10. Iran

Why so inaccessible?

USA and Iran continue to have troubling relationship.  When President Trump banned Iranians from entering USA, Iran made the same reciprocal rule.  Iran even didn’t allow American wrestlers who were competing in a world tourment into the country due to the travel ban.  With the update of misssles and both countries in the news – the situation doesn’t seem like it will be improving anytime soon.  

 

Why Visit?

Iran is amazing.  It is often people’s favorite country.  Nearly the entire world can visit the country visa free.  Iran hospitality is amazing.  

 

How I entered –

I paid $300/day for a 2 day tour.  I wasn’t allowed to rent a car or go anywhere in the country without a guide.  I luckily had met a girl on tinder

 

Any Tricks on how to get a Visa?

Don’t be American

 

9. North Korea

 

Why so inaccessible?

USA and Iran continue to have troubling relationship.  The US continues to perform military tests in South Korea near the North Korean border.  North Korea retaliates by testing missles claiming that it must have the missles available to defend themselves from any American attack.  It is a constant back and forth and no side seems to be willing to compromise.

 

Why Visit?

Bragging rights!  North Koreans aren’t allowed to use the internet so there isn’t much information about thier country online.  There is also so much negative and inaccurate information about North Korea online.  

 

How I entered –

I contacted every country I could find.  Most of them refused to help or take an American.  I finally found a tour group willing to take me.  There are two ways to enter North Korea – flying from beijing or taking the train from northern China.  Americans are required to fly in.  

 

Any Tricks on how to get a Visa?

Don’t be American and d0n’t give up when the first few tour groups you contact say they don’t take Americans.