(1/2) “For most travelers a passport might just be an object that helps them to visit more countries. However, this piece of paper is something that can stop many nationalities from roaming around the world. I have an Iranian passport and live in London. I usually travel with my Italian husband. We share the same values and interests and we tend to forget about our nationalities, but when it comes to traveling the differences materialize in front of us. This piece of paper separates us in so many ways and is a barrier to our dream: exploring our planet; and we try hard to ignore it. Once we were in a queue at a European airport and almost everyone was European. This guy came up to me and was asking me about the Iranian passport I was holding. People in the queue were all looking at me. He didn’t know about the law that I can travel with my passport without a special visa, because I was traveling with my Italian husband. Fifteen minutes and a phone call later, he asked me about the purpose of my travel. I answered that it was for a wedding. He responded surprised by saying that it was a trip with a good purpose and let us in. I mean, what do people think of us? That we are all terrorists? That I am going to do something bad? I do my best to travel and visit as many places as my passport can allow, but as much as I love traveling, I hate border controls. Generally, I believe that traveling should be promoted, so that people with different nationalities can go to other nations and learn about new places and cultures. Tourism accessibility has luckily improved and it got a lot easier during the past decades, which is great news. I see it as our responsibility to encourage more people to get out of their towns, cities and countries. Learning more and getting more understanding about others helps us to be more open-minded and more tolerant towards each other.”
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