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    Away from crowded hotels: Best alternative holiday options

    A vacation is our gift to ourselves! But, during this pandemic, our priority is to minimize our risks, order to protect ourselves and our loved ones. So, maybe it’s time to consider those alternative holidays you’ve thought about – a road trip or camping, for instance! Keep reading to discover seven excellent holidays that comply with social distance and hygiene rules…

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    Traveling during a pandemic is covered in detail in our blogs, Is a socially distanced holiday possible? and Hygiene on vacation, but two issues are paramount: hygiene and social distance guidelines. In a larger hotel, there are numerous common areas; most reputable establishments have rearranged common spaces to accommodate social distance guidelines but, for additional information, please see Pandemic-related health processes for hotels and other accommodation venues in Turkey.

    If staying in a big hotel doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry – this is the year to try something different, whether it’s a solo vacation or a holiday with friends or family, far from the crowds. Get ready… the adventure is just beginning!

    Camping with hotel-style amenities: Glamping

    A glamping holiday is guaranteed to provide comfort in nature, on many levels. First, the tranquility and serenity of nature. Second, the environmental friendliness – most glampsites practice sustainability, recycling and using clean energy. And third, glamping accommodation usually offers a higher level of luxury than a mere tent, with many glampsites offering airy, semi-permanent tents, caravans or bungalows, some with bedrooms and bathroom facilities.  If the idea of a glamping vacation is intriguing, please see “What is Glamping?” or “The best glamping in Turkey” for more information.

    A glamping holiday is guaranteed to provide comfort in nature, on many levels. First, the tranquility and serenity of nature. Second, the environmental friendliness – most glampsites practice sustainability, recycling and using clean energy.
    A woman sitting in front of a glamping tent

    In pursuit of new adventures: The road trip

    If the journey is as important as the destination, it might be time to hit the road. If you don’t own a car, renting one is always an option.

    A road trip is an ideal socially distant vacation. Go solo or with a few close friends. Decide on a route and perhaps a boutique hotel or a campsite along the way. If you’d like route suggestions, and seeking more of an adventure,  check out  Take a road trip along the colorful Aegean coast! We do suggest that you disinfect your vehicle before embarking.

    A couple unloading the trunk after a road trip

    The simple life: Camping

    With spectacular nature and secluded campsites, Turkey is perfect for a camping holiday. Magnificent campsites abound: on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, on the bucolic plateaus of the Black Sea, and throughout Anatolia. Turkey is a paradise for camping enthusiasts.

    With spectacular nature and secluded campsites, Turkey is perfect for a camping holiday. Magnificent campsites abound: on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, on the bucolic plateaus of the Black Sea, and throughout Anatolia. Turkey is a paradise for camping enthusiasts.

    And, of course, camping is the ideal getaway when you want to get away from the crowds. It’s your own space, with your own equipment, and thus easier to maintain hygiene and social distance guidelines. Being surrounded by nature is also a great stress reliever! Discover more about camping in Turkey via our camp blogs!

    A man watching sunset in front of his tent

    Cycle to freedom!

    A bold twist on the road trip is the cycling tour! Somewhat slower and definitely more physically challenging, bicycle tours are experiencing renewed popularity. As a result, there are numerous biking trails for your enjoyment – you can even bike along the Lycian Way. For more routes, check out The 7 best bike tours in Turkey!

    A woman cycling

    Home on the road: Caravan holiday

    While caravan holidays have long been common in Europe and America, they are becoming more popular in Turkey, especially for families, as holiday-goers explore ways to maintain hygiene and social distance guidelines. Caravans offer a range of options; some include bedrooms, kitchens and bathroom facilities. If you’re embarking on a caravan vacation for the first time, check out  Home on the road: Caravan holiday tips for beginners.

    If you seek an alternative, self-sufficient holiday where you can keep your social distance, caravan holiday is for you! Park it on the beach or camping area you wish and enjoy!
    A guitar set on a chair, in front of a caravan parked in a forest

    Tranquil retreats: Boutique hotels

    If you do opt for a popular holiday destination, a boutique hotel can offer a secluded retreat. Boutique hotels generally have fewer rooms and many have adjusted their guest capacity in compliance with social distance guidelines. Turkey offers an enormous variety of boutique hotels: you are sure to find one that accommodate your budget. We do recommend that you review the pandemic-related measures taken by each hotel before making your selection.

    Nothing like home: Rent a villa

    Renting a villa is another pandemic holiday trend. Numerous websites feature private homes or villas – from cozy apartments to luxury villas. Enjoy a private retreat with family or friends, in a space where you can implement your own hygiene rules. If you book through an intermediary such as Airbnb, the organization will usually ensure that the rental is adhering to pandemic-related safety guidelines. We do recommend that you read comments and reviews on your selections before hitting the ‘submit’ button.

    A boutique hotel with a pool

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