Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

I first made it to Siberia’s Lake Baikal in the 1980s, when it was even more of a sparsely-populated backwater than it is today. I’ve seen it in all seasons, and I enjoy finding fun and challenging things to do whenever I touch down on either side of the deepest, oldest lake on earth. With a list that includes dog-sledding, ice-fishing, hiking the Great Baikal Trail, and barbecuing on the lake shore, my favorite things can be duplicated by any MIR traveler who wants to experience the best of Siberia. Read More


Doug’s Travel Picks: 8 Places to Visit in 2018

Doug’s Travel Picks: 8 Places to Visit in 2018

I’ve explored all of MIR’s destinations – some more than 100 times – and yet there’s always something new to discover in each one. Here are my recommendations, ranging from the wild Arctic seas to the depths of space, and from remote Russia to the booming capital of Kazakhstan – and many intriguing places in between. Read More


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


Postcard from Doug: 2016 Year in Review

Postcard from Doug: 2016 Year in Review

A typical travel year? In some ways, yes, and in others no. The number of journeys isn’t unusual for me, but some of the places and times of year were new and fresh. It’s always nice to get back to the places I know, to re-familiarize myself with the incredible draw of our destinations, remind myself of the beautiful sights, smells and sounds, and to re-connect with the fantastic people. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Beyond the Stars, Inside the Russian Space Program (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Beyond the Stars, Inside the Russian Space Program (VIDEO)

MIR’s award-winning tour, "Inside the Russian Space Program," is capped with a Soyuz space launch in Kazakhstan. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions, and Channeling Siberia (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions, and Channeling Siberia (VIDEO)

One of MIR's more memorable overland expeditions: Siberia and beyond, involving a channeler, her 62 followers, their special sacred crystals – and a lightning strike! Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Siberia’s Beauty of Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Siberia’s Beauty of Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

MIR President Douglas Grimes shows why few places on the planet stir hearts more than Siberia’s Lake Baikal, and the surrounding Baikal region. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Why I’m Sold on Siberia (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Why I’m Sold on Siberia (VIDEO)

MIR President Douglas Grimes was one of the first to see parts of Siberia that few Westerners had ever seen; since then, he's totally "sold on Siberia." From wild Kamchatka Peninsula with its volcano-studded landscape to the vast beauty of Lake Baikal, Siberia is a pristine, natural wonder for intrepid travelers – and MIR's long-time specialty. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Roving the World in Land Rovers

MIR’s 30 Years: Roving the World in Land Rovers

MIR is known for its creativity in finding truly uncommon places and sharing those destinations, people, and cultures with MIR travelers. One way is on overland expeditions in Land Rovers, most notably with the Hong Kong Land Rover Club. Read More