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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!

When we're home it will...

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    • Travel planning advice
    • How to Pack for different types of trips
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  • Keep you up on our latest adventures or stories
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    • Let's armchair travelers travel along with us
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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

2018 Travels - We Tried Group Tours

On our 2018 travels, we tried group tours. Always independent travelers, we discovered that for some areas, tours are best… and group tours can be fun if you choose the right one.

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A Blitz Through The Balkans

We called this a blitz through the Balkans because we tour through 8 Balkan countries in only three weeks. Definitely highlights only… but great fun.

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Exploring The Caucasus Region

Just what is the Caucasus? It’s the region between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and home to the Caucasus Mountains. Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Explore it here.

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Gray Whales In Baja California Approach YOU For Close Encounters

We had watched gray whales migrate up and down the coast… what fun it was to have close encounters with those whales in Baja California’s warm lagoons.

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Cuban Classic Cars

Yes, you should go to Cuba… and Cuban classic cars are one good reason to go!

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Discovery

Years ago a family member from New York, sent my father and his siblings, an aunt and uncle, a book on the MacKewen family history. I had vowed that one

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2017 Travels - Trains, Planes and Boats and Road Trips

Our 2017 travels took us on wonderful international adventures… An exotic road trip to Central Asia and a domestic road trip to see the total eclipse of the sun.

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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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Silk Road Adventure

Ths silk road has called adventurers since ancient times... why not go yourself?

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Travel Security Alert Packing Guide For 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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Acceptable Identification Document For Travel - What Qualifies?

When you go through airports, you need an acceptable identification document, so what qualifies?

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2016 Travels - International and Domestic Adventures

Our 2016 travels took us on domestic and international adventures… to look for culture, wildlife and antique airplanes.

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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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Keys To The Castle

A castle stay is always fun, but what if they give you the keys to the castle?!

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2015 Travels - International Adventures Almost Wore Us Out!

Our 2015 travels took us on international adventures… sailing in the Caribbean, driving southern Spain, on a wildlife adventure in Brazil, and a ramble through Ireland. Antique airplanes too.

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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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A Tourist Angel - Don’t Laugh, We’ve Met Them

We met our latest tourist angel in Granada, Spain. Expect good things to happen when you travel and you’ll find people willing to help and plans falling into place.

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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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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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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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Cold Weather Packing List - To 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"

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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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

We're going to explore some of those Christmas Markets ourselves this year!

The holidays can be hectic, but treat yourself..

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. 2018 Travels - We Tried Group Tours

    On our 2018 travels, we tried group tours. Always independent travelers, we discovered that for some areas, tours are best… and group tours can be fun if you choose the right one.

    Read More

  2. A Blitz Through The Balkans

    We called this a blitz through the Balkans because we tour through 8 Balkan countries in only three weeks. Definitely highlights only… but great fun.

    Read More

  3. Exploring The Caucasus Region

    Just what is the Caucasus? It’s the region between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and home to the Caucasus Mountains. Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Explore it here.

    Read More

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