We are told not to judge a book by it’s cover, so why are we so quick to judge countries by their media portrayal?
Last month I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Lahore, Pakistan with Power of Youth and stay there for seven days. In the months leading up to the trip people would continuously ask me ‘Is it safe?’ or say ‘Be careful out there’. In all honesty, they had nothing to worry about. Not once did I feel unsafe or scared. In fact, I felt very much at home and safe as we walked through the markets of The Walled City of Lahore or explored the most beautiful Mosques I have ever seen.
Pakistan is a seriously beautiful country and by far the most generous country I have ever been to. The people are incredible kind and I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much. From 6am horse rides to drinking coffee on a rooftop at 1am, experiencing the best, home cooked food to the sweetest street food sweets, I really got to experience a lot of what Lahore had to offer in such a short space of time.
It is safe to say that I will return to Pakistan one day, the country and the people definitely have a very special place in my heart. I want to travel north and visit Islamabad and Fairy Meadows, go to the coastal city of Karachi and all the places in between that I have yet to hear about and discover.
If you ever get the opportunity to visit Pakistan, do it; and if the opportunity doesn’t arrive, create it and explore a beautiful, misrepresented country. I promise you it will be a trip of a lifetime and a country you will never forget.