The Professor's Travel Blog

Are Europeans Rude to American Travelers?

Are Tourists No Longer Welcome in Europe?

are europeans rudeI am a semi-regular guest on the Scott Thompson radio program in Hamilton, Ontario.   In between interviews on the eclipse and Jerry Lewis, Scott spoke with me on-air about stories he heard about tourists no longer being welcome in Europe such as this one.  He also had some anecdotal stories of being treated rudely in Italy.  We had about 10 minutes to talk on air and afterwards, my website lit up like a Christmas tree.  See my comments on tourists being treated rudely or not being welcome in Europe.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (173)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Top 7 Things About Visiting Norway

Best Reasons to Travel to Norway

small group tours to norwayWe have been running small group tours to Norway for several years now.  It happens to be one of my favorite places to go. The natural beauty (waterfalls, mountains, streams, fjords) is unmatched.  The food is great.  Attractions are out of this world.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post and find his Top 10 reasons to travel to Norway.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (115)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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Top Tips for Traveling to Iceland

Get The Professor's Lucky 7 Tips on Iceland Travel

small group tours to icelandCool Iceland is the hottest travel destination on earth right now.  The Traveling Professor just completed his third small group tour to Iceland and has quite a few practical Iceland trips under his belt that will save the traveler time and money.  There are a few things to consider, and a few things to watch out for on a tour to Iceland.  Read The Professor's Iceland blog post and get the most out of your next tour to Iceland.


Friday, June 30, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (523)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Denmark, Norway, Iceland Trip Report

12 Nights in Scandinavia. See the Photos!

small group tour to denmark norway iceland13 hearty travelers joined The Traveling Professor on a small group tour to Denmark, Norway and Iceland earlier this month.   This group was a little different from The Professor's other groups in that it was almost evenly split between Baby Boomers and Millenials.  It was surprising how the two groups fit in so well with each other to enjoy a wonderful trip to Scandinavia.  Read about it in this travel blog post. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (406)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Tips for Photographing the Northern Lights

How to Make Great Photos

how to take northern lights photosWe just got back from 2 small group tours to Iceland and the Northern Lights. Contrary to what you may believe, the Northern Lights are not always visible. First of all, there needs to be no cloud cover and of course, it needs to be dark outside.  The darker the better which is the reason we search for them outside the city of Reykjavik.  Secondly, the Northern Lights needs to be there, which as we found out, is not always the case.   On our first trip, we did not get Mother Nature to cooperate.  However, on our second tour, we had a spectacular night.  Here are my tips for photographing the Northern Lights.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (871)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3

Iceland Trip Report

Iceland, Northern Lights with Photos

small group tours to icelandThe Traveling Professor ran two small group tours to Iceland.  We took in Reykjavik, the South Coast of Iceland, the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon.   We saw volcanoes, geysers, black sand beaches, unbelievable landscapes, glaciers and too many spectacular waterfalls to count.  Read my trip report of our small group tour to Iceland.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (600)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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We're Off to Iceland

Northern Lights Tour

small group tour iceland and northern lightsOn Tuesday I board an Icelandair flight from Boston to Reykjavik, Iceland.  We will meet 13 travelers there for a small group tour of Iceland and the Northern Lights.  Although I have been to Iceland several times, never for the Northern Lights.  We hope Mother Nature cooperates and gives us some cloud-less days.  I've also been answering a lot of questions on Iceland, mainly about how cold it will be.  I'm anticipating temps in the 30's and maybe the 40'.  Take a look at our blog post to see what will be going on on our small group tour to Iceland and the Northern Lights. 

Sunday, February 05, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (524)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

What to Do in Iceland

The Professor's Hot Tips for a Cool Place

top things to do in icelandIceland is quickly becoming the hottest destination travel.  The Traveling Professor does 2 small group tours to Iceland and the Northern Lights in February (sign up for our 2018 small group tour to Iceland and the Northern Lights) and another trip again in June. There is plenty to see and do in Iceland and The Professor gives his top tips in today's Iceland blog post.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (278)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.8

3 Dining Spots in Reyjkjavik

Top Places to Eat in Iceland

best restaurants in reykjavikThe Traveling Professor is taking two small group tours to Iceland and the Northern Lights in February.  We've been there several times before and we have a few great restaurants on our radar.  Dining can be on the expensive side in Reykjavik and in Iceland in general, but in today's blog post we highlight 3 Reykjavik restaurants that are priced well and provide a satisfying dining experience.

Friday, January 13, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1279)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

My Favorite Cities Few People Visit

They're in Italy, Germany, Norway, and Austria

small group tours to venice If you ask me, cities like Rome, Venice, and Paris are barely worth visiting during peak times.  Our Traveling Professor small group tours avoid these cities in the summer and certain holiday periods.   However, there are gems located all over Europe that can be visited any time of the year.  Each has it's own charms for different reasons.   On your next tour to Europe, try visiting one of these cities, even for only a day.  I guarantee you will enjoy them.

Saturday, December 31, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (486)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
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4 Easy and Practical Ways to Save on Travel

tips on saving on travelIf you are like The Traveling Professor, you like to save money without sacrificing luxury or comfort.  There are ways to enjoy a trip without busing the budget or without sleeping in a hostel or cheap hotel.  There are also ways to wisely save money and get more out of a visit to Italy, Scandinavia, Paris, or any other destination.  Read The Traveling Professor's 4 practical tips to save money on travel.

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Top 5 Tips for Planning a Trip to Rome

top tips for planning a rome visitEveryone should visit Rome in their lifetime. However, travelers must realize Rome is big, gritty, and one of the most crowded cities for travelers in all of Europe. The Professor has LOTS of experience traveling to Rome, so listen to his practical and useful tips for planning a trip to the Eternal City.

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3 Places to Eat in Florence

Tuscan style food is some of the most popular food in the world.  There is la bistecca all Fiorentina, a healthy portioned t-bone steak. There is chingiale, the wild boar dish exclusive to the region.  Let's not forget the most traditional of dishes, the ribollita peasant soup made from beans and the unique black cabbage.  Anything with truffles is good.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post to get 3 of his favorite dining spots in Florence.

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