Inspiring Women Travelers: Kristina Paltén is running Alone through Iran

Some stories are almost too crazy to be true. I recently stumbled upon a trailer for a documentary film that was uploaded 9 months ago. Yet it couldn't be any more timely. The film tells the story of Swedish ultra-runner Kristina Paltén, who should become the first woman to ever cross Iran by foot. Let that settle for a moment. This is a woman who is not ju[...]

Debunking Myths about Iran

Since I was a child, I have been lucky enough to have my twin sister by my side. She has always been the ideal partner in crime. As kids, she was the one carrying the flashlight while I was leading the way on an improvised cave exploration. As teenagers, she was the one going reverse bungee jumping with me, while all of our friends were too scared to[...]

From Tehran with Love

There's this constantly growing fascination for Iran bubbling inside of me and it's so strong that I'm planning to visit Tehran in the next coming weeks or months. Part of that has been being introduced to Les Persiennes in a recent magazine article which I read on a plane. Nilufar Khalessi, the founder, is from Iran and lives in Paris. She runs the online m[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary for Iran

When I first told my family and friends that I was planning on backpacking for a month on my own in Iran, they looked at me like I was a bit crazy. Though I could understand their doubts and reluctance (let’s be honest, Iran is generally not on the top of the world’s most touristy places), I was just excited and curious to see for myself what this countr[...]

5 Reasons why every woman should visit Iran

Admittedly, Iran, the beautiful country by the Persian Gulf, hasn't had the best press coverage lately. All prejudice aside though: Iran's magic will haunt you in a wonderful orientalist kind of way. Think Scheherazade - and the great Sufi poet Rumi! In Iran, the lemons are sweet and the oranges are sour. There are snow-covered peaks and sunny beaches, l[...]

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