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4 Easy and Practical Ways to Save on Travel

Don't Sacrifice Luxury and Comfort

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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (174)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
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3 Important Passport Tips Worth Knowing

Simple but Basic Tips

passport tipsThe most important document on an overseas trip is a passport. Guard it as if it were gold. Of course, everyone knows "don't lose your passport" but there are several more important but simple passport tips than that. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor gives three very simple, but important tips regarding passports for you next tour to Europe.

Monday, September 04, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (326)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
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Quick and Useful Airfare Booking Tips

Practical Tips When Booking Flights

airline booking tipsThe Traveling Professor has been consulting with travelers regarding airfare for a few small group tours coming up this fall and in 2018. It seems like anything to do with booking airfares can be somewhat of a hassle these days.  However, The Traveling Professor tells you some quick and easy things to remember when booking airfare.  See The Professor's easy airline booking tips in today's blog post.

Thursday, August 24, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (210)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Tips for Traveling Safely

10 Recommendations for Safe Travel

travel safetyLet's face it.  The world can be a dangerous place. However, as a traveler, you can make the travel experience as safe as possible. There are some easy steps that can be taken that can reduce the risk of being exposed to dangerous situations while overseas. In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor has outlined 10 steps that can be taken that will reduce the risk of being put into a dangerous situation on your next trip. Travel safe!

Friday, August 18, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (99)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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5 Tips for Using a Credit Card Overseas

Save Money and Time

tips on using credit cards overseasThe safest and most efficient way to pay for items while traveling overseas is to use a credit card. Amex is widely accepted but not as much as the Visa and MasterCard. By the way, forget about Traveler's Checks.  In countries like Norway, Iceland, and Denmark, it seems as if credit cards are the preferred method of payment and on some of these trips, we never even touch cash.  In places, especially southern Italy, cash is king. But there are 5 things to remember when using a credit card overseas.  Check my blog post for my tips on using credit cards overseas.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (279)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
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Tips on Getting a Better Seat on the Plane

Get a Better Seat and Pay Less

how to get a better seat on a planeLet's face it.  Flying is miserable these days.  Coach class seats are tight to start with and no one wants to get stuck in the dreaded middle seat.  So, why not just upgrade to a premium class like first, business or premium economy?  Well that can be expensive.  For example, I priced a R/T flight between JFK and Madrid in October.  The coach class fare is a bargain $483 departing on October 30 and returning November 6.  But upgrading to business class is a whopping $2676. Premium economy is more than double the price at about $968.  But there are ways to get a better seat without spending so much money.

Monday, July 17, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (367)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3

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 (230)/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 (241)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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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 (439)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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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 (506)/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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