The Professor's Travel Blog

Tours as Fundraisers or Professional Development Programs

An Effective Way to Raise Money and Gain Loyal Members

tours as fundraisersThe Traveling Professor offers and runs about 10-15 small group tours through The Traveling Professor website each year. However, we do run tours that are not offered on our website. Usually these tours are for private organizations who are running these tours to raise funds and build loyalty for their own organization. In other situations, small group tours are offered as professional development programs. In this blog post, I will describe the benefits of running a small group tour for your organization.

Friday, April 27, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (38)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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5 Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland

Plenty to See and Do in One of the Friendliest Cities in Europe

small group tours to scotlandLinda and I just returned from a week in Scotland.  We spent a short stay in Edinburgh, the city of famous writers like Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.  It's a busy and beautiful city of stone. We found the people to be over-the-top friendly, the food to be hearty and good, lots of things to see and do. We enjoyed or stay and plan on bringing The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Scotland and of course, Edinburgh. But for a start, see what we liked on our tour to the capital city of Scotland where the motto seems to be, "Today's Rain is Tomorrow's Whisky".

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (150)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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Hot Dog! The Best of the Wursts, Brats, Weiners, and Pylsurs

Or At Least on The Traveling Professor's Small Group Tours

small group tours to norwayThe Traveling Professor takes his small group tours all over Europe and even to South America.  We come across a lots of different good food on our small group tours.  But  love 'em or hate 'em, our travelers talk about their favorite (or unfavorite) hot dogs. You can call them bratwurst,  weiners, wursts,sausages, brats, pylsurs or whatever you want.  Wherever we go, if it's meat, it's long, and you can put it on a bun, we're going to eat it and call it a hot dog.  In this blog post we tell you about our favorite hot dogs on our small group tours. 

Friday, February 23, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (179)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
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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 (364)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

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 (286)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

My Favorites of 2017

Hotels, Cities, Activities, Restaurants

small group tours traveling professorThe Traveling Professor went a lot of places in 2017 taking 8-15 travelers on his small group tours.  We traveled to Iceland three times.  We went to Peru and added on a trip to the remote Peruvian destination of Chachapoyas.  We traveled to Paris four times. We did two small group tours to Ireland.  Italy was another destination with visits to Rome, Florence, and Venice.  Croatia was an a great success as we ran our first small group tour there.  I always love Copenhagen and Norway which we did with a small group of about 14 travelers.  We ended up the year with a fabulous Austrian Christmas Market tour to Vienna, Steyr, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich.  In this blog post, I will tell you about my favorite hotels, restaurants and experiences of The Traveling Professor's small group tours.

Thursday, December 21, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (277)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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5 Great Holiday Travel Gifts

Things the Traveler in Your Family Will Love

2017 travel gift suggestionsWith the holiday season upon us, I am sure there is much wondering about what to get the traveler in your family.  The Traveling Professor has listed 5 gifts this season, some priced as low as $10.  Any of these thoughtful gifts will surely be welcome by the wandering members of your family and even your friends.  Check out The Professor's 2017 holiday gift suggestions.

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (467)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7

Custom Travel Planning

New Service for Our Clients

custom travel planningAs you know, The Traveling Professor has operated small group tours of 10-15 adults for about 10 years now.  Each year we research and plan travel arrangements for over 100 clients.  And although we don't advertise it on the website, by request, we make custom travel plans for individuals, families and private groups.  So now, we have decided to offer and publicize our expert custom travel service to all of our clients.  To get the details on our custom travel planning service, read the blog post.

Friday, September 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (275)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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Trip Planning Service

Perfect for Independent Travelers

travel planningCan't go on one of The Traveling Professor's small group tours?  Want to plan the perfect trip?  The Traveling Professor is proud to announce a new service for all clients - travel planning.  Now, you can rely on The Traveling Professor's advice for hotels, guides, itineraries, advice on airfares, Europe train tickets and even more. Check out the blog post to find out more about new travel planning service provided by The Traveling Professor.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (195)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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Top 5 Tips for Saving Money and Time on a European Trip

Save Time and Money Without Sacrificing Luxury

How to Save Money in EuropeIn my 100+ trips to Europe, I have learned quite a bit.  I have learned how to save money and time on airfares, hotels, tours, meals, and transportation.  But I never pinch pennies at the expense of comfort.  For instance, I would not choose to save $200 on a flight if the savings meant that I would need multiple connections or endure 24+ hour flights over a direct flight.  I would not choose to stay in a hostel outside of city limits over a centrally located comfortable hotel just to save 25 euros a night.  Check out The Professor's practical travel tips to save time and money on your next international trip to Europe.

Thursday, July 20, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (512)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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5 Good Packing Tips for Air Travel

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.

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4 Good Airline Tips No One Ever Told You Before

4 best airline tipsAir travel is a big hassle. Airline customer service is horrible at best, airlines treat their customers like cattle with long waits, no personal service, and charge ridiculous fees.  However, some travelers are treated like VIPs with large seats, preferred boarding, lounge access, reduced or eliminated baggage fees. Find out how to fly like a VIP without spending a lot of money.  Read all about it in today's The Traveling Professor blog post

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Top 5 Tips for Exchanging Money

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.

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3 Good 2-Star Hotels in Paris

hotel chopin, best 2 star hotels in parisAnyone who travels to Paris knows that lodging can be very expensive. I have been traveling to Paris well over 20 years and probably have made nearly 100 trips to the City of Light.  Over the years I have uncovered some 2-star hotels that are well worth staying in.  These hotels listed below have charm and style, but best of all, the price is right.  They are well-located and offer a stay in Paris that will not soon be forgotten.  Try one of them on your next tour to Paris.

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How to Save on Airport Parking

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.

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