Rick Steves Blogs About his Travels in Iran
European travel expert Rick Steves is blogging about a new and unlikely travel destination â€“ Iran . A well-know advocate of â€œclose-to-the-groundâ€ travel broadening perspectives and destroying ethnocentricity, Steves blogs about his experience filming a new public television show entitled â€œIran: Its People and Culture, Yesterday and Todayâ€. Although the show will be â€œno politics, just travelâ€ his motivations are quite political.
Steves writes in his blog, â€œI 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 â€˜collateral damageâ€™ a face. I didnâ€™t want to miss an opportunity to do this for Iran .â€ He continues, â€œI 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 â€” even just a little bit â€” this will be a brilliant personal investment â€” and lots of people will owe me big-time.â€