Travel Like a Local: 4 Ways to Discover the Dances of Uzbekistan

Travel Like a Local: 4 Ways to Discover the Dances of Uzbekistan

The complex Silk Road rhythms, melodies, and musical instruments of Uzbekistan are utterly fascinating. It is enchanting to watch dancers clothed in richly detailed hand-woven and hand-tailored costumes twirling and swaying in smooth, well practiced moves handed down from generation to generation. Our travelers agree, saying it makes for a richer travel experience and deeper connection with local people. Find out about travel opportunities to connect with local people at dance performances in interesting locales, such as the tiled courtyard of a madrassah or right next to your dinner table alongside locals. Read More


Undiscovered Siberia: A Riverboat Trip on the Yenesei

Undiscovered Siberia: A Riverboat Trip on the Yenesei

In the summer of 2001, my travel companions and I were on a one-time custom-made tour that MIR had put together, partnering with people from a USDA program affiliate called Project Aid Siberia (PAS), now defunct. We were to ride along as PAS workers motored down the Yenesei, delivering cartons of food aid to the remote Siberian villages along the shores – not an easy job. Read More



MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions, and Channeling Siberia (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions, and Channeling Siberia (VIDEO)

One of MIR's more memorable overland expeditions: Siberia and beyond, involving a channeler, her 62 followers, their special sacred crystals – and a lightning strike! Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Why I’m Sold on Siberia (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Why I’m Sold on Siberia (VIDEO)

MIR President Douglas Grimes was one of the first to see parts of Siberia that few Westerners had ever seen; since then, he's totally "sold on Siberia." From wild Kamchatka Peninsula with its volcano-studded landscape to the vast beauty of Lake Baikal, Siberia is a pristine, natural wonder for intrepid travelers – and MIR's long-time specialty. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Roving the World in Land Rovers

MIR’s 30 Years: Roving the World in Land Rovers

MIR is known for its creativity in finding truly uncommon places and sharing those destinations, people, and cultures with MIR travelers. One way is on overland expeditions in Land Rovers, most notably with the Hong Kong Land Rover Club. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Motorcycling with GlobeRiders (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Motorcycling with GlobeRiders (VIDEO)

Looking back on MIR's 30 years, one of its first overland expeditions was a logistically challenging motorcycle journey with the GlobeRiders traveling through six countries in 65 days. Read More



MIR’s 30 Years: Handcrafted Journeys – Making MIR Movies (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Handcrafted Journeys – Making MIR Movies (VIDEO)

Think of MIR as an executive producer of clients’ unique and challenging “travel movies." For 30 years MIR has been helping people imagine the "screenplays" of their travel dreams, and turning them into reality. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Epic Journeys – Ultimate Dream Trips (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Epic Journeys – Ultimate Dream Trips (VIDEO)

Handcrafted, epic journeys are the heart of MIR. President Douglas Grimes shares one Canadian family's adventurous overland expeditions, from Siberia to Central Asia. Their travels truly are the "ultimate dream trip." Read More