Some foreign ministry advisory are advising tourists against traveling to Iran. Yet, are such warnings true?
Yeah, I agree the advisory is for the protection of foreign citizens not me. Still, the reason people come and ask their questions on forums and travel communities is that they are all aware of an indisputable fact! The fact is that the governments and the officials never tell you the truth or at least the whole truth! It doesn't matter if they are superpowers or suppressive ones, whether they are in the first world or in the third world, in Middle East or in Europe!
All you get from official sources is exaggeration or underestimation. They depict what they want not what really exists.
So many members in travel blogs or forums such as Lonely planet, Trip advisor, Virtual tourists and many others are looking for advice from real travelers, from eager locals to get some word of mouth!
Yeah word of mouth! This is what everybody is looking for! Not official advice! You can find the warnings every minute from authentic official sources.
I don’t know what we can do about the bias and discrimination created by officials all around the world!
But what we can do is to share the facts truthfully.
We do not get many tourists because of politics not because the country is not a safe place!
Whenever I meet a tourist here, they tell me they are amazed by what they see and what they feel! It is not just because Iran is a great place. There are great attractions and interesting cultures all around the world!
What makes them feel amazed, exited and puzzled is not the attractions! It is indeed the friendly, hospitable, and safe relaxing environment they find in Iran despite all fears, doubts and concerns they had before entering the country!
Iran is still a third world country (with some shortcomings, of course) but it arouses excitement, amazement and admiration in those who pay a visit. That comes because so many negative remarks abounding in the media and official sites turn out to be false allegations or imaginations!
The rest is up to you. You can simply search travel report and blogs of those who have recently traveled to Iran and look for the truth yourself!
The author is not an official agent or defending the current political situation. It is a mere attempt to clarify the picture gloomed by politics on the both sides. Politics, warnings, sanctions that are not pressing any suppressive government but they are ruining the tourism of a country, one with great history and a lot to offer.
Let’s hope we will see all those who have been to Iran giving a better picture to dubious and concerned future visitors!