Don't be afraid to go to Turkey, says woman who jetted off with Tinder blind date

Nicole Graham on holiday in Turkey.
Nicole Graham on holiday in Turkey.
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A South Tyneside woman who found herself in the middle of a coup attempt after jetting off to Turkey has insisted holiday-makers should not curtail their travel plans.

Nicole Graham, 20, from South Shields, is in Marmaris, having jetted off there on a blind date for "a bit of banter".

She had originally planned to spend her holiday to the coastal resort with her mother and younger sister, but a passport mix-up meant they could no longer join her.

Because of that, she decided to make the trip into a blind date with a man she met on dating app Tinder.

The auxiliary nurse, who lives at The Nook, landed just hours before an attempted military coup which has so far left over 250 people dead.

However, she insists tensions in the country have calmed down, and she has been able to enjoy her holiday so far. She is due to fly back to the UK as planned on Friday.

She said: "The holiday has been spot on, and I've had a really good time so far.

"It is nothing like has been reported, so it must have calmed down a lot from what it was.

"I've been really surprised by how it is, and I've made some good friends already who I'm going to enjoy the rest of my holiday with before flying back on Friday.

"It's more lively than I expected.

"The nightlife is insane and the hotels are really busy.

"I thought people wouldn't come out here with what was going on, but it's not like that at all."