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Why Europe is Getting So Expensive

Prices are Skyrocketing - And Here's Why

expensive europeI ran my first small group tour to Paris in 2008.  The cost was $999.   But while it is true I have upgraded hotels and offer far more services such as professional guides since then, the cost of running a tour to Paris has more than doubled.   When I ran my first small group tour to Italy back in 2011, we could offer a great tour for just $1,499.   But now that cost is up by over 1/3.  Again, we have upgraded hotels and offer more professional guide services.   I'll explain why Europe has gotten so expensive and why the trend will continue to go that way.

Thursday, April 17, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (93)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: ParisItalySpain

Why Peru is Such a Travel Bargain

Compared to Europe, Peru Gives Travelers More Bang for their Buck

traveling professor machu picchuWhen the euro hit a high of $1.50 against the dollar a few years ago, The Traveling Professor decided to develop small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.  Not only is Peru and Machu Picchu a spectacular place to visit, it offers travelers a fantastic value without sacrificing luxury or comfort.  In my opinion the overall quality of hotels and services exceeds those I experience in Italy, Paris or Spain.   I can also tell you that the culinary reputation of Peru is top-notch and I would rate Peruvian restaurants right up there with those in Europe.  Take a look at my blog post and see why you might want to consider holding off on a trip to Paris or Italy, and look at Peru now.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (125)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7

Things to Consider when Visiting Venice

Tips to Make a Trip More Enjoyable

small group tours to veniceVenice is one of those beautiful and unusual places on this earth.   I traveled there last week and on my next small group tour to Italy we will be traveling there again.  Usually I will stay at least 2 nights when traveling to Venice but it is do-able as a day trip from either Florence or Padua.   Take a look at my blog post for some pointers on how to enjoy a tour to Venice.

Sunday, April 13, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (179)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

Money Exchange Tips

How to Get or Use Currency in Europe

Money ExchangeWith exchange rates putting North American travelers at a severe disadvantage these days (it costs nearly $1.40 to purchase a euro), being smart about getting and spending currency while on a tour to Paris, Italy, or Spain is more important than ever.   In this blog post we will talk about how to spend foreign currency and some innovative ways to get it that I am sure you have never thought of before.  Read my blog post on European money matters and be money smart!

Saturday, April 12, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (140)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel

Top Tips for Visiting Paris in the Summer

Avoid the Crowds, Skip the Lines, Save Money

Paris in the SummerTraveling to Paris (and the rest of Europe) can be a challenge in the summer.  The crowds are pressing, flights are expensive, it can be tough to get a good Paris hotel.   However there are things you can do to make a tour to Paris more enjoyable in the summer.    I will be running two small group tours to Paris this summer and i will be taking these steps too.  

 

Friday, April 11, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (130)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris
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  • Italy Packing List

    Italy Packing List

    small group tours to italyOn Wednesday I embark for a one week tour of Italy.  When I take people on a small group tour of Italy I have a well-defined itinerary but this time, since I am traveling on a personal trip to Italy, my itinerary is somewhat more flexible.   All I know now is I will arrive in Rome and stay for 2 nights, probably taking a trip to Assisi, then I will go up to Florence for a few nights taking side trips to Pisa, Venice and perhaps Siena.   I will probably spend the last night in Milan before heading home.   Check out my blog post to see what I will be packing on a trip to Italy.

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  • Italy Trip Report: Day 1

    Italy Trip Report: Day 1

    Italy Trip ReportWe started out from Great Barrington, MA on Wednesday at 11 a.m.   We made it to JFK by 4 pm to catch our 6:15 pm flight to Milan.  After arriving in Milan it was a train to Milano Centrale train station then a 3 hour cruise into Rome, checking in at 3 p.m.  To say I am tired is an understatement, but I still went out and did a good 5 hours of touring.   Check out the blog post to see what we did today in Rome.

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  • Italy Trip Report: Days 2,3,4 & 5

    Italy Trip Report: Days 2,3,4 & 5

    small group tours to italyI have been to Italy many times in April, but never with great weather like this.  No rain, temps in the 70's.   I could use less crowds but for the most part, they have been A-OK.    Since my first report we have continued to roam about Rome, headed up to Florence, traversed over to Padua and Venice.   I have seen most of the sights while leading my small group tours to Italy, so I am doing my best to enjoy the weather, relax, and eat some good food.

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  • Money Exchange Tips

    Money Exchange Tips

    Money ExchangeWith exchange rates putting North American travelers at a severe disadvantage these days (it costs nearly $1.40 to purchase a euro), being smart about getting and spending currency while on a tour to Paris, Italy, or Spain is more important than ever.   In this blog post we will talk about how to spend foreign currency and some innovative ways to get it that I am sure you have never thought of before.  Read my blog post on European money matters and be money smart!

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  • Why Peru is Such a Travel Bargain

    Why Peru is Such a Travel Bargain

    traveling professor machu picchuWhen the euro hit a high of $1.50 against the dollar a few years ago, The Traveling Professor decided to develop small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.  Not only is Peru and Machu Picchu a spectacular place to visit, it offers travelers a fantastic value without sacrificing luxury or comfort.  In my opinion the overall quality of hotels and services exceeds those I experience in Italy, Paris or Spain.   I can also tell you that the culinary reputation of Peru is top-notch and I would rate Peruvian restaurants right up there with those in Europe.  Take a look at my blog post and see why you might want to consider holding off on a trip to Paris or Italy, and look at Peru now.

    Read more
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  • Why Europe is Getting So Expensive

    Why Europe is Getting So Expensive

    expensive europeI ran my first small group tour to Paris in 2008.  The cost was $999.   But while it is true I have upgraded hotels and offer far more services such as professional guides since then, the cost of running a tour to Paris has more than doubled.   When I ran my first small group tour to Italy back in 2011, we could offer a great tour for just $1,499.   But now that cost is up by over 1/3.  Again, we have upgraded hotels and offer more professional guide services.   I'll explain why Europe has gotten so expensive and why the trend will continue to go that way.

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