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Travelers Point of View about Iran - IranInDepth

What is travelers point of view about Iran?

When it comes to traveling to Iran, as the media mostly braodcast negative image of the country, travelers have many concerns and are not sure if it is worth visiting. They also have too many questions about safety, dos and don’ts, hijab, dress code, and almost anything you can think of. We decided to share with you real opinios of people who have already traveled to the country to help you decide better and have a more enjoyable trip to our underrated country.

First, I would like to thank everyone that is involved in Iran with Couchsurfing and a big thank you to everyone that hosted me, spent time with me or just provided me with helpful information about Iran while I was there.

I traveled by myself in Iran for almost 6 weeks starting in Tehran and visiting the following places: Isfahan, Shiraz, Qeshm Island, Hormoz Island, Bandar Abbass, Yazd, Masouleh, Rasht and Tabriz.

As I can only talk about my experiences from the point of an Australian male, I would say Iran is a very safe place with some of the most friendliest people in the world however I did experience some problems along the way but that is all part of traveling and these problems can happen in any country in the world.

While in Iran I quickly realized not to judge a book by it’s cover and that even though it’s looks a Ok on the surface it doesn’t necessarily mean it is, there are a lot of people who are unhappy there. Also their driving has something to be desired, but all part of the adventure. Pollution is a big problem in Iran with thick clouds hanging over some cities, but then again they have some equally stunning nature.

I would recommend people to visit this country at the first opportunity as I believe in the coming years some of it’s charm will get lost as the increasing numbers of tourist start to visit this unbelievable country with it’s stunning nature, amazing hospitality, low costs and with lots of adventures to be had.

It’s a great country to travel in, but not a country I could live in. However I plan to return one day and visit some of the amazing friends I made in the 6 weeks I was in Iran. Thank you to all them for the amazing friendship and hospitality.

In January I spend two week traveling across Iran by my alone. I am American but have a British passport which allowed me to travel by myself. I thought the entire trip was amazing and I have no regrets about visiting. I did Tehran-Kashan-Esfahan-Yazd-Shiraz-Tehran.

A word to the rise however; Iran is not a ‘fun’ destination in the Western sense. If you are looking for a trip that will be a continuous party, don’t come to Iran. Go clubbing in Germany or pub crawling in London or go to a resort in Mexico, all of which are on my travel to do list, just not on this trip. I was more looking to have my ‘culture furniture rearranged’ so to speak. I strive to keep an open mind and gain a better understanding of the world and as an American who has only ever heard negative things about Iran my trip did not disappoint in this sense.

On a technical level my trip was easily arranged. I found a very cheap flight to Iran and the country itself is very affordable. Unfortunately visas for British passport holders are $300 which i did not realize until it was too late. While in Iran I traveled by bus. The buses and bus stations are cleaner, safer and generally nicer than in the United States. I always showed up day of and just asked for a ticket to my next destination. Though to be fair I was traveling very common routs. When it because clear that my Farsi isn’t sufficient someone with enough English always helped me. I couch surfed and stayed at some cheep hotels. I never felt unsafe in Iran.

I found the Iranian couch surfing community to be amazing. The people I met really helped make my trip even better. As I will mention i liked the typical tourist sights but I’m not really into ‘highlight’ tours or anything, i like meeting new people and hearing what they have to say. I met a diverse and interesting set of people through couch surfing all of whom were kind and welcoming. However i also found it easy to talk to people on the street, in restaurants and on buses. As a generalization Iranians seem to have a curiosity about foreigners that i have not encountered anywhere else. I guess i was easy to identify me as foreign so over the two weeks dozens of people struck up conversations welcoming to Iran, asking my opinion of their country and my opinions on the EPL which seems to be quite popular. Sometimes we strayed into politics which I found fascinating, political opinions where diverse but i was constantly impressed with Iranians ability to differentiate governments whose policies they disagree with from the people they represent. I am embarrassed to say Americans can be somewhat lacking in this respect!

As far as tourist sights go Iran is very impressive, if a tad underdeveloped. Getting into sights is cheap and crowds are at a minimum, if tourists lose their irrational fear of Iran (my opinion right there) many of these places such as Naqsh-e-Jahān Square and Persepolis will have dozens of times the tourist traffic they receive now.

The food I bought in Iran is a little mixed. ‘fast food’ is advertised as a positive thing on many restaurants which i found odd as it is now a dirty phrase in America. I ate many hamburgers which I liked, a pizza which I didn’t, a few sausage sandwiches which were okay and kebabs which were good but got tiresome. However everything was very cheap 50000 rial or so. An exception was the regional cuisine of Esfahan which was interesting and excellent. However home cooked food is a different story. Every time I was lucky enough to eat in someones home it was excellent.

Another tip: do your best to look the same in your passport/visa picture as you do when you travel. I guess there is an issue with stolen passports so the officer who issue my exit visa wasn’t to happy about the 3 months of facial hair I had which didn’t appear in my passport. Definitely the scariest moment of my trip

In the end I left Iran happy I visited and with a lot to think about as an American. I generally try to be ‘above politics’ which is probably why i visited despite most people telling me I was crazy, i would looking to expand my cultural horizons, nothing political. But after talking to Iranians from across the political spectrum i have discovered new points of view which i have never come close to being exposed to at home. I don’t like the Iranian government anymore than i ever have but i now appreciate that the blame for the way things are now does not rest with one country. I just hope politicians in both America and Iran can get over themselves in the future!

My girlfriend and I spend about three weeks in Iran. We traveled from Tabriz to Rasht, to Tehran to Shiraz (with stops in Isfahan, Kashan, and Yazd.

I had a very positive experience. The people were extremely generous and friendly. I have a many great memories of my experiences.

As a tourist, it was not difficult to travel between and within cities, find interesting things to do, and contact people. I easily bought a sim card for my phone and had access to internet.

Also, as a tourist traveling to Iran, I did not expect certain things I would look for in other countries I travel to because of the conservative laws. In my opinion, this did not bother me because I was not concerned about these things. But many tourists will not visit until things change. For the tourism industry to grow I think most tourists will want to be allowed to drink alcohol, will want to dress freely, and not be concerned about breaking laws.

I also realized safe it is to travel in Iran, with the exception of the traffic. My friends and family believed it was a very dangerous place to visit. I hope my stories changed their opinions.

Anyway, I hope this is what you are looking for. It is not my place to judge a society based on my point of views. I visited with an open mind. I don’t agree with everything I saw. I learned a lot. It was a wonderful experience.

My general opinion about Iran is definitely very positive. To be honest, despite the fact I was there only once for 3 weeks I am totally impressed by Iran. Especially by Iranian people. It is the best reason to come there. All people were extremely friend;y, helpful and hospitable. I have visited few countries in my life, but nowhere i have met such a great people. Yes, no doubt people are the bigest advantage of Iran. Also i have never felt as safe as Iran. (General opinion about Middle East and Iran is not so positive.

Media presents one dimension image of your country. It is main reason why still there are not too many tourists and travelers). Prices, good quality of transport and food thats all are things why Iran is really good opportunity for low budges travelers. Maybe food was a little bit monotonous for me.

I have visited main places in Iran like Shiraz, Isfahan,Qom, Yazd, Tehran and the north of Iran and definitely most of them I would like to visit one more time. I really love to meet again with people I have met there. I hope I will come to Iran again.

It’s hard to know where to start when we’re asked about our favorite Iran highlights. The history here is older than human memory, the landscapes even more ancient, and the people are among the kindest we’ve ever met.

Iran is liberally scattered with places of outstanding cultural, historical, and architectural heritage that are world-renowned and UNESCO-recognised.

Prepare to be delighted by a people that are generous of heart, incredibly warm and welcoming, curious, and rightly proud of their long and epic story.

Iran is a country you discover as much through its beautiful architecture and bustling bazaars as you do through its breathtaking landscapes. A place where tea can take a whole afternoon, and where your preconceptions will be continually challenged and rewritten.

Travelling through Iran was so unique and we experienced new and interesting things every day we were there. Some were the main tourist attractions and others were simple, local experiences. You’ll never run out of things to do in Iran and you could easily spend months exploring all the different parts.

There is a reason that Iran is termed “the jewel in Islam’s crown” – like a prized jewel, it’s colorful, intricately beautiful and brings joy. Iran is one of the world’s oldest civilizations, combining fascinating history, incredible food and glorious foods with a warm welcome.

If you’re in any way interested in the past, you’ll find plenty to feast on here, from the captivating ruins of Persepolis to the ancient Elamite complex of Chogha Zanbil, history has never felt closed than when you’re exploring old Persia. You can follow in the paths laid by Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan and wonder at how such beauty can still be felt in the modern age.

Even if ruins are not your thing, there are masses to satisfy any lover of aesthetic beauty. Iran is home to some truly exquisite architecture, with elegant tiled spires and minarets on mosques, delicate palaces and carefully landscapes gardens to stroll in. People in Iran place a premium on grace and sophistication, not only in their architecture but also in their manners.

You can expect to be welcomed with open arms and more invitations to tea or dinner than you know what to do with. It’s a wonderful opportunity to really get to the heart of the country, so make the most of these times to learn more about this rich and complex place.

What used to be a country which everybody believed was filled with danger and nuclear weapon lovers is, today, becoming the destination with the most exponential tourism growth in the world.

From the most hospitable people to the oldest history, stunning architecture, the most desolate deserts, green mountains, islands, and many other things, slowly, travelers are realizing that Iran is the ultimate destination.

However, since it has opened to tourism very recently, traveling in Iran is not that easy, as it presents several difficulties and peculiarities, ranging from strict Islamic rules to credit card issues and even the need to get special travel insurance.

Spring and autumn would be the best months. In summer, the classic Persian cities will be quite hot but not unbearable. The south of Iran, including the islands, should be avoided in summer, late spring and early autumn. In winter, the north of Iran is mostly covered by snow.

Iran is, perhaps, safer than your home country.

Iran is a huge country with endless awesome sites to see. If you only have 2 weeks, I recommend you visit Tehran, Kashan, Esfahan, Yazd, the Kaluts, and Shiraz. I traveled in Iran for more than 2 months.

Moving around Iran is very easy. There is a big network of extremely comfortable buses that go everywhere in the country. Alternatively, you can also travel by train but not all cities have train stations. Last, for those short in time, domestic flights are also quite efficient.

Come! Iran is safe for tourists to visit. Iranians are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people in the world. English is widely spoken, crime rates are low, and locals will go out of their way to help you. When I traveled through Iran with photographer Shahrzad Darafsheh, collecting stories and recipes for my book The Saffron Tales, many Iranians told me they wished more people would visit to see how different the country is from how it is depicted in the media. So seriously, relax. Iran is awesome, and you’re going to have an amazing time.

We’ve been all around the world, spent a lot of time in a lot of different countries, and if there’s one thing we can honestly tell you it’s that we’ve never felt as welcomed, fascinated and humbled as we did when we visited Iran.

Iran is such an incredible country to travel. The architecture will amaze you, the friendliness of the people will leave you speechless, the culture is fascinating and the landscapes are out of this world.

Iran is also very misunderstood, with many people believing whatever propaganda they hear on the media about how dangerous or difficult it is to travel there.

Iran is a stunning country full of both natural and human beauty. With a mix of endless deserts, ancient shrines, and rich culture, Iran really does have something for every taste. Whether you’re into hiking or hanging out, it shouldn’t be too hard to have a good time. Then add tasty street food and some of the friendliest people in the world, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

In Iran, you will see anti-USA and anti-Israel propaganda here and there. While it can all seem a bit hairy and scary, it’s important to note that this propaganda is the product of a smooth-running, government-funded machine. The reality is it doesn’t represent the beliefs of the vast majority of the Iranian people. You’ll meet plenty of locals who drink Coca-Cola, watch Hollywood movies, and check Kim K’s latest shenanigans on Instagram.

Recognized for “the friendliest people on earth” by travelers that also recognize it as one of the safest countries they have visited, Iran is still not on most people’s radar. Politics and media are the main reason for this, and then there is the scariest thing of them all. Misperceptions spread from everyone around you (that surely NEVER have traveled in Iran or know anyone that has).

Iran is not a traditional travel destination and for many reasons, a country off the beaten track. There are a lot of myths about the country and the media is a big part of it. However, travelers that made it there, including me, say it is one of their favorite countries!

You know when your mum told you not to hang out with the bad guys?

Well, backpacking in Iran is a bit like that. Your mum will probably raise an eyebrow or two, but don’t let that scare you off. Sure, things got a little hairy after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, but the days of embassy sackings and axis-of-evil-ing are long gone. Instead, the country is now eagerly welcoming back Western tourists.

With snow-capped mountains in the north, endless deserts in the middle and turquoise-water beaches in the south, Iran will keep surprising you with its varied natural beauty. Get lost in the bazaars, munch on dirt-cheap street food, see what life under the strict Islamic laws is like, get invited home for dinner by total strangers and meet some of the most hospitable people in the world.

Welcome to Iran!

I thought I knew what good hospitality is like.. until I came to Iran.

“Why go to Iran?” This is a question people often asked when I tell them I was going there. I would have asked the same if it wasn’t the words of mouth I heard over the years about how awesome Iran is, how incredibly friendly the people are, and how off the beaten path the whole country can be.

Iran is one of the most misunderstood countries among travelers.

Iran is one of the safest countries I have been to and the locals were exceptionally friendly. Don’t get scared when a local invited you for dinner out of the blue. They are genuinely curious about tourists since they rarely see one. Although do exercise a few cautions when dealing with taxi drivers.

Iran has one of the oldest and richest histories in the world. Many of their attractions dated way back to the rise of the Persian empire over 2500 years ago. With those many years passed, it is surprising to see how well-kept the ruins are and how well their tradition has endured. You can see their history in every corner of the uniquely decorated and perfectly symmetrical architecture everywhere. They are really the masters of their crafts.

Was backpacking Iran crazy? On our one way ticket to the Far East we never planned on stopping in Iran, a country we knew little about. However, we had heard some amazing stories from backpackers who had visited Iran.

So we decided to go for it! And boy are we happy that we did. We spent one month travelling the country, from the date palm trees in the south, through the deserts in the west to the freezing mountains in the north.

Iran seems to offer everything a nature-lover can desire, where you can enjoy four seasons all-year round. Here you’ll find the hottest deserts on earth, the world’s largest water cave and the tallest mountains in the Middle-East. Not to mention, being repeatedly titled the most hospitable nation in the world by experienced travellers, with an unrivaled cultural heritage of ancient Persia.

I went to Iran totally unprepared.

Since I didn’t know if I will be let in to the country I didn’t really want to read too much about the place and to get my hopes too high and then maybe be devastated I had to go back home. But after a really smooth visa process at the airport I officially set my foot in Iran. And then it hit my hard I really am there, and I have no clue about the place!

With a minor panic attack I’ve spent way too much time at the airport, trying to quickly set my mind into the new place mode. Finally, with millions of rials in my wallet I got a taxi that took me to the city. And so when I was crossing the desert, getting closer and closer to the capital, I was quickly browsing through my guide book, trying to figure out what are some must things to do in Tehran, those I cannot miss in the 1.5 day I have there.

The more I read, the more I knew it will be a tough introduction to Iran…

Despite there being so many things to see and do in Tehran, Iran’s capital, tourists often skip visiting this modern city and head straight to the picturesque and historical cities of Shiraz and Isfahan. But Tehran definitely deserves a mention on the Iran tourist trail.
Tehran is modern day Iran – you’ll see beautiful women with their headscarfs barely covering their heads next to women covered head to toe in black chadors, you’ll see a mix of modern and traditional architecture and a real mix of people. Tehran is the future of Iran.
Spending time in this chaotic metropolis will really help you to understand Iran’s interesting modern-day history and the views of the Iranian people.

Iran is a country that might not necessarily end up on many travel lists in the west these days, but for a true traveller, it is a must-see! Iran is a beautiful story made of history, culture, UNESCO world heritage sites and tastes that keep you mesmerised and asking for more and that´s one of the reasons I’ve now been to Iran 3times, and I can´t wait to go back for the 4th time.

For everyone going to Iran, Esfahan is a certain stop, and it’s one of the places that you will remember for a long time.
Forget Paris, Esfahan is the most beautiful city in the world.
The Persians called it “Nesf-e-Jahan”, meaning “Half World”. From 1592 to 1722, Esfahan was the Capital of Persia.
Esfahan got so much to offer so you can easily spend a week if not more there.

For those of you who heard that Shiraz is a peal of the Middle East, you are right. For those of you who heard that Shiraz is a kind of wine, you are also correct, and for those of you who haven’t heard much of Shiraz, brace yourselves or, even better, buy a ticket to Iran.

Iran, a country that many people have never even considered to travel to, but for the many who did, who decided to explore Iran, they ended up falling in love with the country… and I was one of them. Iran is a country that is filled with the kindest people who will welcome you with open arms into their country and their homes. It is home to a delicious and sophisticated cuisine with the most delicious herbs and spices. It has landscapes like no other country, from vast mountain landscapes to empty deserts. And don’t forget about Iran’s rich history and stunning art and architecture. Iran has something for everyone, it is a country that stole my heart, and perhaps it can steals yours too.

Iran, a country of vast landscapes, delicious cuisine and stunning architecture. Adventure lovers, history buffs and foodies, everyone will find something to do in this beautiful country, as such it isn’t crazy that tourism has been rising in Iran over the last couple of years. Travelers from all over the world come to see the hidden, and not so hidden, sights of Iran and to see the beauty of this country with their own eyes.

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