Traveling to Discover the Real Iran

August 01, 2019

Ever since the 1979 revolution, Iran has been at the center stage of controversy — from the embassy siege to the nuclear deal. Today, the US government considers the country to be the world's “leading state sponsor of terrorism” due to funding networks and operational cells globally. So,...

Reflections Upon Visiting Iran

September 01, 2016

Tehran is an impressive city, says John Weru in this travel blog. It’s 2015 and I write this from a balcony in Velenjak, a northern neighborhood in Tehran. Earlier today, we watched with our host as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met in Vienna,...

Don’t Go to Iran

May 18, 2016

A beautiful look at life in Iran. What do you think you know about Iran? That it is all just a big desert? That it’s not safe? That Iranians don’t like Westerners? Or that they don’t know how to have fun? What if none of those were true? The views expressed in this article are the...

The Colombian City of Vistas, Graffiti and Caribbean Culture

May 07, 2016

Cartagena, a port city in northern Colombia, shows the history and diversity of Latin America. Colombia is captivatingly emblematic of Latin American traits that everyone associates with the region even without visiting it: a football fervor that paralyzes life and business nationwide...

What Can the Power of Travel Do?

December 19, 2015

A US-based startup seeks to connect like-minded hosts and travelers, and it promises to take the world by storm. “What can the power of travel do?” asks Yasmine El Baggari, a young Moroccan entrepreneur, at an event in Rabat hosted by US-based startup Voyaj and the World Bank. As someone...