Why Is Yakutsk, One of the Coldest Cities on Earth, the Next Hot Destination?

Why Is Yakutsk, One of the Coldest Cities on Earth, the Next Hot Destination?

Yakutsk is one of the coldest big cities on earth – so cold it’s entirely built on permafrost. Most of its buildings are on pylons or stilts, made of wood or concrete, so they won’t melt the permafrost. Lisa Peterson, MIR Private Journeys Specialist, traveled to this land of extremes on a summer trip. She knew it would be a lark, but it also turned out to be seriously cool. Read More


Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Uzbekistan is the heart and soul of the Silk Road. The Old Towns of its four UNESCO-listed oasis cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz – are incredible mazes of exotic architecture and gorgeous decorative art. Most of our Seattle staff have been here at least once, and some have lived here, so we asked them what they liked best about this Central Asian country at the heart of the Silk Road. 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


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


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


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




Travel Gems: Backwaters of Bosnia

Travel Gems: Backwaters of Bosnia

MIR's Private Journeys Specialist Lisa Peterson loves the Balkans and considers this region her 'home away from home.' She found these travel gems on her latest trip to Bosnia, including Tito's hideout, Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric's home, and nature hikes galore. Read More


Love Lost in the Balkans: Croatia’s Museum of Broken Relationships

Love Lost in the Balkans: Croatia’s Museum of Broken Relationships

The city symbol of Zagreb, Croatia is a heart. They're everywhere! Yet, in a city that wears its heart on its sleeve as well as its dinnerware, jewelry, coffee mugs and more, there are bound to be a few broken ones. Zagreb displays those as well, at the rather quirky Museum of Broken Relationships. Read More