A little about me..

So here I am. Danni. 21 years old. An English girl living abroad. Why? Well… You’ve all heard the typical holiday romance stories, right? I’m living one. 

Up til the age of 19, I lived a pretty normal life. Born and raised in Essex, England. I left college with great grades, decided to go on a foreign holiday with my best friend to celebrate, and from then on in, everything changed.
While on holiday, I met a Turkish guy. To cut a long story short, 9 months later, and only having spent 2 full weeks together in that period, I moved to Turkey to be with him. Looking back, I’m suprised my family let me go through with it, I can’t even remember how the ‘Mum, Dad..I’m moving 4000 miles away’ conversation went, I think I must have tucked that little memory up deep inside somewhere. But I do remember it caused a lot of issues. Everyone thought I was naive, family members were wary, and I nearly lost some very good friends because of my decision.
That was in 2011. Now, over two years later, I’m still here. Still happy, still in love, and still living my own little holiday romance story. Do I regret it? Not at all. Things are not as I imagined they would be, no way. But I don’t regret it a bit.
I’ve always been a girl of few words, too shy for my own good, but I mean what I say, and say what I mean. I figured a blog would be the perfect place me to discuss things I’m passionate about, and give people an insight into what life is really like living in a foreign country far away from family, friends and everything I’ve ever known…

More than anything, it’s just a space for me and my thoughts.


  1. Hayley Tasci · · Reply

    Loving this blog Danni, well written!! 🙂

      1. Hai, I like your blog…How can I contact you? I really need to ask some questions… 🙂

      2. I did, yesterday I sent messages in your facebook, but I didnt get response at all. I’m sorry if my question maybe too annoying for you. Thanks.

  2. good luck hope everything works out for both of you, life is to short live your dream and makeit reality xx

  3. Lucky you I so wish I had my young age again because I’d be doing just what you are doing Hun good luck in the future and love the blog x

    1. Thanks for the nice comment 🙂 x

  4. tanya delahay · · Reply

    I came bk from marmaris 2 wks ago i met a gawjus 29 yr old turkish fella & am going bk in june / july
    I was the happiest in them 2 wks than i have been in a long long time it was a fab holiday romance cant wait to go back x

    1. good for you 🙂 hope summer comes around quickly for you! x

  5. tanya delahay · · Reply

    I came bk from marmaris 2 wks ago i met a gawjus 29 yr old turkish fella & am going bk in june / july
    I was the happiest in them 2 wks than i have been in a long long time it was a fab holiday romance cant wait to go back

  6. Dannie just curious – do you work in Turkey, if not what do you do all day?

    1. I no longer live there unfortunately, but no I did not work, didn’t have a work permit. The normal housewife duties, cleaning, cooking, walking the dog 😉 Nothing touristy 🙂

  7. Hey Danni, so glad I found your blog! I love your spirit. Where are you now, if not in Turkey? I hope things worked out for you… 🙂

    1. Thanks 🙂 Back in England now, London 😦 Hoping Berkay can come over on a visit visa soon 🙂 x

      1. Inshallah! Good luck and keep up the blogging k x

  8. Hi Danni what a fab blog,hope it all works out for you both. Just wondering if you are Miss Danni from the CBS forum?

    1. thats me 🙂 Glad you like it,thanks for the lovely comment x

  9. Awww you’re welcome,the blog and pic are lovely. Such a shame you had to leave turkey but I’m sure you will be back there again,things happen for a reason x

  10. Oops forgot to say I’m also on cbf under the name raygans,I remembered some of your posts on there about how hard it was for you with no aircon in the hot summers among other things lol x

  11. Hi Danni, I’m on CBF too – this is a superb blog, well done you.

    1. thankyou, i was checking my stats and saw a few visitors come my way due to you mentioning my blog, thanks 🙂 x

  12. Hi I am loving reading your posts. I have been to Istanbul and would love to experience an authentic Turkish holiday, were would you recommend? Being a practicing Muslim, ideally I am looking to book a private pool, so that i can go swimming. I would love to hear from you.

    1. Authentic Turkish, mmmm. Not sure really, I Love Fethiye obviously, fethiye town is pretty authentic and not touristy at all, but surrounding areas are. It depends what you want really… Im sure you’ll find apartments with private pools but may have to be willing to pay quite bit extra for it x

  13. Ooooohhh noticed you had a message from Mr Scunner,great blog n CBF a grand forum woo hoo x

  14. Danni, What is this CBF you are all talking about?

  15. Thanks Danni, Hope that you get to visit Cappadocia one day and Central Anatolia.
    I love to visit the Typical Turkish villages. Although one village that i stayed at for a week, they had never seen any english people there EVER. It was beautiful, family picnics and BBQ’S under the shade of the Apple Trees in the Orchard. Cooling our drinks in the nearny streams, and arriving by Massey Fergusun trucks in the sat in apple carts! Singing and dancing and fishing at the nearby Lake.

    1. That sounds lovely! x

  16. Hi Danni , I just happened upon your blog after typing in “English girls in Kalkan ” lol your story is a lot like mine but mine happened 12 years ago 😊I’m now 31 married and in Kalkan . I have been here a year and I haven’t met any girls that live here yet ( shocking since there is supposed to be loads of em lol ) plus I’m pretty shy too . I’ve lived in Turkey for 8 years now .. It can get quite lonely. Add me on FB if you want I’m Kimberley Kelly bilgi 😊 x

    1. I’ve been to Kalkan, love it it’s so classy compared to other resorts. 🙂 which is probably why there aren’t many lol.. 8 years is a long time! I’ll add you, will be good to chat 🙂 xx

  17. Turkish Law · · Reply

    Hi Danni;

    For your questions regarding to Turkish Law (namely; Citizenship, Work Permits, Residence, Real Estate Acquisition, Recognition and Enforcement of Verdicts and Inheritance), you can complimentarily consult to turkishlawforforeigneirs@gmail.com.


  18. Hey Danni! I really like your posts, they make me miss Turkey. I have also lived some sparkles of the Turkish dream, an experience which changed my life. Few weeks ago I have also started a blog about my experiences, Turkish language lessons and cultural sweets and I’m glad to discover other blogs related to Turkey written by non-Turks. Wish you good luck and kolay gelsin!

  19. Hi danni,
    Great story and great idea for this blog! Wish you all the happness in the world. Turkey is my passion also, though I am not living there I’ve promised myself I will make lots of trips around it and who knows…maybe love will aslo wait for me somewhere there 🙂

    another Dani

    1. Enjoy your exploring of Turkey 🙂 Maybe! Thanks x

  20. Hi danni, i enjoyed reading yr post about the cost of living in turkey, well researched. I have been living in fethiye for 5 Seasons and working, but find i still need to rtn to uk in winter to get work. Trying to find a way to stay as the quality of life is much higher, than the wages. Good luck, get in contact if you are back.

  21. Hi Danni,

    Could I email you personally about a project I am working on. I think you would be perfect, it’s all about Turkey and amazing experiences.


  22. Hi Danni,
    Really enjoy reading your blog posts. Would it be possible to email you directly about a project I’m working on? It involves Turkey and amazing experiences. I think you would be great!

  23. Danielle Aubrey-Tootell · · Reply

    Hi Danni!
    My name is Danielle, and I am in a very very very similar situation! I’d love to be able to contact you and get some info of your experiences as I am also looking forward to moving to Turkey next year!

    1. I’ve replied to your email 🙂 always nice to talk to people in the same situations x

  24. Asli Borek · · Reply

    Hi! My name is Aslı, I’ve just come up to your article about stereotypes on my dash and I was like let’s read it. It was very good and I’m surprised to learn that you live in Fethiye, I mean, I am from Fethiye. I live in Istanbul now but I go to Fethiye ’cause my family still lives there. I feel like I found an unexpected friend, well sort of. If you wanna talk, just send me an email 😉 Best!

    1. Hi Aslı 🙂 Glad you liked my post! Thanks for reading 🙂 Interesting that you’re from Fethiye, do you prefer Istanbul? I haven’t been there yet! x

  25. Dear Danni,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Turkey, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

    1. Hi Joyce,
      I would love to take part! Could you email me the document and questions to missdanni1992@hotmail.co.uk please as I am unable to see any here?

      Thank you. Danni

  26. Hey, not sure how you feel about awards but I nominated you for one on my blog 😉 You can read more here: http://themauritiangeographer.com/2015/02/17/a-couple-of-awards/


  27. Inshallah I’ll be “living the Turkish dream” pretty soon too, with my hubby 🙂 cant wait to get back there!

  28. Hi Danni,

    What great courage you have. I could have never done it I think. 🙂 I hope you’re doing well and you’re liking Turkey so far. Unfortunately I as a Turkish girl have to live far away from that great country. I’ll just proceed to read your blog posts.

    Good luck!

    1. Aww why did you move away? Thanks x

      1. I was born elsewhere, (un)fortunately 🙂

    2. Yeah I’d say its a wise move! Residency visas are becoming more difficult so you’d have to look into that, but I think you’d love it, when you have an income from the UK it’s a good lifestyle there x

  29. Hi Danni, I have jut retired a few months and was thinking out loud to move to Turkey. I’ve been to Turkey a couple of times in 2000 and 2001 and stayed in Hisaranu and an Oludeniz which I fell in love with the place. What advice would you give to me to enjoy the retirement in Turkey. Of course I would only live there for a few months of the year. Would you say its a wise move or not? Any other advice. AL Doncaster

  30. So pleased your living your dream.and why not love you are only young once.its no good getting to my age then thinking oh I wish id done that when I was younger get put there girl and grasp everything that comes your way with both hands and good luck to you and your future together.x

    1. Thanks Susan. You’re right, no regrets! x

  31. Hi Danni, I wanted to see if you could help guide me towards English Speaking Teens in Turkey. I am working on a project that will allow them to contribute in an online community and collaborate with people from around the world. Are there any websites/blogs you would recommend I reach out to to find them or do you have any friends that would be interested? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  32. Loving your blog, only just found it. Turkey is such a beautiful country, with lovely people, it’s no surprise you decided to move there. Based my first novel in Turkey (Marmaris area) and have made lots of friends with readers who messaged me and shared their own Turkey experience. Live the dream!!!! x

    1. Hi Penny! THanks 🙂 Ooh yes I’ve heard about your book, it looks good, might have to get myself a copy 🙂 x

  33. Joshua Mitchell · · Reply

    I’ve been wanting to visit Turkey ever for about a year now, and I recently stumbled across a job opportunity in Van. Since then I’ve been doing a lot of reading and stumbled across your blog. If you wouldn’t mind answering, Would you say a monthly income of 2000 tl is sufficient for a twenty year old male? Would this be riding on the line of poverty, or a comfortable amount to live on?

    I love your blog, and hope to be living my own Turkish dream, soon enough

    1. Wow, what an opportunity, if I can be nosey what is the job doing? Not many foreign people in Van! Yes I would say 2000tl is more than enough for a fairly comfortable life, I don’t know about rent prices etc there but I can’t imagine they’d be more than Fethiye etc so 2000tl would be enough. 🙂 x

  34. Excellent excellent excellent. As an online anxiety coach with turkish roots, I love your blog. We are actually considering spending 6 months in Istanbul. What do you think of a family of 3 to do something like this with a 5 year old? Is the politics just too much? Freedom?

  35. Hey there! American girl considering a move to turkey and would love as much feedback as I can gather- could we chat via email?!

    1. Barrie Lee Thorpe · · Reply

      I mentioned the ‘politics’ thing in an earlier post.
      Still live there part of the time-and there’s lots of things I love-but I do find it difficult to consider living in a country where Youtube keeps getting blocked, women are told they shouldn’t laugh so much or go out in public if they’re pregnant, and the President spits at peaceful demonstrators and calls them something I shan’t repeat here.
      On the plus side-the weather and food and countryside are fantastic, I’ve met lots of excellent people, and really it’s a bit like the US -how can people so pleasant on a personal level generally be happy with the kind of government they keep electing.?
      I know a few people who live in Istanbul and Turgutreis and Bodrum etc- ex-pats from Australia, Germany, Britain etc- so if I can help or put you in touch with anyone, please contact me.
      The main problems people I am in contact with regularly have are to do with the national politics and the godawful bureaucracy.
      The day to day life is very pleasant and liberal in a Westernised area like the Bodrum Peninsula, but it’s not necessarily typical.
      And a couple of people-Turks themselves I should stress-have come out with the joke ‘How do you know when a Turk’s lying?’ Answer-‘ When you see his lips move’.
      I quote this only as an example of something that some Turks say about their own culture.
      As to my own experience, I’ll gladly counter that with examples of extraordinarily kind and decent people I’ve met.
      A German friend in Turgutreis-married to a Turkish woman- needed to get his car fixed, so a Turkish man from his village took half a day of his own time out to drive with him to a garage and make sure he got ‘Turkish price’, not ‘ foreigner price’.
      Typical I’m sure of lots of what Danni’s experienced. Good bad and indifferent all mixed up.

  36. Erce Sevin · · Reply

    Nice blog and nice story. Wish you and Berkay happiness. We were around Fethiye region in September. Planning to do what you have than but from a shorter distance(living in İstanbul), being a Fethiye resident. By the way this is for Berkay: “Hayırlı teskereler”.

  37. Colin brook · · Reply

    Hi Dani my wife and I are thinking about moving to ovechiek buying a 4 bed villa with a pool outright. We are both 50
    We will have a monthly income of £1300 to live an average lifestyle nothing extravagant do you think this is possible

    1. Oh really, nice! The Villa sounds beautiful and Ovacik is a nice area. Yes I think that is very possible. Me and my partner lived off 1500tl between us, rougly £350 a month, and had to pay rent from that too. £1300 pounds is enough for a very good lifestyle there x

  38. Good morning,

    I am Hoa Nguyen from http://www.vietnam-visa.com/.
    May I reach you via email as I would like to discuss with you about collaboration chance between us please? I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Yours faithfully,
    Hoa Nguyen

  39. Barrie Lee Thorpe · · Reply

    I ended up in Turkey-completely different reason, bought a yacht which happened to be there. I understand your parents’/friends’ concerns. We’ve all heard the stories. But gotta follow your star to some extent. Found your white bean stew recipe as was wondering what other people’s variants might be.
    Still got my boat there but moved to a villa on Crete as I find Erdogan and his gang too creepy.
    As to the question of how much is enough to live on there- i think you’ll probably agree that Turkey isn’t now quite as cheap as it was, especially the way they keep pushing up the price of alcohol. But I reckon I could easily live on that kind of money per month and ESPECIALLY if I cut down on booze. If you already own your place , you of course have bills to pay, but if you’re not paying rent then I agree, you can live pretty well on the kind of money you all mentioned.

  40. You sound like me 🙂

  41. Recently I have become quite fascinated with everything Turkey after watching a few Turkish shows on Netflix. I love the language, culture and cuisine. Have learned a few Turkish words but no one to really use them on 😋

  42. Hi

    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.

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