5) Istanbul, Turkey
Those who are obsessed with the past will never run out of entertainment in Istanbul, one of the most historically mind-boggling places on earth. Days can be spent wandering around world-famous architectural sites like the Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia. Explore the open-air markets for stellar deals on hand-made Turkish goods. Turkish food rates as some of the best and healthiest in the world – indulge in meze (starter dishes), an expertly spiced kebab, and don’t forget about dessert. Turks love their sweets and there’s certainly no shortage of cafes and bakeries in Istanbul. Exploring the rest of Turkey is easy and convenient from Istanbul. Head east to the Black Sea, a rugged, natural paradise or south for beautiful beaches and super laid-back holiday time. The cost of living in Turkey is far lower than many western countries. You’ll be amazed at the quality of life you’ll get for your money!
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