Hidden Hutongs: A Peek Into Old Beijing by Pedicab (VIDEO)

Hidden Hutongs: A Peek Into Old Beijing by Pedicab (VIDEO)

There’s far more to Beijing than the remnants of its grand imperial past or Chairman Mao’s legacy. Tucked away beneath the city’s most impressive attractions, one can still find a slice of real Chinese life in the hutongs, or narrow alleyways, that make up the heart of old Beijing. Here’s a glimpse of some of the sights and sounds you might find in Beijing’s vibrant hutong neighborhoods, seen from the backseat of a pedicab. 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


MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Running Through Russia and Beyond (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Running Through Russia and Beyond (VIDEO)

MIR is known for its imaginative overland expeditions, including one of its most complex: on foot, more than 15,000 miles, in 16 countries in 95 days – with the runners' goal to raise awareness and money for safer, cleaner water. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Driving Siberia and Beyond (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Driving Siberia and Beyond (VIDEO)

One of MIR’s favorite – as well as challenging –- overland expeditions in its 30-year history: driving Siberia and beyond in a 1928 Plymouth Roadster. MIR's president and co-founder, Douglas Grimes, recalls the many creative "out-of-the-box" solutions that led to the group's automotive success. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Motorcycling with GlobeRiders (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Motorcycling with GlobeRiders (VIDEO)

Looking back on MIR's 30 years, one of its first overland expeditions was a logistically challenging motorcycle journey with the GlobeRiders traveling through six countries in 65 days. Read More


5 Ways to Travel the Legendary Trans-Siberian by Private Train

5 Ways to Travel the Legendary Trans-Siberian by Private Train

There’s a reason the Trans-Siberian Railway has been called one of the greatest journeys on earth. Rolling briskly across seven time zones and 5,772 miles of taiga, steppe, and mountain, it’s the longest railway line in the world, and after more than a century of revolution, wars, and calamities continues to be a vital lifeline for millions of Russians living and traveling across the largest country on earth. How will you choose to ride the rails? Read More


Instagram Roundup: Our Best Travel Photos from the Last Year

Instagram Roundup: Our Best Travel Photos from the Last Year

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you these past two years on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying seeing a sneak peek at what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. To date, we’ve had over 10,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts from the past year. Read More


10 Favorite Things to Do Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

10 Favorite Things to Do Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

Spanning nearly 6,000 miles and crossing 7 time zones, this epic journey allows passengers to experience remote destinations and see the most of what this vast and variegated region has to offer in the least amount of time. You could easily finish the entire route in as little as six days. But many opt to spend even more time along the Trans-Siberian, breaking up the journey at fascinating points along the line. We frequently hear from past travelers that these off-train excursions are what make the trip so satisfying. Whether you’re wandering the massive metropolis of Moscow, taking in the astonishing beauty of Lake Baikal or mingling with the diverse people that call this region home, the Trans-Siberian is full of surprises. Here’s just a sampling of our favorite things to do along one of the world’s greatest train routes... Read More


Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Have you ever... • Ridden a camel across a desert with a name that translates to "you can get in but you can’t get out?" • 4-wheeled up a steep Tajik mountain pass on the Pamir Highway? • Strapped yourself into a helicopter for a flight over vast wilderness studded with volcanoes? • Zoomed over the clear waters of Lake Baikal in a hydrofoil? Or over its clear ice in a hovercraft? • Been rocked to sleep in a cozy cabin on a Trans-Siberian train? MIR's creative itineraries sometimes require creative transportation methods. These MIR tours add adventurous experiences to adventurous travel. Read More