Traveling to Iran as Americans: All You Need to Know

Audrey with Iranian Women - Masuleh, Iran

Traveling to Iran as an American citizen may sound complicated and dangerous. It’s not. We’re here to dispel the myths and answer the questions piling up in our inbox based on our visit to Iran just a few weeks ago.Our aim in the following Q&A is to answer actual reader queries and to help demystify the process of traveling to Iran. … [Read more...]

Passports with Purpose: Help Build Libraries in Zambia

Young Kid Grabs Camera - Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania

This is not a story. It's a call to action: buy a $10 ticket, get a chance to win some awesome prizes, and help out a few communities in Zambia.Over the last few of years, Passports with Purpose (PwP) has built schools in Cambodia and village houses in India. This year, PwP is headed to a new continent with a new mission: to build libraries and raise literacy in … [Read more...]

Iran: A Poem to the People

Iranian People

This is a story of a woman I met on a train in Iran and a letter she wrote to me -- a letter I now read through tears.My heart sank as I watched the news from Iran this morning, scenes of the British Embassy being charged by an angry mob in Tehran. It saddens me – angers me, really – that narrow groups like this who define the world’s perception of Iran and the … [Read more...]

Persepolis: Ancient Persia, Modern Lessons

Gate of All Nations - Persepolis, Iran

Although Persepolis is one of Iran’s top archeological and tourist sites, I was careful to keep my expectations in check before visiting. After all, what would remain of the 2,500 year-old capital of the Achaemenid Empire? Amidst crumbled columns, I found great detail that blew me away and a surprising connection to the present. … [Read more...]