travel agents recommended
by TTP can arrange most
travelers' trips, and the TTP
Forums and TTP's Facebook page are great
resources for person-to-person
tips, but I can also help you to plan your trip—and I love doing it.
have to charge a fee for
it, of course, because time spent
consulting is time spent away from
my writing and photography, which
is how I make my living.
I can help you plan a custom
exactly to your time, budget
and preferences. (I cannot make any reservations
or book any travel services for you as
I am not licensed as a travel agent.
However, my recommended
travel agencies can make
any travel arrangements you do not want
to arrange for yourself.)
right from the expert. It costs
a fraction of what you'll pay
if your trip goes wrong.
Start Planning Early!
Turkey is the world's 6th most popular travel destination, so its travel services (hotels, flights, rental cars, tours, etc.) often fill to capacity in advance. Start your planning, and contact me, well in advance of your trip. I'm often traveling, and I may not be able to help you on short notice (such as a few weeks before your departure date).
Travelers with whom I have consulted
talk about their experiences. More...
travelers enjoy planning their
own itineraries, and they
do a good job of it. But often
they're just not sure if the itinerary
they've planned is "doable." Is
it too rushed? Too slow? Is there
a way to make it less wearing,
planned over 100 trips for myself
all over Turkey, and hundreds more
for others, I believe I can fit together
the parts of a trip to give you the
best experience in the time you have
available, whatever your budget.
may spend thousands on
your trip to Turkey. If the itinerary
is not just what you want, some of
that money may be wasted,
along with your precious travel time.
I can help you get it right by
quickly reviewing the itinerary you've
planned, or by helping you to plan
for a one-hour itinerary-planning consultation
is US$125. For
this you receive:
1. Pre-consultation advice: send
me the information you have about your
trip—number of travelers, their ages,
likes and dislikes, preferred class
of accommodations, must-see destinations,
etc.—and we'll get started with an
exchange of email messages. This saves
us both time when we consult by phone
2. Phone consultation: minimum
30 minutes consultation, perhaps more
if necessary, up to one hour.
3. Follow-up: a consultation
answers most of your questions, but
may raise others, so if there's time left I'm available
to help with any new questions or situations
that may come to mind, even when you're
on the road in Turkey.
The consultation fee is payable by PayPal, credit card (via PayPal) or personal
Here's a money-saving tip:
look over my sample
itineraries for one that
suits your interests and needs, and
start your planning using it as a basis.
Modify it as you like, then we can
refine it further on the phone. Click
To save you time and money during
your consultation, I recommend that
me an email message detailing:
— The number of travelers in
your party, and an idea of your party's
character: couple? Family with small
children? Honeymooners? Single woman?
— Your tentative schedule (and
itinerary, if you have one): dates
or time of year, length of time in
— Your travel preferences (luxury,
moderate, budget), likes, dislikes
and interests (archeology, architecture,
art, cuisine, culture, outdoor activities,
Please note: It's
best if we consult before you
make any reservations. If you reserve
hotels in one or two cities before
we talk, it may limit what we can do
to make your trip more efficient.
You can spend hours sifting through
the sea of data on the Internet
(much of it inaccurate, out of date,
or irrelevant), or you can schedule
a consultation and get the answers
you need in 30 minutes (the minimum
Here are examples of the kinds of
questions I've answered over the years:
- What's a good itinerary for honeymooners?
- How can I trace my Sephardic
- Is there a place sacred to the memory
of Saint Thecla in Turkey?
- Are there any special considerations
for a single woman of African/Asian
heritage traveling in Turkey?
- Can we travel with our newborn
baby in Turkey? What do we need
- How can I get to meet pigeon-fanciers in
I certainly don't guarantee that I'll
have an answer to every question, but
after 45+ years of travel in Turkey,
I do have a lot of answers. And if
I don't know the answer, I can often
refer you to someone who does.
A number of travelers have already
used my services and given me feedback. Here's
what they said.