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Hotel Star Ratings Explained

What Star Ratings on Europe Hotels Really Mean

paris hotelGenerally speaking, hotels in Europe are rated by "stars", from zero to 5 stars.  People often ask what the difference is between a 3 or 4 star hotel or even a 2 or a 5 star hotel.  Does selecting a 2 star hotel over a 3 star hotel guarantee a better hotel.  Or will a 1-star hotel be not as good as a 2 star hotel.  The Traveling Professor answers your questions in today's blog post.


Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (61)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

Should You Be Worried About Traveling to Europe?

Professor's Tips for Safe Travel

small group tours to parisLet's face it, there have been incidents that are cause for concern for travelers.  The US State Department recently issued a travel advisory for Europe.  Should you be concerned?  The Traveling Professor's answer to this question is "of course you should be concerned".  But as a colleague of mine recently said, "Over the past 10 years I have lost too many friends to cancer, but none were lost while traveling".  So, in today's blog post, The Traveling Professor gives tips for a safe trip.

Monday, May 15, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (66)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips
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Favorite Paris Left Bank Eating Spots

Professor's Picks for Places to Eat in Paris

best left bank restaurantsNearly every week I get 5 or 6 requests regarding my favorite eating spots in Paris. Believe me, I have never run into a Paris traveler who has complained there is no where to eat. But in any case, whether it be on my small group tours to Paris or traveling solo to Paris, take a look at my favorite restaurants on the Left Bank of Paris.

Saturday, May 13, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (55)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

2 Restaurants Near the Eiffel Tower

Top Choices - Good Bargains

restaurants near eiffel towerWho doesn't love to eat while in Paris?  Who doesn't love to eat near the Eiffel Tower when in Paris?  The Traveling Professor has picked out 2 of his favorite spots to share on your next tour to Paris.  As an extra bonus in the Paris food post, I suggest a place near the Eiffel Tower full of casual eating spots as well as markets and shops.

Friday, May 12, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (62)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

Ireland Trip Report

Small Group Tour to Ireland in April with Photos

small group tours to IrelandThe Traveling Professor just returned from the inaugural small group tour to Ireland.  Our small group of 13 travelers came from all over the country and Canada - New Jersey, New York, Washington, Alberta, and Atlanta. We saw more than you will ever see on a tour to Ireland. To see my small group tour to Ireland trip report, read today's blog post.

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (104)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Ireland

Travel Product of the Month

Eat, Drink and be Merry on Your Next Tour

small group tours to italyI have been taking my small group tours to Italy and Paris for years.   Although I know my French and Italian pretty well, ordering from a menu can be a challenge.  For example, when dining at Aux Lyonnais in Paris, exactly what am I getting when I order "Caillette de Chabeuil" or "Gigot d'agneau de lait roti"?  In Rome, what happens next when I order "Braciolette d’abacchio ai ferri con patate" or "Straccetti di calamari alla piastra".   Use this travel product of the month to avoid using the hazardous "point and pray" method when ordering off a French or Italian menu.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (187)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Nobody Goes There Anymore, It's Too Crowded

Applying Yogi Berra Logic to Travel

yogi berra travelYogi Berra famously said, "Nobody Goes There Anymore, It's Too Crowded".  We can apply the same statement to travel. There are some places we regularly travel to, but NEVER go during certain seasons.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor explains the places to stay away from at certain times and better alternatives for travelers who do want to go away and actually enjoy their vacation without the pressing crowds.

Friday, April 07, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (268)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

More Reasons to Like the Chase Sapphire Card

Drop the Miles Cards. Get this One.

chase sapphire reserve cardIf you read my blog posts on a regular basis, you know I am a big fan of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. When I signed up for and paid my $450 fee, I immediately got $300 back on my first travel purchase.  Once I spent $4,000 on the card, I received 100,000 bonus points which I immediately used to purchase over $1,300 in travel (which by the way, I received frequent flyer miles on the airline tickets I purchased with my points) with those points.  On top of it, I now enjoy lounge access for me and my travel companions with my Priority Pass. I've used it in Dublin, Puerto Maldonado (Peru), Lima, Naples, and Lisbon.  But wait!  There are more reasons to use the Chase Sapphire Reserve card.   I'll explain in today's The Traveling Professor blog post.

Thursday, April 06, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (327)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Travel Tips

Travel Product of the Month

Pack Better and Smarter

ebags packing cubes discountI will admit it, I used to pack by just rolling everything up and throwing it in the bag. It only took me about 10 minutes to pack, but then finding anything became a real chore.  Where are my shirts?  How about my electronics? Can I find my toiletries or socks.  Well, I've solved that problem and in today's blog post, we'll show you how to be a more organized packer with our travel product of the month.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (291)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Tips for Traveling Solo

Travel Safe and Enjoy

tips for women traveling soloOn our small group tours, women overwhelmingly make up the bulk of my groups.  While I can attest to the joy of traveling alone, there are some special precautions that need to be taken.  For women traveling alone in Europe, travel is generally safe.  However, in today's blog post, The Traveling Professor goes over those precautions that can be taken while traveling solo in Europe.

Monday, April 03, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (137)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Women's Travel
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small group tours to italyI have been taking my small group tours to Italy and Paris for years.   Although I know my French and Italian pretty well, ordering from a menu can be a challenge.  For example, when dining at Aux Lyonnais in Paris, exactly what am I getting when I order "Caillette de Chabeuil" or "Gigot d'agneau de lait roti"?  In Rome, what happens next when I order "Braciolette d’abacchio ai ferri con patate" or "Straccetti di calamari alla piastra".   Use this travel product of the month to avoid using the hazardous "point and pray" method when ordering off a French or Italian menu.

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Ireland Trip Report

small group tours to IrelandThe Traveling Professor just returned from the inaugural small group tour to Ireland.  Our small group of 13 travelers came from all over the country and Canada - New Jersey, New York, Washington, Alberta, and Atlanta. We saw more than you will ever see on a tour to Ireland. To see my small group tour to Ireland trip report, read today's blog post.

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2 Restaurants Near the Eiffel Tower

restaurants near eiffel towerWho doesn't love to eat while in Paris?  Who doesn't love to eat near the Eiffel Tower when in Paris?  The Traveling Professor has picked out 2 of his favorite spots to share on your next tour to Paris.  As an extra bonus in the Paris food post, I suggest a place near the Eiffel Tower full of casual eating spots as well as markets and shops.

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Favorite Paris Left Bank Eating Spots

best left bank restaurantsNearly every week I get 5 or 6 requests regarding my favorite eating spots in Paris. Believe me, I have never run into a Paris traveler who has complained there is no where to eat. But in any case, whether it be on my small group tours to Paris or traveling solo to Paris, take a look at my favorite restaurants on the Left Bank of Paris.

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Should You Be Worried About Traveling to Europe?

small group tours to parisLet's face it, there have been incidents that are cause for concern for travelers.  The US State Department recently issued a travel advisory for Europe.  Should you be concerned?  The Traveling Professor's answer to this question is "of course you should be concerned".  But as a colleague of mine recently said, "Over the past 10 years I have lost too many friends to cancer, but none were lost while traveling".  So, in today's blog post, The Traveling Professor gives tips for a safe trip.

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Hotel Star Ratings Explained

paris hotelGenerally speaking, hotels in Europe are rated by "stars", from zero to 5 stars.  People often ask what the difference is between a 3 or 4 star hotel or even a 2 or a 5 star hotel.  Does selecting a 2 star hotel over a 3 star hotel guarantee a better hotel.  Or will a 1-star hotel be not as good as a 2 star hotel.  The Traveling Professor answers your questions in today's blog post.


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