Dark Lands


"To be treated well in places where you don't expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you thought previously you had very, very little in common with, that can't be a bad thing." 

Anthony Bourdain

Happy 2019! 

The inspiration for this quarter resulted from a personal in-depth study of the history of Iran. The fall of Iran and the ensuing political tensions occurred before I was born. Although I had seen images of this land in movies, textbooks, and news accounts, I had no real depth of knowledge of the history or political events that have caused this place to be so infamous. I wanted to read for myself what happened and come to my own conclusions. 

I soon started reading everything I could and was amazed at the misconceptions I had been exposed to. I also noticed that multiple tourism companies are starting to host tours of Iran. This made me question “Why do we view places the way we do?” 

Please understand that we try to be apolitical at The Wordy Traveler. Our goal is to share the books that have inspired us, caused us to think, and challenged our views of the world we live in while staying true to our purpose of helping and giving back. However, there was a lot of debate at HQ if we should even feature this box. We certainly don’t want to offended anyone, their history, or their beliefs. We also don’t want to be accused of promoting any ideologies or discouraging any ideologies. We simply hope these books inspire you and cause you to come to your own conclusions and beliefs. 

Lastly, when you travel to any of the countries we feature or have featured please tag us in your social media posts or send us your images with permission for us to post them crediting you. We would love to show off your travels and experiences to the entire Wordy Traveler community!  

Best wishes for many adventures in 2019!

Cindy