Iran on New York Times “Places to Go” list for 2019

January 12, 2019

TEHRAN – The New York Times has included Iran in its 2019 edition of Places to Go list, noting the country takes “the top spot.”

The inclusion comes among escalating tensions between Iran and the United States as Prescient Donald Trump pulled America out of the Iran nuclear deal in May 2017 and restored sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

This year, the American newspaper has chosen Sebastian Modak, a journalist with an “impressive background and resume”, who will set off travels to the selected destinations.

Answering a question about his most desired destination, Modak said, “There’s nothing I’m not excited about, but I think Iran takes the top spot,” online edition of the newspaper reported on Wednesday.

“More than any other place on the list, or even in the world, Iran is somewhere that I’ve only ever been able to look at from afar, through the lens of scary newspaper headlines. I’ve found that there’s often a huge gap between the everyday lived experience of people on the ground and the country as we understand it through geopolitics. I’m ready for any preconceptions I have to be totally shattered, and I’m excited to share my experience with New York Times readers.”

Many visitors to Iran believe that Western media often portray Iran negatively, saying there is a widespread misunderstanding about the true nature and safety of the country, which is tainted by the reputation of some of its more politically unstable neighbors.

The 2019 Travel Risk Map, which shows the risk level around the world, puts Iran among countries with “insignificant risk”, a category where the UK, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, and Finland are placed in.

Iran embraces hundreds of historical sites such as bazaars, museums, mosques, bridges, bathhouses, madrasas, mausoleums, churches, towers, and mansions, of which 22 being inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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