Good Manners in Iran: 3 Tips for Travelers

Good Manners in Iran: 3 Tips for Travelers

American travelers to Iran are often surprised by the warm welcome they receive. In Iran they really roll out the red carpet for Americans, and want to speak English with you and take photos of you. This is genuine and comes from the heart.  That said, there are some long-standing traditions and some modern rules that may be unfamiliar to Iran-bound travelers. Here are three ways to help you navigate them, and come away with a richer travel experience. 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




9 Travel Tips for Responsible Tourism

9 Travel Tips for Responsible Tourism

We’re committed to ensuring that our trips are as sustainable as possible. Whenever possible, we work with our overseas partners to buy local, hire local and frequent locally-owned hotels and restaurants. Here are a few simple things you can do while traveling to lessen your impact on the environment: Read More



Looking for Travel Inspiration? Follow MIR on Pinterest!

Looking for Travel Inspiration? Follow MIR on Pinterest!

At MIR, we love discovering new destinations and creative ideas when planning out our travels. Now you can plan your next big adventure by following us on Pinterest. Browse our photos for inspiration, pin your favorites as a visual to-do list and share your ideas with family and friends. We have hundreds of pins across 16 boards featuring favorite destinations like Iran, the Silk Road, Western Russia and the South Caucasus, plus insider travel tips. It’s fun, easy-to-use and free. Read More