How Much Does It Cost to Travel to Iraq and Afghanistan?
PHOTO: Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo via Wikipedia)
Many travelers are looking into sightseeing tours to Iraq and Afghanistan despite ongoing conflict and multiple travel warnings. And if war tourism is your thing, there are a variety of tourism companies that will take you there — but it’s not cheap.
Business Insider documents the cost of traveling to these often chaotic regions.
“According to the website of one such tour company, Hinterland Travel, tours can range from anywhere between nine to 24 days, and can cost upwards of $3,000, not including flight costs and visa fees,” writes David Choi.
What can you expect to find for these fees? Well accommodation in Iraq can be in local “five-star” rated hotels and, in Afghanistan, you are usually sleeping on the floor of a teahouse, says Business Insider. Groups are small, normally around eight people, with Hinterland Travel.
In a statement on their website, Hinterland Travel notes that they try to use local services and be mindful of the situation.
“ … we can use local hotels, guest houses and chai khahnas, thus making a direct contribution to the local economy … We are mindful that many of the places we visit and the people living there are very poor and we try and support them in many small ways.”
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And overall, they look at their operations as helping the people in the countries they visit.
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