MIR launches new Essential Baltics Tour

MIR launches new Essential Baltics Tour

The Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, clustered along the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea in northern Europe, stepped out from the shadow of the Soviet Union in the late 20th century. And 2009 is a banner year in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. Chosen as one of this year’s two European Capitals of Culture, Vilnius will be hosting over 300 cultural, artistic and social programs and projects throughout the year. Read More



New Year – New Europe: 17 Extraordinary Countries from the Baltics down to the Balkans

New Year – New Europe: 17 Extraordinary Countries from the Baltics down to the Balkans

Europe is packed with intriguing opportunities and there are still many places unknown to most travelers. MIR has a variety of hand-crafted travel options to help you discover even the most remote parts. You can choose to focus on a single country and traverse it’s big cities and remote villages, or visit as many countries as your travel time allows. Read More


Maritime Magnetism at Estonia’s Seaplane Harbor Museum

Maritime Magnetism at Estonia’s Seaplane Harbor Museum

Housed in a renovated concrete seaplane hangar from 1916 whose high domed walls give it a space-age appearance, the Seaplane Harbor Museum in Tallinn, Estonia, is a cutting-edge interactive place with floor-to-ceiling exhibits, including a 1937 submarine, a full-size replica of a WWI Short 184 seaplane, and the wreck of the 16th century wooden sailing ship, the Maasilinn.  Read More


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



8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

How will you spend your time this travel season? If you’re ready to step up to something a little different in a place you've never been before, have we got some ideas for you! Beat the crowds and gain outstanding bragging rights in these unusual destinations... Read More



6 Offbeat Destinations for Your Next Spring Adventure

6 Offbeat Destinations for Your Next Spring Adventure

Summertime may get all the glory, but why wait until then to set off on your next great adventure? Some of the world's most popular destinations are at their absolute best during the spring season: milder weather, beautiful locales awash in colorful blooms, and the start of outdoor fun and festivals get travelers and locals alike buzzing with excitement about the warmer months ahead. Ready to break free from the familiar this season? Here are six favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations sure to put a little spring in your step: Read More


Holiday Cookies from Around the World

Holiday Cookies from Around the World

To help you get ready for the holiday baking season ahead, we compiled a list of some of our favorite holiday cookies from several of MIR’s destinations, each with a link to a recipe you can make for your next cookie party, for a family occasion, or as a treat to go with your eggnog. Read More