This is one of the most famous and influential travel bucket lists: "The 52 Places to Go in 2019" is the New York Times recommendations for travellers. This year, the respected newspaper has chosen to include Iran among the destinations that should definitely be visited.
While most places of the list are cities or regions, such as Munich or the Puglia, but it's the whole country that the newspaper invites to discover with Iran. Called a "Middle East jewel", Iran has indeed many appeals explain the article: from the colourful bazaars to iconic cities, majestic mosques, and pristine nature. With an ancient history, Iran has already 23 UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The New York Times also underlines the growing cultural life of Iran, enthusiastic about the major exhibition planned this year, at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. It will be, for sure, an exceptional event for art lovers with a selection of 500 recently discovered pieces by Picasso, Andy Warhol, etc.
Sebastian Modak, the journalist that will visit these 52 places for the New York Times, has also named Iran as the place he is the most excited to visit. He says: "More than any other place on the list, or even in the world, Iran is somewhere that I’ve only ever been able to look at from afar, through the lens of scary newspaper headlines. I’ve found that there’s often a huge gap between the everyday lived experience of people on the ground and the country as we understand it through the geopolitics."
Choosing to place Iran among the top destinations to visit in 2019, is the sign that despite the tensions with the United States since Trump's election, Iran remains a gem for travellers ready to experience the unexpected.
As for US citizens, explains the New York Times, even though there are specific visa requirements, it's absolutely possible to visit Iran, where Americans will be more than welcomed by the population. Furthermore, the country has recently been considered as one of the safest in the world by Travel Risk Map experts. (read this article about Safety in Iran)
So, don't wait any longer and join us to taste unique experiences, and discover the true face of Iran!