The Professor's Travel Blog

Travel Less Expensively Without Sacrificing Luxury or Comfort

Don't Travel Cheap, Travel Smart and Save Money

cheap travel tipsI read a lot on traveling "cheap".  If you are like me, you are NOT going to:

  • Sleep in a hostel or a stranger's couch.
  • Ride in a bumpy bus over 11 hours through rough terrain to save $10.
  • Be herded into a cheap, budget, no-frills airline.
  • Wait in line for 4 hours to get into a museum for free.

These are the kinds of "tips" I get delivered into my mailbox all day.    Take a look at my blog post to see how to travel less expensively, without sacrificing luxury or comfort.

Monday, November 30, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1197)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

Four Paris Lunch Spots

Inexpensive, Good, and Convenient

Best Lunch in ParisWhen on a solo tour to Paris our when taking one of my Traveling Professor small group tours to Paris, a welcome part of the day is lunchtime.   Paris is not the place to "grab and go" with a lunch but a time to savor lunch, watch the world go by, and enjoy some of the best food in the world.  In today's blog post I recommend 4 places for an inexpensive and enjoyable lunch in Paris.

Saturday, November 28, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1191)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Best Travel Gifts for the Holidays

The Professor's Picks for Books, Movies, and Travel Gear

best holiday travel giftsI travel a lot.  I will have put in over 100,000 air miles this year alone.   I am always looking for good travel equipment, guide books, gear, and entertainment items.   In my blog post I am putting down my favorites for travel gift giving this holiday season.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (965)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel
Tags: Gifts

What's the Deal with Iceland?

Why Is Everyone Going to Iceland?

iceland small group toursLast year, The Traveling Professor ran his first small group tour to Iceland.  Norway was also included on the itinerary.   It sold out in about 2 days and another tour was added that sold out immediately also.   People who went on the tour absolutely loved Iceland.  So, what's the big deal?  Isn't Iceland way too expensive?  Isn't Iceland cold? Then why do people love Iceland so much and why is it a great tourist destination?  Check out my blog post to see why.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1105)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

How To Plan a Budget Trip to Paris or France

Don't Be Cheap, Be Frugal

Our Traveling Professorbudget tours in paris and italy tours are not budget tours, and with the exception of one tour we run, they are not super-luxury tours either. On our Traveling Professor tours we like to stay at good 3 or 4 star hotels in a central location that are a good value.  But some people, when traveling on their own, like to plan a budget tour.  Here are some of my ideas for saving money without sacrificing comfort.

Monday, November 23, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1082)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: ParisItaly

Three Great Paris Cruises

A Welcome Break from Walking in Paris

On The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris or if traveling on your own, there is nothing like a Paris river or canal cruise.   Almost everyone knows about the Seine River cruise but fewer know about the charming Canal St. Martin that runs through some of the most charming of Paris neighborhoods.  Take a look at my blog post to find out the best Paris cruises.

Friday, November 20, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (901)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

Italy for the Experienced Traveler

Where To Go In Italy If You Have Been There Before

Italy for Experienced TravelersWhen most people travel to Italy for the first time, they usually wind up in Rome, Florence, Venice and maybe even the Amalfi Coast.  These are all wonderful places to travel, but let's face it, there can be quite touristy with big crowds and high prices.   There are other parts of Italy worth seeing.  I think they are more authentic, less crowded, and much less expensive.  See my blog post for my favorite places to visit in Italy second time around.

Thursday, November 19, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1108)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

European Customer Service

Know These Differences Before You Travel

customer service europeOne of the reasons we all travel is to experience the differences of our cultures.   The American concept of "customer service" is different from that of Europe.  I find that this does cause confusion among travelers and sometimes even anger or disdain.   But if you know what to expect on your next tour to Europe, I think you will have a more enriching experience.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (997)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: General Travel

3 Bargain Paris Hotels

Good Value, Excellent Location, Comfortable Accommodations

Everyone loves a bargain, especially when on a tour to an expensive city like Paris.  I have been to Paris over 50 times, either traveling solo or on one of The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris.   I have found 3 hotels that are not only a good value, they are well-located, are comfortable, and are reasonably priced.   Take a look at The Professor's picks for bargain hotels in Paris in today's blog post. 

Tuesday, November 03, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1116)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Paris
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3 Classic French Restaurants

best paris restaurantsThere is nothing like dining at a classic French restaurant.  Not only is the food spectacular, but dining is an event.  Tables are graciously decorated, the room is a sight to behold, and there is something so nice about professional French service.  In today's The Traveling Professor's blog post, I will talk about 3 of my favorite French restaurants.

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Top Ten Ways to Save Money (and Time) in Europe

save money in europeEveryone wants to go to Paris, London, Italy, Spain, Norway and just about everywhere else in Europe. And everyone wants to save money.  However, they don't want to go through great pains to save a few euros.   In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor shows his top ten ways to save money on your next tour to Europe.

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Venice and the Veneto

Italy With The Traveling ProfessorRome and Florence are beautiful, there is no doubt about it.  However, there is a side to Italy that is less touristy, more authentic, filled with natural beauty, architecture, history, culture, and great food.  It is also less crowded and more affordable.   In May of 2016 The Traveling Professor will offer another small group tour to Italy, this one to Venice and the Veneto region to include Padua, Verona, Vicenza, and Treviso.   Read today's blog post to find out more.

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3 Bargain Paris Hotels

Everyone loves a bargain, especially when on a tour to an expensive city like Paris.  I have been to Paris over 50 times, either traveling solo or on one of The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris.   I have found 3 hotels that are not only a good value, they are well-located, are comfortable, and are reasonably priced.   Take a look at The Professor's picks for bargain hotels in Paris in today's blog post. 

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European Customer Service

customer service europeOne of the reasons we all travel is to experience the differences of our cultures.   The American concept of "customer service" is different from that of Europe.  I find that this does cause confusion among travelers and sometimes even anger or disdain.   But if you know what to expect on your next tour to Europe, I think you will have a more enriching experience.

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