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When we set out to plan our journey to the Far East we hadn’t decided on staying for long in the Middle East. We had only planned on stopping over in Dubai for a short visit before reaching Sri Lanka.  However we had heard some amazing stories from backpackers who had visited Iran. At first our ignorant minds wandered about ISIS in Iraq and Taliban’s in Afghanistan. How can it possibly be safe to travel to Iran, bordered between these two unstable countries? But we were wrong! After filtering through media propaganda and US embassy warnings, we found heaps of real stories from travellers all mentioning how safe it is to travel to Iran. Violent crime rates are low (lower than US) and tourism is quite underdeveloped making it hard for people to live on pickpocketing tourists. After more online research we discovered all the amazing things Iran has to offer. The country is huge with four season occurring in different places all year round. Iran seems to offer everything a nature-lover can desire. You can go skiing in the world class skiing resort in Dizin, hike up Damavand volcano (5610 m, the largest peak in the Middle East), take […]

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We discovered the beauty of couchsurfing early last year, but what’s it all about? On www.couchsurfing.com you will find a community of people from all around the world who are willing to host travelers free of charge. The “couch” itself varies greatly as some hosts will offer you a nice bed in a private room, other might give you a mattress to sleep on in the living room and some might stick to the website’s name and let you crash on their couch.  The only agenda for hosting is to meet people, enjoy their company and make friends from all over, which often broadens your view of the world. We experienced our most memorable and educating travels while staying with the locals rather then at a hotel. Before we knew about couchsurfing we used to travel mostly through Airbnb, a website that also offers accommodation with locals, but unlike couchsurfing you will have to pay a nightly fee. Therefore, business often gets mixed with pleasure, so to our opinion the atmosphere isn’t as relaxed and loose when you hang out with your host when no money is in the equation. However your accommodation usually involves a nice bed and fresh linens which you cannot always assume […]

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