Why It’s Tempting to Tourists:
Afghanistan is a very beautiful country. It boasts of some of the most amazing sights you can see anywhere in the world. Some of the best places to visit include the Wakhan Corridor, the Bamiyan Valley and Kunduz.
Why You Shouldn’t Go:
For some time now, Afghanistan has been considered one of the most dangerous places in the world. The country is a literal warzone. The Taliban has interfered quite strongly in the Afghan life. Terrorist attacks, landmines and bombings are not uncommon. Neither are other insurgent activities, kidnappings and political unrest. On top of that, the country is the world’s top supplier of opium. Even when the US troops are gradually being removed from the country, the future here is still very uncertain.
Okay, this isn’t actually from a tourist tourist, but a journalist assigned in the country. As he says, he’s often worried that he will get shot. And any country “where there are minefields is also bad.” More than the usual concerns about getting an upset stomach from eating all the foreign food, Afghanistan makes you fear for your life. “In Afghanistan I never walked anywhere unless I was on concrete or I had received iron clad assurances from a United Nations demining expert that the area was clear.”
So if you don’t relish the idea of having to look everywhere you step on and constantly worrying you’ll get a bullet lodged in your body, then cross off Afghanistan from your destination list for now.