Georgian Military Highway: A Road For All Time

Georgian Military Highway: A Road For All Time

The Georgian Military Highway in the South Caucasus is one of the most spectacular roads in this region, with the jagged snow-capped Caucasus Mountains, rippling emerald-green hills and valleys, wandering sheep, and ancient cathedrals, monuments, and fortresses still keeping vigil. And yes, its name reflects its history as a highway. Read More


Top 10 Places to Discover in Tajikistan: Undiscovered, Remote, Incredible

Top 10 Places to Discover in Tajikistan: Undiscovered, Remote, Incredible

Tajikistan is different, remote, adventurous, and undiscovered to this day. Very few travelers go there. Flights in and out are limited, and border crossings and the drives they entail are often arduous. In general, comfort can be difficult to find outside of a few hotels in the capital, but that same lack of infrastructure and the absence of any significant tourism means that authentic adventure and genuine cultural exchange are easy to find (in fact, difficult to avoid). Here's my list of 10 places (in no special offer) I recommend to travelers who want to experience this special, and undiscovered, destination: 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



Navruz: Celebrating Spring in Central Asia and Beyond

Navruz: Celebrating Spring in Central Asia and Beyond

Navruz is celebrated from Tashkent to Tehran, London to L.A., Bukhara to Bloomington, from Samarkand to Seattle. It's a joyful time of eating, singing, dancing and celebrating the return of spring and the beginning of a new year. Read More


Postcard from Doug: A visit to Darvaza’s burning gas crater in Turkmenistan

Postcard from Doug: A visit to Darvaza’s burning gas crater in Turkmenistan

One of the most unusual excursions in Turkmenistan is a spectacle you can witness on a visit to the Kara Kum desert north of Ashgabat. On my last visit to Turkmenistan I had the opportunity to drive up to Darvaza, a burning gas crater set on fire by Soviet engineers in 1971. Read More