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Is it just me?… or Istanbul?… all the touring cyclists have disappeared!

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Is it just me?… or Istanbul?… all the touring cyclists have disappeared!

For ten years living in Istanbul I used to get about 4-12 requests per year for a place to stay. I usually accepted half of them.

But since 2016, there's been virtually nothing.

Either no-one wants to cycle to Istanbul now, or I've had some bad feedback and I don't know about it. I can't imagine it's the latter - I'm pretty harmless - but is there a way to check?

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I assume that there's been a

I assume that there's been a general slump in tourism due to terrorist incidents and political uncertainty but how much that would affect the numbers of touring cyclists passing through I don't know.

Searching for Istanbul seems to suggest that there are reasonable numbers passing through:
https://www.warmshowers.org/search/node/istanbul%20feedback

Maybe the explosion of members over the last few years has finally caught up with you - I know from personal experience its a needle in a haystack scenario to be found by someone these days in a big city. Unfortunately most of the members marked as available to host clogging lists and maps aren't even interested in hosting and there's plenty of evidence to suggest guests aren't successfully finding accommodation as they don't have enough time to invest randomly clicking on map markers or profiles looking for an active host.

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I have no idea about why this

I have no idea about why this is but I am planning on being in Istanbul in the spring of 2018!

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I went there last summer in

I went there last summer in July and it was great, I don't think people should worry about going there more than going anywhere else in Europe. It's still in my plans for next year :)

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Heading for Istanbul

Don't give up - I've got a pair of lads coming to me in Girona, Spain next weekend with the declared destination of Istanbul. True, they've got some way to go yet! :))

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I start my trip next weekend

I start my trip next weekend in Istanbul ? Hopefully to Varna and eurovelo6.
I m stressed before to start....

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It's The Times

If you had negative feedback you'd know about it. There will always be a fluctuation in numbers over the years. We're even feeling it here on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Since Turkey had a relatively recent coup attempt and subsequent crackdowns, I suspect that's part of the issue. People are probably also being influenced by the constant negative and alarmist reporting of events throughout the world and possibly just travelling less overall.

...just my 2 cents worth
...Michelle

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