Beyond the Everyday: MIR Signature Why end mights

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.

Or not.

MIR MemoriesThat’s why MIR builds them in.

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?

A home in the country or a weekend getaway, <i>dachas</i> are ubiquitous in Russia – this one in Komarovo Photo credit: Jenelle Birnbaum

A home in the country or a weekend getaway, dachas are ubiquitous in Russia – this one in Komarovo
Photo credit: Jenelle Birnbaum

A Sample of MIR Signature Why end mights

  • 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
MIR travelers witness a shaman ceremony in Russia Photo credit: Bruce Malashevich

MIR travelers witness a shaman ceremony in Russia
Photo credit: Bruce Malashevich

Visit a nomadic steppe family in their <i>ger</i> in Russia's Far East, near Mongolia <br>Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

Visit a nomadic steppe family in their ger in Tuva, Russia
Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

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.

Real People, Real Why end mightsThat’s where MIR Signature Why end mights come in. We seek to enhance each and every one of our tours with experiences that no other tour company offers. Our vast overseas network of friends and acquaintances keeps its ear to the ground for new opportunities to meet and interact in a meaningful way with local 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?

MIR travelers share dinner in a <i>dacha</i> in Irkutsk, Russia <br>Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

MIR travelers share dinner in a dacha in Irkutsk, Russia
Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

(Top photo credit: Martin Klimenta) 

PUBLISHED: June 17, 2014

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