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MouseTours Travel Blog is our way of letting you keep up with new travel tips and adventure stories as we add them. It's not a daily blog of observations... It's more fun than that!

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Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it!   Judy and Mark

The Normandy Beaches, France

The Normandy Beaches - the D-Day Invasion Beaches - are beautiful and peaceful now, but there reminders of their history all over.

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Adventure Cruises - Sometimes the Only Way to Get There

Sometimes adventure cruises are the only way to explore off the beaten track or experience a scenic wonder.

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Tapas and Raciones Spanish Fun Food

The Spaniards eat dinner late, so you'll learn to love tapas and raciones. What they are and where to find them.

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Sustainable Tourism - Protect Cultures As Well As the Environment

Sustainable tourism protects the cultures you're traveling to see... Eco-travel caring for the people and the environment.

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Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is one of those world's natural treasures everyone wants to see… You do don’t you? Want to visit? Let’s see if we can entice you…

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Norway Fjord Drive - A Great Way to See The Country

A Norway Fjord drive rather than a cruise lets you see the fjords from many angles... and see the countryside too. Here's one itinerary to think about.

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What Are Hotels Called In Different Languages?

A hotel is called a hotel or an auberge or a locanda. It depends on what language you're looking in. So what are hotels called? We'll give you some names.

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Is the Water Safe?

Water safety includes knowing when to drink only bottled water, when and where you can swim... Is the water safe is a good question to ask yourself.

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Big Hotels - Travel Accommodations To Consider

Big hotels can be expensive, but they many have a great location and be cheaper than you think. When you should consider staying in one.

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Mixed Weather Packing List

A basic packing list needs to be tweaked for each trip... especially if you might run in to hot AND cold weather. Here's our mixed weather packing list.

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Avoid Theft When You Travel - Keep It Simple

A few of our tips on how to avoid theft when you travel… dress to blend in, stay alert, wear a money belt, and more things we've learned on our travels.

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Travel Advisories - Travel Warnings or Travel Alerts - For A Trip Safe

Travel Advisories can be warnings or alerts. Governments issue them to warn you and keep you safe... Learn to read between the lines... what to do with each...

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Foreign Toilets -- What to Expect When You Travel

Foreign toilets may be really different than you're used to at home.... some notes about what to expect.

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2014 Travels - International Adventures and Domestic Visits

Our 2014 travels took us on international adventures to Ecuador, Spain and Norway. Later in the year, antique airplanes and friends had us visiting cities around the U.S.

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Australian Road Signs Have You Watching For Animals

Australian road signs sometimes tease of animals you want to see, but not too close to the road!

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Find A Packing List For Any Kind Of Trip

Our packing list leads you to tips for getting everything you need ready for your trip. What are the basics you need? For hot weather? For cold weather? Medications? Cosmetics?

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Africa Dream List - What Do You Want To See In Africa?

You dream of Africa..., but it's a BIG continent. Do you want a safari or something else? Our Africa dream list gives you tips and stories to help decide where you want to go.

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Collecting Passport Stamps - One Way to Collect Travel Memories

Collecting passport stamps is not a thing of the past... you may not get them in Europe, but you can get plenty in other parts of the world. How to get a bunch in Africa and great travel memories...

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Our Cold Weather Packing List Helps You Stay Warm While Packing Light

Our cold weather packing list gives you tips for warm, happy travel in winter -- or Antactic summer. Even with thermals, keep it light for happier travel.

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Electricity Worldwide - Keep Travel Electronics Charged and Running Smoothly

Travelers need to know about electricity worldwide. Foreign electricity? It’s delivered differently around the world. Our travel tips prepare you, so you'll be in charge, or at least charged up...

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Munich Oktoberfest - A Festive Beer Bash

Oktoberfest... festival, beer bash, parades with festive beer wagons, oomph bands. t's in September and you should go.

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Dual Voltage Appliances for Easier World Travel

Look for dual voltage appliances when you're buying electronic devices for international travel... that way they'll work anywhere in the world.

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Our Basic Packing List - Start Here to Pack Light

Our basic packing list gives you tips on what to pack. How not to pack too much. Do like we do and keep it light for happier travel.

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Airport Arrival - 
Get Through Customs and Immigration

What to expect upon your airport arrival in a foreign country... immigration, customs and the crowds.

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Get Through Customs and Immigration"

Trusted Traveler Programs and TSA PreCheck for U.S. Citizens

U.S. government Trusted Traveler Programs... designed to get some travelers through customs faster. TSA Pre-Check gets you through security faster. What they are and where to get info.

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Traveling With Pills

You won't have any problems traveling with pills, and yes, take them in your carry-on bag. Here are some tips...

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I Do Testimonials for Pepto-Bismol for Travel Health

An ounce (or two) of prevention...... but in this case literally..... Pepto-Bismol can help keep you healthy no matter where you travel.

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Charlemagne in Aachen Germany

In Aachen Germany you'll find a cute old town and lots of history... Charlemagne is more than a name in a history book here!

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Fatigue After Flights - Not Just Jet Lag! Flying Makes You Tired

Flying can leave you feeling done in even if you don't cross time zones. Why you feel fatigue after flights even without jet lag. How to counteract it.

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Spiders and Snakes Plus Other Creepy Crawly Critters

Jungles bring to mind the song “I don’t like spiders and snakes”. We actually like all the creepy crawly critters in the jungle as long as they don’t sneak up on us! Enjoy photos...

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International Travel Health Vaccinations -- Do I Need to Take Shots to Travel?

Which international travel health vaccinations to get. How much time you need to get all your travel shots.

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Nkanga Lodge, Johannesburg Better Than An Airport Hotel South Africa

We needed an airport hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa… needed a day or two to get over jet lag. It’s a long flight… or flights… from the US to South

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Backsides of Africa - More Subtle Than African Butt Shots!

Our page Africa seen from behind got away from the butt shot jokes that we talked about on safari… so let’s consolidate the tight backsides of Africa shots…

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Africa Seen From Behind When You’d Rather Get Photos Up Front

All too often on safari, animals you’re trying to photograph turn and walk away. WELL…. we decided Africa seen from behind was a great angle for a different perspective… so to speak.

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2013 Travels - South of the Equator in Africa and South America

Do you dream of a safari or traveling to little visited countries? Our 2013 travels might give you some ideas. Uruguay. El Salvador and Nicaragua. Southern African safari. Over 100 countries now!

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2012 Travels - Epic Adventures and Quick Trips

Our 2012 travels had us on the Trans-Siberian Railway for an epic adventure, and spending the weekend in Arkansas so that we've been to all 50 states.

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What Do Passports Cost?

What do passports cost? Fees for new U.S. Passports, passport renewals and the new U.S. Passport Card.

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Malaria Pills and Pregnancy - Safe or Not?

Malaria pills and pregnancy do not always go together well. Some currently recommend malaria pills should not be used by pregnant women. What this means for travelers...

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Nicaragua and El Salvador - Uncrowded, Friendly, and Safer Than You Think

Nicaragua and El Salvador - safe to travel in? With help from some great tour operators, there are safe, fun adventures to be had, and they're easy on your budget!

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Our Country List - A List Of Countries We've Visited... So Far!

Enthusiastic travelers keep a country list to keep track of where they've been. Here's ours and links to pages we've written about some of the places we've visited.

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Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

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Updated Tips & New Travel Stories

  1. The Normandy Beaches, France

    The Normandy Beaches - the D-Day Invasion Beaches - are beautiful and peaceful now, but there reminders of their history all over.

    Read More

  2. Adventure Cruises - Sometimes the Only Way to Get There

    Sometimes adventure cruises are the only way to explore off the beaten track or experience a scenic wonder.

    Read More

  3. Tapas and Raciones Spanish Fun Food

    The Spaniards eat dinner late, so you'll learn to love tapas and raciones. What they are and where to find them.

    Read More