I would like to go to Iran with a friend of mine in the near future. She is a native of the country and we would most likely be staying with her family in Kermanshah. I know whenever I even hint to my friends that I want to go to Iran they gasp in horror and disbelief and beg me not to go. I would think that traveling there with someone who is already familiar with the area and not having to stay in a hotel would make my stay there somewhat safer. Any thoughts?
There have been some posts about this topic here. (Hint: Do a search of the forum.) I had a look at Iran myself, and I think it is quite safe to travel within the country. The only problem are the border provinces to Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Kurdish area at the border to Turkey. Keep a low profile, be mobile, move around a lot, stick to the rules that apply for women in Iran and you should be safe.
Your relatives probably have the Iran-Iraqi war on their minds, as well as "Not without my daughter" by Betty Mahmoody and the Islamic Revolution.
Just in case you are male: don't travel with your female friend alone around the country. That is strictly forbidden! No kidding!
Thanks a lot for your help! I am a female and so is my friend so she should be able to help me blend in more and make sure that I don't do anything that I am not supposed to.
I would definitely recommend visiting Iran! It's a beautiful country and has so much to offer both historically and culturally. You should be fine if you stick to the rules! And besides the people love foreigners.
I hope you will have good time in my beautiful country. Don't worry no problem for you. Iran is one of the safest country in the world though there is much propaganda about here.