263: The Price of Mobility: Acquiring a Turkish Passport Through Investment

Today, I bring to you a personal report of a portion of my month-long trip that I just returned from. As we focus on my time in Turkey, I will include an update on the citizenship by investment I am working on from there. While it was an incredible trip, it wasn’t all roses, as we had some challenges to face along the way. 

I don’t hold back – you’ll get the good, the bad and the ugly of my experience in Turkey, one of my favourite countries. Enjoy!



  • Find out what it was like travelling with my entire family – my wife, the kids, my mom, and even the nanny – through four different countries.
  • Learn about some of the difficulties I encountered while pursuing my citizenship by investment program for Turkey.
  • Hear about all the incredible (and not-so-incredible) properties that I saw and the endless hurdles we faced along the way while shopping for real estate.
  • Find out how we ran into a major complication with our CBI due to our marriage taking place outside of both of our native countries.
  • Listen in to hear about our run-in with a pickpocketer that snatched my mother’s purse – a stark reminder to never let your guard down while travelling.
  • Learn all about my experience at the awe-inspiring Galata Towers – this is one place you absolutely cannot miss when in Istanbul.
  • Come to understand why – despite some of its issues – Istanbul remains one of my favourite cities in the world.



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180: Residency and Citizenship Updates – Mikkel Thorup



Well, that’s it for my trip to Turkey. While I went into this episode with the plan to discuss my entire trip, the conversation about Turkey and the efforts I am making to achieve my citizenship by investment was plenty enough to fill its own episode. 

In a perfect world, I’d only have positive things to report about the process, but one of the reasons I do these programs is to find the roadblocks so that my clients don’t have to. And rest assured, when it’s all said and done, I will be the owner of a Turkish passport.

If you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes glimpse into my experience in Turkey, leave a comment and let me know. I may very well follow this up with reports on my experiences in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, so stay tuned!

About The Host, Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup; the host of The Expat Money Show, has 20+ years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran.

His goal now is to help Expats just like you to generate additional streams of income, eliminate your tax bill, and take advantage of offshore structures so you can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again.

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1 Comment

  1. PeterTaradash on 09/29/2023 at 1:05 AM

    The easiest place to get married (aside from Las Vegas) is Gibraltar.
    If you went thru some kind of marriage ceremony previously, it doesn’t matter.
    All you need are each party’s passports & birth certificates.
    You can get details on the Gibraltar Marriage we website.

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