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New Tips and Stories From Our World Travels

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!

When we're home it will...

  • Let you know when new pages appear with new or updated travel tips to make your travel safer, easier or more fun
    • Travel planning advice
    • How to Pack for different types of trips
    • Tips to stay healthy when you travel
  • Keep you up on our latest adventures or stories
    • Past trips finally written about
    • Stories to give you ideas for your own future world travels
    • Itineraries that worked for us; how many days we needed
    • Let's armchair travelers travel along with us
  • Read tips and stories our readers have shared

When we're on the road, Mouse's Travel Blog will...

  • Take you along when we can find a wifi connection or an internet cafe to report from.


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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

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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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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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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Amsterdam Coffeeshops - Not What You Think - And They're Changing

In Amsterdam coffeeshops and coffee houses are not the same thing. In one you get soft drugs, in the other coffee. Do you know the difference?

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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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Travel Motion Sickness - How To Prevent It So It Won’t Stop Your Travel Fun

Take it from someone who gets seasick in the bathtub. Travel motion sickness is not fun. Here are ways to minimize that nauseous feeling.

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One Liter Plastic Bag For Airport Carry-on Luggage - What You Need To Know

Are you confused about that one liter plastic bag (or one quart bag if you're in the U.S.)? What the rules are so you can understand them...

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Resplendent Quetzals in Panama

Most birders head for Costa Rica to look for Resplendent Quetzals, but there are Quetzals in Panama too, and we had NO problem seeing them... tail feathers and all!

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Share Amusing Confusing Roadsigns From Your World Travels - Or Any Funny Sign

Amusing confusing roadsigns? Come on world travelers, share funny road signs here. ANY funny signs. We want to keep travel safe. Heed signs, but don’t take things too seriously. Let’s have some fun...

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Security Alert Cosmetics Packing Guide: Travel With Hygiene and Beauty Supplies

Our security alert cosmetics packing guide gives tips on how to pack cosmetics, beauty supplies and hygiene products to comply with todays size restrictions on liquids in carry-on luggage.

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What Is That Personal Item the Airlines Talk About

One carry-on bag and one personal item... that's what airlines say you can take on the plane. So what IS that item that they call personal?

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The Carry-on Plastic Bag Required For Airline Security, What Can You Fit In It?

Airport security limits you to one, one quart carry-on plastic bag for your liquids. What goes it it? What fits? Lots. Our lists show you. Maybe enough for your whole trip!

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Tropical Vacation Packing List - Pack Light For The Tropics

Modify your packing list to fit your destination. Our tropical vacation packing list makes it easy to pack light... practice now, and you’ll soon be packing light on all your trips.

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African Tented Camps On Safari - Fun! - Feel Like You Are Really In Africa!

You dream of Africa... of a safari, but they want to put you in African tented camps? Don't worry, you'll love it!! See tented camps we've visited and why we think you'll love them too.

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Border Crossings - What to Expect at Foreign Borders

Border crossings can be easy to frustrating depending on where in the world you are and how you arrive at the border... What to expect...

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Travel Security Alert Packing Guide - Tips To Comply With Airport Security Rules

Stay alert to what you can take and where to pack it when you fly. Our travel security alert packing guide will help you prepare for your flight and get through security checkpoints.

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Are Malaria Pills Really Necessary? Which Pills Are Best?

Malaria is a problem in many areas around the world. Different pills work in different locations. Where to get information. Which malaria pills to take when you travel. Don't ignore this!

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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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Timely Tips

The Holidays are Here!

Time to remind you we have tips on
Surviving Holiday Flights

Remember, if you’re carrying gifts, it’s better not to wrap them… airport security might make you open them!

Have time for a quick trip to prepare for Christmas? We have ideas...
European Christmas Markets
German Christmas Markets
Seiffen Germany Makes Christmas Decorations
Cold Weather Packing List

How about gift Ideas...

Buy travel gear for yourself or a friend…. Shop eBags.com, the leading online retailer of luggage, handbags, backpacks, and accessories They have anything a traveler needs... moneybelts, security purses, TSA approved locks, packing cubes for organization, and more.

…Or just take the holiday time to explore more pages here... Get ideas for travel destinations and how to get there.

NOW is the time to start planning for a great trip next year.

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Updated Tips & New Travel Stories

  1. 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!

    Read More

  2. 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?

    Read More

  3. 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.

    Read More