Afghanistan: Should You Go And How To Get There?
Published on May 22, 2013
Hey Brit, as the author of that piece I'll point out here that nowhere do I say it is NOT safe, only that my visit is no guarantee of future safety.
In fact: "With a good mix of determination and luck, though, visiting this ancient but war-plagued state is very possible and can be relatively safe."
My main concern is that tourists heading that way should do their own research and ask their own questions about security before crossing the border, and to keep a back up plan in mind in case that situation changes.
For example, after a recent Taliban attack on a Red Cross mission people attempting to cross the border from Tajiksitan have been turned back by border security. The embassy in Kyrgyzstan is still issuing visas but is advising people that they probably wont be allowed to enter the country at the moment. The situation is very fluid, and anyone attempting to make the trip should be aware of that.
I will admit that I didn't write much on the hospitality or experience of traveling, but this was meant as an informative piece full of information that I'd have been happy to have when we were in Khorog scrambling to pull the trip together. If you'd like to hear a little bit more about what the culture or landscapes were like, check out this article which the folks at WildJunket were kind enough to publish: http://wildjunketmagazine.com/behind-the-veil-afghanistan/
If Central Asia is an area that interests you, I encourage you to head down to Uzbekistan or Tajikistan and ask around in the border towns about the current situation. Any of the traders from the area or travelers who have just passed through should be able to give you some idea of what to expect.