Forbes has raised more than a few eyebrows with an article listing Iran as one of “the 10 coolest places to go in 2017.”
The listing can be seen on Forbes’ website here in an article written by contributor Ann Abel.
Iran ranks ninth out of the eleven countries on the list (yes, seriously) and its entry cites Indagare Magazine founder Melissa Biggs Bradley, who recently completed a trip there.
Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley is excited about the trip she just completed to Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis.
The country seemed to be on the verge last year, and that panned out. Tourism has doubled in the past year, Biggs Bradley notes, thanks to the 2015 nuclear agreement along with regular flights from London, Paris, Vienna, Istanbul, Dubai and Doha.
In Melissa Biggs Bradley’s blog post beaming about her trip to Iran, she writes:
Visitors to Iran understand that they must adapt to Sharia law and customs, under which alcohol is strictly forbidden and women must wear hijabs, or headscarves, outside their rooms.
As Breitbart writer Penny Starr points out, the notion that Iran is a cool place to travel to in 2017 goes against the advice of U.S. officials.
According to the U.S. Department of State, Iran is not an ideal travel destination because of it being designated as the No. 1 state sponsor of terror through its ongoing funding and arming of terrorist groups around the world and its human rights abuses against its own citizens and visitors.
Indeed, the U.S. Department of State website contains a warning – clear as day – informing citizens they should “carefully weigh the risks of travel [to Iran] and consider postponing their travel.”