#1(2/2) Philadelphia, United States
#1(2/2) Philadelphia, United States

(2/2) “Many people had told us very good things about Iran and we wanted to visit the country before it would become touristy and expensive. We’d saved money for about 1 or 1,5 years and we could make some money on the road while blogging for our website Lost with Purpose and doing some freelance designing. Still, we had to travel as low budget as possible. That’s one of the reasons we find developing nations, such as Pakistan and Kazakhstan, interesting. But more importantly, these countries give you new experiences. Western Europe is easy and organized, but also familiar. In the often overlooked regions we go to, tourism is still very new. For this reason, we experience a lot of interaction on the streets. People want to know what we think about their country. That’s also why we don’t socialize with other travelers that often anymore. The first hour, you always answer the same questions. ”Where are you from, where are you going, what’s your name?” When you talk to the guy selling melons on the street, you hear other stories. Stories you normally wouldn’t hear! We once met a boy in a town in the west of Iran, when it was an extremely hot day. He invited us to his house and we stayed there for three days. When we left, he gave us a note that said: if you go home, I want you to show the world that Iranian people are hospitable. The Western perception of people in Iran is often not that good, but in the end, most of them are just the same as you and me.”