A Traveler’s Tale: Yurt Living in Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

A Traveler’s Tale: Yurt Living in Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

Our guest blogger is Caroline Eden, a journalist and travel writer from the U.K. specializing in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Caroline’s travel stories have appeared in Conde Nast, Wanderlust and National Geographic Traveler, among other publications. Read More


Dancing Across Uzbekistan: An Interview with Expert Helene Eriksen (video)

Dancing Across Uzbekistan: An Interview with Expert Helene Eriksen (video)

Every few years, internationally respected dance ethnologist Helene Eriksen leads a group of enthusiasts to a different region of the world to explore its traditional dances, costumes and music. A teacher, dancer and choreographer of women’s traditional dances of the Balkans, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, Helene has teamed up with MIR for her 2016 trip, Dance Tour Through Uzbekistan. This inspired tour is open to anyone who wants to learn about – or already loves – the vivid multicolored garments, graceful dance movements and characteristic music of Uzbekistan. On this tour, participants will: • Attend a presentation of traditional Uzbek silk clothing. • Visit a small private museum to hear typical Central Asian instruments. • Learn to make Uzbekistan’s signature dish, plov, in a family home. • Learn Central Asian dances from a renowned Uzbek dancer and teacher at private master classes in Bukhara, culminating in a public performance, a centerpiece of the program. Intrigued by the itinerary of this one-of-a-kind tour, we sent these questions to her to learn more. Read More


Travel Your Way: A Book of Tips from an Independent Traveler

Travel Your Way: A Book of Tips from an Independent Traveler

MIR traveler Bob Bauer has some tips for you. A whole book full of them, as a matter of fact. In his 2015 book, Travel Your Way, he passes on his knowledge about how to travel as independently as possible. If you would like to read his book of tips, Bob has offered MIR and our clients a link to download his book, Travel Your Way, for free via Smashwords.com. Read More




Client Spotlight: Traveling in style aboard Luxury Trans-Siberian Express

Client Spotlight: Traveling in style aboard Luxury Trans-Siberian Express

MIR traveler Karen Ofsthus traveled on the Trans-Siberian rail journey from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar and shared all her experiences in an illuminating travel journal. Enjoy this excerpt, her description of what it’s like to go “luxury class” from Western Russia to Siberia and Mongolia. Read More