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




Take a Hike! 4 Unexpected Places to Hike in Uzbekistan

Take a Hike! 4 Unexpected Places to Hike in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan’s geography is far more varied and intriguing than you might expect. Within a few hours’ drive of both Tashkent and Samarkand, you can discover green forests, blossoming alpine meadows, cool blue lakes, and sweeping mountain vistas dotted with traditional villages, waterfalls, ski hills, and cave networks. Remote, untouched, and surprisingly beautiful, these areas are a fantastic and unexpected getaway from the everyday hum of the cities, and make for great spots to take an invigorating hike through places few travelers get to see. Here are just a few of our favorite places where you can embrace the outdoors and go hiking in Uzbekistan: 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


Beginner’s Guide to Mongolia’s Magnificent Monasteries

Beginner’s Guide to Mongolia’s Magnificent Monasteries

Mongolia holds a special place in the hearts of adventurous travelers, who come back with tales of its vast steppe, rugged mountains, clear glacial lakes and vivid blue skies. But beyond its natural outdoorsy appeal, it is also a land of deeply spiritual people. The country’s shamanistic traditions may be better known to the world, but Buddhism has played just as important a role in shaping Mongolian history and culture. For those traveling to Mongolia, a visit to a monastery is a must. Here are four must-see monasteries in the "Land of the Nomads." Read More


A Monastery Hike at Georgia’s David Gareja

A Monastery Hike at Georgia’s David Gareja

The David Gareja monastery complex, on Georgia’s southeastern border with Azerbaijan, is a long-established site of great significance for Georgians. Founded in the 6th century, the complex is still active today and features numerous cells carved straight into the bare rock face. These caves function as living quarters, refectories, chapels, libraries and rooms for instruction and silent meditation. Read More


Active Adventures: 6 Hikes We Recommend in Siberia, Ukraine, Romania and along the Silk Road

Active Adventures: 6 Hikes We Recommend in Siberia, Ukraine, Romania and along the Silk Road

“There’s always a great hike in or near any of MIR’s destinations,” says tour manager extraordinaire Martin Klimenta, who has been leading tours for MIR since the 1990s. An active guy who loves to hike, bike and climb, Martin often explores on foot after his MIR travelers have retired to their hotel rooms for the night. “Sometimes on a tour there will be a client who loves to walk, too, and after dark we’ll head out together, just walking around a city for hours until we get hopelessly lost. Then we’ll call a taxi to take us back to the hotel.” Check out a few more formalized hikes recommended by some of MIR's adventurous destination experts. Read More


Travel to Turkey: 6 Scenic Reasons to Visit Captivating Cappadocia

Travel to Turkey: 6 Scenic Reasons to Visit Captivating Cappadocia

Cappadocia is the heart of Turkey, a moonscape place in central Anatolia of fairy chimneys, cave homes, underground cities, and magical hot-air ballooning. Read More