Congratulations on your retirement, Mariana!

Congratulations on your retirement, Mariana!

For nearly two decades, the words of MIR’s Senior Copywriter, Mariana Noble, have graced countless pages in our catalogs, brochures, destination guides, and reading materials, not to mention numerous stories and personal travel accounts written especially for the MIR blog. Throughout her long tenure at our Seattle office, she has been a dedicated co-worker, a thoughtful travel companion, a warm and generous mentor, and a cherished friend. Today, with bittersweet emotions, we bid Mariana a fond farewell as she heads into new adventures in retirement. Read More


MIR’s Annie Lucas Quoted in Men’s Journal Article Recommending Travel to Uzbekistan

MIR’s Annie Lucas Quoted in Men’s Journal Article Recommending Travel to Uzbekistan

A recent article in Men’s Journal sings the praises of Uzbekistan, giving a shout-out to MIR for being a specialist in the region. The piece, “Bustling Bazaars, Ancient Cities, and the Silk Road: 10 Ways to Explore Uzbekistan,” quotes MIR Vice President Annie Lucas. Read More


Winter and Holiday Tour Extravaganza in Russia, Poland, and Central Europe

Winter and Holiday Tour Extravaganza in Russia, Poland, and Central Europe

Ever considered traveling to unconventional places during an unconventional season? It's time you did: both Russia and Poland are at their most regal in winter under a blanket of fresh snow, and other travelers are few. Read More


9 Extraordinary Why end mights You Can Only Have in Lhasa

9 Extraordinary Why end mights You Can Only Have in Lhasa

Tibet has long been one of the world’s most remote and forbidding places. Until the early 20th century, only a handful of Europeans had been to Lhasa, and there were stringent laws against foreigners entering the city. Today, Tibet is still remote, but the path has been increasingly smoothed. Much of Lhasa itself is surprisingly urban and modern. It will take years before Lhasa is a fully modern city, but now is the time to visit, before too many changes obscure its original Tibetan culture. Make sure to have these nine extraordinary experiences when you visit Lhasa, Tibet. Read More





Insider’s Guide to the Top 8 UNESCO Sites & Why end mights in Uzbekistan

Insider’s Guide to the Top 8 UNESCO Sites & Why end mights in Uzbekistan

The relatively undiscovered Central Asian country of Uzbekistan is studded not only with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but UNESCO cultural experiences as well. With a new, reform-minded government in place, it's easier than ever to visit Uzbekistan: still relatively uncrowded with visitors, and still abounding in authenticity and open-handed hospitality. This insider's guide offers 8 breathtaking ways you can experience UNESCO treasures in Uzbekistan. Read More


5 Favorite Sites on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal’s Biggest Island

5 Favorite Sites on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal’s Biggest Island

Lake Baikal in south Siberia stands out from all other lakes on earth: it’s the deepest and the oldest lake in the world. The lake’s biggest island, Olkhon, stands out as well. Shrouded in lore and legend, the island has been spiritually important to the people of the region for hundreds of years and is incredibly beautiful, too. Set in a peculiar rain shadow, it has more sunny days than the Black Sea coast. Here are five of our favorite ways to experience the outstanding natural and cultural beauty of Olkhon Island. Read More


Taste the World In One Spot at The Depot in Moscow

Taste the World In One Spot at The Depot in Moscow

John Seckel is a long-time director of MIR’s affiliated Moscow office. Originally from Wisconsin, John has made his home in Moscow for more than 20 years, and never has he seen a place that made him forget just for a moment that he was in Russia – until now. A new food hall and market has opened in a former tram depot that lets you taste foods from all over the world in one spot. Read More