Kyrgyzstan: Why I Love This Unfamiliar Frontier

Kyrgyzstan: Why I Love This Unfamiliar Frontier

Kyrgyzstan is a remote, unfamiliar frontier, wide open to travelers who are eager to experience wild beauty, meet nomadic people, and discover the traditions of their forbears. MIR President Douglas Grimes offers a few of the many reasons Kyrgyzstan is so special. Read More


Canyoning in Croatia, Plus 7 More Active Adventures on the Dalmatian Coast

Canyoning in Croatia, Plus 7 More Active Adventures on the Dalmatian Coast

Croatia, from the mountains to the sea, boasts a range of lush and captivating landscapes, and is now gaining a solid reputation as the next big playground for outdoor aficionados and thrill-seekers of all types. Recently, I decided to set off in search of Croatia's outdoor thrills when I traveled to Split, the nation's second largest city, and tackled a new adventure sport for the first time — canyoning. Read More



Let’s Split: 5 Extraordinary Excursions around Split, Croatia

Let’s Split: 5 Extraordinary Excursions around Split, Croatia

While in Croatia, traveling up and down the Dalmatian Coast, I had always thought of Split as more of a transportation hub than a destination – though I enjoy strolling in Diocletian’s Palace, and drinking coffee along the Riva. After my most recent trip to Split, however, my opinion has drastically changed. There are so many new restaurants, bars and cafés giving Split such a lively atmosphere, that it has become a great base for exploring the surrounding area. Here are five excursions and day-trips you can take around Split... Read More


Chilly Cheer: Ice-fishing on Lake Baikal

Chilly Cheer: Ice-fishing on Lake Baikal

Not for the faint of heart, ice-fishing is a cold and sometimes lonely pursuit. But on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, it’s often a social activity – something to fill up the long dark hours of winter, as well as to fill up the larder with smoked Baikal omul. Read More


Traveling with Teens and Young Adults: An Active Adventure through Europe and the Balkans

Traveling with Teens and Young Adults: An Active Adventure through Europe and the Balkans

The request was for a trip to unusual places guaranteed to wear out the client's energetic early-twenties grandsons. It had to be packed with continuous adventures, one after the other, with enough time in between for cold beers. Read More


Family Fun in Poland: Activities for Children of All Ages

Family Fun in Poland: Activities for Children of All Ages

It’s hard to find a country more inspiring than Poland. Little over two decades after regaining its independence, Poland has become one of the powerhouses of Europe. With more than two decades of travel experience in Poland, MIR is an expert at crafting tours to Poland for those of any age or interests. Traveling to Poland with kids and looking for an itinerary the children will enjoy? Here are some of my expert tips... Read More


Top 10 Places to Discover in Tajikistan: Undiscovered, Remote, Incredible

Top 10 Places to Discover in Tajikistan: Undiscovered, Remote, Incredible

Tajikistan is different, remote, adventurous, and undiscovered to this day. Very few travelers go there. Flights in and out are limited, and border crossings and the drives they entail are often arduous. In general, comfort can be difficult to find outside of a few hotels in the capital, but that same lack of infrastructure and the absence of any significant tourism means that authentic adventure and genuine cultural exchange are easy to find (in fact, difficult to avoid). Here's my list of 10 places (in no special offer) I recommend to travelers who want to experience this special, and undiscovered, destination: Read More


MIR’s Most Adventurous Road Trip Has Just Become More Comfortable

MIR’s Most Adventurous Road Trip Has Just Become More Comfortable

The Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan are some of the most rugged and beautiful on Earth, soaring upward where the Himalayas, the Tien Shan and the Hindu Kush meet. This adventurous journey over the Pamir Highway is a breathtaking route, in use since the time of the Silk Road. And now it is significantly more comfortable, as well. MIR has recently secured bookings at several new hotels along the route. All the new hotels are much better than the ones that were previously available and scheduled to be used on our small group tour, Pamir Highway & Across Fabled Frontiers. Read More