Backpacking in Iran
Backpacking in Iran makes you be more in contact with people.First of all you should know that one of the first questions people here always ask you is, “What did you think of Iran before you came here?” so prepare yourself to answer.
You won’t feel alone from the moment you land in Iran. Here is some general information which you need to know about backpacking in Iran.
Hitchhiking in Iran
Once you manage to get somewhere by hitchhiking, choose Iran. See the real Iran behind closed doors, underneath the hijabs and getting right into the heart of the culture. Inside their own cars and houses, the Iranian people are the ones who decide how they behave and what they do. This is the part of Iran that you should not miss it. In Iran, people will stop automatically out of curiosity and hospitality to see what you are doing and if they can help you.
Using the word hitchhiking has no effect at all, as local people do not know what you are talking about. I mean, it is not a well-known concept. So, try to show local people in Farsi that you are traveling on a low budget. The closest word to explain hitchhiking is ‚”salavaati”, which means doing something for good prayers or something free. You can use this word to explain what you wanted to do.
Hitchhiking around Iran is easy, safe and fun. Make sure you have a map that works offline; Write your destination in Farsi and know a few Farsi phrases, words and numbers. Many people will assume you want a taxi so be clear that you do not want to pay.