rate is always good on there and itโ€™s easy to transfer between diff currencies if you bounce around at all
Used it both for touch transactions and atm withdraws if needed
oudmane 5d
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sindoc 4d
My wife and I are planning to visit Istanbul and am looking for a neighbourhood where we can live for two weeks with good food/groceries and parks around. Any tips are welcome, in terms of the neighbourhood ๐Ÿ™‚
Kadikรถy, Moda.
if you were visiting istanbul for the first time to be in all the touristic areas (to see all the touristic things), is it a place you'd avoid right now? we have time there planned relatively soon, and don't know at what point we should make changes to our plans.
In Istanbul for a month. Shout if anyone fancies meeting up! ๐Ÿ‘‹
Agreed. Avoid the streets with bombings (Istikal, Beyoglu area) before elections.
I am a huge fan of the city, I think itโ€™s the most beautiful in Europe. I even purchased a small place there, bc I pass through a lot. In my opinion it is one of the best walking cities in the world. So much to see.

It has gotten much more expensive (at least Airbnb) bc of the influx of Russian tourists and has turned into a bit of an Arab Las Vegas for the rest of the Gulf tourists, at least on the European side.

Iโ€™d stay in Moda and take the boat over to all the tourist stuffโ€ฆyou can easily kill a week in Istanbul. FYI, to me, perfect weather starts in late April/early May. It gets very swampy in the summer and quite frigid in the winter (bc of all the water surrounding it)โ€ฆ
Thanks tpjdkvankjutf Super helpful.
187978670298759168 it could be political, but embassies are closing and warning of attacks in the major tourist areas because of the koran burning.
xcfcwxagtenfob hit me up if any Qs, I am there a lotโ€ฆ
danprince 16h
If you're only really going for the touristy things, and you'll constantly be on edge because you're worried, then it'll probably ruin your trip. There's plenty of city to see outside of the tourist attractions though.

Neither the UK or US government is currently advising people to reconsider travel plans either, so I'd only cancel if you think you'll be uncomfortable.
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mhadidg 2h
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