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Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Dirty Bird, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. Dirty Bird

    Dirty Bird Pokémon Master

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    I'm trying to figure out my trip next year atm, and Im looking at Turkey and/or Egypt and/or Jordan.
    But the dfat smarttraveller website has Egypt as a 'reconsider your travel' zone as well as Istanbul.

    Are there legitimate reasons to reconsider it beyond the threat of terrorism?
    Are kidnappings (like warned in Egypt) an actual issue?

    Looking at what the Australian government warns, I've never been to an Orange zone. Been to plenty of Yellow zones though and never felt unsafe.
     

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  2. Great8

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    Have been to Istanbul numerous times and have never had an issue although the last time was over 12 months ago so things could have changed rapidly.
    Was in Cairo about 2 years ago and am heading back for about 6 weeks next year hopefully. Once again I felt safe there and would have no hesitation returning there
     
  3. 00Stinger

    00Stinger Duel Group 1 winner

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    I never had a problem in Turkey (Istanbul or Izmir). That was 3 years ago though.

    To be quite honest I didn't really like Turkey, it was very dirty and run down with feral dogs everywhere.

    Having said that, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul was pretty cool!
     
  4. Dirty Bird

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    Turkey was half way down my bucket list
    But my love of Mostar has catapulted it near the top.
    Still tying to decide holiday 5hugh.

    Tough decision
     
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    Was in Istanbul 2 weeks ago for business for 5 days. Everything is fine and don't believe in the fear mongering by the media. Things have gotten cheap for us foreigners, thanks to the falling TRL.
     
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