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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 (248)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel

Most Dangerous Places to Travel

Probably Not a Good Idea to Go Here in 2017

most dangerous places to travelIn my last blog post, I listed the most peaceful places to travel according to the Global Peace Index.  Iceland continues to be the safest place in the world to travel.  The United States is listed as #114, Italy as #38, Mexico as #142 and Peru as #71.   In this blog post, we list the most dangerous countries in the world to travel to, according to The Global Peace Index.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (259)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: General Travel

The Safest Travel Destinations

The Top 25 Safest Travel Destinations

safest countries to travelTravelers are nervous as to where to go, and I don't blame them.  We read about and see horrible incidents going on all over the world these days and it does raise concerns.  On The Traveling Professor small group tours, we are seeing a preference for countries and regions that have not been subjected to some of the terrible incidents we have seen recently.  Take a look at my blog post to see what countries and regions are ranked as the safest places to travel to.
Sunday, June 04, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (388)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

Perfect Father's Day Travel Gift

He Will Love It - Guaranteed

best fathers day travel giftLooking for the perfect Father's Day gift of travel for Dad?  Something he will never, ever forget?  Something he can do with you, or a Father/Son or Father/Daughter experience?  In today's blog post we have a travel gift that Dad would probably not plan on his own, but it is a trip he probably has wanted to do for a long time.  Read the blog post to find out this great travel gift for Dad.

Thursday, June 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (123)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
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Results of Our Annual Travel Survey

Interesting and Surprising Results

Annual Travel SurveyLast month The Traveling Professor conducted the 2nd Annual Travel Survey where we asked all subscribers to our mailing list to answer 9 short questions.  Some things did not change (we have about 80% women travelers and 20% men travelers) but there were a few surprises regarding The Traveling Professor's small group tours.  Read the blog post to find out more how people responded to our travel questions.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (213)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

British Airways: The Worst in Customer Service?

Read My Story and Decide

British Airways Bad Customer ServiceI fly about 75,000 to 100,000 miles a year and have been doing so for the last 10 years or so.  In general, I find airline employees to be hard-working, courteous, and very capable of doing a good job.  However, it is the customer service policies of airlines, in this particular story, the bad customer service of British Airways, that makes you wonder if management is just out of touch, or just incredibly arrogant and dismissive.  Read The Traveling Professor's story and we let you decide if British Airways has the worst customer service in the industry.

Saturday, May 27, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (875)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: General Travel

Are Points Better Than Miles?

The Best Options for Travelers

points vs miles for travelersIn our blog post yesterday, we examined how airline award miles have become devalued, are harder to redeem, and have added extra fees.  Today we talk about accumulating points through credit card spending to help people fund their travel endeavors.  So, check out The Traveling Professor's blog post on using points instead of airline reward miles.

Thursday, March 09, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (544)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

The Professor at The NY Times Travel Show

Free Ticket Offer

Traveling Professor New York Times Travel ShowFor the fourth year in a row, The Traveling Professor will be speaking and exhibiting at The New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  Friday, January 27 is reserved for travel professionals but on Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29 is the consumer show.  Check out the blog post for The Professor's speaking scheduling and location of his booth, as well as how to get a free ticket to The New York Times Travel Show.

Saturday, January 21, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (158)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel

3 New Tours in Fall 2017

Exciting and New Places to Go

small group tours 2017The Traveling Professor's small group tours will be going to new destinations in the Fall of 2017.  About 60% to 90% of those who have traveled with us before go on our trips.  We're always looking for new and exciting places to go and we wanted to let you know what we have in the works for our small group tours in 2017.

Thursday, October 06, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (495)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Tours for Women

Traveling Professor's Tours for Women

tours for womenWe recently completed The Traveling Professor's annual travel survey.  We already knew that about 80% of those who go on tours with us are women travelers.  We found out on the survey that most of the people interested in our tours were women and they were in their 50's, 60's and 70's.   We found out where and how women wanted their vacations to be.   See our blog post to see what The Traveling Professor is doing to help plan women's vacations.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (437)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: General Travel
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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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