A Traveler’s Personal Story of Her Return to the North Caucasus

A Traveler’s Personal Story of Her Return to the North Caucasus

When MIR traveler Susanna Markiewicz McNeil signed up for MIR’s Return to the North Caucasus small group tour, she was – literally – returning. Susanna was born in a village in Dagestan, an out-of-the-way region her Polish parents fled to during the atrocities of WWII. Prior to her departure, Susanna shared with MIR that her family had once lived in Dagestan, and that she was actually born there. MIR worked diligently with our Tour Manager and local MIR guide to find a way for her to visit her birthplace and reconnect with her roots. We used our destination expertise and on-the-ground connections to make it happen. We are grateful to have Susanna share her story of her very personal return to the North Caucasus, and to the small town where she was born and lived the first few years of her life. Read More


One of MIR’s Most Why end mightd Tour Managers Recommends Travel to These Four Remote Destinations in 2019

One of MIR’s Most Why end mightd Tour Managers Recommends Travel to These Four Remote Destinations in 2019

2019 promises to be an exciting travel year for long-time tour manager Michel Behar. His plans include leading four wildly different MIR tours to wildly different destinations. Some of these special tours may only be offered in 2019. One takes intrepid travelers to an isolated village in western Mongolia, where the age-old art of hunting with eagles is experiencing a revival. Another is an exploration of the remote mountainous North Caucasus region of Russia – complex, hospitable, and spectacular. Two others venture beyond the oases of Central Asia into the faraway corners where travelers are fewer and farther between. Michel is looking forward to these tours and here he tells us one of the many reasons he’s excited about each one. Read More


Learning to Fly: Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Hunters Featured on 11 Minutes

Learning to Fly: Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Hunters Featured on 11 Minutes

Out in the forbidding expanse of the Altai Mountains where Mongolia converges with Russia, China, and Kazakhstan, a dwindling number of Kazakh nomads carry on a 6,000-year-old tradition — hunting with magnificent golden eagles, one of the world’s largest predatory birds. Recently, CBS’ 11 Minutes aired a new episode that took viewers on a journey into the Mongolian Altai to meet with a group of these famed eagle hunters. Read on for link to the full video of the episode, as well as a special online-only segment of a hunt from an eagle’s perspective on the 11 Minutes’ website. Read More


Interview with Patricia Schultz, World Traveler and Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die

Interview with Patricia Schultz, World Traveler and Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die

MIR chats with Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, about the traveling life and her upcoming gig as host of our small group tour Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova in 2019. Read More





Instagram Year in Review: Your Favorite MIR Photos

Instagram Year in Review: Your Favorite MIR Photos

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you this past year on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying seeing a sneak peek of seeing what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. To date, we’ve had over 6,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts from the past year. Read More


Video Check-In: Meeting a Master Romanian Icon Painter

Video Check-In: Meeting a Master Romanian Icon Painter

MIR Tour Manager Michel Behar and his group of MIR travelers check in from the road from Romania, with a visit to a legendary icon painter and priest in Transylvania. It was one of many highlights on MIR's June tour, Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses. Read More