Rick Steves Blogs About his Travels in Iran

European travel expert Rick Steves is blogging about a new and unlikely travel destination – Iran . A well-know advocate of “close-to-the-ground” travel broadening perspectives and destroying ethnocentricity, Steves blogs about his experience filming a new public television show entitled “Iran: Its People and Culture, Yesterday and Today”. Although the show will be “no politics, just travel” his motivations are quite political.

Steves writes in his blog, “I remember when the bombs first fell on Baghdad, thinking I’d missed an opportunity to make a travel show that could humanize Baghdad and give ‘collateral damage’ a face. I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to do this for Iran .” He continues, “I figure this adventure will cost me roughly what each household in the U.S. is already paying for Iraq . If I can help avert an extra war — even just a little bit — this will be a brilliant personal investment — and lots of people will owe me big-time.”