Expat Experiences in Turkey

When considering a move to a new city, there is nothing more useful than hearing real-life stories and unique experiences from other expats who have lived there. We'd love to hear about your expat experiences. Please contact us if you live or have lived in Turkey and would like to share your story.

In 2016 Mihaela transported herself from peaceful winter-strewn Transylvania to the crowded bustle of Istanbul. Working as a freelance photographer and marketing strategist, Mihaela enjoys the diversity of Istanbul's offerings. Read about her expat life in Turkey.


Caroline moved to Istanbul in 2014 with her Turkish husband. Although she's recently moved to Germany, Caroline enjoyed living in such a "vibrant, cultural and historic city". Read some of Caroline's insights from her experience living in Istanbul.

Close-up of Caroline wearing sunglasses and a sunhat

Catie is an American expat who moved to Izmir with her husband, Jason, in August 2016. Having both previously lived in Turkey, and in search of something a bit different to the “American Dream”, they decided to return to Turkey on a more permanent basis. Read more about Catie's expat life in Izmir.

Catie - An American expat living in Turkey

Nazanin is an Iranian expat who relocated to Turkey in 2008. She discusses the difficulties of living in Istanbul, as well as the advantages that the country has to offer. Read more about her experience of Istanbul

Nelle is a Belgian/French expat living in Turkey. She is married to a Turkish man, and after living in London for a number of years, they moved to Istanbul, where they own a real estate and travel agency specialising in Turkish properties. Read more about her expat experiences in Turkey.

Nelle - an expat living in Turkey

Barbara Isenberg is a freelance writer specialising in travel, food and culture in Istanbul and Turkey. She moved to Izmir with her husband after buying a one-way ticket to Istanbul in August 2007, and now lives a life of leisure and contemplation on the Aegean. Read what she has to see about expat life in Turkey.

Kala Shekhar moved to Istanbul from India. His son Sid is a regular contributor to the Turkish Daily news and is also a deputy editor for one of their supplements called Genext. Read about Kala's take on expat life in Istanbul