About 20 years ago I started traveling to Paris on my own during breaks from my job as a professor at the State University of New York. Since I am a meticulous note taker, I wrote down everything a traveler to Paris might want to know: hotels, attractions, restaurants, transportation, packing, hidden secrets, money saving ideas, travel tips and more. Soon afterwards, civic organizations and continuing education programs invited me to present programs on Paris travel. At those presentations I handed out my travel notes. They told me I should turn those notes into a book, so in 2008 I published "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Paris". It became a best-seller. Readers from all over the country asked me to take them to Paris and voila! - my tour business was born. They enjoyed my small group tours for adults to Paris so much they wanted more. I have since retired from being a professor and added tours to Italy, Spain, Peru & Machu Picchu, Iceland, Spain, Norway, Scotland and other destinations. Each year we take small group tours of about 12-16 adults on 10-16 trips per year.
I love our small group tour philosophy. We can give our groups of about 8-16 travelers a better and more intimate and special travel experience than those big tours of 25-45 can. However, I am most proud of the fact that over the years we have built a "community" of travelers. By that I mean that many people who have gone on my tours have made lasting friendships. Those travel friends either travel together on their own trips or they come back to another Traveling Professor tour.
I am a regularly featured speaker at The New York Times Travel Show. I have been cited as an expert in The New York Times travel articles and regularly contribute to travel-related stories. My profile appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Frommer's magazine called me "One of their most savviest travelers". The Professor is a semi-regular guest on Rudy Maxa's World the largest syndicated travel radio program in North America. The New York Times regularly quotes The Professor. AM900 CHML radio's Scott Thompson in Hamilton, Ontario often reaches out to The Professor for his travel expertise. I enjoy speaking about travel to civic organizations and groups. The Traveling Professor is a long-time member of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and the Frisco Chamber of Commerce.
When not living out of suitcase, I reside in Great Barrington, MA and Frisco, TX.
I can talk about travel (especially Paris) for hours and nothing pleases me more than making dreams come true by taking people on my tours.
Professor Steve Solosky, The Traveling Professor