While every journey along the path has benefited from our local knowledge, the principals at MIR have a special affinity for – shall we say – super-challenging logistical projects. We enjoy putting together the puzzle pieces of meals, hotel rooms, communications, drive times, road conditions, visas, permits, licenses, etc. into a seamless and harmonious whole.
Highlights of Recent Years:
- Facilitating many cross-country motorcycle adventures through Russia and Central Asia
- Planning and operating a series of overland 4X4 journeys for an extended family and their friends (Beijing to Warsaw – 85 days, around the Balkans – 58 days; Turkey to Tehran via the South Caucasus – 99 days; and in 2012, 75 days in Central Asia)
- Supporting the international leg of a 2011 re-creation of the incredible 1908 round-the-world road rally (Beijing to Paris – 49 days).
- Pioneering a one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes trip to the once highly classified world of Russian space travel. Since 2005 various alumni and non-profit educational institutions have sponsored departures of this program.
Handling logistics for a caravan of 18 Land Rovers and 49 travelers on a route traversing Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, across the Caspian Sea by ferry to Azerbaijan, and through Georgia and Turkey
Organizing and supporting an around-the-world relay run to raise awareness of the worldwide need for clean drinking water (Belarus-Russia-Mongolia-China: 24/7 for 36 days, 79 people, 11 support vehicles, over 5,500 miles, 4 international borders and 45 cities)
Arranging travel for the U.S. Army Brass Quintet, staff members, and accompanying family members as they embarked on an unprecedented series of concerts with their Russian counterparts
Coordinating flights, visas, lodging, meals, conference facilities, transportation, translation services, farm/agriculture facility visits and cultural activities for the Arkansas Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program’s International Seminar to China and LEAD New York’s International Seminar to Turkey
Tracking down childhood homes and schools and setting up personal visits and high-end experiences for editors from Caviar Affair luxury magazine, on a bespoke tour of Russia and Ukraine
Overseeing logistics to support a high-profile educational program for 150 travelers, including speakers, support staff and participants, and arranging exclusive meeting venues in Baku, Azerbaijan and Tbilisi, Georgia for presentations by politicians and government officials
Coordinating over a dozen international seminars for Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation, a leadership training non-profit, to destinations including China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Germany and Turkey
Read first-hand accounts of adventures in some of our wonderful destinations as MIR travelers and staffers share their experiences in these personal Travel Journals.
Additionally, check out MIR’s blog for more anecdotes and articles about our tours and destinations.
Exploring the DPRK (North Korea) with MIR Traveler Jo-Ann Winnik
Exploring One of the Last Travel Frontiers
Jo-Ann Winnik is drawn to Asia – both as a traveler and a volunteer – for its history, culture, food, and especially for its people. In 2016 Jo-Ann traveled on MIR's small group tour, Opening the Door on the DPRK (North ... Read More
Fred Lundahl’s Dispatches from Central Asia
Fred Lundahl spent 30 years serving in U.S. embassies abroad with the Foreign Service. He fell in love with Central Asia, and still travels there every couple of years. His import store in Langley on Washington State's Whidbe... Read More
Longest Race: Living a Vision, 1908 Style
Luke Rizzuto had an idea he couldn't shake off: to follow in the tire tracks of George Schuster, winner of that historic 1908 around-the-world "Great Race." It seemed impossible back then, traveling by car through remote regi... Read More
Longest Race: Recycling a Dream, 1908 Style
John Quam grew up around old cars on his family’s farm in Iowa. His dad collected vintage cars, so John was no stranger to the likes of Hupmobiles, Kissels, and Holsmans – more than 70 cars in all. John was drawn to the ... Read More
Longest Race: Driving Siberia, 1908 Style
Retired Air Force officer, Eileen Bjorkman, takes to the roads of Siberia, Russia, China and beyond, following in the vintage tire tracks of a 1908 auto race. Eileen's travel journal offers a taste of Siberia, from its pothol... Read More