A friend has invited me to visit Turkey where they have been living for a while. I've not traveled much outside the United States due to parenting and family commitments - much to my disappointment - and so am very happy to have this opportunity though concerned I am doing so on a very tight budget for a multi-month stay.
Any feelings on safety in Southwestern part of country or in general. Obvious issues are present in the region and have consulted US State Department and Embassy comments.
Best cell phone provider? Purchase in US and exchange SIM card?
Emergency health/evacuation insurance? Though I am an athlete the trip is partially a respite from some unresolved and exhausting health issues. I've known some mountain climbers and others to buy evacuation insurance? Comments?
Ease of travel to other countries in the region? I'd like to get some dental work done in Eastern Europe and of course explore the region. Geographically it would seem easy to be based in Turkey. Comments?
Flight options? I see a number of carriers with many one-stop options from the United States. Experiences? Also, would it be possible for me to arrange layovers in one or two cities without increasing my costs beyond a hotel? So London or some other European city.
Thanks for any input on these or via your experiences. I've waited to travel for a long time and am excited but am doing so under less than optimal financial and health conditions - thanks for all advice/experiences/input.