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Solo female travel in Iran

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So I went to Iran alone. Most people think I’m stupid or crazy, or both. But am I really? I must admit I had some doubts and couple of minor panic attacks before going, mostly due to my uncertain visa situation, but also because I haven’t traveled to such an exotic, unknown destination before, the one I didn’t really know how to prepare for. But the whole „solo female travel in Iran” thing turned out to be really cool and easy there and I enjoyed every single bit of it!

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For the 10 days I’ve spent in Iran I haven’t met another woman traveling alone (but I’ve heard from others there’re 2 more doing the same thing as me at the same time). There were tourists, surprisingly many of them, few guys traveling solo but not a single women. That just meant to me that the stereotype that Iran is a dangerous place to visit, especially for independent (female) travelers are as strong as always. When I was telling my friends I’m going to Iran some 90% of them were seriously concerned about me and asked me to think over my chosen destination. People keep confusing Iran and Iraq, thinking it’s a country torn by war and now under the ISIS rule. I kept explaining that it is a perfectly safe place, that I haven’t heard of anyone having a single issue there, that everyone I know just loved their visit in that country. But still people were not convinced and that eventually made me feel pretty nervous about my trip to, I started having the thoughts of what I’m getting myself into…

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Safety

For the whole time I’ve spent there I didn’t encounter even one situation when I would have felt in danger or even uncomfortable. Unlike other countries that are top tourist destinations but can be challenging for solo women (I’m looking at you Morocco) Iran was completely safe! Of course people were staring at me, both men and women, young and old but it was only because they were curious and didn’t have any bad intentions. Some braver one tried to talk to me and every day I repeated the word „Lachestan” („Poland” in Farsi language) countless times. Usually the question where I am from and how do I like Iran were the only ones I was asked. Just the other day I saw a list of the safest cities in the world and I was not surprised to see Tehran there. Iran really was probably the safest country I’ve ever visited!

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Iranian people

I heard so many things about the incredible Iranian hospitality I was really curious to see how it really is. I usually divide such stories by four and don’t expect much but surely on my second day in Iran (or was it a night?) I experienced it as well. I took the night bus from Tehran to Shiraz (the journey was supposed to last between 12 and 15 hours) and at 5 in the morning I was woken up by the driver – it turned out he lives in the random town we were passing by and since at that point there was only me and two more passengers – a mother with a teenage daughter – he invited us over for a breakfast. Normally I wouldn’t have accepted such an offer (and I refused few times before finally agreeing) but since I was accompanied by other women I figured out nothing bad can happen. No one spoke English so for two hours we all did our best to communicate with hands, speaking loud and slow in our languages or using the short phrasebook at the end of Lonely Planet. Still it was a really lovely time, I felt very welcomed, ate much more than I’ve wanted and even got some extra food for the onward journey. And stories like this do happen in Iran, a lot. People there are incredibly generous and hospitable and don’t have any bad intentions! As soon as you step out of the tourist route someone will talk to you and you never know how it might end! Just be open and say „yes” – that’s where the adventure in Iran starts!

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Travelling around

You probably have heard about the Tehran metro that has separate carriages for women. Well, it’s true. I was slightly afraid I will end up in a wrong car but as it turned out there was nothing to worry about. At the platform it is clearly marked where the women-only zone starts and those specific carriages are located at the front and back of the train. The stations are full of posters showing why men shouldn’t enter these parts of the metro, how uncomfortable the women would feel. Travelling around Tehran was quite an experience anyway! There was always something going on, on every station the new show was starting, women were selling and buying all necessary things: from kitchen equipment to make up and bras!

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The buses between the cities didn’t have the specific areas for women but when buying a ticket you get a seat reservation too. It happens that a guy gets a place next to you – it then takes some creativity from the driver to rearrange the passengers so no woman sits next to an unknown man. During my journey from Kashan to the airport (3 hours) I changed the seat 3 times!

Accommodation

I’m the kind of person that likes to have everything organized and when I travel I always book the place to stay in advance as I prefer to know there’ll be a bed waiting for me at the end of the day. Well, this wasn’t the case with Iran. Due to my uncertain visa situation I wasn’t sure if I will be let in to the country and so I only booked my first night in Tehran (it was required to get a visa anyway). The next nights I spent in various places: a random hotel with only Iranian guests (I was a big attraction for them), 8-bed dorm in the basement of the most touristic hotel in Yazd (both nights I was the only women in the room), a private room in another hotel popular among foreign tourists and couchsurfing with a lovely Iranian couple. And every time it was all fine! The only issue I had was in Yazd where the bathroom was located few steps away from the dorm and to get there I had to cross the patio with the restaurant – with wet hair, wearing a pajama, a tunic and a scarf on my head I must have looked funny.

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As for Couchsurfing – officially it is illegal in Iran but it is not blocked (unlike Facebook) and it is working really well in the country, every city has a lot of hosts to choose from. I heard only amazing things about CS in Iran and I knew I have to do it too! Of course I followed the rules like anywhere else: looked only for women or couples, preferable with some references, those I felt we’d click with. I tried CS in Esfahan, where I stayed with a really lovely couple – I got my own room, we spent pretty much time together and the most I learnt about the life in Iran was from them. But if you look at their home or listen to our conversation you’d never guess they’re Iranian – they could as well live in any European country! Another prove that Iran is a normal place just like any other!

Eating out

That’s usually the most difficult part for solo travelers as let’s face it, we do feel uncomfortable sitting alone in the restaurant. But it was surprisingly good in Iran. When I visited a place with Iranian clientele there was always someone trying to talk to me, whether a person working there or a fellow customer (and again the same questions were asked, where I am from and how I like Iran). In the tourists-oriented places there was also always someone chatting to me, just the topics of the conversation were different. I don’t think in these 10 days I ate alone even once! The most challenging thing was eating with the headscarf on!

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Clothes

That’s the most controversial part of solo female travel in Iran. For all the time you’re outside in the public (so even in the common areas of the hotel) you need to have your hair covered and to wear a manteau (a coat or tunic). You cannot have bare arms (everyone was wearing long sleeves) and your legs should be covered till ankles however the feet can be bare. I was wearing skinny jeans and it was totally fine. Also it’s not like the hair need to be all hidden, when I was looking at some girls I was wondering how their headscarf doesn’t fall (every journey by Tehran metro left me with jaw dropped as I couldn’t stop staring at beautiful women around, with all these clothes they really know how to show best features). It’s also a stereotype that you need to wear black color only! You need to follow these rules from the moment you step out of the plane till the moment you board the plane again.

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There were days when it was pretty challenging to wear all that clothes when it was really hot outside but well, there was nothing I could do about that, I just accepted these rules. And honestly I expected it will be much worse! The headscarf kept me cool from the sun and it fell down only few times (but, surprisingly enough not when I was sleeping in the bus). When by accident my arm was seen a helpful women on the streets rearranged my outfit so I looked fine again. For next two days after leaving Iran I kept checking if my headscarf is on, you get used to it pretty fast and become somehow obsessed with keeping it on your head.

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So, that’s more or less my experience with solo female travel in Iran. I really enjoyed it, felt very safe for all the time and can only recommend it to everyone! If you think of visiting Iran now is the time to go as the country and especially its politics is changing and soon might become just another tourist destination. And you don’t want to miss the real Iran!

Would you like to visit Iran? Would you dare to travel solo there? If you have any questions about solo female travel in Iran (or about the country in general) feel free to ask them in the comment or email me, I’ll gladly answer!


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  1. Wow, now Iran looks so safe and friendly! I haven’t considered that destination so far, but as it may become more touristic place I have to be fast and defenetlig go there, ASAP. Btw. the scarf really fits you! :)
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    • kami
      22:12 19/06/2015

      haha, thank you! And yes, you definitely should visit Iran as soon as you can since it’s changing too fast and soon there just might be too many people!

  2. Great guide! I plan on visiting Iran sometime in the near future with my family but this is all still very useful information.
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    • kami
      22:12 19/06/2015

      Thank you! You definitely should go there, it’s such a great country to visit!

  3. So interesting to read about, Kami! It’s good to hear that the stereotype of Iranians being friendly and hospitable is true!
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    • kami
      22:13 19/06/2015

      Thank you! Iran definitely is nothing like the Western world sees it!

  4. Love this. I really really really want to go now. I have this irrational fear of being kidnapped, but I guess as long as we aren’t cruising the hillsides on the border regions I should be fine right! :) Can’t wait to see more of your posts on Iran.
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    • kami
      22:15 19/06/2015

      Definitely! It is such a safe country and people are super friendly and welcoming that you’d be fine! I haven’t heard yet about anyone having problems in Iran!

  5. This was a really great read, Kami! I’ve been fascinated with Iran ever since I read The Physician while I was still in high school, and I’m so glad that you had such an amazing experience there! I hope you’ll inspire many other women to travel in this region of the world!
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    • kami
      22:19 19/06/2015

      Thank you! You definitely should consider a trip to Iran too, I’m sure you’d love it!

    • pero
      12:20 07/09/2015

      hi i live in iran any help that i can feel free

    • iraj
      10:28 25/11/2015

      hi i am from yazd, iran.
      i’ll be happy to come to our city.
      we are hospitable family.

  6. Most people have very bad opinion about Iran. But it isn’t true. I changed my mind, after I read a book „Przez świat na rowerach w dwa lata”. The chapter about Iran was my favorite part of this book. After that book Iran is in my number one at top 5 place to visit in my live.
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    • kami
      22:32 19/06/2015

      I think I’ve read that book a while ago, at least it sounds familiar! You definitely should visit Iran, I think you’d like it there. Plus apparently they have some really nice trains there :)

  7. Great honest and interesting article – it is wonderful to hear that Iran is so safe and its people so friendly. Good on you for being brave enough to visit there alone. I find the couchsurfing thing very interesting! I wonder if they have AirBnB as well? We are hoping to visit Iran next year as part of our journey overland all the way from Indonesia to UK so will definitely be looking into it for this. Thanks
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    • kami
      22:34 19/06/2015

      Thank you Steph! I highly doubt they have AirBnB, even Couchsurfing is illegal there so… :) I will keep my fingers crossed for you to get to Iran next year, it’s an amazing country and definitely deserves a visit!

  8. I think as a north american anywhere in the middle east is seen as a huge risk- solo travel or not. However after reading this article.. I totally want to go. Love that you got to have breakfast with your local driver…that’s amazing.
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    • kami
      22:35 19/06/2015

      I’ve been to few countries in Middle East and they were perfectly fine! I guess these are just unfair stereotypes. Hopefully you will go there one day!

    • Farzane
      12:47 14/02/2016

      I live in Iran.
      if you need any information I can help you

  9. I would love to go to Iran one day. Between you and Sylvia posting about it, it doesn’t seem at all like a place where I should feel intimidated or scared. I love reading about places first hand rather than listening to other people’s uneducated opinions. I also know a lot of people who would likely confuse Iran and Iraq to the point I probably wouldn’t even tell them I was going.

    Thanks for this post, it is inspiring me to research getting a visa with a US passport.
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    • kami
      22:37 19/06/2015

      Unfortunately it’s not so easy to get there for the US citizens but since recently Iran and USA are in some better relations they will hopefully change the rules for travels there! And Iran is definitely worth a visit and nothing like people here think!

  10. Znakomicie, że przetarłaś te ścieżki! Obecnie najbardziej mnie odstrasza to totalne bycie ubraną ;) A co do wagonów tylko dla kobiet, to takie też są w Kuala Lumpur i uwielbiam je! Jakoś tak naprawdę się znakomicie czułam, gdy otaczały mnie same kobiety. Było czysto, nie śmierdziało, dzieciaki latały – tak… przyjemnie :)

    • kami
      22:38 19/06/2015

      W Rio też na takie wagony trafiłam, ale jakoś te teherańskie są już sławą owiane. A to chodzenie poubieranym nie jest takie najgorsze, a i przyzwyczaić się szybko można :)

  11. Good for you. It’s on my list. And as I see more and more going there, it’s moving toward the top.
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    • kami
      22:39 19/06/2015

      Good, you definitely should travel to Iran when you have a chance!

  12. It sounds really great and story with driver and breafast proces that people from Iran are so helpful and kind. I had similar experience in south-east Asia – everyone told me I should be carefull all the time and they asked me if I was scared but to be honest I felt much mord safer then in Europe or USA. Nice post, thanks!

    • kami
      22:41 19/06/2015

      Thanks! All these worries comments usually come from people who don’t travel and don’t really know how safe the world can be and how good people are! I still need to visit SE Asia!

  13. Great post! I too learned the word Lahestan since I was traveling under a Polish passport and otherwise every time I said Poland it was met with — „Holland? Yes so many tourist from Holland!”

  14. A friend of mine is traveling in Iran as we speak and I’ve heard nothing but good about it. Not sure where all the warning etc comes from but to me it’s pretty clear now that there should be no reason why not to go…
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    • kami
      22:43 19/06/2015

      it comes from the lack of knowledge I guess. people confuse Iraq and Iran and know that there’re bad things happening in Iraq right now so assume Iran is the same. Plus media show us the bad image of the country so people believe in it, sadly

  15. As Alex said – trully great post!

  16. Ale, że założenie kawałka materiału na głowę i ramiona nazywać kontrowersyjnym? ;)

    • I podpisuję się pod Twoim nazwaniem tego. Zresztą burka w niektórych krajach arabskich została na życzenie kobiet, a nie mężczyzn i miała zupełnie inne funkcje, niż dzisiaj pierwszemu, lepszemu Kowalskiemu się wydaje :)

  17. Well written Kami!

  18. How fantastic! I really, really want to go to Iran but my husband is from the UK so has to do a tour. Otherwise I could travel solo, which I’m thinking about doing, but I’m not sure. It looks so amazing though. I hope you’ll be writing more about it.
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    • kami
      22:45 19/06/2015

      You definitely should go solo, the sooner the better! And then you can return with your husband, when things get easier for UK citizens (as I’m sure eventually there will be the same rules for everyone). And I will definitely be writing more about Iran, just need to find some time (ah the summer in Warsaw… ;))

  19. Podróżowałam stopem po Syrii (jak jeszcze dało się tam pojechać). Nigdy nie czułam się bezpieczniej, lepiej i bardziej przyjaźnie. Fajnie, że w Iranie miałaś podobne doświadczenia.

  20. Nice one Kami!

  21. Also I totally emphasize with what you mean about people telling you that you are crazy before you go. I assumed it was just Americans but now I know it was not :) we won’t all soon forget that feeling when you first stepped off the plane and realized … We were absolutely right and they are totally wrong ;)

  22. I traveled to Iran, with my Persian husband, for the first time (my first time) in March of this year. I had to laugh at some of your comments. I had such a time eating with the head scarf on, it drove me crazy! Did you know that women can ride in the men’s metro car but men cannot ride in the women’s car. I rode in the men’s car with my husband as did many other women. And I had SO many people approach me to ask where I was from. And every single one of them asked me to tell Americans that Iranians loved America. ;)

    • kami
      22:48 19/06/2015

      I heard so much about eating with a scarf yet I had no problems with it ;) I was more afraid of the scarf falling down when I was sleeping in the bus but was fine here too :) I knew about the metro and it was really tempting to go to the men’s car but I didn’t want to risk ;) Iranians are really amazing and it’s so bad they get such a bad publicity all over the world…

  23. pokazałaś że się da, nawet samemu :)

  24. This post makes me even more excited to visit Iran someday… Soon! Thank you for sharing your experience… This very valuable.

  25. I recently watched an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, in which he visited Iran. I was frankly surprised to see how warm, welcoming and generally friendly everyone was – MUCH more so than half the people I meet here in Orlando! You’re lucky you got a chance to visit – I’m sure it is something you will remember for the rest of your life.
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    • kami
      22:57 19/06/2015

      That’s exactly how Iran is – nothing like we imagine it here but so much better! And people are just the friendliest ever!

  26. Pierwsze, co przychodzi na myśl o Iranie, to, że jest tam niebezpiecznie. Jak widać totalnie mylne wrażenie.

  27. Iran musi być bardzo ciekawym krajem. I zazdroszczę wszystkim udającym się w te rejony.

    • kami
      22:58 19/06/2015

      zdecydowanie jest ciekawy. nie ma czego zazdrościć tylko trzeba samemu pojechać!

  28. To własnie ubiór chyba jest najciekawszy w całej podróży do Iranu!

  29. So happy you enjoyed visiting Iran! It is high on my list :)

  30. i love iran and very interesting post.

  31. Salam! This was a really cute article! Thanks Chloe (from Wanderlust in the Midwest) from sending over the link! I am actually Iranian (I was born and raised in the USA but I go back all the time!) and I am really happy to hear that you had such a positive trip! Actually, every article I’ve read on westerners traveling to Iran has always been overwhelmingly positive! It’s a shame that we have such a bad rep in the media! ;(
    In any regard, I enjoyed reading your article and didn’t realize that there were so many stereotypes about us! (Haha I didn’t know people thought we wear all black!? omg)

    Hope you can make the trip back again very soon! ;)

    <(') Hoda
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    • kami
      23:00 19/06/2015

      Thank you Hoda! I definitely enjoyed it and will promote Iran to everyone! The rep it gets in the media is so unfair and I really hope it will be changed soon!

  32. Iran, maybe one day, who knows. For now I travel with you :). If you don’t mind.

  33. LKuzma
    21:25 05/06/2015

    I bet you appreciated the most the breakfast with that Iranian family! I would! That seems like the most authentic experience one can only impagine. Congratulations!

  34. This was honestly the most interesting travel blog piece I have ever read. I think it’s because Iran is so foreign. There are 1000000’s of blog posts on Ubud and Florence. But nothing on Iran. And certainly nothing on Iran by a Solo Female Traveler! Although Iran may not be a desirable country to live (their people are fleeing for good reasons), it is nice and reassuring to know that you felt safe traveling there. And it’s exciting that you did this as a solo female traveler. Your blog post made Iran a very enticing place to visit (although my mum would not take me traveling to Iran by myself very well). Thank you!!

    • kami
      23:04 19/06/2015

      Thank you for your lovely comment, it made me blush! Iran is definitely a wonderful place to visit, and so safe your mum shouldn’t be afraid ;)

  35. That metro sign is too funny! Iran sounds wonderful, and not scary at all. Would love to go some day!
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  36. Adrian
    10:24 09/06/2015

    One of the best blog about touristic, realy enjoy reading your post. Although i would prefer if you write in PL :)

    • kami
      23:05 19/06/2015

      thank you! and well, there’s always google translate ;)

  37. wow! That’s very brave of you to go to Iran alone! Great photos!
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  38. Paweł
    17:22 11/06/2015

    I am very impressed that you had the courage to go on such a trip. But as you can see it was worth it – wonderful pictures.
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  39. I love learning more about places that I really don’t know much about, especially those that have a bit of a stigma there…I’m glad that you felt safe and that you would recommend it! :)
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    • kami
      23:07 19/06/2015

      Thanks! It was really such a safe country! No one believes me when I say that and I was actually pretty surprise too!

  40. Jessica S
    02:10 19/06/2015

    Loved this and all the photos. Where did you buy your mantou?? I’m going in October and need to be ready!

    • kami
      23:09 19/06/2015

      Thank you! actually I got that tunic in the second hand shop here in Warsaw. I figured since I’d need these kind of clothes just for Iran I can as well look for them there so I won’t need to pay too much ;) I’m sure you will love Iran when you go there later this year!! Do you know where will you go to?

  41. Martin
    15:22 23/06/2015

    Grunt to przełamywać stereotypy :) Polacy mają dość przyjazny stosunek do Irańczyków, związany pewnie z XVI-XVII wiecznego sojuszu związanego z zagrożeniem płynącym od Turcji. Czy tą samą sympatię dało się odczuć u Irańczyków w stosunku do Ciebie?

    • kami
      22:16 28/07/2015

      tak tak, jak najbardziej! chociaz w dużej mierze mogło to wynikać z tego, że oni ogólnie mega pozytywnie reagują na zagranicznych turystów. ale naprawdę, przez te 10 dni nie miałam ani jednej niefajnej sytuacji tam!

  42. I realy enjoyed reading this post!:) very interesting!

  43. What an amazing journey! I fall into the category of feeling uncertain about traveling in Iran, but hear it is an absolutely gorgeous country. Thanks for a marvelous post!
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist
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    • kami
      22:17 28/07/2015

      Thank you Natalie! I definitely would recommend Iran to everyone, it really is super safe and people are the friendliest but I can understand why people are afraid of going there as media really show an awful image of the country.

  44. WOW! I am so glad I found your blog through the Awesome Bloggers Group. I love reading of experiences in places that we’re so often told are unsafe, but turn out to be wonderful! I’m 1/2 Colombian and people have told me they’ve heard horror stories, but I love Colombia and find it extremely safe.

    I absolutely love this post! Look forward to reading more of your blog. Thank you for sharing your time in Iran. Beautiful!
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    • kami
      22:32 03/08/2015

      Thank you for your lovely comment Heather! People often ten to exaggerate when it comes to safety and sadly places like Iran or Colombia lose the most on these prejudices. I really would love to visit Colombia one day, this must be an amazing country!

  45. Kami dzięki za ten post. Jesteś kolejną osobą, która potwierdza, że podróżowanie po Iranie jest bezpieczne, a jego mieszkańcy bardzo serdeczni. Zebrałaś to w fajny sposób, pzyjemnie się czytało, a opowieść o śniadaniu i porozumiewaniu się przy nim bardzo mnie rozbawiła :D
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    • kami
      04:17 23/09/2015

      dzięki! Naprawdę nie ma się tam czego obawiać, normalny kraj z bardzo gościnnymi ludźmi :) kolejny przykład jak bardzo media wszystko demonizują…

  46. Camilla
    20:23 21/09/2015

    Czesc! This report was amazing! I’m also considering going as a solo traveler, maybe next may (I haven’t planned anything yet, I just have this idea building up in my mind). I am very relieved to read about your experience because I was slightly worried about security issues but really don’t want them to stand in my way… One question about accommodation, was it expensive? I usually sleep in hostels and B&Bs when I travel, are such structures popular in Iran?

    • kami
      04:23 23/09/2015

      Thank you Camilla! You definitely should go, you will love it! Iran is a wonderful destination! As for the accommodation: it varied but I’d say the cheapest single room in any city was less than 30$. Not the cheapest option ever but you have no choice (besides couchsurfing) and they don’t have hostels there. In more touristy places like Yazd or Kashan there were dorm rooms in hotels, I paid less than 7$ for bed in Yazd (and that included breakfast and wifi)

  47. Mariana
    14:55 04/10/2015

    Hey! I really loved your post!
    I read that you can’t go to Iran without an invitation or without hiring a tour. Is it right?

    • kami
      21:51 05/10/2015

      Thanks! It all depends what country you’re from. Citizens of the US, Great Britain and Canada need to be part of organized tour but the rest can travel around freeley and you don’t need to have an ivitation to get a visa. I just needed a hotel reservation for the first night and it was fine!

  48. Ania
    10:19 22/10/2015

    Thanks for the useful pieces of advice! Travelling alone in Iran as a woman is what I was looking for. Didn’t you have any sort of problems with that entering the country?
    I also see you’re a street art fan, I saw a few photographs you posted of it there, any interesting tips?

    All the best & safe travels!

    • kami
      18:04 15/11/2015

      I’m glad you found it useful Ania! I didn’t have any problem with entering the country, I was only asked 3 questions (about my plan in Iran, if I have a place to stay for the first night and if I have the verification code) and few minutes later I had a visa in my passport.
      and street art is literally everywhere there but not the kind we’re used to here :)
      Happy travels!

  49. I can’t tell you how envious I am of your solo trip to Iran. I’m trying to plan a trip, but I really hate the idea of having a tour guide with me the whole time (I’m from the USA). I can’t decide if I should go in February or March or if I should wait to see if they lift the tour guide requirement!
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    • kami
      18:09 15/11/2015

      I’d go now, before too many tourists get there (as this is going to happen for sure!) And I think March would be better, the day would be longer and the weather should be better! I’m sure you’ll love it there!

  50. Shivaa Sharma
    12:56 01/11/2015

    Loved this! Gave me a lot of confidence to go to Iran by myself- I am going in January and so excited!

    • kami
      18:12 15/11/2015

      I’m so glad to read this! You’ll enjoy it a lot, I’m sure of that!

  51. Amazing description of your trip. I’ve been to Iran twice and can’t wait to go again. Greetings from south Morocco!
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    • kami
      18:14 15/11/2015

      Thank you! :) I actually don’t really plan to go back but it was definitely one of the most interesting trips! Cheers from Kazakhstan ;)

  52. azime
    07:40 23/11/2015

    dear Kami
    I enjoyed when I read your travel memories in Iran.
    the photos were beautiful, too.
    I am Iranian and all of us like to be the host of foreign traveler to have a chance to change their view about Iran and Iranian and share the Iran beauties with them.
    we wish to visit you in Iran for a second time,

    • kami
      13:36 29/11/2015

      Thank you! I really enjoyed Iran and meeting the people, you’re one of the most hospitable nation ever and I hope more tourists will visit and find it out too!

  53. Hi honey!Im an iranian girl…
    When iI was reading your description,I was crying hard.Its our enemys opinion to give the people false information unfortunately.I dont know why every tourists dont know the facts about iran.we dont have any problem with our region and our public and rejim.we are living like other people all over the world.and love every one.
    If some one likes to see iran his foots is on our eyes…
    When you are here we try to do some works to be happy and have a good trip.Im in tehran,the capital of iran…
    I will see you soon honey…

    • kami
      23:04 07/12/2015

      There are many misunderstood places all over the world and unfrortunately Iran is one of them. but when someone decides to visit anyway they see the real face of the country and spread the word around! Thank you!

  54. milad
    22:52 27/11/2015

    hi thank you KAMI for selection Iran.

  55. Kami – thoroughly enjoyed this post. I’m very heavily contemplating a solo trip to Iran very soon in Feb/Mar. As a Chinese American, I do not speak Farsi or Arabic. How challenging do you think this will be for me?

    • kami
      23:37 07/01/2016

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I also don’t speak Farsi or Arabic and it was challenging but manageable, people are really helpful and even if they don’t speak English they will do all they can to help you! Just learn the numbers and you will be fine! Iran is great and you should go if you have a chance!

    • Shahin (San Francisco)
      15:53 10/03/2016

      Even if you knew Arabic, it wouldn’t help you in Iran since they speak Persian, an indo-european language that has a completely different origin from Arabic.

  56. Visitor
    04:53 14/02/2016

    Hey there! I’ve been reading your website for a long time now and finally got
    the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Tx!
    Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!|

  57. Gill Groom
    01:36 21/03/2016

    Hi Kami, your article is spot on. I, too, travelled to Iran solo. Wonderful place to go, it has left me with superb memories and a yearning to go back. I have written up my trip on my travel blog if you would like to have a look.
    https://www.travelblog.org/Middle-East/Iran/North/Tehran/blog-857887.html
    Thanks for the memories!
    Gill

  58. SabaWaseem
    07:21 24/03/2016

    Iran is no doubt a beautiful place to go this is the place where memories of islam are still alive this is the most wonderful place and you can go for a solo trip here without any fear

  59. Reza yousefdoost
    00:01 29/03/2016

    Thank you for saying such a good comments about my country. people around the world don’t know who we are and etc they think we are another Arab country but as you see and say we have many differences with other countryies around us . thank you for visiting my wonderful and four season country . i hope you visit again

    • kami
      11:38 13/04/2016

      Thank you! It’s sad how misunderstood Iran is but I hope more and more people will get to know its real face!

  60. Dariush Z
    08:44 29/03/2016

    Just one clarification on the Subway and City bus seating, the women are free to sit anywhere they want in the Bus or Subway, but the men are restricted from sitting in the „women Only” section

    • kami
      11:39 13/04/2016

      yes yes, I know :) must have written it in the wrong way but I was aware of that :)

  61. Nanna
    07:20 31/03/2016

    Hi :)
    I am planning a trip to Iran this fall, and i am thinking about going alone or with a friend. Since you have eksperience with travelling there, can you tell me which places in Iran are good to visit when you travel as a solo female? Have you been outside the bigger cities in the smaller villages, and do you think i can travel alone, even if it is my first time travelling by myself?
    Thanks!

    • kami
      11:44 13/04/2016

      Hi Nanna! Here you have more info about my itinerary and all the other practical things from my trip to Iran http://www.mywanderlust.pl/visit-iran-practical-information/ I think you will find it useful. But to be honest Iran might be slightly challenging if it’s your first solo trip. Maybe first you can travel somewhere nearby, even for the weekend, just to see if it’s your kind of thing.

  62. kave
    05:12 03/04/2016

    HI dear friend
    Thank you very much for your beautiful photos.
    I, as an Iranian living in France, I appreciated you.
    I hope you didnt days in Iran, have spent the best hours of your life.

    • kami
      11:45 13/04/2016

      thank you. I indeed enjoyed the trip to Iran very much

  63. Thanks Kami for your wonderful pages about Iran!
    I’m going to leave to these country in less of one week as a solo female traveller. It isn’t my first experience and I hope it won’t be the last one.
    I’m so excited and I hope to have a so great experience in Iran as you enjoyed.
    At the moment, I’m experiencing only the first part, whit „most people think I’m stupid or crazy, or both”.
    Happy travels

    • kami
      11:46 13/04/2016

      Hope you’re having a wonderful time in Iran! I’m sure you will enjoy it, it’s a wonderful place to visit

  64. Majid
    01:28 13/04/2016

    Kami, thanks a lot for a great post.

  65. Linda
    12:44 14/04/2016

    Planning to visit Iran end of April for 6days.. Thanks for a great post, found all info very helpful 😉 am so excited to go

    • kami
      20:29 14/04/2016

      Thanks for your kind words Linda! You will have a great time, I’m sure of it!

  66. I didn’t travel to Iran solo, but I agree that it is a safe destination for women. Certainly more so than a lot of popular travel destinations like India. Ironically, the religious restrictions on public behavior work in women’s favor. I got the sense that any man who harassed a woman on the street could get into serious trouble.

    • kami
      20:58 29/04/2016

      I experienced a minor harassing there but only because there were hardly any people around, I’m sure it would never have happened in crowded places. Still I got rid of the guy very easily. And overall I felt very safe in Iran. Just like you said, it was much easier destination to travel for women than many mainstream places!

  67. Brad Rimmel
    13:09 17/04/2016

    Great post Kami. I especially found this useful though http://www.mywanderlust.pl/visit-iran-practical-information/ tells a story with all the practical bits.

  68. Amazing journey Kami :) I love to read your story and also you had beautiful pictures. I hope someday can explore Persia too. Greetings from Palembang, Indonesia :)

  69. jacson
    23:19 26/05/2016

    iran is safe but in big city..u can not trust to everywhere

  70. Chin
    02:33 27/05/2016

    Dear Kami, thank you very much for this! I really needed it – booked tix to Tehran yesterday on a whim, and since then everyone has been telling me how „very, very dangerous” Iran is, especially for a solo female traveler. Thank you! Just one question, though – in most of these places, did you get a guide? Or did you plan the entire trip on your own?

    Thanks!

  71. Great post! I have an Iranian roomie and we talked about me visiting him in Iran next year. I really wanted to but was still a bit nervous until I read this post. It totally convinced me so thank you so much :D

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