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.

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Exploring the DPRK (North Korea) with MIR Traveler Jo-Ann Winnik

Exploring the DPRK (North Korea) with MIR Traveler Jo-Ann Winnik

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 Korea), a country few Westerners have seen since the 1950s. In this travel journal, Jo-Ann shares some of her most memorable impressions and experiences, focusing on the natural beauty, modern monuments, and UNESCO-listed sites of North Korea/DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), as well as her encounters with locals and guides along the way. Read More


Fred Lundahl’s Dispatches from Central Asia

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 Whidbey Island, Music for the Eyes, is filled with exotic treasures personally collected from foreign lands, especially the Silk Road countries of Central Asia. Fred traveled with MIR on a custom, private journey through Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in 2016. Here are his dispatches from the road. Read More


Longest Race: Living a Vision, 1908 Style

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 regions like China, Siberia and Russia. It seemed impossible today with border crossings, political tensions, and reams of red tape. Yet, Luke was undeterred in re-creating Schuster's around-the-world journey, as he recounts in this travel journal. Read More


Longest Race: Recycling a Dream, 1908 Style

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 2008 100th anniversary re-creation of the 1908 “Great Race,” a pioneering around-the-world journey in a new-fangled contraption called the automobile. But can you dust off an old 1928 car stashed in your family's barn and take it for a spin around the world? John thought so, and did – recycling history. Read More



Longest Race: Driving to Parts Unknown, 1908 Style

Longest Race: Driving to Parts Unknown, 1908 Style

A pilot for 50 years with his own small plane, Leo Janssens thinks nothing of taking off – literally – and flying to parts unknown. After all, Leo's Air Force career as a test pilot took him to Viet Nam during that war and far beyond, all over the world. So why drive the potholes and backroads of Siberia, Russia, and beyond? Leo explains. Read More


Essential Uzbekistan Travel Journal

Essential Uzbekistan Travel Journal

A MIR traveler set out with her traveling companion on our Essential Uzbekistan program, where they enjoyed the sites and crafts of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva as well as the many fabulous fabrics, carpets, tilework and adornments she found there. Take the journey along with her as you read her fascinating comments on this adventure. Read More


Jewels of Persia: Iran by Private Train

Jewels of Persia: Iran by Private Train

Douglas Grimes and Annie Lucas, MIR's President and Vice President, had the privilege of being aboard the inaugural journey of the first western private train allowed into Iran. A round trip journey from Budapest to Tehran and back aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train, this was a first-of-its-kind itinerary and an historic undertaking. Read More