Breaking Down Barriers: MIR in Vogue

Breaking Down Barriers: MIR in Vogue

In a July 2017 Vogue article entitled, “Why Travel to the Middle East Is on the Rise,” travel writer Michaela Trimble touched base with several intrepid tour companies that travel to once-forbidden places, believing in the power of travel to connect the world’s people, and “…hoping to dispel popular cultural bias, ultimately changing the conversation from that of fear to understanding.” MIR Vice President Annie Lucas has a few things to say on that subject; MIR started out taking travelers to the USSR – Ronald Reagan’s “Evil Empire” – in the late 80s. And in 2016, MIR’s fastest-growing destination was Iran. Read More


Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Uzbekistan is the heart and soul of the Silk Road. The Old Towns of its four UNESCO-listed oasis cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz – are incredible mazes of exotic architecture and gorgeous decorative art. Most of our Seattle staff have been here at least once, and some have lived here, so we asked them what they liked best about this Central Asian country at the heart of the Silk Road. Read More


Photo Essay: 10 Reasons To Love Tbilisi, Georgia

Photo Essay: 10 Reasons To Love Tbilisi, Georgia

With bounteous food, rivers of wine, sophisticated museums, historic architecture, cutting-edge restaurants, and Soviet chic, Tbilisi, Georgia, has most everything you could ask for in a destination. Growing more popular and “discoverable” with every travel season, Georgia’s capital city is ripe for the picking. Here are 10 reasons to discover Tbilisi before everyone else does. Read More


3 Reasons to Visit Georgia Now: Wine, Cuisine & Culture (VIDEOS)

3 Reasons to Visit Georgia Now: Wine, Cuisine & Culture (VIDEOS)

MIR Vice President Annie Lucas has traveled the world, and declares Georgia – an undiscovered travel gem of a country in the South Caucasus – her favorite place in the world. In this video, Annie shares why she designed a small group tour for MIR that highlights so many cultural and culinary treasures of gorgeous Georgia. Read More


Expert Picks: 4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Georgia (VIDEO)

Expert Picks: 4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Georgia (VIDEO)

We love the spirit of Georgia, and over three decades of experience crafting tours to this compelling country in the South Caucasus have gained an insider's knowledge of what to do, see, eat, and drink while you're here. That's why we created a special culinary and culture-focused small group tour dedicated exclusively to Georgia called A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture. Designed by MIR Vice President, Annie Lucas (who's fallen in love with Georgia over her many visits to the region), the tour celebrates the history and living traditions of this ancient country through its chefs, winemakers, artisans, and musicians. In our newest video, Annie shares her reasons to travel to the gorgeous Republic of Georgia, all of which you can experience on A Taste of Georgia. Read More



Annie Lucas on Iran: Interview with Rudy Maxa

Annie Lucas on Iran: Interview with Rudy Maxa

MIR Vice President Annie Lucas recently spoke with Rudy Maxa, host of “America’s #1 Radio Travel Show,” Rudy Maxa’s World with the Careys, on visiting the new “hot spot,” Iran. NPR’s Savvy Traveler radio host for many years, Rudy Maxa seemed dubious about traveling in Iran, but listen in as Annie Lucas shared her experience with the country, assuring him that it’s a worthy destination, and is actually growing in popularity. Read More