Travel through Iran by Bike – Episode 134

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Friedel from about a bike trip around the world.

This episode focuses on the most hospitable country that they have come to so far: Iran. Learn about ancient ruins, Tehran picnics, where to find kabobs and how to find something else when you get tired of them.

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Show Notes – Friedel and Andrew’s travel journal
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Yazd, Iran


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

13 Responses to “Travel through Iran by Bike – Episode 134”

My Bug Life


i like the bike photo. Iran by bike’s must have been awesome…esp the ancient ruins.



I had the same reaction, listening to Friedel I was ready to book a plane ticket.

Barbara Wallace


This was a fascinating episode Chris. Hope you have Friedl back to talk more about their adventures in the future. I was inspired hearing of the warm reception they received while traveling in Iran after being bombarded in the American media with constant negativity about Iran. I know the goverment does not = the people but we just don’t get to hear enough of the good things about the real people. I don’t think I would have the courage to do a trip on bike through Iran so it is nice to live vicariously through people like Friedl & Andrew. Anyhow, thanks and keep up the great work. Congrats on the mention in Best Life Magazine!



Great interview! It’s always good to hear from people who are actually in some of those “hot spots” we always hear bad things about.

I was just talking with someone today about Colombia – about how so many bicyclists skip Colombia because of the things they’ve heard on the news. And yet, all the reports I’m hearing from people actually there indicate it’s a great country to travel in – and I can’t wait to get there!

(We will be leaving in June to ride from Alaska to Argentina, so won’t get to Colombia for a year or so… You can read about our journey at

Gh. Fak


Thank you for your report on Iran. I am an iranian student who study here in the United States. I personally believe that Iran is among the best country for turists to visit there. Iran is an ancient country with a cultural backgroud of more than 7 thousands years, with many ancient place that you can visit them. As you mentioned everybody who arrives Iran get surprised from the hospitality of Iranian people. I invite you to visit beatiful and safe Iran. Thanks



I’m glad to see people enjoyed the show. Just wanted to add that while we don’t check in online too often, if anyone wants to email us through our site we’d be happy to help with any questions on Iran. Happy travels everyone.

Car Hire Cyprus


Must be a really awesome experience to travel in bike.

Flug Australien


I really love biking and it must have been a great trip with wicked location, but is it really save in iran?

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after hearing so much bad publicity about Iran, I am very glad you focus on the good things this beautiful country has to offer……



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Great adventure, I travelled in Iran by car for 1 month and loved the culture and people

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