What the locals know
As a Muslim country, be prepared to dress conservatively, even in the height of summer, and especially in Istanbul.
Always looks for accreditation. There are many people loitering outside of popular tourist spots claiming to be guides, so don’t be fooled.
If you’re making a trip to see the Blue Mosque, note there are specific opening times for public use. Forget the afternoon time and opt for the late evening slot to miss the major tourist queues.
If you’re going on a boat, do remember to bring seasickness tablets with you. You never know when you’ll be able to stop or if the island you do stop at has a pharmacy. Let’s just say the first day was very rough for a few people on my sail.