Jul 05

Excuses people make not to travel in Pakistan

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I have been traveling across Pakistan since quite a few years now. It’s easy for me to travel within the country keeping in view my low budget and nominal income. The point is, it is not at all expensive to travel within Pakistan as compared to travel abroad for vacations and it is as unsafe and safe as any other country could be.

So i get appreciation by friends, fans and random people around on how awesome my lifestyle is and how great it is to travel and explore the diversity and beauty of Pakistan. They show their concern that they also want to do it, but then come up with excuses that i want to address and then, they travel abroad instead of Pakistan.

It is really normal for them to say “Oh I have been to Thailand twice, once to Malaysia and Turkey and I have seen quite a few countries in Europe. In Pakistan, I have just visited Lahore and Karachi, that too for work. Oh yes, i went to Islamabad once during my childhood.”

and here are their top 4 excuses:

1. Halaat kharab hien

These are the city dwellers. Haalat is their fist biggest excuse. They think something will happen to them if they travel in Pakistan. Of course that is not their fault, it is the media that makes them think that way. Though reality is different. People all over Pakistan are same and they face the same problem as you do. Ok so what about your phone that got snatched on gunpoint in Karachi the previous week? you still live in Karachi right?

2. Leaving my comfort zone

“I don’t know if there are any hotels, or good hotels to stay. I don’t know if i can find wifi there. Can i check my emails while going to the base camp of K2?”
Do I need to say anything? YES. STAY AT HOME.

3. Lack of infra structure

You know the roads, and all flights getting cancelled. Isn’t it better to take overnight flight to bangkok then a road trip to Karakoram highway?
Hmm…Yes, then go to Bangkok and never see what this country has for you.

4. I don’t have the budget

Oh so what about your last vacation to Thailand? You probably need half the amount of that to go to the base camp of K2.

I say, yes, you should travel and explore other countries. But don’t make excuses not to travel within Pakistan.

Pakistan has a unique diversity. The coastal area of the south, the sufi shrines in Sindh and Punjab, the green mountains of Kashmir, the high snow caped peaks of Baltistan and what not. And the good news is, there are hotels and most of the places are safe. What’s unsafe is in your mind. Of course that doesn’t mean that the places are all safe from crimes and all. But dude, do you know the crime rate of Bangkok in specific with reference to tourists? and what about the cities you live in?

Can you think of more excuses? Post them in comments icon smile Excuses people make not to travel in Pakistan

Happy Traveling.



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6 Responses to “Excuses people make not to travel in Pakistan”

  1. From Kamran Aslam:

    Very well, highlighted for the excuses most of our family members make,

    God Bless – For your travel plans.

    Posted on 06. Jul, 2014 at 2:42 pm #
  2. From Syeda Bukhari:

    Not that I was less of a patriot earlier. ….but travelling within Pakistan esp the Northern Areas I am more deeply in love with my beloved Pakistan! And I can daringly say that people who make excuses are the biggest losers!
    My recent visit to Hunza was the most heavenly this year! For me it was as if I had landed into a fairytale from childhood! And fairytale reminds me that it would be unjust not to mention Fairy meadows. ……
    Let those people miss which they don’t deserve….coz those who desire and strive for it….get them fulfilled!
    Keep it up Danial…keep us posted!

    Posted on 06. Jul, 2014 at 4:30 pm #
  3. From Mushahid Zaka:

    i know how safe these areas are, especially if crime rate is concerned because im travelling here for quite a few time. Aajkal aik aur excuse hai “Taliban”. Our people dont know where waziristan is. Im a tour guide and i’ve seen people talking about baltistan as if its waziristan. what a sorry nation we are.

    Posted on 06. Jul, 2014 at 7:54 pm #
  4. From Saghir A. Khatri:

    Salam Danial Bhai,
    Awesome piece of writing after long time. :)
    Well here is my excuse :p
    I am afraid to leave alone(my friends dont want to to leave there comfort zone). Also i am lazy too. :D
    Keep up the good work :)

    Saghir A. Khatri

    Posted on 07. Jul, 2014 at 6:02 am #
  5. From Tim | UrbanDuniya:

    I love travelling in Pakistan – it’s so easy, and much much safer than people would make you believe. There’s so much to see, but like people have noted, many Pakistanis themselves simply don’t know what is where, and what is happening where.

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 at 1:08 pm #
  6. From Teo:

    Hello Danial Shah,

    I really enjoy your post, and allow me to add one more compliment, your sites are very extensive!

    I’m from Malaysia. I have been interested to travel to the Northern of Pakistan. I came to know about the wonders of Pakistan after my trip to the Karakorum Highway (China’s side).

    Now, this year 2015. I wanted(hope) to travel to Pakistan. But because of the recent peshawar attack, I had that fear of visiting.

    I need your advise to recommend me some areas that is good for first timer to explore the Pakistan countryside.

    So far I have heard of: Kahgaan, Swat Valley, Chaman Quetta, Gilgit etc.

    My purpose is to take photos, more towards society, cultural, festivals and local communities. I’m not into landscapes (sunrises etc)

    Please advice me, sorry for the long post! :D


    Posted on 02. Jan, 2015 at 4:35 am #

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