In 2020, I plan on reaching higher and traveling farther (metaphorically and actually!), and that includes vacations. As much as I love to travel, I have to be honest that Turkey hasn’t really been on my mind – until recently. It all started when I saw a stunning photo of a hot air balloon at sunrise (the only reason I’ll get up at 4 am). With small kids and a husband who travels a lot, most of our travels are long weekends to nearby destinations like Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
Now that Turkey is on my mind, I’m making my 2020 travel plans go the distance, and have started to look around for travel inspiration and ideas.
First, let’s check out a few dreamy hotels. Did you know there is a Turkish Riviera? And it’s stunning! Just last year, Edition Hotels opened The Bodrum EDITION. The 108-room hotel is 3 kilometers from Yalikavak Marina at the westernmost point of the Bodrum peninsula, and minutes from Bodrum Castle and Bodrum Amphitheatre.
Ready to go super luxe? Yeah, me too. I’m also drooling over the new Six Senses Hotel, transformed from two historic mansions in Istanbul. Set on 6+ acres, it’s called Six Senses Kocataş Mansions and just opened a couple of weeks ago.
I can’t take credit for the sample itinerary below; it was posted on the Conde Nast Traveler’s Facebook Group, Women Who Travel, by a lovely woman who recently went to Turkey. I love the flow of it and the stunning moments she shared from the spots listed here.
As we move into 2020, I’m ready to break out of my safety zone in so many ways. And as much as I love my Rosewood Hotels (still the best!), I also know that to truly spread my wings, I need to see new places, try new foods, and experience new adventures. What adventures do you have on your mind for this new decade? I invite you to join me in a new year of exploration. xx