When many travelers express their ideas about traveling to Iran, they proudly announce that the way the media across the Western world has painted the picture of Iran is not the real Iran. Iran is a magnificent and mysterious country with a rich culture and history. If you visit Iran with an open heart and mind you will really have an unforgettable experience. Still, there are some rules every traveler should keep in his/her mind due to the Islamic culture of the country they are traveling to.
Tipping: Tipping is common in Iran. If you are satisfied with the received service, you can feel free to pay a tip. The luggage carts at the airports are free of charge but in case you ask someone to assist you carry the cart, you will be asked for a tip. Having a delicious meal in a restaurant along with good service makes some travelers offer a tip to those cleaning the table.
Asking for Help: Do not hesitate to ask for help whenever you need it. Although some of the local people may not be able to speak English, they will endeavor to help you in the best way they can. If you are asking for directions, make sure to ask a few people as you go along until you reach your destination.
Shaking Hands: During your trip to Iran you may find about the fact that women travelers are not allowed to shake hands with men and men travelers are not also permitted to shake hands with women. If you have traveled to some other Islamic cultures, you won’t find it difficult to get in touch with Muslim people living in Iran.
Drinking: Although you may be in the habit of drinking alcohol or beer with your meal, it is necessary to keep in mind that you won’t be allowed to drink or carry around any alcoholic drinks while traveling to Iran. The best drinks you can get from among non-alcoholic beers will be a variety of fruity flavored ones.
Paying Attention to the Signs: In every public place you go, especially those having a historical value, you can see some signs requiring you to follow some specific directions. You are requested to read them carefully and pay great attention to them. As an example, we can mention the “No Photography” sign in some historical places or other landmarks.