It’s not very often I read something that completely shocks me. I mean, I live in today’s world, and I try to educate myself on an many things as possible…I’m not necessarily book smart, just…observant I guess. Anyway, I like to travel, and when I came upon a link in Facebook titled “the best places to travel in 2015,” I naturally clicked the link. The article highlighted places like Cleveland, Houston, Norway, and Japan. These places made sense. I didn’t even flinch when I saw Cuba on the list. With the few things in the news about Cuba, it made sense. But then I stumbled upon a listing…Iran. My mouth dropped.
Iran!!! The same place with their hostile, unpredictable, and sometimes seemingly delusional leader. Why would anyone want to travel there? I initially laughed it off. Even shared it with the P.I.C and dismissed the preposterous thought. American’s probably can’t even travel there (like Cuba). But then I thought for a second. Do Americans travel there? I began to do Google searches, and went onto TripAdvisor to see what types of things were being said.
My goodness…most comments or articles highlighted a friendly place that had a lot to offer, from a historical standpoint. Sure, you are advised to travel with a guide, but getting in and out of the country seems to be an uneventful process. I read multiple stories of how friendly the people are…going out of there way to be courteous to foreigners. Even more, it seems that visitors from the Western world are rare, but Europeans visit without hesitation (that may be a slight exaggeration).
I know there is a lot of propaganda in our news, and I do my best to see beyond what they want us to know versus what’s actually true, but I never really thought that Iran could be a desirable place to visit. I’m not saying I want to go there. I like to travel for food, and I hear their food isn’t particularly appealing, but still. My eyes have been opened. Yes, tonight, a post on Facebook taught me something. Well done internet…well done.