10 Countries You Shouldn’t Add To Your Travel Bucket List
Traveling to far off places is something that most of us love and enjoy. Countries also welcome wholeheartedly tourists as it adds up to their foreign exchange reserves and brings in tons of revenue. However, there are countries on the world map that would rather not have you visit them, which is why you shouldn’t add them to your travel bucket list. Here’s a list of ten such countries where the age-old wisdom “Don’t listen to what they say. Go see” shouldn’t be followed. You’ll be shocked to see the list:
1. North Korea
The country has been in the news forever for its extremely stringent rules about how they can use the internet and what haircuts they can take. However, this country requires a tourist to book a complete package of the tour before they even land! You are forced to be with your guides throughout the tour. Also, the United States of America doesn’t have an embassy for North Korea which means that you need to give China a visit before you can go ahead and book the tour.
2. Saudi Arabia
The country of Saudi Arabia requires visitors to be legally sponsored by a proper legal citizen of the country. The visa process is quite stringent which gives you a 50% chance of being granted one even if you have been successfully sponsored, making it a country you wouldn’t really classify as “tourist-friendly”.
Iran is one of the countries that does not host an American embassy post the hostage event that took place in the year 1979 (the event was beautifully depicted in the movie ‘Argo”). However, you can still travel to Iran by acquiring a visa from Pakistan’s embassy in the USA. This will further require you to travel with a group, which becomes a cumbersome process for a person who’s out there to rewind himself.
After years of strained relationships between the United States and Cuba, things are beginning to relax slowly. Despite this, traveling to Cuba is not an easy task unless you can prove that you are traveling for official or work reasons. If you’re traveling for leisure, you will definitely have to wait longer.