Good Manners in Iran: 3 Tips for Travelers

Good Manners in Iran: 3 Tips for Travelers

American travelers to Iran are often surprised by the warm welcome they receive. In Iran they really roll out the red carpet for Americans, and want to speak English with you and take photos of you. This is genuine and comes from the heart.  That said, there are some long-standing traditions and some modern rules that may be unfamiliar to Iran-bound travelers. Here are three ways to help you navigate them, and come away with a richer travel experience. Read More


8 Reasons to Travel to Iran Now

8 Reasons to Travel to Iran Now

Iran’s fabulous bazaars, amazing archaeological sites, and unfailingly warm and friendly people are favorites of intrepid travelers and media outlets. Discover for yourself why it deserves a place at the top of any traveler’s list. Read More


Cultural Diplomacy: Jazzing it up in Iran

Cultural Diplomacy: Jazzing it up in Iran

The saxophonist at Vadhat Concert Hall in Tehran, Iran, took center stage in his vivid blue and white flowered shirt. A jazz musician and composer from New York, Bob Belden, along with his band, Animation, were the first Americans to perform in Iran since the 1979 revolution. 1,200 Iranian jazz fans celebrated the moment along with the Americans by shooting cell-phone photos of each other and cheering. Read More



Travel to Iran: 3 Ways to Explore Ancient Persia by Land or Train

Travel to Iran: 3 Ways to Explore Ancient Persia by Land or Train

Ancient Persia, now called Iran, has been in existence for over 2,500 years. Arts, architecture, spiritual beliefs and culture have poured back and forth across political borders here, and history can be read clearly in UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Cyrus the Great’s ceremonial capital, Persepolis, and Isfahan’s sumptuous Imam Square. There are endless wonderful sites and experiences in Iran, and three ways to travel through this enigmatic country: Read More



Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind

A proud independent spirit, a long tradition of lavish hospitality and an abundance of Nature’s gifts combine to make the Georgian people fabulous hosts, imaginative chefs, creative artists and open-hearted friends. Where else in the world can you... Read More