Ashgabat: Turkmenistan’s Lavish Capital of Marble and Gold

Ashgabat: Turkmenistan’s Lavish Capital of Marble and Gold

A strange and fascinating capital city, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan is a showcase of modernity set in an ancient desert landscape. Soviet-style apartment buildings mingle with modern marble and gold monuments. So many, in fact, that in 2013, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded Ashgabat the record for the highest density of white marble buildings in the world. How did it happen? Read More


MIR’s Best of 2016! Your Favorites From Our Blog, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

MIR’s Best of 2016! Your Favorites From Our Blog, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

Thousands of clicks, likes, and shares later, the response from our fans has been overwhelming! We're grateful that there are so many intrepid travelers who are open to discovery and share our passion for our chosen off-the-beaten-path corner of the world. Here's a look back at some of your favorites of the year. Read More


The Trans-Siberian Railway In Pictures

The Trans-Siberian Railway In Pictures

Whether you desire adventurous cultural immersion aboard the local trains, or comfort and even luxury aboard private trains, traveling the Trans-Siberian has never been easier. But until you’re ready to embark on an epic adventure of your own, you can satisfy your curiosity and wanderlust with our collection of favorite Trans-Siberian images taken from clients and MIR staff alike, showcasing some of the many sights you can spot along the rails. Check out some of our favorite Trans-Siberian photos! Read More


Instagram Roundup: Our Best Travel Photos from the Last Year

Instagram Roundup: Our Best Travel Photos from the Last Year

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you these past two years on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying seeing a sneak peek at what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. To date, we’ve had over 10,000 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


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



Travel Photos: A Taste of Georgia’s Remarkable Food, Wine and Folk Traditions

Travel Photos: A Taste of Georgia’s Remarkable Food, Wine and Folk Traditions

What could be better than feasting and toasting your way across a country you’ve heard glowing reports of for years? The little country of Georgia has everything a traveler could hope for – highly valued and gently-used historic sites, warm and wonderful people, gorgeous mountain vistas and some of the finest food and wine on earth. I had the good fortune to join a handful of others traveling there on MIR's A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture, in October of 2014. Read More