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


MIR in the News: National Geographic Traveler, AFAR Magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and more

MIR in the News: National Geographic Traveler, AFAR Magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and more

As experts in travel to Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia and beyond, it's always gratifying when word of our tours and destinations is noticed and shared. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press... Read More


7 Delicious Destinations: Recipes from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Russia, and Beyond

7 Delicious Destinations: Recipes from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Russia, and Beyond

For your epicurean pleasure, we’ve picked a handful of food writers and world travelers who have delved into regional cuisine and crafted cookbooks that help us learn more about these many fascinating cultures. 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



A Story of Hope for Our Times: Traveler’s Holocaust Book Published

A Story of Hope for Our Times: Traveler’s Holocaust Book Published

In My Soul is Filled With Joy: A Holocaust Story, author (and MIR traveler) Karen Treiger relates the saga of her in-laws, who met in a Polish forest outside the Treblinka death camp. It was August 1943, and Sam had just escaped in a prisoner uprising in which fewer than a hundred survived. Esther was already in hiding, helped by a Polish family who agreed to shelter Sam as well. We are honored to have played a small part in helping Treiger research her book. Here we share details, as well as opportunities to hear her speak at one of her upcoming book readings and presentations. Read More


Chills & Thrills: 7 Spectacularly Spooky Destinations for Your Next Adventure

Chills & Thrills: 7 Spectacularly Spooky Destinations for Your Next Adventure

Many people enjoy traveling the world to search for haunted hangouts and bewitching attractions. These incredible destinations counterpoint their scare factors with surprising history lessons and unique insights into the lesser-known facets of the local culture. From a cathedral covered in bones, to a mass of mysterious military bunkers, here are some of our favorite spooky places, perfect for Halloween and ready for you to explore on your next trip. 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



5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

Each July, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets to consider new sites to add to its list of the world’s most awe-inspiring places. The sites are carefully vetted based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. Some have been on the UNESCO Tentative List for years, awaiting their turn to shine. In 2018, the committee added 19 new sites and significantly expanded an older one. Five of these sites are found in MIR’s destinations. Read More