Daily travel links for 2019-12-09: Checking your phone at the border, good travel books and Verdun’s wildlife

    • Travellers to the U.S. are being reminded that border agents can still easily search their phones.… https://t.co/8p1mmW4Vjk
    • If you fly more than six times a year, you’re part of the reason climate change is a problem.… https://t.co/6lW9a4opM9
    • Modern families are growing further apart. Literally. This survey says the average family spans 2,077 miles around the world… https://t.co/cWHMiBXMis
    • I’m kind of surprised that this survey found that only 50% of travellers felt happier after doing something kind for a fellow traveller… https://t.co/sMbe88oW4V

Daily travel links for 2019-12-06: Social media and travel, Vegas hockey trip and facial screening

    • Homeland Security says it won’t screen Americans with facial recognition, but it’s a-okay to do it to foreigners.… https://t.co/uUJ79nwEfF

Daily travel links for 2019-12-05: Most-Ubered destinations, edible coffee cups and English speakers

    • In case you needed to know the list of the world’s most visited cities this year, here it is.… https://t.co/vp0xUvv4ZH

 

Daily travel links for 2019-12-04: Making flights longer, typos on tickets and business travel and health

    • New laws will help punish unruly airplane passengers, but throwing them out of the emergency doors is not one of the punishment options… https://t.co/MMpkTgEeYr

 

Daily travel links for 2019-12-03: Uber vs. Taxi, old train menus and airlines want you to ride the rails

    • Hailing an Uber is not always cheaper than a taxi. These are the cities where one is cheaper than the other.… https://t.co/Yb8gLcYYVT

 

Daily travel links for 2019-12-02: Faking an illness, Venice’s bleak future and what to do in Frankfurt

 

Exploring the best of Turkey with G Adventures

When I told friends and family that I was travelling to Turkey, they worried that it wasn’t safe, then when I got there, the headlines back home spoke of the country’s military incursion into Syria, but the fighting might well have been on another continent, because I was 1,500 kilometres removed from it and in this land that has witnessed conflict for millennia, it had virtually no effect on everyday life.

I was in Turkey with G Adventures on their Best of Turkey itinerary, a small group tour that spends eight days exploring the country, first arriving in Istanbul then motoring around the western reaches of Turkey for the next week before returning to Istanbul for a final day of exploration in advance of the flight back to Canada.

It’s amazing how much we were able to see and experience in such a short time. Here are some of the highlights:

A pilgrimage to Gallipoli
The battlefields of Gallipoli are hallowed ground for the people of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey alike.

Our first stop was to visit the First World War cemeteries of Gallipoli, sacred ground for not only Australia and New Zealand, but Turkey as well. The skies were grey, the wind was cold and the clouds threatened rain, fitting weather for our visit to ANZAC Cove, where we saw the forbidding cliffs overlooking the initial landing beach of the Allied invasion force. We learned about the doomed military campaign of 1915 and 1916 that cost the lives of more than 100,000 soldiers on both sides with hundreds of thousands more wounded.

As we walked through the graveyards of white marble tombstones, I heard Australian and New Zealand accents of other visitors as they commented to each other on how young the dead were that lay before us. For them, this land is what Vimy Ridge is to Canadians, a First World War battle that stirred the first feelings of national consciousness, as we began to break away from our colonial past. They were in this distant land to make a pilgrimage to honour that sacrifice.

We also toured one of the sombre cemeteries that housed Ottoman war dead, complete with patriotic statues and slogans as victory at Gallipoli is seen here as a pivotal moment in the creation of the modern nation of Turkey as it was where their founder and first president Kamâl Atatürk came to prominence as a field commander.

The news about Turkey’s incursion into Syria remind us that the repercussions of the First World War are still with us.

This is an excerpt. To read the rest of the story, please visit Canada.com.

Daily travel links for 2019-11-29: Best of Turkey, the Queen’s travel director and automatic tipping

 

Daily travel links for 2019-11-28: Strange USB ports, the Blue Lagoon and German Christmas markets

    • Travellers are being warned again to avoid putting their phone plugs into strange USB ports.… https://t.co/5PbtAN82z8
    • Is the Blue Lagoon in #Iceland worth the visit? As this trip report concludes, it’s worth experiencing once, but probably not a second time… https://t.co/bRf1IpJnRl

 

Daily travel links for 2019-11-27: Hotel loyalty fatigue, Syrian tourism and Japan’s bullet trains