Well I’ve just returned from a fantastic well needed holiday in Turkey, this is my second visit and I still find Turkish customs fascinating. I have to say one of favourite places I fell in love with due to its natural beauty is Pamukkale, which means Cotton Castle, its breath taking. I swam in the ancient pool with its ruined pillars that’s known as Cleopatra’s pool, WOW!!!
I really wanted to share some of things I learnt on my travels about the Turkish customs and etiquette.
Its customary to leave a tip in restaurants (10%) is the norm, for hotel chambermaids, and hotel staff.
Shaking hands firmly is really a huge part of Turkish customs, and it’s totally normal for men and women to greet each other with a kiss on each cheek and a hug, they will often walk around arm in arm regardless of gender. This is a natural expression of affection.
I saw on many occasions the younger person kiss an older persons right hand and then put it to their forehead. This is a mark of respect for the older person. I do really like this one.
The protocol of Turkish hospitality dictates that the host always pays for the meal as there is no sharing the bill; however you can return the gesture at another time. Turks like to smoke during meals and will often take breaks between courses to smoke and have few drinks. If you’re like me and not really a fan of the smoking culture then it’s really hard.
If business is the order of the day, men should wear suits and ties and women should wear a professional smart outfit in the major cities. Business cards are exchanged without formal ritual.
I do miss the sound of the call from the Temples and drinking the Turkish tea with the locals, but I have lots of memories and I’m sure Turkey and I shall cross paths again in the future.