Turkey is an amazing exotic country. I've no experience of doing the country independently however I can advice you just a little.
Although considered a secular country & women dress from being completely covered in black to fairly revealing western clothing, bear in mind this is mainly a Muslim country & outside westernised tourist resorts it might be more prudent for women to dress conservatively.
Turkey is prone to terrorist attacks and by their very nature it's hard to know when & where they'll strike, Istanbul seems a favourite target. But then again this is an amazing city not to be missed & life is full of dangers. You could be knocked down by a bus crossing the street.
Be careful about travelling too far east in the country into Kurdish territory & near the Iraqi border. There is some social unrest over there.
Watch your drinks to make sure they aren't spiked & don't let a stranger buy you one.
Never be tricked into a bar or restaurant. Make your own decisions regarding this since people have been known to have their exit barred, being threatened to hand over their credit cards or handed an enormous bill. I've no idea how widespread this is.
On a lighter nore don't miss Cappadocia in central Turkey, Pamukkale in western Turkey should be worth a visit too I'd imagine.
Above all enjoy your trip. This is an amazing country where east meets west and an assault on the western senses. almost 7 years ago
Yes, Turkey is safe for travel. Here are my tips: http://traveleater.wordpress.com/category/europe/2011/07/09/turkey/#entry Turkey is my favourite country! (I've visited about 35, oh, and I'm female) You will want to stay in the western half, and practice the same kind of travel common sense you would in Europe. As women travelling alone, you'll receive much fewer unwanted comments from men if you dress conservatively (ie cover your knees, and, ideally, your elbows, and avoid tight clothing). Other tips: Don't drink the tap water, be careful that the Istanbul airport taxi drivers don't overcharge you, but otherwise enjoy the amazing hospitality that Turks have to offer. almost 7 years ago
We are two women traveling independently in turkey right now and have not experienced any problems. We drank the tap water, had ice in our drinks, used atm's, took cabs, wandered the streets (day and night), drank in local bars, bargained in the bazaars-- all without incident. Have found the people to be welcoming and helpful. It is a vibrant, eclectic, fascinating city, Book your trip, relax and enjoy! almost 7 years ago