Explore The World In Comfort: Recommendation

Mikey, Crochet Crowd

Explore Another Country With Ease

I’m not one to push my ‘gay agenda’ but sometimes being what Daniel and I are can create friction by just the near sight of us. Let’s be realistic that not everyone is cool or comfortable.

Daniel and I have just got back from Europe where we explored Italy, Greece and Turkey. Knowing that our lifestyle directly conflicts with the strong belief system of other countries, we were worried about our personal safety. Should we have been worried? Absolutely! You are a guest of other countries and need to be respectful and discreet.

Without feeding you any baloney, we were scared walking alone in Istanbul Turkey because of the 15 million residents that are practically living on top of each other. It’s a very dense and over crowded city. We had walked a few streets and were extremely nervous as we were constantly haggled and approached to give money, buy things and etc. We gave into fear and returned back to the safety of the ship to ease our nerves.

Part of saving the tremendous amount of money that we did was to hire to private tours in Turkey with Pride Travel of Turkey.

I know what you are thinking… gay pride parades and flaming queens flying everywhere! Let me be the first to correct this misconception. This goes beyond that stereotype. It’s about your personal safety and more.

The tours are private so you are given a guide where you will explore a region or location within Turkey. The guides are aware before they ever meet you that you are unique. They are professional and don’t openly discuss your homosexuality. This prevents you from receiving a guide that has a personal issue with your lifestyle that sets for an very uncomfortable tour. They offer tips and keep you safe while exploring. You don’t need to worry about other guests on the tour because it’s just yourselves and your guide. You do not need to worry about other tourists in the same tour that have a problem with you.

Mikey, Crochet Crowd

Spice Market, Istanbul Turkey. The Cruise Ships have 1000’s of people visiting causing extreme congestion. There were 3 cruise ships on the day we were there.

The guides know the language and know when a taxi driver, restaurant owner and etc may be snow jobbing you trying to rip you off. The guides are honest about what areas to avoid, even if you aren’t gay but just to stay away from shady areas. For this alone, it’s money well spent. Your guide most likely won’t be gay but is just open minded doing their job professionally.

We arranged 3 tours with this company while in Turkey. They handled us with such professionalism and took care of all of the details of our tours. You skip past the long lines waiting to get into the attractions as your guide is licensed. We skipped so many lines by just walking in. Your guide takes care of the transportation and entry fees as you are essentially paying for that with your tour rate.

Being just you and the guide, you can ask any questions you wish. We found many people who were not happy with their large bus tours eaves dropping on our guide as they were learning far more and not straining to hear what the guide was saying.


Spice Market, Istanbul Turkey

Even if you are not gay, I highly recommend Pride Travel of Turkey to handle personal tours while exploring. They were much cheaper than the bus tours offered by the Cruise Ship and other mega tour companies. You have the comfort of not riding along with a bus of other people who can quickly ruin a tour by their rudeness or non-respect of others during the tour.

I mentioned earlier about being scared to walk by ourselves. Once we did our private tour the 2nd day in Istanbul Turkey, I realized we could have walked within certain areas without too much fear. Our guide was very honest and helped us. In retrospect, I would have done a tour first and then walked in certain areas knowing the region better. I would have left my camera on the cruise ship and just explored with limited cash and not have anything that is easy to grab.

Due to there being so many people, it’s easy for you to be bumped or squeezing by people. Someone can have their hands in your pockets or purse stealing as you believe you are just being bumped as a distraction. You will realize at a later time that you were robbed.

Anyway, I thought I would share what we did on our vacation to help us save money and keep us safe. You may find this advice helpful.


About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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16 Responses to Explore The World In Comfort: Recommendation

  1. This is a good idea for most people traveling overseas. You do not know all the customs although after living in Saudi Arabia for four months, I knew to never go any where without a male. I also learned quickly which males I could trust not to expect something in return for the chaperone. It was exciting to be there and shop there even though a gaggle of females isn’t my idea of fun when overseas. I am glad you had a good experience & chose to be safe. Whether gay or straight, you have to take care overseas.

  2. Laura H. says:

    Mikey and Dan, I have been a fan for about a year now. I believe you are changing stereotypes every day. Because of your love and excitement for your craft, you are opening eyes to what is becoming a reality… especially here in the States as more and more states are legalizing gay marriage. Kudos to you and Dan for being honest, and sharing your journey! You both seem like wonderful men, and I’m proud to “know” you – even if it is only online 😉

  3. Thank you for the good advice, and very happy to hear you safe and sound.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your vacation with us, I found it to be very interesting, and it was so nice to meet Daniel. It was nice to hear about Turkey because my late husband went there for a few years when he was in the service many years ago, and now I can relate to some of the things that you were telling us. . It’s so nice to hear that you both had such a wonderful time. I am so happy that you came on face book, I really look forward everyday to look at all the beautiful patterns that everyone has made. I Love the videos that you put on for us too. Hoping you and Daniel have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

  5. Carole Parry says:

    I’m so happy you had a grand time. Italy is pretty much the same. I had my passport and money in a bag hanging around my neck and tucked into my blouse. Those guys on mopeds can drive by and cut your back pocket or your purse strings in a microsecond. It was still fun, and I did enjoy everything.

  6. virginia why says:

    Thinks so much for sharing .GOD’S BLESSINGS ANGELS ON SHOULDER.

  7. I think it speaks loudly about the heart of someone who cares enough about the future safety and pleasurable vacations of people he will probably never know! What a sweetheart you are sir!!!

  8. Loretta Burnham says:

    Glad, you and Daniel had a good time. I think I would have felt unsafe in a country,I didn’t know, how people are. Mikey, I think you did the right thing not to carry to much cash. Going with a guide was great to. Got to see a lot more. Sorry, that you felt unsafe, because of being Gay. No one, should never have go through that. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Cindy says:

    Love reading about your experiences…..very educational! What a fantastic trip!

  10. Karen Smarkola says:

    Mikey and Dan – thank you for sharing your vacation with us and I’m so glad you are enjoying your well earned down time. I loved Europe and being a female I would be insecure touring the Middle Eastern countries. We used a family tour guide in Ireland and I’m so glad you mentioned your Turkish guided for future travel.

  11. Hi Mikey, I’m a travel agent in Medford, Oregon and also follow you on you tube because I also crochet. You are great and I’ve learned so much from you.
    I also wanted to thank you for sharing your recent travel. You have so many great ideas and suggestions for travel in Turkey. I printed it off and plan on using your information when booking my clients to this destination.
    Thank you again,
    Monica Love-Harrington

  12. Jeanne Beverly says:

    Honestly, kudos to you two for getting off the ship in Turkey at all. I don’t think I would’ve felt safe being there, gay or not.

  13. Ruby Stewart says:

    I am glad that you were able to safely tour in turkey. We were stationed in England back in 1991. We had tickets to the grand opening of EuroDisney in Paris. Wouldn’t you know that the weekend we were supposed to go, the French truckers and Farmers were blocking the main routes protesting against the taxes or something like that. Anyway, we have the tickets as a reminder of when we Almost got to go to EuroDisney! I am so sorry that there are people in this world who judge people just because they are different from them. I think this world would be so dull if everyone was the same. Like everyone is an orange crayon. Dullsville! I appreciate you Mikey and Dan and Cathy for what you have taught me. And it is not all crocheting that I have learned. I look forward to seeing and reading more about your adventure. I am unable to walk without help and am limited on what I can do. I can hold a hook and Yarn bygolly and I enjoy seeing the smiles from people who recieve my crocheted gifts! God Bless and keep up the good job!

  14. Diane says:

    Mikey, I hope you had a wonderful time on your well deserved vacation.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Diane Lemery McDonald

  15. Cindy says:

    Thanks so much for that info. I often travel alone and this would be an excellent option for me as well. The spice market, really, I am SO jealous.

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