Beyond the Everyday: MIR Signature Why end mights
When you travel, you want see the well-known and much-appreciated historic sites, right? Red Square, Great Wall of China, Samarkand. You simply can’t go home without having admired them and taken a few selfies in front of them.
But, as a traveler, you know that beyond those iconic places lies a multitude of encounters with local people, a kaleidoscope of experiences that can be found nowhere else on earth, and an expanse of human interaction that you can stumble upon through serendipity and good fortune.
When Vice-President Annie Lucas dreams up a new tour, she grills our overseas colleagues about novel experiences to offer to travelers. Is there a particular up-and-coming artist who is willing to open his or her studio to travelers? The possibility of a behind-the-scenes glimpse of an otherwise predictable site? The chance that a local family will let visitors into their everyday lives for a meal and a conversation?
- Enjoy a quintessential Russian dacha experience
- Meet Uzbek artisans in their studios
- Witness a Siberian shaman ceremony
- Visit the moveable home of a Mongolian nomad
A well-run tour should be embellished with these singular opportunities, so that travelers can get a feel for the real lives of real people.
Because the people you meet are what makes a trip more than simply a box to check off. People are what fascinate us – people and the things they do. Why go and see a culture’s buildings without seeing what goes on inside, or hearing about who built them? How can you get to know a little about a civilization without meeting the people who live it?
How can you learn about the significance of a Russian dacha without going to one for dinner?
(Top photo credit: Martin Klimenta)
PUBLISHED: June 17, 2014