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We're Off to Peru

Two Tours - One of them to an Exciting New Destination

small group tours to peruDestination:  Peru.  Tonight I fly out of Hartford to return to one of my favorite travel spots; Peru, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle.  I've done this tour many times before and I enjoy it every time I go.  I am actually doing two trips in one.  The first is for a private group of 8 people and the second trip is a short 5 day trip to an exciting new area in Peru, dubbed as the "next Machu Picchu".  Read my blog post and keep up with me on Facebook while I am traveling to find out more about my small group tour to Peru.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (236)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Iceland, Iceland and and a Bit of Italy and Peru

What We Learned from the NY Times Travel Show

national d day memorialThe Traveling Professor just completed three days in New York at the New York Times Travel Show.   It was great to meet all of our travelers who came out to see us.  It was just as great to make new friends too.    We got to talk and meet face-to-face on all aspect of travel.  We learned what our travelers want in 2016.  In this blog post we will share that with you as well what we learned about upcoming trends in travel.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1002)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4

Seven Myths About Peru and Machu Picchu

Rethink those Ideas You May Have of Peru

The Traveling Professor has taken hundreds of travelers to Peru and Machu Picchu on his small group tours.  It is truly an amazing travel experience with tremendous natural beauty and cultural traditions.   However, when we talk to people about Peru, they have reservations about going there.  Most often they think it is a "third world" country, they will get sick, or it is crime-ridden.   I have been to Peru and Machu Picchu as many as 4 times a year in recent years.   In this blog post, I will try to dispel the most common myths about traveling to Peru and Machu Picchu.

Friday, June 05, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2287)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Why Peru is Not What You Think it Is

Travelers Have Many Misconceptions About This Great Travel Opportunity

peru traveling professorWhen choosing to travel, I find people tend to go places they are familiar with,or have a good perception of what they can expect.  For instance, there is a never-ending supply of people who want to visit Italy or Paris because they have heard so much about these destinations and they know what to expect in terms of sites to see, language, hotels, and culture.    Whenever we take people to Peru, the most common comments we hear are, "I didn't expect the hotels to be so nice",  "I didn't think the food would be so good", or "It is much more modern than I thought it would be".   I understand people might think Peru is a "third-world country", but it is far, far from that.  So, when they travel to Peru, it becomes a great surprise when they find the hotels, service, and restaurants to be MUCH BETTER than what they can find in Europe in many cases, and an even greater value.    Read the blog post to find out more about our tour to Peru, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon.  

Sunday, April 05, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1688)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

An Itinerary for Peru and Machu Picchu

Planning, Planning and More Planning is the Key

machu picchu traveling professorFor me, I enjoy our small group tours to Machu Picchu in a different way than I enjoy our tours to Europe.   Peru and Machu Picchu are more about adventure, physical activity, and immersion into a culture that is so different from what we experience in North America and Europe.   A trip to Peru and Machu Picchu is logistically difficult to plan.   For instance, other than walking, there is only one way to Machu Picchu.   In today's blog post I give a sample itinerary for visiting the best of Peru and Machu Picchu.

Sunday, February 15, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1534)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0

Best Tips for Visiting Machu Picchu

The Professor Gives His Top Ten Pointers for Visiting the Ancient Citadel of the Incas

best advice for visiting machu picchuA tour to Peru and Machu Picchu takes a lot of planning.  It is an adventure that travelers usually only do once in their lifetimes, so let's make sure a trip to Machu Picchu is done the right way. Go the right time of year, stay in the best hotels in Machu Picchu, make sure to see everything to be seen in Machu Picchu. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor, Steve Solosky gives his top ten pieces of advice for visiting Machu Picchu.

Saturday, February 07, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1992)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7

Peru Trip Report

Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon

smalll group tour to peruWe just got back from a Traveling Professor small group tour to Peru.   We took 10 travelers to South America on a tour to ancient Cusco, spectacular Machu Picchu and for the first time, The Traveling Professor went to the Amazon rain forest in what turned out to be a trip that exceeded all expectations.    To get a trip report, read The Traveling Professor's blog.   There is also a link to view all the photos from The Traveling Professor's small group tour to Peru.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1797)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.5

My Favorite Eating Spots on Traveling Professor Tours

The Best of Italy, Paris, Spain, and Peru

tagliata positanoOn our small group tours we love to eat.   Over the years I have found the best authentic dining spots in Italy, Paris, Spain and Peru.   In this blog post I will tell you about my favorite eating spots, places we always go on my Traveling Professor tours.   Two of the best dining spots are in Italy, and I have listed one each in Paris, Peru, and Spain.   Come join me on a Traveling Professor tour and see what I am talking about.

Friday, October 10, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2017)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7

Why We Are Not Going To Peru In 2015

Maybe It Will Be On The Schedule in 2016

machu picchu traveling professorPeru is a wonderful journey.   Lima is like Southern California and old Europe mixed together.   Cuzco is a cultural experience that all travelers should experience.   The train ride from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu is one of the most dramatic in the world.   It is difficult to describe in words the beauty and thrill of Machu Picchu.    The Sacred Valley is a spiritual journey.   The Amazon Jungle is one of the great outdoor experiences in this world today, right up there with the Galapagos Islands.   Peru is safe.  The hotels we stay in are better than anything we stay in Europe.   The food is world-class.  So, why are we not going to Peru in 2015?

Monday, September 08, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1674)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0

Peru, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon Jungle

Join The Traveling Professor on a Trip of a Lifetime

#1 on just about everyone's bucket list is a trip to Peru, especially Machu Picchu.  We've done the trip many times and we think we have the best tour to Peru and Machu Picchu out there.  Our itinerary is terrific and includes many places no other tour company will take you in Peru and Machu Picchu.  We stay in some of the top hotels not only in Peru, some of them ranked in the Top 50 in the world by outfits like National Geographic.  We take all of the details to make sure your trip goes smoothly.  And, we only travel with small group of adult travelers.  Take a look at the details to the best trip to Peru and Machu Picchu in today's blog post.

Saturday, July 19, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2214)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
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When to Use Award Miles Instead of Points

best way to use award milesWith airlines devaluing their award miles programs lately, award miles are becoming less and less valuable. In most situations, travelers get a better value by using travel points instead of award miles. However, the savvy traveler can find ways to get the best value out of their award miles program by following the tips presented here by The Traveling Professor.

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Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria

christmas market tourLast year, The Traveling Professor ran the inaugural Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria tour.  Our journey was like going back in time, to the Christmas you remember as a child. Local markets with hand-made crafts, hot mulled wine, horses clip-clopping on the cobblestone, trumpeters in the evening, carolers,  and lots of good cheer.  This year we go back with a slightly modified itinerary.  See my blog post on what its like to visit Austria and Bavaria for at Christmas time.

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5 Tips for Using a Credit Card Overseas

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.

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Tips for Traveling Safely

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!

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