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


The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

In the middle of Russia just east of Lake Baikal is one of Siberia’s coolest cities, Ulan Ude. A smallish city of some 400,000, Ulan Ude is the capital of the Buryat Republic, a federal subject of Russia with a decidedly Mongolian flavor. Ulan Ude is a surprising destination with lots of unexpected things to do and see – and it’s under the radar for most travelers. Now is the time to explore it, while the old traditions are still practiced and the crowds are small. Here are five of our favorites found in this captivating Siberian city… Read More


Honeymoon Hideaways: 10 Under-the-Radar Romantic Destinations

Honeymoon Hideaways: 10 Under-the-Radar Romantic Destinations

We've gathered 10 romantic off-the-radar destinations where you and your sweetheart can experience an unforgettable honeymoon or couple's getaway — no matter what your style and personal preferences are. Read More


Trans-Siberian Spotlight: Our Favorite UNESCO-listed Experiences on the Rails

Trans-Siberian Spotlight: Our Favorite UNESCO-listed Experiences on the Rails

One of the world's greatest train routes, the Trans-Siberian is chock-full of UNESCO-listed treasures and traditions. Take a deeper look at our favorites. Read More



Experience the BAM Route & the Naadam Festival on a Luxury Rail Journey by Private Train

Experience the BAM Route & the Naadam Festival on a Luxury Rail Journey by Private Train

The seldom-traveled Baikal-Amur Magistral, or BAM route, is an epic a railway journey. Rolling through some of the most remote, roadless taiga in the country, the BAM blazes a path through miles of glorious, unspoiled scenery, dramatic mountains, and out-of-the-way towns and villages that seem to have remained remarkably untouched by Russia's rapid, modern changes. Read More


Traveler’s Tale: Siberia’s Baikal Ice Marathon and Other Adventures on a Frozen Lake Baikal

Traveler’s Tale: Siberia’s Baikal Ice Marathon and Other Adventures on a Frozen Lake Baikal

Willis Hughes, a MIR Tour Specialist, has traveled extensively across Russia, the South Caucasus, Turkey, and Ukraine. This past winter he took his first trip to Siberia’s Lake Baikal, and he made good use of the time, skating, riding snowmobiles and driving a dog sled on the Baikal ice. Read More


10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers a new assortment of sites to add to its list of the world’s most incredible places. These sites are carefully selected based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. In 2017, the UNESCO committee added 26 new sites to its list, including 10 in MIR’s destinations. From an ancient caravan city in dazzling Iran to the soaring, dramatic peaks of Western China, these fascinating places span the breadth of the world's geography, diversity, and history. Learn more about the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites inscribed in 2017. Read More


MIR in the News: Travel Weekly, Travel Channel, Luxury Travel Magazine & More

MIR in the News: Travel Weekly, Travel Channel, Luxury Travel Magazine & More

As experts in travel to Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia and beyond, it's always gratifying when word of our tours and news is noticed and shared. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press. Read More


Instagram Roundup: See our Most Popular Travel Photos from the Last 12 Months

Instagram Roundup: See our Most Popular Travel Photos from the Last 12 Months

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you these past three years on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying sneaking a peek at what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. Looking back over the last year, we’ve had over 14,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts. Read More