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28.2.16

Can We Talk About Men?

I've always been really open and honest on my blog. I've never held back when talking about mental health or any other aspects of my life if I've felt it necessary to share.
And then my separation happened and I just hit this wall where writing about things felt wrong. Not because of it being personal. My "husband" agreed that it was OK for me to write about it if I needed to because he knew how much it helps me. I wouldn't write about it without his consent.
But I think I felt stuck because all of a sudden  I didn't fit into this "ideal" when it comes to bloggers, or to the community I felt I belonged to and was part of.
I wouldn't be blogging about those perfect family days out, I wouldn't be taking family portraits featuring both parents. I wouldn't be talking about our plans for the future, or sharing Instagram photos of what an evening looked like in our house once the boys went to bed.
I wouldn't be going to blogging events and hoping my husband would get on well with other bloggers husbands. I wouldn't be sharing the gifts we exchanged at Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mothers Day, Father's Day and for birthdays.
I wouldn't be praising him for those times when I needed him to take over with our children because I felt unwell.  I wouldn't be sharing dinner plans or date night selfies.

All of a sudden, in a world I only just fit into anyway, I quickly felt so disconnected from.
A lot of it is just your own thoughts, you make things up. But also, people to tend to step away.
There are people who no longer know what to say to you, or who no longer have any interest. The ones you considered friends.

So I thought for a while about where I want to go with this. Do I want to go in a different direction?
Do I want to paint this "perfect single parent family" picture where everything I post makes it seem like we are doing so well and I am this super strong independent woman who "don't need no man yo"?
Or do I stick to who I am? This person who does like to over share.
This person who relies on her blog to help empty her head and take some of the weight off her shoulders.
The person who wants other people in her situation to almost look to her for advice or as someone to show what the reality is as a mum who is going through a divorce and having to cope with life and it's changes.

I want to do that.
I want to still be me. To be that person who maybe inspires people or helps someone.
I don't want to change who I am or what I do just because I don't fit into certain ideals.

So....then there comes the topics when it comes to this new lifestyle.
And that's where I struggled.
For so long I wanted to talk about guys and dating and held back because, well, I felt it would be frowned upon.
And then I realised that the Facebook and Instagram posts I tend to look for most of the time are those woman in my situation. I want to see what they are doing, how they are coping and I realised that maybe I should just embrace this space of mine and just get on with it. 

My life isn't now about perfect family weekends on a 1936 wooden yacht.
It isn't now about romantic date nights where we sit and get drunk on champagne or Prosecco and eat far too much.
My life now is about talking to men on dating sites, going on dates, speaking to men on nights out and I want to write about it.
I want to share my experiences.

I think the main reason for this was because of a wake up call at the beginning of the month, as I was on the train home from staying at a guys house, and I realised it was OK if I didn't see him again. I for once felt confident that I didn't need to be desperate to see him again or feel desperate for him to want to see me again.
I was genuinely ok with it and I didn't feel sad.  I felt as though if I didn't hear from him again it would be ok. And decided myself to not make any effort in contacting him.

I felt almost like it was a wake up call and I realised that each man I have dated or had any kind of "thing" with has given me something to learn from. They have all been good for me in certain ways.

And I feel quite proud of that. I feel proud that I can look back on these, I want to say encounters but it may paint a totally incorrect image, experiences and take positive things away from them. I can say I learnt something about myself due to those experiences.

In the past year I have started to believe and look into spiritual beliefs and I do think that every person who has come into my life has done so for a reason.
I think I can back this up too and that I have enough "evidence" I guess to prove this.
These are just little things, and I know people don't necessarily believe in spiritual ways but it brings me a lot of comfort and has given me a massive amount of confidence for a long time. It helped me make decisions, it helped me when times were extremely tough.
And when I am ready I will write about my faith. But I'm not ready just yet.

So.
Men.
I'm going to talk about them.
I am an adult. I am 30. I am single. And I want to talk about men.
I need to talk about men.
And from now on, if I feel the need, I will talk about them.

My "husband" is in a relationship and is happy so I don't feel like it is disrespectful towards him for me to share anything about that side of my life now, because it doesn't involve him. And the fact he is in a relationship makes me feel a lot more like it's ok for me to talk about my experiences.

So, can we talk about men? Yes. The good experiences, the bad ones and the cringey ones because although my life may not be perfect, and may not fit in to certain ideals, it is real.
And for that reason it deserves to be shared just as much as any other story, whether the family be perfect or not.

26.2.16

5 Home Security Tips Provided by Locksmiths

Locksmiths are experts when it comes to properly securing your home, so you should definitely take their advice to heart and apply it to your own property in order to keep it safe from home invaders.

Continue reading for a short list of five helpful home security tips provided by locksmiths.
  1. Install Deadbolts

Strong deadbolts should be installed on each exterior access door throughout your home, as these are much more secure than standard locks. As soon as you move into a new home and have new locks installed, consider upgrading to deadbolts that function optimally and are made of really strong and durable materials. If you are unable to install these yourself, you can hire Croydon lock smiths to get the job done for you.
  1. Have Motion Activated Lights on the Exterior of Your Home

Keeping the exterior of your house well lit at night is another step that will help you stay safe upon your arrival home at night. Opt for lights that turn on automatically by using convenient motion sensors, as these lights can alert you to any movement outside that you otherwise would not be aware of while sitting inside.
  1. Remove Potential Hiding Places for Burglars

Look around the exterior of your home and try to figure out where a burglar would be able to hide easily without you realising that they are there. You may, for example, have tall and thick shrubs along the perimeter of your home that would allow a burglar to hide while looking into your windows to see if anyone is home and to find a way to break into your property. By keeping these shrubs trimmed and the exterior of your property clutter free, you can remove a lot of the hiding places that home intruders would be able to use, and you will more easily be able to see what is going on outside.
  1. Properly Secure Double Doors and Windows

If you have French doors or double doors, make it a point to ensure that they are properly locked. This means that there shouldn’t be a gap between these doors where an intruder would be able to use a pocketknife or other item to unlatch your stationary door.  
In addition to securing every type of door that leads into your home, you also need to take careful note of your windows to ensure that they are also providing adequate amounts of security. Every window should latch and lock correctly, and you can even go ahead and add track locks to sliding windows easily.
  1. Have an Alarm System Installed

Finally, in addition to having the right locks throughout your home, you can go a step further and have an alarm system installed that will alert the police as soon as someone tries to break in. Have this alarm engaged both while you’re home and while you’re away from home.
With the five tips above, you can properly secure your home from burglars and rest assured that your belongings and family will always remain safe.

25.2.16

What Does Your Wardrobe Say About You?

Since I became single, and started my job, I have noticed a big change in the way I dress.
Working in a showroom has meant I have been able to embrace that image of a "office worker/secretary/business woman" that I used to dream of when I was a little girl.
As I settled further into my job I realised how my outfits changed a little and you could see my confidence come out in the way I dress. Similarly this has also happened when it comes to my day to day "just a mum" outfits. I rarely wear jeans, much preferring to wear skirts, dresses or shorts with tights. I guess I feel more confident with my legs on show (especially during the winter when black tights are my best friend!)
I am fully aware though, that the way I dress does give off an impression to others. This is of course particularly important in my work place but also as a mother I want to give off the right impression due to representing our family...especially as our family is now split into two parts. As a single woman I also want to give off a nice impression to anyone I meet, for obvious reasons.

This fun quiz from Bedroom Storage Maker can tell you what type of dresser you are. From a fashionista to a polished two piece co-ordinator the quiz can define your style and give handy tips on how you can shake it up in 2016.


24.2.16

DIY Homes: How to Paint the Outside of Your Home

Are you going to give your home a fresh, updated look using exterior paint? Great! Here’s what you need to do to make it look as though the professionals have been let loose on it…

Materials:

  • Pressure washer
  • Paint sprayer
  • Paint brush
  • Tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Ladders
  • Stain-blocking primer
  • Filler
  • Sanding block
  • Caulk trim
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Exterior paint

Step 1: Decide when you’re going to paint
Painting the exterior of a home can take several days so make sure you have good weather to complete the work.

Step 2: Pick your paint
Choose your favourite colour of paint (taking into account any design restrictions for your area and what you and your neighbours will like in all weathers and light levels). Check out RawlinsPaints for high-quality, industrial standard colours: you don’t want to scupper your hard work by using an unsuitable brand! Just remember that the colour will look different depending on which way the wall is facing.

Step 3: Wash the walls
Now you need to start your preparation. Use a pressure washer to clean the walls so that you have a surface which is ready to paint on. Work your way from the top to the bottom, overlapping each stroke a little to make sure you’ve not missed a spot. Be gentle: pressure washers can be powerful.

Step 4: Remove peeling paint
You’ll need to remove any chipped or loose paint so that it doesn’t get mixed into your fresh paint. Use a sanding block or a paint scraper to buff it off, dust it down, and leave a smooth surface for when you begin painting.

Step 5: Repair damage
You might have damage to your woodwork, in which case it's worth sorting at this stage. Repair damage using a filler and sand it back (remembering to wipe off the dust) when it’s dry.

Step 6: Caulk trim
Now fill any gaps you’ve found, and trim around doors and windows using caulk. Add it along any surface where different materials meet, such as wood and brick. Some caulk fillers take as little as 20 minutes to dry, but others take a couple of hours, so err on the side of caution and leave it a while.

Step 7: Apply a stain primer
You might have stains on the outside of your house, so cover them with primer. This will stop the stains showing through the new paintwork.

Step 8: Cover doors, windows and lights using plastic sheeting
Now use the plastic sheeting to cover up areas you don’t want to get splashes on such as doors, windows and lights. It’s worth covering the ground beneath your feet too, or your grass, walkways and fencing could get a little messy!

Step 9: Start painting
If you’re painting a lighter colour over a darker colour, you need to apply a coat of primer first, or a base colour to stop the darker colour showing through. Now load your paint into a paint sprayer. Work your way from top to bottom in a controlled, gentle manner, overlapping each stroke by eight inches. You can use a brush if you prefer, but it might take longer!
Step 10: Finish by painting your doors and trims
Remove the plastic sheeting you applied to protect surfaces, and use a paint brush to apply fresh colour to the doors, window panes and trims.

22.2.16

It's Hard

It's hard being second best.
It's hard being a second thought.
It's hard being the one people forget about.
It's hard being the one no one is proud of.
It's hard being the one people don't praise so much.
It's hard being pushed aside.
It's hard when your ideas are forgotten or stopped.
It's hard when all you hear is about how great everyone else is doing, but when it comes to you, no one knows what it is you do or that you've done.
It's hard when you make an effort, and when it's not recognised.
It's hard when you feel exhausted at how hard you've tried to show you don't think you are any better than anyone else.
It's hard when that's ignored.
It's hard being the one who no one takes seriously.
It's hard being the one who is a constant maybe.
It's hard being the one who everyone shuts away.
It's hard being kept a secret.
It's hard having someone say things to you, so much that it gets your hopes up.
It's hard being the one who constantly feeds everyone else's ego.
It's hard not having your feelings taken into consideration.
It's hard not being taken seriously.
It's hard then having to cope with that moment that it becomes too much and you snap at people you don't want to snap at.
It's hard when you get to that point when you snap and you think that maybe, just maybe, finally someone will take you seriously but instead...they laugh at you.

It's hard having to pretend to be ok.
It's hard to be laughed at if you cry.
It's hard having to paint on a smile.
It's hard to be around people.
It's hard.
When all you want to do is hide away.
When all you want to do is find people who actually care.
It's hard.
It's really really hard.

How to make the most of your small bedroom

Just because your bedroom hasn’t enough room to swing the proverbial cat doesn’t mean that you can’t create a perfect sleeping space. You’ll still be able to have a beautiful room and stamp your own identity and style on your environment.


Less is more


Living in a small space means that you’ll have to learn how to be tidy. Too much clutter can dwarf a room. Once you’ve had a good clear out of the clothes that you’re never going to wear again, the unused or near empty beauty products and all other types of objects that really aren't needed any longer, you may still be left with things that you want to keep but simply don’t have the space to store. Alligator Storage, and other self-storage facilities, provide a wonderful and cost effective solution that will allow you to hang on to treasured possessions that simply take up too much space in your home.


Make the most of natural light


A room that’s full of light always looks larger. The design gurus at House and Garden magazine suggest that placing mirrors in a position to reflect any natural light, however small your window space, will maximise any existing daylight. This action can transform a small, pokey and dark room into one that looks bright and airy and is a pleasure to use.


Use your bed space for storage


If you keep books in your bedroom, why not make use of the space around the bed head as bookshelves? A clever carpenter will be able to design shelves that will complement your bed and create more room. You can also use this design as a useful storage surface for lamps, or even vases of flowers, thus eliminating the need for a bedside table. 


Develop the space under your bed


Divan beds can be bulky, and unless your divan has drawers built into its base, you might consider swapping beds. The space under the bed is frequently underused. An article in The Huffington Post suggests mounting your bed on risers and using the space for storage. You could do away with a chest of drawers and store jumpers, sheets and other bulky items in wooden boxes that will neatly slide under your bed.


Build high


Design your storage units and shelves to fit into awkward space under the eaves. This will allow you to leave one wall free, thus creating an illusion of space. You could always decorate the empty wall with a bright design that will enhance your d├ęcor. 


Abolish curtains

Curtains are cumbersome and can take up a lot of room. Your room will look much larger if you use blinds as window furnishings. Roman fabric blinds can create the same luxurious feel as curtains and are much easier to keep clean. Alternatively you can opt for roller blinds. Try and keep your blind colours uniform with the rest of your design otherwise your tool will appear cluttered.


A small bedroom isn’t a cause for despair - it’s a challenge that can be conquered.










  

5 Tips and Tricks to the Perfect Garden

Finally… warmer days are on the way! Isn’t it time you gave some thought to tending to what’s become of the back lawn? Here are five tips and tricks you need to know in order to create the perfect garden this season…


1. Have a plan
Before you jump into the veg patch spade-first, think about what you want to achieve. Are you going to attempt a beautiful water feature? Do you want be a little bolder with the sculptures and structures you’re using?


The best way to achieve the perfect garden is by planning what you’re going to do first: detail which Bakker Flower Bulbs you’re going to plant and where. Sketch a border design whilst considering the colours and textures you want to see in full bloom. Assess the areas that get the most sunlight. Do you need to rethink the position of any of your plants?

2. Go for a theme
Watering is deceptively tricky: too much and your plants will be swimming, but too little and they’ll wither and die. So how do you know you’re giving your vegetable patch (for example) the right amount of water? As a rule of thumb, it probably needs 4 to 5 litres of water, every 5 to 7 days. Top it up again when the top two inches of soil is dry. You can check the dryness of the soil by grabbing a handful and clenching – if it’s moist enough, it will stick together well. If it’s too dry, it will crumble.


Gardening is a hobby performed by a spectrum of green-fingered folk, from absolute beginners who are dabbling with a herb patio, to semi-professionals who treat their outdoor spaces like an art gallery. If you fall somewhere in the middle (or indeed even the higher end), consider designing your garden around a theme this year.


For example, a rustic garden theme will help determine which plants you’re going to grow, how deliberately ‘dishevelled’ you allow areas to become, how you’re going to use the space to entertain, and even which furniture you’re going to recline on.


3. Prepare perfect soil
Healthy soil is the foundation for a great garden. So, start by determining your soil health and doing a quick test to find out its pH level. If your soil is too acidic or too alkaline you’ll need to amend it so that it’s neutral and full of the right nutrients. Add compost, manure, mulch, fertiliser, air and water, and check out Planet Neutral’s free guide to learn how to prepare your soil.


4. Learn how to water
Watering is deceptively tricky: too much and your plants will be swimming, but too little and they’ll wither and die. So how do you know you’re giving your vegetable patch (for example) the right amount of water? As a rule of thumb, it probably needs 4 to 5 litres of water, every 5 to 7 days. Top it up again when the top two inches of soil is dry. You can check the dryness of the soil by grabbing a handful and clenching – if it’s moist enough, it will stick together well. If it’s too dry, it will crumble.


5. Prevent pests

Of course it’s important to respect the ecosystem and feed the wildlife entering your garden, but it can be soul destroying to catch a rabbit nibbling on your vegetable patch! Grow strong smelling herbs to keep animals away such as mint and lavender, consider growing vegetables in enclosures, and if all else fails, sprinkle a little ground chilli powder! It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s natural and wont cause long term damage to the animals munching your produce.

12.2.16

Not Knowing What's Next

In life I think we all have this idea or picture of how things are going to be, or how we want things to be.
Expectation. Idealism. Dreams.

I dreamt about being married young, to an older man.
Two children...which I pictured as a boy and a girl, the girl to either be called Daisy or Evelyn, who would wear the cutest beautiful dresses and have long hair accessorised with pretty bows and clips.
And to complete the family, two dogs. An old English sheepdog called Jack and a Lhasa called Meg.

I would be the ideal trophy wife.
 Slim, with perfect make up, a hair never out of place and with the latest fashions hung up in my mirrored wardrobe.
A clean, tidy, organised house. Where people walk in an gasp at how I can run such a house with two children, two dogs and a husband.
 I would only serve home cooked meals. We would eat lots of healthy veg, and dessert would mainly consist of fruit salads and ice cream.
 Evenings would be the perfect routine with bath, story, cuddles and sleep for the children. Ending with time downstairs with my husband. Candles, wine, cuddles, watching good tv or sitting and each reading a book.

I probably spent too much time trying to live that ideal that I didn't accept, and probably still don't accept, that life is ok the way it is.
I am doing a good job despite my life not looking like that ideal.

I was on an hour long train journey last week. I'd just spent a day with someone who was a potential.....I don't know? Boyfriend? Love interest? Whatever.
I realised on the train home that for the first time, since leaving someone who I had met or spent time with on "potential-relationship" basis that I didn't think too much about where it would go.
I felt ok with the fact that we might see each other again, or we might not.
I felt ok with the fact that I might go through that again, spending time with someone and then it not going anywhere.

I've always been this person who wants something to plan, something to look forward to.
I think that was probably one of the big things in my last relationship. It was knowing at the beginning that we would have this future to look forward to and to plan.
We would buy a house, we would get married, we would have children and then have that "happily ever after".
And for a while I have felt anxious, and uneasy at not having that anymore.
I have my children, it is a lot to expect someone else to take them on too.
I don't know if I would or will get married again, or if I would or will have more children.

I know that I am the type of person who needs someone, not to look after me but to be there. Even if it is just as a [male] best friend with no romantic link at all.
I think I am now in this place where I have accepted that I can't control or predict everything that will happen in my life.
And that's ok.
It's ok not knowing what is next.



3.2.16

How to cope with football widowhood

Does football cast a dark shadow over your relationship?
Are you a football widow? And if you are – what do you do about it?
Many women find themselves in this situation today and whilst it’s all a bit of fun, it can actually become quite a problem in some marriages and relationships when one half of the partnership (usually the male) becomes really obsessed. No obsession is a positive thing and there are many things many people become obsessed with to too high a degree, but if you had to pick one that tops the charts – it’s probably football.
So what’s a girl to do in this situation? Well, there are a number of different coping strategies, chief among which is the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach. The reason so many men in the UK, in particular, are obsessed with football is that the Premier League really is breathlessly exciting a lot of the time once you get into it. So instead of ignoring it and hoping it will go away, why not try giving yourself to it fully and trying to understand what’s so interesting?
One good way of getting more interested is by engaging in a little football betting so that you have a vested interest in the games. This can be for tiny stakes (and most bookmakers give you bonus offers when you sign up) but it’s surprising how even a minuscule stake helps pique your interest.
Similarly, following a specific team on TV and at a few real games really helps get the football blood flowing. It doesn’t take long for you to lose half your rationale and to become fiercely partisan – behaviour you’ve no doubt seen displayed by your other half.
Alternatively, you can choose to view the Premier League and the goings-on therein as a type of entertaining soap opera, which is kind of what it is. None of this stuff is tremendously serious or a matter of life and death, yet it is treated as the most serious subject on earth. So looking on as an outsider is quite entertaining – and the current Premier League season with minor clubs doing well and high profile sackings like that of Jose Mourinho, make it all the more gripping. Pretty soon, you’ll find you’re looking forward to next week’s episode - can Norwich do the double over Manchester United, who’ll be the next big managerial casualty – and, of course, who’ll win the Premier League?


"Arsenal Stadium - Thierry Henry Statue 2" (CC BY 2.0) by  Ronnie Macdonald 

CAPTION: Get behind a Premier League team like Arsenal
All the questions are the kind of thing that seems to excite the interest of millions of UK males for over 50% of their waking hours – and they can’t all be complete numbskulls, can they?

Well, if your answer was a resounding “yes” to this rhetorical question, then the “joining ‘em” approach probably isn’t going to cut it for you – so you need to find an alternative strategy. This may involve telling your other half how you feel about his obsession and encouraging him to try and see your point of view. Alternatively, find something to get obsessed in yourself that takes up half your waking hours and see how he likes it!

5 Easy Ways To Add Value To Your Home In 2016

Making improvements around the house won’t only make it a better place for you to live, it will also add to the value when the time comes for you to move out.


If your first thought is that you don’t want to build an extension because you don’t have the money, you don’t want builders in your house for weeks on end or you simply don’t want one? Well, you don’t have to! There are many easy ways to add value to your home that can be done quickly, cheaply and easily, without too much disruption to your daily life.


A survey carried out by Zopa found that the average home improvement would add at least 10% to the value of the home. So, here are five easy ways you could consider adding to the value of your home:


1. Garden
The second most popular way to add value to you home isn’t by doing anything to your actual house; it is by making changes to your garden!


Your front garden is the first impression that potential buyers will get of your home and therefore gives an impression of your whole house.


This couldn’t be simpler! If you are looking for a complete makeover you may want to call in the professionals, but there is plenty you can do yourself. Take a look at sites such as YouGarden where you will find everything you need, from plants to tools and equipment. If it is looking a little neglected start by just tidying it up and clearing the rubbish – then go from there!  


2. Conservatory
A conservatory adds valuable space and light – although it does mean giving up some of your garden space! That said a low maintenance garden is very appealing to some so you could plan this into your garden design.


As well as giving you an extra room within your home, it will enable you to enjoy the garden when the weather doesn’t allow you to be outside.


A conservatory tops the list of home improvements that add value to your home, with a 108% return on your investment. Plus, unlike an extension, it usually doesn’t need planning permission!


3. Carpets
Laying new carpets is one of the easiest ways to update your house and add value to it at the same time. Carpet can become worn, dirty and dated over the years – particularly in the rooms you walk through the most, such as the hallway.


Either get your carpets cleaned or get new carpet and your home will instantly look fresh and modern.  


4. Loft Conversion


What do you have in your loft – do you even know? Our lofts tend to be full of the junk that we don’t really need but aren’t quite ready to get rid of yet! However, that space is being wasted. Rather than being used simply for storage it could be a games room for the kids, an extra bedroom, a reading or hobbies room for you – the possibilities are endless!  


A loft conversion can add 20% to the value of your home and many don’t need planning permission as they fall in the category Permitted Development Rights.


5. Roof
It is important to keep your roof maintained, ensuring there are no leaks, it is insulated and in good condition.


If it appears the roof may need fixing, buyers can push the price down. However, by investing in it you can expect a 63% return.

2.2.16

5 Great Reasons to Travel to Turkey in the Winter

Turkey is one of the most highly sought-after travel destinations on the planet, but did you know that travelling there in the winter is also hugely popular? In fact, there are several great reasons why you should travel to Turkey during the winter season. Continue reading to learn about them.

You'll Save a Lot of Money

Travelling to Turkey may not be cheap at all, depending upon where you're starting your journey. But if you head there in the winter, you can save a significant amount of money on your flight, as well as on your hotel, such as IHG hotels Istanbul. And you will also save money on various activities, restaurants, and tours once you arrive at your destination as well. So if you are a budget traveller, you should definitely book your journey to Turkey during the winter months.

Skiing Resorts are Far Less Crowded

Many people from all over the world travel to Turkey for skiing, as there are a lot of pristine areas that you can enjoy, but it is still pretty uncharted territory when compared with other ski areas on the planet. So if you enjoy the snow and you absolutely need a ski getaway, consider heading out to Turkey during the winter, as there won't be many skiers in your way, and you can enjoy resorts like those near Antalya.

Avoid the Crowds

Travelling during the tourist season, which is the summer in Turkey, requires that you have the patience to deal with a lot of other travellers, and the most popular places throughout the country, from its cities to its beaches, can become uncomfortably crowded. For example, you'll typically encounter large groups of cruise tourists along western Turkey throughout the summer. But because there aren't any cruises in the winter and because the weather isn't as ideal, Turkey really empties out during that time of year. This means you can explore everything that the cities have to offer without having to wait on long lines, and you can go hiking and explore the natural world as well without having to worry about people being in your way.

You Can Visit Istanbul and Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Turkish food is unique and delicious, and Istanbul features a few tours that you can participate in to try the many yummy flavours at all of the cafes, street food stalls, spice markets, produce markets, and restaurants throughout the city. And, again, you can do it all without having to worry about dealing with an annoying crowd of people.

Enjoy the Hot Springs

The winter is the perfect time to enjoy the fact that Turkey has several natural hot springs that can naturally heal and rejuvenate you. Check out Pamukkale, as well as the thermal resorts in Mugla, Bursa, and along the Black Sea, and take a dip into the warm water to soothe your entire body.

With so many great reasons to travel to Turkey in the winter, you can plan your getaway and have the time of your life even when the temperature drops.