The Only Tourist in Turkey w/ Shebs Alom

Updated: Jul 17


Wide open streets, plenty of elbow room and a healthy dose of travel shaming characterize Shebs mid-pandemic trip to Turkey. At times it was stressful but Shebs believe it was worth it for the new experience. As a backpacker Shebs is used to meeting people, dialoging and learning about where they are from. However, this was completely different. The biggest problem he encountered in Turkey was being completely alone. The people he did encounter were keeping their distance.

"...There was no-one really there to hang out with or meet. That has never really happened to me before."

Normally crowded streets, characterized be elbow bumping and pick pocketing, were desolate. That was part of the appeal to go. He wanted the ability to walk around freely.


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Shebs style of travel is budget backpacking with a spontaneous flare. He typically has an idea of where he wants to go but with no set plans to get there. The freedom to get local recommendations and stay longer in places he enjoys suits him.



Upon landing in Istanbul, Turkey, Shebs stopped into a local travel agency. By planning his excursion on site he can get his money into the hands of local people. He was able to score some great tips and even greater discounts.


The first and best advice he got was to head south east. The interesting history and beauty grow as you go along. He recommends pointing down towards to border with Syria and away from the tourist spots. H