Photo Essay: 10 Reasons To Love Tbilisi, Georgia

Photo Essay: 10 Reasons To Love Tbilisi, Georgia

With bounteous food, rivers of wine, sophisticated museums, historic architecture, cutting-edge restaurants, and Soviet chic, Tbilisi, Georgia, has most everything you could ask for in a destination. Growing more popular and “discoverable” with every travel season, Georgia’s capital city is ripe for the picking. Here are 10 reasons to discover Tbilisi before everyone else does. Read More


Veliko Tarnovo: Bulgaria’s Royally Remarkable Town

Veliko Tarnovo: Bulgaria’s Royally Remarkable Town

Bulgaria might not be a country you typically associate with empire, but that’s only if you don’t know your swashbuckling, bloody, battle-hardened Bulgarian history. It’s as packed with glory and tragedy as Game of Thrones, but without the dragons. And Veliko Tarnovo is its epicenter. Dig into the history of this picturesque town and find out why you should visit Veliko Tarnovo. 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


Explore 3 Ancient Cave Towns in Georgia, South Caucasus

Explore 3 Ancient Cave Towns in Georgia, South Caucasus

Several historic rock-hewn cave towns in South Caucasus' Georgia are today unique destinations, highlights for many MIR travelers. Three stand-out favorites include David Gareja Monastery Complex, Uplistsikhe, and Vardzia. Read More


A Traveler’s Tale: Baku, Azerbaijan and the Shores of the Caspian Sea

A Traveler’s Tale: Baku, Azerbaijan and the Shores of the Caspian Sea

MIR’s Jake Smith recently traveled through Azerbaijan and its highlight, Baku. In his tour diary and photo gallery, discover his favorite finds in this historic city that features both old town charm and modern marvels. Read More




Dubrovnik in Photos: Croatia’s Picture-Perfect Coastal Town

Dubrovnik in Photos: Croatia’s Picture-Perfect Coastal Town

Croatia's walled seaport city, Dubrovnik, is known not only as the "pearl of the Adriatic," but also as the setting for the TV fantasy series, "Game of Thrones." Destroyed in a 1667 earthquake and again in the 1990s wars, UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik and its Old Town are now faithfully restored, with indelibly memorable views from the seaside hills, stone walls, and marble streets. Year after year, UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik makes the must-see lists of places to visit and explore. The views from its hills, walls and streets illustrate why Dubrovnik is such a dazzling destination. Read More