Welcome to MIR’s New Website

Welcome to MIR’s New Website

Annie Lucas is Vice President of MIR Corporation, and an early pioneer with the company. She’s also a pioneering creator of uncommon and award-winning MIR tours to destinations once only dreamed of, from once-taboo travel to the Soviet Union and Iran to far-from-familiar places such as North Korea and Tibet. These photos sketch not only Annie’s journey, but that of MIR’s – and visually offer context to yet another MIR milestone: a new web site.

Annie Lucas with MIR President and Founder Douglas Grimes in Annie's favorite country, Georgia <br>Photo credit: Douglas Grimes

Annie Lucas with MIR President and Founder Douglas Grimes in Annie’s favorite country, Georgia
Photo credit: Douglas Grimes

MIR's Vice President Annie Lucas meets with local women in Lhasa, Tibet – a far-flung MIR destination

MIR’s Vice President Annie Lucas meets with local women in Lhasa, Tibet – a far-flung MIR destination

Launching the website feels very similar to finding a new MIR destination or creating a new award-winning MIR tour, like A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine & Culture. There’s so much behind-the-scenes research, work, dedication, and then the excitement of the actual unveiling – it can make us hold our breath in anticipation.

Making meals, Russian-style, in MIR's award-winning tour, "A Chronicle of Russian Culture & Cuisine" <br>Photo credit: Katya Boyarskaya

Making meals, Russian-style, on MIR’s award-winning tour, “A Chronicle of Russian Culture & Cuisine”
Photo credit: Katya Boyarskaya

Exploring our new website is a visual deep-sea dive into all we love at MIR: our destinations, our tours, our staff and our MIR travelers. For example, you’ll see lots of photos and info about our National Geographic Traveler “Tours of a Lifetime” trips, including in-depth travel to Georgia, my favorite destination.

Among the new tours we created for 2014 is one we love and are very proud of,  A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine, and Culture. It’s a culinary and cultural caravan featuring the best that Georgia offers, including organic wines, imaginative and traditional foods, as well as the spirited Georgian feasts called supra, against a backdrop of heart-stopping Caucasus Mountain views. Of course we’ll have plenty of stories on MIR’s new website about Georgia, Georgian table traditions, and about the South Caucasus region; I’ll make sure of that!

A sampling of Georgia's fresh, complex and legendary foods such as one might taste on MIR's tour,  "A Taste of Georgia" <br>Photo credit: Michel Behar

A sampling of Georgia’s fresh, complex and delicious foods such as one might taste on MIR’s tour, “A Taste of Georgia”
Photo credit: Michel Behar

From mountains to sea, read about Georgia and MIR's  tours to the South Caucasus on our new website <br>Photo credit: Peter Guttman

From mountains to sea: read about Georgia and MIR’s tours to the South Caucasus on our new website
Photo credit: Peter Guttman

We hope you love our new website as much as we do, with its easier navigation and deeper explanations of our destinations and our tours, along with easy options for booking with us.  What’s especially useful and engaging is our new MIR blog.

Many stories focus on a top MIR destination, Central Asia - as here in Samarkand, Uzbekistan <br>Photo credit: Michel Behar

Many stories focus on a top MIR destination, Central Asia, as seen here in Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Photo credit: Michel Behar

MIR staff and clients write about their favorite MIR destinations, such as Romania's painted monasteries Photo credit: Peter Guttman

MIR staff and clients write about their favorite MIR destinations, such as Romania’s painted monasteries
Photo credit: Peter Guttman

Telling Our MIR StoriesThe MIR blog is created entirely by our MIR staff in Seattle and overseas staff and partners, along with story and photo submissions from our MIR clients. There’s no one better to tell the MIR story, explain the significance of “MIR Signature Why end mights,” or delight in the places we travel than those who live, work, study, or travel in these MIR destinations.

Unforgettable MIR Signature Why end might: listening to Old Believers singing, and joining them for dinner <br>Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

Unforgettable MIR Signature Why end might: listening to Old Believers singing, and joining them for dinner
Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

MIR Signature Why end might: Sharing tea with a nomadic family in their ger, like these in Mongolia <br>Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

MIR Signature Why end might: Sharing tea with a nomadic family in their ger, like these in Mongolia
Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

We’ll offer the latest on our newest tours, along with late-breaking news on special deals and airfares through MIR. Racking your brain for travel ideas? You’ll want to check out our regular features, special stories, quizzes and top 3, 5 and 10 lists on where to go and what to see. They’ll include anything from favorite camel rides, coolest deserts, highest highways to set your heart leaping, amazing antiquities, memorable accommodations like gers, yurts, Trans-Siberian luxury trains and five star hotels, and thrilling festivals.

One hump or two? Our new MIR blog offers tips on the ABCs of riding a camel <br>Photo credit: Andrew Barron

One hump or two? Our new MIR blog offers tips on the ABCs of riding a camel
Photo credit: Andrew Barron 

Or perhaps, like me, what entices you most is simply the wonder of visiting once-forbidden places – like Iran – bearing witness to change and history in the making. 

"MIR Moment" stories describe magical encounters with locals on MIR's tours, as here in Iran <br>Photo credit: Michel Behar

“MIR Moment” stories describe magical encounters with locals on MIR’s tours, as here in Iran
Photo credit: Michel Behar

Embracing ChangeLike so much of what we do and where we go at MIR, this website is ever-changing, ever-evolving. We welcome your travel comments, travel photos, and travel suggestions; we’d love to know what you’d like to read, watch, and learn on this website. You can also send us your travel stories to share with MIR’s worldwide audience.

Embracing change, here in a sacred Tibetan monastery <br>Photo credit: Phil Kidd

Embracing change, here with a smartphone in a sacred Tibetan monastery
Photo credit: Phil Kidd

Best of the BestThanks to you, MIR has twice been rated one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure. Whether it’s exploring our new website or exploring MIR’s momentous journeys, you will find that we’re all about commitment, community and connection in this amazing, wonderful world.

Croatia's Dubrovnik - "Pearl of the Adriatic" - has captivated MIR travelers for years<br>Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

Croatia’s Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” has captivated MIR travelers for years
Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

Mongolia's ancient Naadam Festival is a favorite photo op for MIR travelers Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

Mongolia’s ancient Naadam Festival is a favorite photo op for MIR travelers
Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

Golden sunlight bathes Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, overlooking the Golden Horn and Bosphorus Strait <br>Photo credit: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture & Tourism

Golden sunlight bathes Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace, overlooking the Golden Horn and Bosphorus Strait
Photo credit: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture & Tourism

 

PUBLISHED: June 23, 2014

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