The Ruins of Ani (And Why You Should Go Despite Creepy Hotels)

Compared to the other cities in Turkey I’d been to, Kars felt so remote. This city on the Georgia-Turkey border is so out of the backpackers loop that it didn’t have any hostels. For someone traveling in a budget like me that meant settling for cheap hotels which, in my experience, can be worse than the cheapest hostels.

To confirm my belief, the 4 or so hotels in Kars within my budget had non-stellar reviews. There were stories of overly gropey hotel employees and single women being harassed. Ugh. Nothing too horrible but still something nobody wants to have to go through.