Writer looks back on Turkey holiday that ended with quarantine in the 1980s

Holidaymakers seeking autumn Turkish sunshine now have to quarantine. Nothing new there says Travel Editor Nigel Thompson as he recalls an eventful trip in 1987

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“Good afternoon. We want to go to Turkey next month, please.”

“Certainly. Where?”

“The cheap part.”

It was September 1987 and we were in a travel agency in Sheffield, where I was a news sub-editor on the Star evening newspaper, and my wife Debbie a ward sister at the city’s Children’s Hospital.

We’d been married a year, had two weeks off in ­October, and wanted sunshine, history and a bit of adventure.

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Turkey fitted the bill. Mass tourism hadn’t really arrived, it was good value, suitably exotic for a young couple in Sheffield, and no colleagues or friends had been. So, some travel kudos. What we could not possibly have known was the trip would end in a way that is now very familiar in 2020.

We cannot remember the cost of a fortnight on B&B in a one-star hotel in Kusadasi, on the Aegean coast 60 miles south of Izmir, other than it must have been a bargain as we were on low pay with a hideous mortgage interest rate.

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