Kyrgyzstan: Why I Love This Unfamiliar Frontier

Kyrgyzstan: Why I Love This Unfamiliar Frontier

Kyrgyzstan is a remote, unfamiliar frontier, wide open to travelers who are eager to experience wild beauty, meet nomadic people, and discover the traditions of their forbears. MIR President Douglas Grimes offers a few of the many reasons Kyrgyzstan is so special. Read More


Postcard from Doug: 2016 Year in Review

Postcard from Doug: 2016 Year in Review

A typical travel year? In some ways, yes, and in others no. The number of journeys isn’t unusual for me, but some of the places and times of year were new and fresh. It’s always nice to get back to the places I know, to re-familiarize myself with the incredible draw of our destinations, remind myself of the beautiful sights, smells and sounds, and to re-connect with the fantastic people. Read More


Postcard from Doug: 2015, the Year in Review

Postcard from Doug: 2015, the Year in Review

At this time of year, Annie and I can’t help but pause to reflect on why we do what we do, and why this company was started almost 30 years ago. Peace through travel was the impetus to our start and remains a cornerstone of our business today. Today, more than ever, that message resonates with tremendous relevance. We will hold this in our thoughts as we move into the future. We celebrate our amazing and intrepid travelers for being so open to discovering our fascinating off-the-beaten-path part of the world. We feel privileged to be asked to design one-of-a-kind personalized journeys, and to assist so many in making their travel dreams come true. Read More


Postcard from Doug: Watch a Soyuz Launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (VIDEO)

Postcard from Doug: Watch a Soyuz Launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (VIDEO)

Last year in May, I was fortunate enough to be at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to watch a phenomenal night launch of the manned Soyuz spacecraft. The rocket was floodlit, but still we could barely make out the towers as they fell away from the rocket. Then the fuel ignited like a huge bonfire and the sky lit up with billows of white smoke and steam, as the rocket lifted majestically away from the earth. I was able to capture the whole thing on video: Read More


Postcard from Doug: Watch the rollout of the Soyuz spacecraft from Inside the Russian Space Program

Postcard from Doug: Watch the rollout of the Soyuz spacecraft from Inside the Russian Space Program

Over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to lead small group of travelers on our special tour, Inside the Russian Space Program. It’s hard for me to describe the amazing experience of being there at the Russian cosmodrome in Kazakhstan watching an actual manned space launch. Here is a little taste of one of my favorite parts of the whole experience – the rollout of the Soyuz rocket. Read More


Postcard from Doug: A visit to Darvaza’s burning gas crater in Turkmenistan

Postcard from Doug: A visit to Darvaza’s burning gas crater in Turkmenistan

One of the most unusual excursions in Turkmenistan is a spectacle you can witness on a visit to the Kara Kum desert north of Ashgabat. On my last visit to Turkmenistan I had the opportunity to drive up to Darvaza, a burning gas crater set on fire by Soviet engineers in 1971. Read More


Postcard from Doug: 2014, the Year in Review

Postcard from Doug: 2014, the Year in Review

A big THANK YOU to all you intrepid travelers for spending time with us this year. Travel is as important as ever and I continue to advocate to all my friends and family – and to all of you – to get out there and see the world for yourselves. I always love hearing more about your adventures and seeing your photos, so please share and connect with us. 2014 is a year to remember for sure – for so many reasons. But I’d like to mark 2014 by sharing the following travel highlights of my own. Read More