Levent Aşkan

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Levent Aşkan, a member of Good People of Vitruta, answered seven questions we asked him.
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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born and raised in Kadıköy. I was born in 1988. Even though I graduated from Boğaziçi University, Tourism Management, I am currently in the class of those who did not study in their department. I provide consultancy services on online marketing. Apart from that, I can say that I run and cycle to distract myself.

What is a pleasant day in Istanbul for you? What do you do?

My pleasant days in Istanbul mostly take place on weekends. Waking up early in the morning and running on the beach is usually followed by breakfast and a book session with the family. I try to meet my friends in Moda. For some reason, Moda is one of the places I enjoy the most these days. It would be unfair if I didn't count the days I went to Moda by bike as enjoyable ones.

So if we go out a bit, what's an ideal holiday for you? What are your favorite places that you have seen so far? Is there any advice you can give us about them?

My definition of an ideal holiday has changed for a few years and I make sure that the holiday is in nature. Maybe it's as you get older. : )

My favorites are destinations where I can be alone in nature and have trekking trails. Of course, it is great if there is an opportunity for extreme sports. My favorite places in recent years are; Nepal – Pokhara, Thailand – Pai, Lycian Way and Kaz Mountains. I recommend Pokhara and Lycian Way for their trekking trails, Pai for its exquisite natural views, and Kaz Mountains for its weather.

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So, what are your must-have items when packing your suitcase for this holiday? What do you take with you?

My tent is a must. In addition, I definitely put a short book, my sleeping bag and my mat in my backpack.

Do you have any book/music/film recommendations that have influenced you recently?

As a book, I would say Plato's Symposium. One of the most beautiful books I've read about love. It explains very well that love does not have a universal definition.

Nowadays, I am one of those who have shifted to Turkish Rap in terms of music. Frankly, it makes you dance.

There are platforms in all of our lives these days; Netflix, Youtube, audiobooks, podcast applications... Which of these are in your life and to what extent? Maybe you would like to share your favorite channels, podcast series or favorite TV series-documentaries with us?

Freedom in Thought is one of the channels I follow with pleasure on YouTube. I also enjoy watching 140Journos' videos. On the podcast side, Scarfless Entellik and 5 People are channels whose episodes I eagerly await. I also follow Evolution Tree whenever I have time.

Regarding business, I try to listen to Entrepreneur Talk and Gary Vaynerchuk.

Of course, while we're on the subject of podcasts, let's also talk about Made in Turkey.
We have a podcast where we tell the stories of companies that sell products over the internet from Turkey to abroad.

*You can check out the Made in Turkey podcast that Levent Aşkan mentioned in our article here.