Post # 1
Hello, bees! Fiance and I recently received an invite to a wedding at the end of the year in Pakistan (Islamabad). We are thinking about attending, though we have gotten some advice to reconsider.
Is anyone from Pakistan or has traveled there? What were your experiences? Any travel tips?
Post # 2
Where are you flying from and how long would you plan on being there? How long is the wedding? If it’s just a wedding and you are considering on going then do it! You don’t want to feel aww what if we had gone?
I would be doing a lot of research like;
looking up the city on fb and
the venue reviews in google
and hotels reviews on google.
food places on google
would be be taking a long vacation? Maybe you can add a stop so the wedding is only a day or two of your trip in the country
ive never been nor am I from there but I would like to be on the side that’s says you should go 🙂
Post # 3
I have not been myself but I am taking a class learning about Pakistan this semester at University. While I personally would never go, my professor has and he enjoyed his trip so if it is something you would like to do you should! It would be a good experience of a completely different culture if you are from somewhere such as the United States or Europe 🙂
Post # 4
thetulle : I think it depends on whether you are a seasoned traveler that has traveled to similar areas. Also, is it the type of wedding where everything is handled for you (transportation, security, doctor on call for emergencies, etc.) or will you have to figure that all out yourself?
Post # 5
Hi! I am from Islamabad! Well technically, my parents are. But I go at least every two years if not every year. Islamabad is probably the easiest city in Pakistan to travel to as a foreigner. I’d check out Eva Zu Beck on YouTube, she has a great vlog on Isb. There’s many expats in Isb and it’s pretty easy to get around and many people speak English. Hotels are great, “Careem” is the Uber of Pakistan and very safe. Weather in Isb is lovely during winters and it doesn’t have the dangerous thick fog much of the rest of the country gets. If you have more specific questions, feel free to ask! Isb is a stunning city and has a lot of potential to be a great trip! They also opened the new airport recently which is a significant improvement from the one boarding gate hell it used to be 😅 I had a few non-Pakistani attend my wedding on Isb and they enjoyed Pakistan from what they all told me! I’m assuming you’ll know someone in Pakistan personally since you’re invited to a wedding so it’s great that you have someone to rely on just in case you get stuck in any potential situation with language barrier but I don’t recall any of my friends ever having to call me for assistance and they all toured around Isb with and without me/any of my Pakistani family members. Of course politically, there’s a risk with traveling to any country nowadays. That’s just an unfortunate reality. But since Isb is a planned city and the capital, it’s pretty safe. Probably the safest out of all Pakistani cities. Let me know if you have further questions!
Post # 6
dobby98 : Sorry for the late reply, but thank you so much for this advice! It is extremely helpful! I will reach out if we have more questions as we plan. 🙂