Patricia Schultz Tells Travel Weekly About Traversing the 5 ‘Stans with MIR
Patricia Schultz, author of the best-selling travel book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, took a trip to the Five ‘Stan countries of Central Asia with MIR in April 2014.
One of MIR’s signature tours, Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans is a modern-day caravan to the countries of the Silk Road – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Reporting on her trip in a cover story for Travel Weekly, Patricia talked about having to overcome the trepidation of friends and family about travel to this part of the world.
“Before I left, any mention of my anticipated departure for the ‘Stans was met with a lot of raised eyebrows…
I doubt that most, or even any, of the five independent republics we visited could be located on a map by the average American. Most friends expressed disbelief that one could — or would even want to — travel to a part of the world widely perceived as being off limits.”
Over 21 days and 5 countries, Patricia discovered not only the architectural riches and fascinating history of the region, but the hospitality of Central Asian people.
“Our days were filled with random and spontaneous encounters with some of the warmest, most good-natured and genuinely gracious local people I’ve ever met. Of the trip’s countless ‘who knew?’ factors, that friendliness might well have been the greatest surprise, although hospitality in the heartland of Asia has been the stuff of legend since Marco Polo’s time.”
Her overall impression?
“Travel to the heartland of Asia promises a remarkable adventure that can sound almost like travel fiction at times. But it delivers, and then some, in large part due to MIR.”
PUBLISHED: September 12, 2014