Published On: Sat, Dec 21st, 2013

Our foreign friends living in Turkey: Pat YALE, a veteran travel writer

FOREIGN FRIENDSIn this post we would like to write about a “special foreigner” living in Turkey as one of us for a long time: Ms. Pat YALE, a historian of British origin and a first class travel writer.

She was born in London, studied history at Cambridge University before entering the world of travel industry. She worked for Thomas Cook and American Express Travel for several years after which she began teaching travel and tourism at school and writing text-books on travel industry.

In 1990 she became a full-time travel writer, working on the Lonely Planet guides to Turkey, Iran, the Middle East, Britain, Ireland and Dublin, as well as writing the first edition of the Lonely Planet guide to London. She also co-authored the eco-conscious The Good Tourist in the UK and The Good Tourist in Turkey guides.

In 1998 she moved to Turkey and bought and restored an old cave-house in Göreme in Cappadocia. In 2007 she started writing the twice-weekly Cave Life column for the Today’s Zaman newspaper while also writing the travel page that appears in Sunday’s Zaman.

She is the author of A Handbook for Living in Turkey (Çitlembik), the first guide to living in the country to be written by a local resident.

In 2010 she co-authored Istanbul The Ultimate Guide/İstanbul Hakkında Her Sey with the award-winning travel writer and tour guide Saffet Emre Tonguç. She has also written the Istanbul Select and Istanbul Smart guides for the Insight Publications group.

When asked “Where’s your favorite country?” she is more than happy to reply; “Turkey, of course”. Her favorite place is Göreme – with Istanbul in the second place.

Pat runs a very informative/useful webpage about Turkey on the internet with below URL:

For those interested in acquiring accurate information about this country with unlimited offerings, this address would serve the purpose, right on track.

On this occasion, we would like to thank Pat for her huge contribution to the promotion of this country across the globe.


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