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The Traveling Professor logs about 75,000 miles in the air each year.   Internationally, I have traveled to Italy four times in 2014, I have gone to Paris twice, have visited Norway, and have been to Peru.   Domestically, I have visited Savannah, Charleston, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Tucson, Dallas (four times), and Austin (twice).   Actually, it was a light year for me.   But through my traveling, I have come across some great items that I can recommend to you whether you are taking a small group tour to Paris for a week or a weekend trip to Chicago.

Saturday, November 29, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1497)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: General Travel

Black Friday Travel Deals

Save Money on Trips and "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Paris"

traveling professors guide to parisThe Traveling Professor jumps on the bandwagon and is offering his special "Black Friday" travel deals to everyone on his mailing list.  This is your opportunity to get a discount on The Traveling Professor's already affordable small group tours.   Check out the blog post to see what the special deals are.

Thursday, November 27, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1714)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel

Running a Small Group Tour as a Fundraising Activity

Raise Money and Build Contributor Loyalty

tours as fundraisersThe Traveling Professor runs small group tours for adults to Paris, Italy, Norway, Ireland, and Peru.   Most of the time, travelers come together from different parts of North America for a week or so to enjoy a culturally enriching and fun adventure.  However, I have run tours for charitable or non-profit organizations where one of the objectives is to raise money for the group or a particular cause.  In this blog post I will describe the benefits of running a tour for as a fundraiser.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1541)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: General Travel

Places to Avoid in Paris

Three Places to Stay Away From

europe tourist trapParis is a wonderful place to visit.  Nothing beats the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Orsay and Notre Dame.   There are quite a few hidden secrets on a tour to Paris to uncover while visiting too.   However, there are some places I recommend staying away from on your next trip to Paris.  In this blog post I will talk about some places to avoid in Paris.

Saturday, November 22, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2304)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Paris

We're Going to Ireland in 2015

An Exciting New Traveling Professor Preview Tour

small group tours to irelandIn 2014, about 150 people joined The Professor on his small group tours to Paris, Italy, Spain, and Peru.   A good percentage of travelers are return travelers and they have been begging for more and more destinations.   We've already practically sold out 2 new small group tours to Norway for the Summer of '15, so we decided to add another exciting destination - Ireland.   For full details, see the blog post on our newest tour - a small group tour to Ireland.

Thursday, November 20, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1959)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel
Tags: Ireland

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 (1865)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.5

A Fashion Tour of Paris

Top Sites For Those Interested In Fashion

paris fashion tourParis is one of the fashion capitals of the world.   Sometimes I think the city of Paris is a fashion show unto itself.  It seems that Parisians have been born with a sense of style and panache.  For instance, observe how the French women wear scarves.  Notice how the children are neatly attired.  French men can dress casually and still seem to have that sophisticated sense of style.  In this blog post are some fashion sites to visit on your next tour to Paris.

Monday, November 17, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1802)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Day Trip to the Champagne Region

Reims and Epernay: An Enjoyable Trip to the Countryside

Celebrate and take your choice of either Reims or Épernay for tours and tastings.  It takes about an hour by rail from Gare de l’Est to travel into the French countryside.  I advise making an appointment for tours and tastings on weekends, holidays, and peak travel periods.  Raising a glass at two, maybe three Champagne houses is the limit for me on a day trip.  On your next tour to Paris, take a day off and do an easy tour to the Champagne region.

Friday, November 07, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1526)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Paris

Trattoria, Osteria, Fattoria, or Enoteca

If Going to Italy, It's Good to Know the Difference

enoteca fattoria trattoria osteriaThe Traveling Professor just returned from a tour to Italy with about a dozen travelers.   We visited Rome, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, Tuscan hill towns and Venice.  When on a tour to Italy, food is a very important element of the tour.   We ate in several kinds of places, some of them called a fattoria, trattoria, enoteca, or osteria.   What's the difference between these eating establishments.   Let's talk about it in my Italy blog post.

Thursday, November 06, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (3449)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.6
Categories: Italy

Italy Trip Report: Part III

Florence, Tuscan Hill Towns, Venice

tours to florenceI'm back from my tour to Italy that included visits to Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, the Tuscan hill towns of Monterrigioni an Castellina, and Venice.    We had a small group tour of about 12 travelers, from all over the United States and Canada join us.  The weather was unpredictably cool, but delightful.  In our two weeks in Italy, we only experienced one day of inclement weather and even that day was not so bad.   Read the blog post to find out more about our tour to Italy.


Wednesday, November 05, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1722)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy
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Italy Trip Report: Part II

We have 13 energetic and ambitious travelers on our tour to Italy.  We are into our 2nd week.   The weather has turned a bit more cooler and comfortable since we arrived in Rome.   One of the things I like about our tour to Italy is that we use for the most part, public transportation to get from point to point.  It allows us to travel on our own schedule and it allows travelers to go where they wish on their own.    Read the blog post to find out what's going on on our tour to Italy.

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Italy Trip Report: Part III

tours to florenceI'm back from my tour to Italy that included visits to Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, the Tuscan hill towns of Monterrigioni an Castellina, and Venice.    We had a small group tour of about 12 travelers, from all over the United States and Canada join us.  The weather was unpredictably cool, but delightful.  In our two weeks in Italy, we only experienced one day of inclement weather and even that day was not so bad.   Read the blog post to find out more about our tour to Italy.


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Trattoria, Osteria, Fattoria, or Enoteca

enoteca fattoria trattoria osteriaThe Traveling Professor just returned from a tour to Italy with about a dozen travelers.   We visited Rome, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, Tuscan hill towns and Venice.  When on a tour to Italy, food is a very important element of the tour.   We ate in several kinds of places, some of them called a fattoria, trattoria, enoteca, or osteria.   What's the difference between these eating establishments.   Let's talk about it in my Italy blog post.

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Day Trip to the Champagne Region

Celebrate and take your choice of either Reims or Épernay for tours and tastings.  It takes about an hour by rail from Gare de l’Est to travel into the French countryside.  I advise making an appointment for tours and tastings on weekends, holidays, and peak travel periods.  Raising a glass at two, maybe three Champagne houses is the limit for me on a day trip.  On your next tour to Paris, take a day off and do an easy tour to the Champagne region.

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