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Challenges That Iranian Travelers Face When Going Abroad
In an interview with Iraj Jamshidi, Benyamin Rezaei, an Iranian tourist, documentary maker, travelogue writer, and author, shared the challenges that Iranian travelers face when going abroad. According to Ben Marco, the most significant challenge for Iranians is carrying cash since Iranian bank cards are not linked to the global system. This forces Iranian travelers to carry cash at all times, which can be problematic, especially in crowded places where there is a higher risk of theft and pickpocketing.
The second most significant challenge for Iranian tourists, according to Benyamin Rezaei, is the visa problem. He explains that getting a visa is a daunting task for Iranians, and they may have to wait up to eight months to receive one for a country like Tanzania. Meanwhile, tourists from other parts of the world can travel to these countries without a visa.
Benyamin Marco also notes that defining travel and leisure can be a challenge for Iranian travelers. He highlights that some Iranian tourists seek sexual entertainment while traveling, but these activities can often be traps to deceive uninformed travelers and empty their pockets.
It is worth noting that Benyamin Rezaei has traveled to over 80 countries and 630 cities across four continents. In 2019, he set a new record for car travel in Iran by driving a Peugeot 207 from Iran to the Strait of Gibraltar in southern Spain. His exciting memories and adventures during this 110-day journey have been published on Instagram and his website. Ben Marco has also written six books, which are mostly stories about his travels worldwide. These books include African Diamonds, Tehran to Vancouver, Eight Years Around the World, Be Alone but Be a Man, Migration to Istanbul, and Eighty Days Around Europe.