A Story of Hope for Our Times: Traveler’s Holocaust Book Published

A Story of Hope for Our Times: Traveler’s Holocaust Book Published

In My Soul is Filled With Joy: A Holocaust Story, author (and MIR traveler) Karen Treiger relates the saga of her in-laws, who met in a Polish forest outside the Treblinka death camp. It was August 1943, and Sam had just escaped in a prisoner uprising in which fewer than a hundred survived. Esther was already in hiding, helped by a Polish family who agreed to shelter Sam as well. We are honored to have played a small part in helping Treiger research her book. Here we share details, as well as opportunities to hear her speak at one of her upcoming book readings and presentations. Read More


The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

In the middle of Russia just east of Lake Baikal is one of Siberia’s coolest cities, Ulan Ude. A smallish city of some 110,000, Ulan Ude is the capital of the Buryat Republic, a federal subject of Russia with a decidedly Mongolian flavor. Ulan Ude is a surprising destination with lots of unexpected things to do and see – and it’s under the radar for most travelers. Now is the time to explore it, while the old traditions are still practiced and the crowds are small. Here are five of our favorites found in this captivating Siberian city… Read More


Travel Guide to the Romanov’s Russia: Significant Sites of Russian Royalty

Travel Guide to the Romanov’s Russia: Significant Sites of Russian Royalty

For 305 years, the powerful Romanov dynasty ruled the empire. The panorama of Russia’s pre-revolutionary past is a real-life Game of Thrones, filled with intrigue and high-minded reform, betrayal and murder, golden years and a tragic ending. Explore the dramatic history of Russia’s Romanov emperors and empresses with our Travel Guide to the Romanov's Russia and download our handy Romanov Family Tree PDF to reference on your journey. Read More


The Mysterious and Magnificent North Caucasus: Chechnya, Ossetia, Dagestan and Beyond

The Mysterious and Magnificent North Caucasus: Chechnya, Ossetia, Dagestan and Beyond

The North Caucasus is one of the world’s most gorgeous, mysterious, and rewarding “undiscovered” places. You may surprise your family and friends by traveling to this rarely-visited place, but just imagine their faces when you return with fabulous photos, unparalleled stories, and new-found understanding of this little-traveled area.  Read More




The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

In the middle of Russia just east of Lake Baikal is one of Siberia’s coolest cities, Ulan Ude. A smallish city of some 110,000, Ulan Ude is the capital of the Buryat Republic, a federal subject of Russia with a decidedly Mongolian flavor. Ulan Ude is a surprising destination with lots of unexpected things to do and see – and it’s under the radar for most travelers. Now is the time to explore it, while the old traditions are still practiced and the crowds are small. Here are five of our favorites found in this captivating Siberian city… 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


Poland’s Mona Lisa: Lady with an Ermine

Poland’s Mona Lisa: Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine has a checkered past, having kept company with artists, noblemen, gentlewomen, thieves, and Nazis. But from now on, her heart belongs to Poland. The famous Czartoryski Collection, her cohort since 1798, has been purchased by the state, with the hope that she will never roam again. Read More


Veliko Tarnovo: Bulgaria’s Royally Remarkable Town

Veliko Tarnovo: Bulgaria’s Royally Remarkable Town

Bulgaria might not be a country you typically associate with empire, but that’s only if you don’t know your swashbuckling, bloody, battle-hardened Bulgarian history. It’s as packed with glory and tragedy as Game of Thrones, but without the dragons. And Veliko Tarnovo is its epicenter. Dig into the history of this picturesque town and find out why you should visit Veliko Tarnovo. Read More