am thinking about a 'backpacking trip' thru turkey - on bus & train, but have not purchased a guide book yet (will probably get lonely planet). there are other destinations I am considering, but do not want to buy a guide book until i have decided upon country of travel!
that said, i was searching the net & found some older sites that were stating $5/night (basic!) accommodations... am wondering, given the weakened US economy, if i could realistically lodge for that amount currently? also, what could i expect for train/bus tickets (say, for a distance of 250-500 km)? and daily taxi fare? and meals?
NOTE - this is a backpacking budget & i'd like to cover travel, meals and lodging for under $10/day... on the US dollar!
any seasoned travelers out there, with recent budget travel in turkey???
a PS - did some more web searching and (1) the turkish $ has weakened against the US $ recently (!) and (2) $10 should provide more than suitable lodging and (3) transportation by bus/train is about $1.50/hr of travel... SO under $10/day total costs MIGHT be done (I am guessing), but add just a few more dollars for this and that - and the added comforts & ease should be totally worth it!
still, anyone who has anything to add - would appreciate! :)