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Results of our 2018 Travel Survey

What Our Subscribers Thought About Travel in 2018 and Beyond

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!

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (166)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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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 (73)/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 (188)/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 (205)/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 (403)/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 (316)/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 (303)/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 (505)/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 (301)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

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 (209)/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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