Every New Year, people make decision for spending the time in a year. Some decide to hit the gym, others pledge to keep money; but for globetrotters, traveling to new destinations typically tops the agenda.


Every New Year, people make decision for spending the time in a year. Some decide to hit the gym, others pledge to keep money; but for globetrotters, traveling to new destinations typically tops the agenda.
If you love traveling to new places and have not yet visited Iran, then why not traveling to Iran in this New Year?
Iran has been consistently listed as one of the top destinations to visit by international outlets following the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The reasons are plentiful, and in this article we’ll touch on a few.

A tourist, that recently has visited Iran, explicit why he had chosen Iran as his destination:

If you are still hesitating to travel to Iran, here are six arguments that will make you take the plunge.


1. The welcome of the inhabitants of Iran


That's what struck me right away. And that's what will mark you, no doubt. What a pleasure to see the locals coming to talk to you and exchange, only for the pleasure of speaking English and without ulterior motive. At first, it's almost destabilizing.

People smile and greet you, they come to take pictures with you, and so on. What happiness! It has been a long time since I had known this during a trip and it's refreshing!

 


2. Iran: A Thousand and One Nights atmosphere


Isfahan is the city I visited which is probably closer to this atmosphere with its beautiful Imam Square, its bazaar, its mosques, parks and temples of yore. The atmosphere is nice, peaceful.

Alcohol is banned in Iran and I wonder to what extent it does not contribute to this atmosphere. By that I mean that everyone is in the parks, with family or friends to chat in a peaceful atmosphere. No heckling, fighting, screaming alcoholic.

 


3. The remains of the ancient Persian empire



The Persian empire was the first real empire in history. It extended over a vast territory, from Libya to India.

It was Alexander the Great who dealt the fatal blow to the Sassanid empire. Persepolis, ancient capital of the king of Persia, is the archaeological site of the country. Located near Shiraz, it's a must-see.

 

 


4. Security


This is often a priori on this country. The other day, at a party, a friend told me that she had not considered going there because, for her, the country was synonymous with insecurity.

The country is safe, even more so than in some Latin American countries. I have never felt insecure and have not heard of dirty stories. The country lives under Islamic law and, as in the majority of authoritarian regimes, delinquency is low.
 


5. Few tourists


For the moment, at least, the country remains little frequented by foreigners.

It is in Yazd and Persepolis that you will meet the highest concentration of tourists. But for the rest, I sometimes really had the pleasant feeling of being the only tourist for miles around.

 

6. Interesting travelers



To come to Iran, you have to be a minimum motivated person. This is not where you will find a palanquée of young Australians: there are no beers!

We do not come to Iran to party or for women. It's clear. And, as long as alcohol is not allowed, the country will never be a landmark destination. Similarly, having to come with only cash also reduces the motivation of some. And that's good.

 



Most travelers come here to get off the beaten track, for the atmosphere and, above all, to discover the rich culture of the country.

In my opinion, the interest of Iran does not lie in monuments and sites. Certainly there is Persepolis, the most important sites in the country. But even here, this site can not compete with other big names like Petra, Bagan or Angkor. No, the interest of the country is above all its atmosphere and its inhabitants.

They are the ones who are more likely to change in the future.

Also, enjoy it right now: let's go to Iran!