Our Values

Explore Istanbul was created by Demet & Luke who started the Website in July 2017 after being in and out of Turkey for the last four years. The idea of the site is to provide top travel advice based on our own experiences and experiences of friends/fellow travellers who provide this to the site. We will […]

Explore Istanbul was created by Demet & Luke who started the Website in July 2017 after being in and out of Turkey for the last four years. The idea of the site is to provide top travel advice based on our own experiences and experiences of friends/fellow travellers who provide this to the site. We will recommend certain services but only ones we have actually used and will promote them based on merit alone. This page is to outline our values and explain our intensions while being completely transparent.

Why are we putting so much time and effort Into this Site?

  1. We enjoy documenting what we see and have a genuine passion and love for Istanbul. It is where we dated, proposed, had our Engagement and also our Marriage. And this was not due to convenience (since Luke lived in England and Demet’s parents Lived near Izmir!). So I think it’s fair to say this is true!
  2. We want to see if by placing useful & relevant adverts/affiliate links we can earn some sort of income from all our time spent creating this Travel series.
    • Adverts & affiliate links will have no impact to you and will not cost you any money.  This allows us to make some pocket money, and you to have free content!

Whilst it is true, we plan to make money from this site, we will not do it to the detriment of our audience or quality of content. So, what exactly does this mean?

  • We will never advertise or provide an affiliate link for a service we would not use ourself. There are many sites that do and we think this is wrong. I would like our audience to trust our content and we cannot have trust if we are promoting services which may not be best for our viewers.
  • We will not try and trick you into clicking a link. All adverts and affiliate links will be clearly placed and not hidden.
  • If you click a link, it will not make the service more expensive for you, they will simply give us a commission for bringing you to their site. No cost impact for you.

What do we have that other similar subject sites do not?

  • An intuitive and user friendly layout. We want to make information easy and fun to read! We will give key facts first and more detailed content following, this means you can find what you want fast and if you are interested you can continue reading.
  • A unique relationship and viewpoint. Luke lives and is from England so knows what information you would like and difficulties you may face. Demet has lived the majority of her life in Istanbul, Turkey so know’s local tricks and more detailed knowledge.
  • A desire to create quality content without providing adverts or links to services we have no experience with.

What to do if you would like to advertise with us?

  • Please send a detailed overview of what you provide and your credentials/ proof of customer service. It may be necessary for Luke or Demet to use your service so we can experience it and make the correct recommendation to our audience. If we do not like your values, we will not advertise for you.