Saturday, September 26, 2009

Get passport. Win lottery. Go.

Kandovan, Iran

A 2005 survey showed that only 34 percent of U.S. residents 18 and over had valid passports. If that number is right, two-thirds of Americans aren't looking to travel outside the U.S. anytime soon.
That's pretty astounding. We humans only live so long and there's so much to see in the world, so many different countries.
If I ever win the Florida Lottery, I'd like to travel more, see some of those places and write about and photograph some of the lesser known destinations.
Such thoughts cross my mind anytime I see pictures like these. Residents of Kandovan in northwestern Iran live in caves like their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. What an amazing place. And there are so many more fascinating spots in the world. Just pick up a copy of National Geographic's Adventure magazine and you'll see. Or Google the words adventure travel.

Of course, investigate your destination before traveling. Now isn't a good time to travel to Iran, for instance. U.S. officials and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are in the midst of a confrontation over revelations of a secret nuclear site in Iran and the fight could escalate.

Even before the latest trouble, the State Department warned in July:
Some elements in Iran remain hostile to the United States. As a result, American citizens may be subject to harassment or arrest while travelling or residing in Iran. In 2009, Iranian authorities prevented a number of Iranian-American citizens, including journalists, who travelled to Iran for personal or professional reasons from leaving, in some cases for several months.

I don't know who took these pictures, so I can't supply photo credits.

More pictures of village on Flickr

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