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4 Good Tips for Buying Train Tickets in Europe

Save Money and Travel in Style on High Speed European Trains

How to Buy High Speed Train Tickets in EuropeHigh-speed train travel in Europe is wonderful.  Travelers can expect new and modern trains.  Speeds of 150-180 MPH are not uncommon, whisking travelers from city center to city center without the hassle of security procedures like those found at airports.  Seating is comfortable. The views can be terrific.  Costs can be significantly less than flying by air. Check out The Traveling Professor's tips on buying train tickets in Europe. 

Monday, July 02, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (109)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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How to Save Money When Booking Hotels

6 Good Tips for Booking Hotels

how to save money on hotelsLodging is probably the most expensive component of any trip and one of the most important factors in making a trip successful. Over the years, through his small group tours or booking hotels personally, The Traveling Professor has lots of experience in booking hotels. Look at The Professor's blog post today and save yourself a few bucks on your next hotel booking and maybe even get a better hotel (and perks) than you ever thought you could.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (66)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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How to Save on Airport Parking

Tips on Saving Money on Parking Your Car

save money on airport parkingThe Traveling Professor is surprised about how costs can vary on airport parking. For example, at New York's JFK airport parking can be about $25 if parking on-site, about $18 a day if parking off-site.  Westchester airport charges an amazing $30 a day. At Dallas DFW airport it is $31 per day.  So, if traveling on a 2-week trip, it would not be impossible to spend a whopping $350 just to park a car.  Considering airfares to Europe are only a few hundred dollars more, that's a lot of money.  Nice friends or relatives may offer to drive you to the airport, but if you are like me, I hate to impose upon them  An obvious alternative is to use a close by off-site facility which usually saves 30%-50% and sometimes that is a good choice.  In today's blog post, The Professor will give a few more good tips on how to save on airport parking.

Sunday, May 06, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (150)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
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Top 5 Tips for Exchanging Money

Some Tips You Will Never See Published Anywhere Else

Top Tips for Exchanging MoneyIn Europe, the only place I have ever seen U.S. dollars is the LHR airport.  I have never seen U.S. dollars accepted anywhere else in Europe. Since the introduction of the euro about 20 years ago, things have gotten simpler since a single currency is accepted in most European Union countries, there are still many countries (Iceland, Norway, Croatia, Denmark come to mind) who do not accept euros. In this blog post The Traveling Professor gives some simple and never published before ways to exchange currency to use in Europe.

Thursday, May 03, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (286)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
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5 Good Packing Tips for Air Travel

Make Your Life Simpler

5 packing tipsFor his small group tours and personal trips, The Traveling Professor probably flies about 75,000 to 100,000 miles per year on multiple trips.  That's a lot of experience with packing. There are lots of ways to make the packing experience more streamlined and easier. Read about The Traveling Professor's top 5 packing tips and enjoy your next trip to Europe or South American with less hassle.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (334)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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What To Do If Your Flight Is Cancelled or Delayed

Preparation and Quick Action is the Key to Handling Flight Delays and Cancellations

what to do if your flight is cancelledThe Traveling Professor just got back from doing 3 small group tours to Iceland and the Northern Lights.  On one of our trips, flights going out of Reykjavik were cancelled.  On another one of our tours, flights were delayed out of Boston for a day and flights were cancelled out of JFK New York.  All of our travelers were well-prepared to handle the delays.  In this blog post, I will give valuable tips on what to do in case of flight cancellations or extensive delays.

Saturday, March 10, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (614)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4

5 Worst Mistakes You Can Make in Booking Airfare or Hotels

Travel Better With These Booking Tips

5 worst airline booking mistakesThe Traveling Professor is on the road a lot.  I book a lot of hotels and a lot of flights. In doing this for over 10 years I have made many of mistakes.  However, I have learned from my mistakes. In this blog post I am going to reveal to you some great tips on booking flights and hotels, tips you will probably not find in any other blog post. Avoid these hotel and airline booking mistakes and travel more comfortably, with less stress, and probably at a lower cost.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (486)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
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5 Practical Tips for Getting Through Airport Security Quickly

Don't Delay and Be On Your Way

how to get through security quicklyIf you ask me, the biggest hassle about traveling is flying.  Going through airport security is at the top of my list in terms what I dislike about flying.  In this blog post, The Traveling Professor gives some simple and practical tips about getting through security easily and quickly as possible in time for you to relax for a few minutes before boarding a flight.  It will only take a minute to read through these 5 practical tips to get through airline security to save you time and possibly from missing a flight.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (403)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

How to Get Free Travel Insurance

Save Money and Get Insured

how to get free travel insuranceTravel insurance can be expensive.  I just ran a quote on $5,000 worth of travel insurance that included reimbursement for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical care, and medical transportation and a bunch of other options for an international trip.  The premium was $359.  That's more than 10% of the cost of a typical Traveling Professor small group tour.  In today's blog post, I will show you how to get free travel insurance.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (387)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

3 Great Tips for Booking Hotels

Get What You Want for Less Money

best hotel booking tipsOver the years, through my small group tours and through my personal trips, I have gained much experience in dealing with hotels. I've found strategies I can use to save money and get perks.  The Traveling Professor is happy to share his hotel booking experiences so that you can get the best hotel experience possible while saving money.  Read today's blog post for some great tips on booking hotels.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (316)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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Results of our 2018 Travel Survey

2018 Travel SurveyEarlier this month, The Traveling Professor sent out a questionnaire to all mailing list members and all social media (Facebook and Twitter) followers.   Hundreds and hundreds of email subscribers completed the questionnaire. The answers were revealing.  We learned who our subscribers are.  We learned where they wanted to take our small group tours to.  We learned what they liked (and didn't like) about The Traveling Professor's small group tours.    Check out the results in the travel blog post.  You will be surprised!

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4 Things to Do in Iceland

small group tours to icelandSo far, The Traveling Professor has done 3 small group tours to Iceland. But what are the best things to do in Iceland? Iceland can be enjoyed just about any season and there are admittedly more activities to do outdoors than indoors.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post on the 4 best things to do in Iceland, and I have also added in some bonus seasonal activities to do while in Iceland.

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How to Save Money When Booking Hotels

how to save money on hotelsLodging is probably the most expensive component of any trip and one of the most important factors in making a trip successful. Over the years, through his small group tours or booking hotels personally, The Traveling Professor has lots of experience in booking hotels. Look at The Professor's blog post today and save yourself a few bucks on your next hotel booking and maybe even get a better hotel (and perks) than you ever thought you could.

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How to Beat the Crowds in Italy

how to beat the crowds in ItalyItaly is a beautiful and diversified country.  Great food, history, culture, architecture and more. The big problem with Italy is that the crowds have become overwhelming. It's not uncommon to wait for hours to get into the Vatican Museum in Rome or the Accademia to see David in Florence. The streets of Venice are packed with tourists, many from cruise ships.  Who wants to go on vacation and be in the press of humanity or wait in line for hours?  Listen to The Traveling Professor on how to beat the crowds in Italy.

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4 Good Tips for Buying Train Tickets in Europe

How to Buy High Speed Train Tickets in EuropeHigh-speed train travel in Europe is wonderful.  Travelers can expect new and modern trains.  Speeds of 150-180 MPH are not uncommon, whisking travelers from city center to city center without the hassle of security procedures like those found at airports.  Seating is comfortable. The views can be terrific.  Costs can be significantly less than flying by air. Check out The Traveling Professor's tips on buying train tickets in Europe. 

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2 Inexpensive Hotels in Florence

inexpensive hotels in florenceSometimes it's not necessary to stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Florence to find something that is well-located, clean, comfortable and quiet.  There are good deals to be found at reasonable rates. In today's blog post we have two picks for inexpensive hotels in Florence, Italy.  If you have traveled with The Professor one one of his small group tours, you may recommend one of the selections.  Check out all of The Professor's picks for inexpensive hotels in Florence in this blog post. 

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3 Favorite Cities in Norway

small group tours to NorwayAfter my initial visit to Norway, it quickly became one of my favorite travel destinations.  Oh yes, everyone thinks it is outrageously expensive, but it is a lot less expensive than Iceland and only a little bit more expensive than Italy or France. In any case, Norway is full of natural beauty, cultural richness, good food and wonderful people.  We now regularly offer a small group tour to Norway.  Read my blog post and find out my favorite cities in Norway.

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2 Favorite Restaurants in Florence

small group tours to italyFlorence seems to have it all.  Great art, fantastic architecture, gelato, and of course, great restaurants.  There are few cities in Italy that have better restaurants to select from.  On our small group tours to Italy, it's always a hard choice as where to eat.  Check out my two picks for great restaurants to eat in while in Florence.

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