Traveler Spotlight: Golden Eagle Luxury Train across Russia in ITN

Traveler Spotlight: Golden Eagle Luxury Train across Russia in ITN

Two MIR travelers recently spent two weeks living it up as they rode the luxurious Golden Eagle private train from one end of Russia to the other on the Trans-Siberian Railway. In their ITN tour diary, they share the details of the rail journey and their time on the train. Read More


Traveler Spotlight: Bill Altaffer, One of the World’s Most Traveled People

Traveler Spotlight: Bill Altaffer, One of the World’s Most Traveled People

Bill Altaffer, MIR traveler extraordinaire, had the honor of being named the “World’s Most Traveled Person” in 2005, on the website Most Traveled People.com. The website has calculated that “…the land area on Earth is made up of 875 parts.” Altaffer worked hard for that moniker, chalking up 822 “parts” of the globe by 2018. Here are some of his travel stories and tips for the aspiring world traveler, and find out why these days he’s most interested in getting more granular in his travels. Read More



Client Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Polish Christmas

Client Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Polish Christmas

Christmas in Poland is very different from Christmas on Puget Sound, near Seattle Washington, where Kathy Jones and Diane Gale live. For one thing, it’s cold in Poland. On Puget Sound, the weather, while often rainy and gloomy, rarely gets below freezing. Poland has a real winter, with cold, snow, sleigh bells and bundled-up children. For another thing, the Poles can claim more than a thousand years of venerable Christmas traditions. Recently we chatted with Kathy and Diane about their experiences during the Polish holidays. Read More


Client Spotlight: Travel to Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

Client Spotlight: Travel to Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

In the spring of 2017, MIR traveler James Burch set off on MIR’s Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova small group tour, sending almost daily reports on his progress. We saved his refreshing and good-natured missives and observant photos, and put them together for you to enjoy as we did. Follow along as James Burch shares his perspective on Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova – three countries that don’t often get a lot of love from travelers. Read More



Traveler Spotlight: Dispatches from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

Traveler Spotlight: Dispatches from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

MIR traveler Fred Lundahl spent 30 years serving in U.S. embassies abroad with the Foreign Service. During his postings, he fell in love with Central Asia, and still travels there every couple of years. Recently, Fred traveled with MIR on another trip through Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, including some hiking “in the most picturesque mountains that no one in the U.S. has heard of – the Fann Mountains north of Dushanbe [Tajikistan].” Read Fred’s Travel Journal for all of his dispatches from Central Asia. Read More


Client Photo Spotlight: The Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok

Client Photo Spotlight: The Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok

MIR traveler and blogger Lynn Lewis recently returned from riding the rails on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train. She took the “Classic Route,” rolling from across Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok via Mongolia, and she snapped dozens of photos along the way. Here’s a selection of her pictures. You can see more about her trip at her blog, “Two Girls from Texas in a Car.” Read More



A Traveler’s Tale: Yurt Living in Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

A Traveler’s Tale: Yurt Living in Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

Our guest blogger is Caroline Eden, a journalist and travel writer from the U.K. specializing in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Caroline’s travel stories have appeared in Conde Nast, Wanderlust and National Geographic Traveler, among other publications. Read More