Going Solo to Turkey - Chapter 1: Getting ready to travel


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Single Silver Traveller Christine Reid travels to Ovacik in Turkey with Solos Holidays and writes a regular blog for Silver Travel Advisor about her experience.

Turkey the country of Turkish baths, clashing colours, white beaches, blue lagoons, boat rides and  hot mud pools where goddesses once bathed. Local shops with patterned carpets, sweet tea  in glass cups on silver trays, and charming people that enchant you to spend your money. Turkey, the exciting country where Europe slips into Asia and the bells of beautiful mosques call the faithful to prayer. Where Constantinople, the old name for Istanbul, leaves her legacy of walls and temples, domes and art to capture our imagination.

I am going to Turkey, how lucky am I? The decision is made, the excitement is building  and I fly on 27th May. In just a few weeks I am boarding a plane in Gatwick heading to Dalaman Airport which will take four hours. Then it is just 53 km to the hotel in Ovacik. Hotel Olu Deniz which looks tranquil and charming, and I am looking forward to my week’s stay there.

As a solo female traveller I was searching for somewhere that offered not only sun to the winter weary but also an exciting place to explore.  Somewhere to wander with a camera, sit under a sunshade sipping cool drinks while chatting with the locals. Hills to climb and crumbling temples that make time slip, sunsets to marvel at, somewhere to hear of gods who whisper their stories through the ages. The famous turquoise lagoon in a protected area surrounded by pine trees sounds divine and is close to Ovacik.

I wanted a hotel that offered a private room without single supplements in a place that was small enough to notice if I managed to lose myself in the mountains.  A place with reasonable transfer times and a pool, a few shops and interesting places to eat nearby. A beach with clear water and boats that offer day trips to pretty lagoons. The chance to visit Rhodes in Greece for the day, travelling by hydrofoil for less than an hour is tempting too.

This holiday can be booked through Solos Holidays. The price is reasonable and breakfast along with three evening meals is included.  Solos’ reputation for providing excellent holiday accommodation for single travellers is good. I am hoping this hotel, being new to the Solos Holidays list is great too.

Set at the base of the mountains three miles from the beach this looks a perfect place to stay. I shall let you know if Turkey is as fabulous as it looks.

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  • LostInAmerica
    4 months ago
    Nice trip, but a group tour is not my idea of traveling "solo"
  • Seni
    over 6 years ago

    No bells in Mosques they are a Christian tradition the faithful are called to prayers
  • coolonespa
    about 8 years ago
    Thanks for replying. I've been to Turkey 4 times now, so it'll be interesting for me to compare our experiences as I read on.
  • chrismse
    about 8 years ago
    Thank you, I went end of May 2012 and would certainly recommend it. I had a lovely time and met some great people. First time I had traveled with Solo and I enjoyed writing about my week there.
  • coolonespa
    about 8 years ago
    Beautifully written introduction Christine, I'm looking forward to reading the next chapter. What year did you travel? I only came across your blog by searching for Turkey.