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


Finding Your Roots with MIR: Spotlight on Ancestry Travel

Finding Your Roots with MIR: Spotlight on Ancestry Travel

On the Travel Channel blog, writer and family travel expert Erin Gifford tells us, “Ancestry Travel is a Thing, You Should Try It.” In the article, Gifford gives us a special shout-out as an expert in arranging custom itineraries for Jewish people seeking their lost families in Eastern Europe. Read More



MIR Moments: Dances, Dinners & Delights in Uzbekistan

MIR Moments: Dances, Dinners & Delights in Uzbekistan

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. Since 2016, Helene has teamed up with MIR for a Dance Tour Through Uzbekistan, which takes travelers on an unconventional journey to the heart of the Silk Road – Uzbekistan – to explore the dances, costumes and music of the Central Asian desert region. Tour Manager Abdu Samadov shares some favorite highlights and surprise moments from the most recent departure of the trip. Read More


Ukraine’s Painted Eggs: An Ancient Art

Ukraine’s Painted Eggs: An Ancient Art

Ukraine and decorated eggs: they go together like Persia and hand-woven carpets. They’re gorgeous and make great gifts, but watching local artisans create them is even more amazing. In Ukrainian, these brilliantly-decorated eggs are called pysanky, from the verb “to write.” Designs aren't painted, but instead drawn on with melted wax using a pinpoint stylus. The symbols, motifs and chosen colors on the finished eggs have specific meanings and originally could be read as messages from different regions of the country. Read More