Afghanistan

Do you want to travel to Afghanistan? Are you dreaming of Afghanistan as your next holiday destination? It’s a beautiful country in central Asia, but by no means an easy destination to travel to.

A trip to Afghanistan requires careful planning, a lot of patience and a thorough research.

Chasing The Unexpected is the only travel website where you will find useful information on Afghanistan with a local’s insight. Hamed, one half of this website, comes from Afghanistan, he has lived there for 30+ years, and now travels there with his wife, the other half of this travel blog. His background in security makes him an expert on the topic, so if you are looking for reliable information on security in Afghanistan beyond the generic “try to blend in” advice, you’ve come to the right place.

What are the places to visit in Afghanistan? What are the places foreigners cannot go? What is the best way to travel around Afghanistan for foreign tourists? Is Kabul safe to visit? What are the things to do in Herat?

Our detailed and informative articles answer all these questions and empower you to travel to Afghanistan and stay safe.

Afghanistan’s complicated society

A long and stormy history, a tangle of tribes and ethnic groups, Afghanistan is not only difficult to visit, but one of the hardest societies to understand in the first place. The main tribes in Afghanistan are Tajiks, Pashtuns, Hazaras, and Uzbeks, but you can also find minority groups such as Arabs, Turkmen, Pamiri, Baloch, and many others.

Due to the large presence of both Pashtun and Persian-speaking citizens, today Afghanistan counts both of them as official languages, with Pashtun mainly spoken in provinces such as Helmand, Nangarhar, Logar, Paktika, and Kandahar, while Persian (Dari dialect, which is the Farsi version spoken in Afghanistan) in Kabul, Herat, Panjshir, Balkh, Bamiyan, Ghor, Ghazni, and Badakhshan among others.

Afghanistan shares borders with Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and a very small one with China.

Due to its strategic position and incredibly rich soil, Afghanistan has been constantly the target of other powers’ conquering endeavor, and today is defined by some as “the graveyard of Empires” as no one has managed to conquer it. However, this has caused the country to stay in an almost constant state of war, with the last four decades being defined by military interventions, terrorist attacks, and countless social problems.

Travel to Afghanistan, is it a good idea?

As of today, we don’t recommend Afghanistan as a travel destination, but since we have been receiving a surprisingly high number of messages and requests for help, we have decided to write all information we deem useful for future travelers to stay safe in such a complicated country.

Last but not least, since planning a trip to Afghanistan is not easy, we are also able to provide you with a trustworthy and reliable tour company that will also take care of all necessary security measures.

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