I just completed a 14 day trip around Persia with G Adventures, and much to my surprise, Iran is not (at all) what I thought it’d be like!  Contrary to popular belief, Iran is extremely safe, with the most friendly people I’ve ever met who went out of their way to make sure I was safe and having a good time.  I have no incentive to lie to you about this — it is just the 100% truth.

Before I dive in any further, please take 2 minutes to watch this video — which currently has 4+ million views as I write this:

Is IRAN Safe? (Realizations from 14 Days in Iran)

IS IRAN SAFE TO VISIT?! 🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷I just finished 2 weeks traveling all over this fascinating country with G Adventures, and let’s just say that IRAN IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED!!

Unfortunately, the media makes Iran look extremely evil, when in reality, it is absoultey safe to visit, and the locals here are the most humble, honest and hospitable people that I’ve met in all of my travels. I am not joking!!

Over the next 14 days, I will be launching daily videos as they happened over the past 2 weeks of my life in this beautiful country. I will be digging deep into the ancient history, trying all of the best dishes, meeting eye to eye with locals and observing their unique lifestyle as I take you behind the scenes of this special nation.

Out of all 14 videos that you are about to see in my Iran series, this one has the strongest message — which is why I am sharing it first.

I truly hope you enjoy watching my raw perspectives around Iran, and I encourage you (as always) to comment below with any questions and and I’ll do my best to get back to you!

Follow Drew Binsky for daily travel videos, and come say hi on Insta @drewbinsky 🇮🇷

P.S. I apologize for the 2 week delay in sharing any videos — Truth be told, I decided to take a break from making videos so I could fully enjoy and appreciate this eye-opening trip to Iran. I haven’t gone more than 2 days without sharing a video over the last YEAR, so it was hard for me, but it was a nice detox. I’ve been so anxious to roll out these videos and I hope you find them valuable 🙂

Posted by Drew Binsky on Saturday, June 9, 2018


When we (Americans) think about Iran, we tend to only think of negative things such as terrorism.  But what about the 80 million innocent locals who live across this fascinating country? And all the history the land contains?  This is Iran at its core – hospitality and history – and I’m excited to give you a glimpse of what I just experienced.

This trip was the second that I have taken with G Adventures (the first was to Tajikistan & Uzbekistan last year) — and all I can say is positive things about my experience with G.  The schedule on our Iran trip was a perfect mixture of sightseeing and free time, while we moved around to Iran’s most historical cities.  Looking back, I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend 14 days in Persia (for a detailed look at our day-to-day itinerary, click this link).  Our group had 12 members, representing 9 different countries from Mexico to New Zealand to to the U.S. to Germany, and our guide, Amin, was a really cool dude who knows everything about Persia and Persian history.  Amin has turned into one of my good friends!

Here is a photo of our group, followed by a photo of Amin and I!

Soon after I arrived in Iran, I learned that the wifi situation is extremely slow, and therefore, I would be unable to upload daily videos like I usually do.   While I was originally frustrated, it ended up being a good thing – I was able to stress less and fully enjoy my time in Iran.

In this blog post, I’m going to share with you my top 5 favorite things about Iran, and whenever necessary, I will embed a video that is related to what I am talking about.  If you want to see all 14 videos that I made in Iran, please do so on my Facebook and/or YouTube pages.

5 Favorite Things About Iran

1. The People

No matter how many Instagram posts and videos I make about the friendliness of the people, it still won’t do justice by how over the top they truly are!  If you take away anything from this blog post, please let it be that Persians are the most hospitable, kind and humble people that I’ve met in all my travels to 139 countries.

I interacted with as many locals as I could, and not once on any occasion was I disrespected or even looked at funny.  I even told people that I was both American and Jewish, and it made them even more interested to get to know me.  I was invited (dozens of times) into peoples’ houses for a cup of tea and even offered a bed to sleep in.  One time in Isfahan, I walked into a hardware store in the evening and the owner wouldn’t let me leave because he wanted to talk to me all night and he kept feeding me tea!  I made many good friends while in Iran, and I can’t wait to go back and visit them all someday soon.

Here is a video I made all about the kindness of Iranian people:

The World’s FRIENDLIEST People! (IRAN)

Out of all my travels in 137 countries, it is right here, in Iran, where I have found the most hospitable and friendly people. Complete strangers coming up to me on the street, from big cities to small towns, offering me a cup of tea in their shop or a bed to sleep in their home.

I’m convinced that I could come to Iran with $0 in my pocket and easily be able to make friends, find delicious meals and be welcomed in a comfortable home like family. Seriously, it’s almost like they force you into their homes (in a good way!)

Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve told dozens of Persians that I am both American and Jewish, and contrary to what you may think, it makes them like me even more, peaking their interest and asking more questions. I have not felt a minuscule of negative hostility yet from anyone in this country.

Also, as I have now published 10 videos about Iran so far — it really makes me laugh when I read some of the comments and hear people calling my videos “propaganda.” These videos are the farthest thing away from propaganda!!! They are telling you the downright truth from my experiences in the country. Nobody told me to make this video (or any video). I made this because I feel the need to share what I am seeing to you. And I hope that by watching this video (and my others about Iran) — that you will remove your negative stereotypes about this humble nation and realize that it’s one of the safest and best places to visit on our planet.

If you have ever been to Iran, and you agree with what I am saying, then please share your thoughts or a quick moment/story from your experience with the people here. I want the entire world to know!!!

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Music: Epidemic Sound

*Note* My trip to Iran was from May 26-June 9, but due to limited WiFi there, I decided to delay my videos until trip ended — which you are seeing in chronological order. Hope you enjoy!

Posted by Drew Binsky on Monday, June 18, 2018


2. The Historical Sites

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations.  Human activity in this country dates back 40,000 years — and evidence of these ancient humans can be found in select places in Iran.  My favorite historical sites were Persepolis and the Rayan citadel.  Persepolis was the former capital of the great Persian empire, which was ordered by Darius the Great is 515 BC.   The site today, which is partly in ruins and patly in tact, is organized by about a dozen columns with extremely detailed inscriptions on the stone. The Rayan citadel is another built-up city from the same time frame, but it’s more compact and set alongside a beautiful mountain range.   It was abandoned soon after it was built, but the buildings are still remarkable to witness.  Both Persepolis and the Rayan Citadel are 2 of 22 UNESCO sites in Iran!

Here’s a video I made about Persepolis:

PERSEPOLIS: The Forgotten Wonder of the World?

You know how some places just WOW you? That’s what’s happening to me right now, at Persepolis in Iran.

Persepolis is the name of the former capital of the Achaemenid (Persian) Empire. Archaeologists and historians believe that this city began being built in 518 BC – or 2,530 years ago.

Today, as you wander around Persepolis, you can see incredible stone columns and walls with extremely detailed inscriptions, giving us insight for how these humans used to live their lives. The most impressive thing to me is that nothing in Perseoilis is restored — it’s all in its original form. I cannot imagine how much more polished this city looked back in its heyday!

After spending all day exploring Persepolis and being so stunned that my jaw is dropped to the ground, I cannot understant why it’s not considered in any of the ‘7 wonder of the world’ lists. I have been to all 7 wonders on each list, and Persepolis would easily be in my top 3!!!!

Have you ever heard of Persepolis? Are you as fascinated as I am by this place?

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Music: Epidemic Sound

*Note* My trip to Iran was from May 26-June 9, but due to limited WiFi there, I decided to delay my videos until trip ended — which you are now watching in chronological order as they happened. Hope you enjoy!

Posted by Drew Binsky on Friday, June 15, 2018


3. The Persian Gardens

When one thinks of Persia, he/she probably doesn’t think of gardens (after all, Iran is made up of 2/3rds desert!)  But somehow, thousands of years ago, the people of ancient Persia were able to figure out how to get water to create the most beautifully organized gardens.  The gardens of Iran are so spectacular that UNESCO recognized them as a world heritage site, as 9 of them are are scattered all around the country.  We visited 3 gardens, and my favorite was the one in Kerman.  I loved the central water canals, giant fountain, and towering wind tower overlooking the greenest trees and purple flowers!

4. The Society

Being in Iran is like entering a time warp back to the 1970s or 80s (not that I was alive in those decades, but from what I know, this is how the world looked like).  The models of cars on the road today don’t resemble anything modern (except for maybe a few neighborhoods in Tehran), there are NO international brands or chains anywhere to be seen except for Coca-Cola (no McDonald’s, Starbucks, Uber, Marriott, etc), and the wifi speeds will remind you of AOL dial up in the 1990s (yes, I do remember that!).

But that all being said, it is somewhat of a refresher to be immersed in such a society, which is opposite to most countries that are overrun by tourists (like where I am right now in Bangkok).  There are no scams in Iran.  Life is as real and genuine as it gets.

5. The Food

Ah, last but not least — the food!  Who doesn’t travel for food?  Iranian cuisine will not leave you disappointed.  The cuisine is based on a combination of rice, meat, vegetables and nuts.  Common herbs include saffron, cinnamon and parsley, and fruits include plum, pomegranate, apricots and raisins.   Most of the meat takes form of a ‘kebab’ which is minced beef/lamb/chicken served on a plate alongside fresh vegetables like tomato, cucumber, olives, onion and lettuce.  If you like nuts, then you are in for a treat because most dishes have them and Iran is actually the world’s largest producer of pistachio nuts!   And Lastly, the watermelon juice is so fresh and you should give it a try.

As you can see, I have developed a deep love for Iran and I am already planning my next trip back soon 🙂 If you have any questions on Iran or my experience with G Adventures, please comment them below or email me and I’ll get back to you!  Lastly, don’t forget to book your trip on this link!

Disclosure: I was invited on this trip by G Adventures, and received financial compensation from them for the execution of videos and social media content. As always, this post was written by me and is honest from my own personal experiences.

Drew Binsky

A graduate from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Drew Binsky has visited 120+ Countries since 2012.He first caught the travel bug while studying abroad in Prague, then taught English in Korea, and now he's on a mission to visit every country on earth.Follow his journey on Facebook & Instagram @drewbinsky 🙂

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131 thoughts on “Iran is NOT What You Think!!

  1. Well, even thinking about that heart rending war annoys us. Because we lost innocent and brave people. Iraq had potent weapons and supportives.
    And what did we have? Nothing but integrity, bravery and of course god.
    We didn’t fight, we defended in order to protect our people’s lives. Our problem is only sanction. Most of us are living in poverty it’s intolerable. We won’t forgive America’s goverment.

  2. Well written! Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story. I quit my job and started traveling on 2016. When I told my parents and friends that I’ll start my tour from Iran I remember how they react. They have never been in Iran before but all of them thought there was war in Iran, people are ignorant and unfriendly. Thanks god, I’ve never listen their worries and visited this lovely country. If I had to describe this experience in one word I would say “Speechless”. I’ve spent 3 months in Iran and each day was heart warming. looking forward to meet my friends again 🙂

  3. Hi, Drew!
    I’m an Iranian guy and am really glad you had a good experience visiting Iran and received good treat from the people. Yes, Iran and Iranian people are really lovely, even though there are a lot of negative propagandas coming from all around the world, including your own home country America, against them.
    I think the most important point about every country is to distinguish between the people and the regimes in a country.
    Ordinary people have nothing to do with political stuff or whatsoever which leads to tension or whatever. That’s how I feel about you as an ordinary American while I hate your monstrous government which has done the cruelest shits against the Iranian people over the past century even much long before the current stupid and monstrous Islamic regime came to power in Iran, unfortunately!
    I can talk more, but I should go now. One more thing, by the way: the speed of internet in Iran depends on your budget and the more you pay the faster your internet is. Personally, as an Iranian who has also lived in America for quite a while too, I don’t see any difference between the speed of a quality internet connection in Iran and the one in the US called Suddenlink! You know what I’m saying! Lol!
    But, anyway, thanks so much for being positive and nice about Iran and the Iranians. Please come back ti Iran for another visit again soon and just pray for a freer Iran with nothing to do with terrorism or any other shitty stuff like that!
    Thanks man!

  4. To whoever that is reading this: Hi. I’m an Iranian girl, 17 years old. I just want to say some things that have been on my mind a lot lately(but before that thanks for introducing Iran!)

    There is no McDonalds here, the internet is slow and I have to use VPN in order to watch videos on YouTube. 4 or 5 dollars are basically my monthly pocket money (50 thousand tomans), which displays how my home currency has depreciated. Almost whenever I wake up, the prices have increased.

    For the first time in Iran the government has placed some local bicycles all over Tehran for people to use under certain conditions, one of them being that ‘women’ can’t use them, which just makes me want to bang my head somewhere or something.


    Despite all of these and many more things, I try to live. To get along with my country. My motherland. I try to love it, but with how things have been nowadays that isn’t easy to do. I don’t know about the government but believe me, ‘WE’ aren’t terrorists. We already have a lot on our plate to even think of being one.

    I myself just want to live. To go out without the fear of being caught for ‘improper Hijab’. To be able to listen to music on Spotify without a VPN. To be able to say I go to dance classes freely without the fear of my father(who is a university professor) getting fired, and do many other things that sadly, I can’t, and don’t think that I ever can.

    … Is that too much to ask for?

    1. you’re young. go out abroad for your studies. I’m pretty sure your family won’t have any problem with that.
      by the way i’m a muslim as well so yeah. i know how hard it is gets for ya’ll. anyway if you wanna talk.i’ll be there. you can email mail. Be safe. khuda hafiz.

  5. I’m from Iran and really I love my country and I will never change it but always I ask this question why world think we are bad and before they know about us and why they said bad thing about us?even we don’t know it

  6. Thanks to its very nice blog, Well man really thanks for all these good things you have told about my motherland. This country could be much better if was without these weird restrictions and economical pressure.

  7. hey I am Iranian
    you know beacuse of these events that have happened until now, people around the world think we are just like those cruel arabs or as wild as SISI. but actually we are not some thing unique or even that much bad
    we are just humans with different cultures and different behaviors and religions.
    if you can change your mind about a countries people just because of its bad politic! I am sorry
    and at the end Drew thank you for introducing us around the world and be sure we appreciate you
    thank you again!

  8. y´know every time i see something on the news negative abut iran i get a little skeptical about the countries safety but then i wach 1 of ur vids and then i remember how you had great experiences in iran and how its one of the safest countries in the world i mean Y would U even say a country is a war zone and a hot spot for dictatorship and terrorism if you know it isnt true maybe i should stop watching the news

  9. Well man really thanks for all these good things you have told about my motherland. This country could be much better if was without these weird restrictions and echonomical pressure. Can you believe that a man in beat conditions gets 5000 dollars a year, not a month, a year!!! I mean a normal citizen not a businessman or rich bitches. Be sure that iran is a good choice for traveling (you can stay in a 5 stars hotel with only 100$) but never a good country to live in. Sorry 🙏 it has been so long.

  10. thanks drew for making a good travel video ,its not that bad in iran ,we assume much ,thanks for giving a great information about them ,keep winning hearts and god bless you

  11. I’m from Iran 🇮🇷 iran isn’t a bad country. There is some spectacular places for you . The first thing in my country is hospitality of Iranian. You should visit all the town of Iran. I know you heard some bad thinks about iran but please don’t pay attention. You visit some city’s of Iran then verdict iran
    You know Conditions of our then Verdict Iranian people. Please don’t pay attention to economic nasal our white another country. Dont forget pleas visit Iran 🇮🇷

  12. yes, i agree that Iran, in it’s totality is not necessarily all what mainstream political media portrays it to be…

    I think the average, every day person isn’t too interested in politics and more concerned about improving their standard of living and having quality time with their family and friends.

    Thank you Mr. Binsky for reaching out to these people and making new friends! You’re a great leader!

  13. Hello Drew,
    Thank you for your honesty and inspiring facts. I’m an Iranian living in U.S. for the past thirty four years happily. I travel to Iran for a month or so every year since 2009 and return because of family ties. Apart from good experience you had about Iran, it is quite safe place to live, I’ve never heard or seen a local individual walk into a school, synagogue or a church, killing innocent children and people with machine gun. However, there are difficulties for local people in their daily living and that is because of an awful word called “SANCTIONS” which carried by whom? Let’s leave it to the world to judge.
    You have done a great job and you got your excellent scores and you deserved it.

  14. Enjoyed reading this. It doesn’t surprise me that Iran is an amazing country with good people.
    Must admit I never ever thought of travelling there but definitely would consider it now.

    1. Iran is not what you think Ha Ha Ha. They are the biggist promoters of terriosm in the middle east and that is a fact. If you go there better not let anyone find out you are from America. You will never see America again and that is a fact. Always from some European who says Iran is so great. The country is still controlled by leaders who live in the dark ages. Stop with the propoganda for Iran BS.

      1. Bullshit! You stop with this stupid propaganda against Iran. This summary from Drew Binski is so true. Iranians love visitors, wherever they come from. I have been there myself three times and its is by far the most welcoming destination one could visit. Kheilli manoum to all my persian friends!

    2. and you get your absolute truths from what source,you got something to say back it up with fact,documentation,eyewitness accounts,film footage you name it if your opinion has any shred of truth it should be no trouble whatsoever backing it up,come on spew up some evidence you seem to know everything

  15. Hi I’m a Iranian boy I can’t speak English very well
    But I want to sey iran is a good country for travel.
    Iran is a safe country and people of Iran is kind.
    Iran is not terorism.
    americans TV’s sey Iran is a terorism country but It is wrong.
    I again say iran is not a terorism.
    You must travel to Iran and visit It.
    I hope to see you in Iran.

  16. Hi I’m a iranian boy I can’t speak English very well
    But I want to sey iran is a good country for travel iran is a safe country and people of iran is kind Iran is not terorism and americans TV’s are wrong
    I again say iran is not a terorism
    You must travel to Iran and visit It.
    I hope to see you in Iran.

  17. Hi I’m a iranian boy I can’tspeakenglish very well
    But I want to sey iran is a good country for travel iran is a safe country and people of iran is kind and good iran is not terorism and americans Tv are wrong
    I again say iran is not a terorism
    You must travel to Iran and visit It.
    I hope to see you in Iran.

  18. Hi Drew
    Thanks for your beautiful words and pictures / videos. I hope the creator inspires you to continue your great work, and reveal the truths about this wonderful place we call earth. Iran is surely a wonderful country with people of immense integrity and beauty. I have never been, but my dad use to talk about the great Persian language and its glorious poets. The people and its leaders exhume love, compassion, sincerity in every word they utter. Unlike, sadly, most of the ‘leaders’ in the west, who are quite the opposite.

    God bless you. God bless Iran.

  19. Love to read this and indeed Iran is not what you think if you follow the headlines! I’ve traveled multiple times in Iran and I love the friendly people the most. It’s a wonderful country!

    Following your stories!

  20. Thanks a lot for showing us so many beautiful things about Iran!
    It´s a real inspiration!
    Happy Friday♥!

    Greetings from Germany

  21. Iran AHHHH, lucky you didn’t ran afoul of the Muslim laws or you would hang upside down from the gallows. Why ignore the hate and brutality of the Iranian regime? Over 2 Million Iranians killed in wars and double amount wounded for life, or the dictatorship government ? Brutality and restriction against women who are considered 2nd class in Iran , Remind everyone of the above and then talk about iran

    1. i would not be offended if a dirty as indian like u disrespect me its fun to hear fuck tards like u trash talk xd
      get a shower dirty cun t

      1. OMG I love this kamyab comment. Indians Are dirty..

        The earliest humans that populated Europe migrated from/through Iran… Westerners have far more in common with Persians than people further east. It’s a big part of our history. I love Asia. Just saying Iranians are awesome people.

    2. Rashida I am sick and tired of reading about brutal gang rapes in India and your country is one I would never dare to travel to on my own. Iran, on the other hand, is a beautiful, friendly country with no caste system or dowry/honour killings. Really, considering you come from a country where it is unsafe for a woman to go out alone I am surprised you think Iran is a bad place for women.

    3. Well first of all you do not be hung for every kinda shit you do against Iran. Second, Iran’s government starting the war it was iraq which was supported by us and lotta other European countries.but yes there is too much dictatorship my friend. Anyway think and do some research before commenting.

  22. Hi, there nice blog. Actually, I am planning to write something like this on my website. something is related to travel. Now, I am writing blogs on technology and entertainment.

  23. Great work Drew . Your Travel videos are really inspiring. The way you show the culture and lifestyle of the native , is really fascinating .

  24. This is an awesome piece, Drew! I must say that Iran is not a travel destination that I had considered but I guess that’s mostly due to how it is portrayed in the media & politics. Your images and footages have made me reconsider. Looking forward to reading more about your travel adventures.

    1. Iranians are livin in the best country in the world… There are lots of troubles in any countries but totally i looove livin in my motherland(Iran)

    1. Right. If you’re a tourist Iran is the best country for you. But about locals. Prefer not to think about that. 1$=140000Rials

  25. I love your sense of Adventure Drew! I believe you, and I also wanna go here to! I love traveling the world! Thanks! I also don’t believe the media, with their false representations, and prejudice people. There news reports about Iran are total Garbage. Their reports about other countries are false garbage, too. I can’t wait to travel when I turn 18!

  26. Hi i’m Iranian and i moved to America and i am FURIOUS about the way that people think about my country i love it there so much and i can’t even imagine iran being attacked by that “president” of yours but any ways i’m really thankfull for doing this thing and trying to change peoples mind about iran and by the way i’m from Ahvaz and i hope you’ve visited there because if you haven’t you’ve so many great things more specificly khiyabbon sizdah or 13th street it has the best fastfood places in iran 😋😋

    1. Im iranian and I originaly from kurdistan of iran
      Iranian people is very kind but
      Kurdistan is very diffreand
      Kurdistan has very high history and kurdistan is very moderner of iran
      Very thanks for your post and sorry . I can’t speak english very sorry

  27. Hi,I’m originaly from Iran…that’s right Irann is very good 😊I live in Ahvaz…some of the people think Iran isn’t so good but that’s not true you can see the friendly people and hostiric city or viait Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad…I hope all of the people can understand what do I mean…😊I sugest you see my country also my city but my city is a bit warm for people from other country😂

  28. This is so cool, Iran has been on my mind as a destination for more than 10 years, I’m so curious about it! I’ve heard that the people are super friendly, just as you state in the post, and that it’s really safe, for women too. I really need to seriously look into travelling there!

  29. thank you so much drew for your post . everybody should know iran is how wonderful . I suggest you to visit shiraz . i think its the most beautiful city in iran

  30. Hi
    I’m glad to know that there are some people who think this way about my country. And, your article just mesmerized me! I hope you come to visit again.
    And, in case you came here again, I suggest you to visit Yasooj. It’s a beautiful city with a great environment.
    And, excuse me if I had any grammatical mistakes. 🙂

  31. Hi
    thanks dear Drew to share such these articles.
    We really respect other nations Specially tourists come to Our Country.
    Another thing maybe As a reward of these videos and pictures, For all persons that are reading this comment, if they decide to travel to Iran, I could provide them the place for staying, no need for reserving hotel. the place is an old and beautiful village house located in the 40Km of Kashan- One of the most historical and beautiful Cities of Iran- Which is in a village named Ghohroud. This village and its neighbors are Known for their Rose Water.
    contact me.
    [email protected]

    1. with this comment “iran is the most advanced and civilized country in the middle east ” you insulted every advanced and civilized country in the entire planet of earth.
      i am an Iranian (unfortunately)for your knowledge.

      1. I guess you have not studied other civilization and how they lived in the past and their roots. Your mindset will change when you study the foundation of other current and past civilizations. Knowledge is power.

  32. Iran is one of the most advanced and civilized country in the middle east. The really sad thing is that it was also the first Muslim democracy in the mid-20th century — until Prime Minister Mossadegh and the freely elected parliament ran afoul of British and American oil companies.

    1. that was for a small period of time, for about two years i think. but before mossadegh and after a coup that overthrew his government, it was imperial administration until the revolution 1979. it became islamic republic and now we have elections each two years at least (the both presidency and the parliament) with the participation of more than 70% of the people, sometimes more than 80% and there are christians and also jewishes living here and we are friendly with each other.
      I don’t know english very well and i hope you understand what i wanna say.

    1. You know
      I’m a female teenage here, and it’s really hard to live as a female person, you need to drees the way they want, you can’t sing because of your voice , and a new ridiculous rule has came and they say that we can’t even eat ice cream! So what are we supposed to do? Can we die or sth?
      You can’t even do some jobs because they say it’s for men, like mechanical things.
      The way that they insult women’s rights sucks, but generally
      Iran’s great for vacations, not living
      It’s like
      Imagine the hottest day in the middle of summer, while wearing tshirt with mantoos( the weird long dress with long sleeves) with a thick scarf and a long pants, and sweats.
      You can’t even play music in here, female or male, they’ll destroy your instrument and they’ll send you to the jail.

  33. I have recently confirmed with DNA testing that I am Iranian, which I have denied for many years (because of media misconception). My family fled to the US but were very welcoming when I found them and visited them. I would love to visit Iran, but as a female, I am very scared to visit. My Iranian father is too ill to take me there. Would I have the same reception as a female visitor?

  34. I’m an Iranian and your website was a search result when I searched “Why iran is not a good country to travel to.”
    Even I haven’t explored Iran deeply, and haven’t been abroad, so mu opinion might not be considered so valid, but after talking to a lot of foreigners here, I have this conception that Iran can be a GREAT country to travel to, and one could possibly have his best trip of his life. The stereotypes are making a horrible picture of our country, and I’m actually really impressed by your sense of responsibility to publish something against those false stereotypes and you try your best at it. I shall give you a profound thank you as a representative of all Iranians who are now being punished by the governments. Increasing tourism rare can make a significant improvement to this country. I’ll even more thankful if you try to show iran’s true collars to all international travellers. You’ll be doing us a GREAT favor. 🙂

  35. Hello,
    Thanks for showing beauties of my home country.
    I missed my country after seeing your videos of it. (I’m living in your country (US) now, less than a year)
    Just 3 things:
    *You haven’t visited all of the cities in Iran yet, any city is a world! I suggest visiting Tabriz, Sistan, Hamedan, Mashad.
    * You told prices are low and things are affordable, yes if you pay in USD they are too cheap, but in comparison to salaries in Iran, even groceries are too expensive.
    * People are kind and caring to each other as well as foreigners, the reason that some people disagree this, is that Iranian people are more depressed nowadays and angry because of the financial troubles. Iranians are really curious about new things, including new people : )

  36. I have not been there but after reading your share information i got some knowledge about it so I have decided that I must go there once in my free time as soon as possible.

  37. Iranian are very scammers and liars this video is joke . You should read about Iranian and study Iranian people very good my friend

    1. Well, you better be careful, since you know NOTHING about Iran. It’s a great country, and I’m proud of it. And I can’t stand somebody talking about my home like this.

  38. Hi Iranian not friendly they have inferiority complex and think white people are better than Iranian . Iranian treat Afghan , Pakistanis and Arabs …. Very badly Evan they treat each other very badly . Iranian very aggressive and very rude people

  39. First thank you for visit my country and thanks for your idea about Iran
    and I’m so happy about this 🙂

    Just for know (( just drivers NASCAR can drive on angry roads of Iran 🙂 ))

    From one Iranian 🙂

  40. Iranian people really love foreign and they are more hospitable than everybody think! Iran has great history and culture. when you travel to Iran, it will be the best journey in your life.

  41. I enjoyed your beautiful video.. such a amazing photos and The Persian Gardens is highlighted in my head..overall it’s nice blog. Thank you for posting.

  42. Drew, this is exactly what I tell ALL of my friends! Never judge a book by its cover and especially an entire nation without even paying a visit. I think the western news outlets are to blame as the only new that does come out of the middle east is that of terrorism and bad news. I hope we can start to change here in the United States (I’m from the United States).

    Love the article Drew and wanted to let you know that I will be traveling to Sudan later this year. Any tips for traveling there?

    Wishing you good health on your travels,

  43. Drew, this is such an inspiring article! Your story about Iran is really heart-warming. It’s true that a lot of people see it as a dangerous place because of its history but I hope a lot of people would be able to read your blog, specifically this post, and have a change of heart even by just a little. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Elizabeth, I’m very glad to hear that, yes my country has lots of beauties, it is a very popular destination now and one of the cheapest places for travel.

  44. Thanks Drew for the nice article about this beautiful country. I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Tehran myself and even though I had no prejudice about Iran it still have surprised me by its charm and kindness of its people. I hope more people will look at Persia as opportunity rather than a threat especially when nowadays it’s opening more and more every day. Two years ago you wouldn’t see a boy and a girl walking hand in hand on the street which is now reality in the big cities and the law that they are not selling any alcohol is also refreshing (you can enjoy huge variety of non-alcoholic fruit infused beers).

  45. Hey Drew! My name is Tyler and I was inspired to follow in your footsteps and become a travel blogger myself back in January of this year. I’m hoping that once I graduate from college, I will be able to teach English abroad (I already have my TEFL certification) and eventually transition into a full-time travel blogger.

    I just wanted to say a quick thank you for giving Iran a chance. My mother was born in Tehran but moved to the States when she was very young; because of all that has happened on the news since then, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit this amazing country. Thanks to what I have heard and seen from your journey, I have hopes that I can visit Iran soon.

    Good luck with your future travels,

  46. Thanks for putting Iran into perspective for me. I never did expect this would be Iran because of how the media portrays it. Those gardens are out of this world though! Cheers!

  47. Wonderful article. Though many people see Iran as a dangerous country because of its history. Everyone should Read this article and change their perspective on Iran, I’m looking forward to visiting this country. Thank you so much! 🙂

  48. Wow! Thank you Drew, I love your story about Iran. I have to say it wasn´t on our travel list at first, but I have been inspired by so many great travel stories including yours of course! I really want to see myself.
    You are absolutely inspiring and my husband and I will keep following your great stories.

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