Learning to Fly: Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Hunters Featured on 60 Minutes

Learning to Fly: Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Hunters Featured on 60 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’ 60 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 60 Minutes’ website. Read More


MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

Entering Uzbekistan, at the heart of the Silk Road, has just gotten simpler – much simpler. As of July 15, 2018, U.S. travelers can apply, pay for, and receive Uzbek visas online, within three business days of their application. The e-visa is good for a stay of up to 30 days in Uzbekistan, and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. The consular fee for this is a mere $20.00 USD. Read More


Interview with Patricia Schultz, World Traveler and Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die

Interview with Patricia Schultz, World Traveler and Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die

MIR chats with Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, about the traveling life and her upcoming gig as host of our small group tour Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova in 2019. Read More


MIR Uzbekistan Tour Lauded in National Geographic Traveler

MIR Uzbekistan Tour Lauded in National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler included MIR’s Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan small group tour in a recent collection of “very best trips” explaining, “…this itinerary displays the whole spectrum of local color.” Discover how you can experience it yourself. Read More



Traveler Spotlight: Bill Altaffer, One of the World’s Most Traveled People

Traveler Spotlight: Bill Altaffer, One of the World’s Most Traveled People

Bill Altaffer, MIR traveler extraordinaire, had the honor of being named the “World’s Most Traveled Person” in 2005, on the website Most Traveled People.com. The website has calculated that “…the land area on Earth is made up of 875 parts.” Altaffer worked hard for that moniker, chalking up 822 “parts” of the globe by 2018. Here are some of his travel stories and tips for the aspiring world traveler, and find out why these days he’s most interested in getting more granular in his travels. Read More


Traveler’s Tale: Impressions of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s Peculiar Capital City

Traveler’s Tale: Impressions of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s Peculiar Capital City

MIR Tour Specialist Nathan Cox was born and raised in Utah, but has spent much of his adult life living and working in Russia and Ukraine. Since then, he’s traveled to a number of MIR's destinations, including China, Central Asia, the Baltics, and Europe. Here, Nathan shares his impressions and memories of his recent travels to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan's strange and fascinating capital city.  Read More


There’s Never Been a Better Time to Travel to Uzbekistan

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Travel to Uzbekistan

With the election of President Shavkat Mirziyoev, the country is seeing infrastructure and relations improvements that make Uzbekistan a much easier place to get around — and that much more appealing for would-be travelers. There’s never been a better time to travel to Uzbekistan than now! Make your plans now to explore this off-the-beaten-path destination before it becomes the next travel hotspot. Read More


Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Born and raised in Samarkand, Abdu Samadov is full of inside information about Uzbekistan. He has studied in England and the U.S. and is fluent in English, Farsi, and Russian. Abdu guides MIR travelers throughout Central Asia and enjoys sharing his knowledge. Here, Abdu recounts some of the highlights of his travels with MIR's small group tour Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan. Read More


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