The Professor's Travel Blog

Travel Product of the Month

This Item Makes a Great Gift Too

travel product of the monthMy daugther, Amanda, gives the best travel gifts.  About 6 years ago she gave me a simple, yet elegant gift that I use on every trip I take. It's that one thing that people on my small group tours always admire when they see it and ask where I got it from.  My passport holder is always there with me on every trip and I love carrying it.  To see the details, check out my blog post for my Travel Product of the Month

Tuesday, February 28, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (328)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.7

How to Get Through Airport Security Quickly

6 Tips for Getting on Your Flight Fast

get through airport security quicklyFor me, the only part of traveling I don't like is getting through the airport.  It can be a real hassle dealing with the long security lines.  And if I'm running on the late side, it an be stressful too.  I fly about 75,000 to 100,000 air miles a year all over the United States and Europe and through trial and error, I have learned quite a bit on how to get through airport security lines quickly.

Monday, February 27, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (642)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Travel Tips

5 Religious Sites in Paris

These Destinations are Worth the Visit on a Tour to Paris

religious sites in parisParis is a multi-faceted city full of historical, cultural, culinary, and religious attractions.  Today we take a look at 5 different religious attractions worth visiting on your next tour to Paris.  Some of the Paris religious sites listed in today's The Traveling Professor blog post will be familiar, some will surprise you.  In any case, take a look at The Professor's 5 religon-oriented sites of interest in Paris.

Sunday, February 26, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (286)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

3 Monet Museums in Paris

Best Places to See the Great Impressionist's Works

best monet museums in parisClaude Monet was a prolific Impressionist painter.  Paris is the perfect place to see the best examples of his works.  We will be on a Traveling Professor small group tour to Paris next month and we expect to make Monet a major focus of our tour.  In today's blog post, I tell about 3 places to visit in Paris to see the best of Monet.

Thursday, February 23, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (406)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

4 Places to Eat in Rome

The Professor's Favorite Dining Spots

small group tours to italyOne of my favorite things to do on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy is to eat in Rome.  To be honest, the menus don't vary too much from restaurant to restaurant, but the quality of Roman cuisine is some of the best to be found in Italy.  In today's blog post I have picks for dinner, lunch, and a gelato spot or two.  I'm sure after you read the blog post, you will want to run out and sign up for a tour to Italy!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (576)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy

Iceland Trip Report

Iceland, Northern Lights with Photos

small group tours to icelandThe Traveling Professor ran two small group tours to Iceland.  We took in Reykjavik, the South Coast of Iceland, the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon.   We saw volcanoes, geysers, black sand beaches, unbelievable landscapes, glaciers and too many spectacular waterfalls to count.  Read my trip report of our small group tour to Iceland.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (627)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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We're Off to Iceland

Northern Lights Tour

small group tour iceland and northern lightsOn Tuesday I board an Icelandair flight from Boston to Reykjavik, Iceland.  We will meet 13 travelers there for a small group tour of Iceland and the Northern Lights.  Although I have been to Iceland several times, never for the Northern Lights.  We hope Mother Nature cooperates and gives us some cloud-less days.  I've also been answering a lot of questions on Iceland, mainly about how cold it will be.  I'm anticipating temps in the 30's and maybe the 40'.  Take a look at our blog post to see what will be going on on our small group tour to Iceland and the Northern Lights. 

Sunday, February 05, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (558)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Favorite Places to Eat in Florence

3 Places for Fresh, Authentic Food

best places to eat in florenceFor me, the best food is Tuscan food.  There is no better place to find it than in Florence, Italy.  I love going on our small group tours to Italy and especially Florence to sample the wide variety of (mostly) healthy and fresh food.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor lets you in on some of his secrets for his favorite places to eat in Florence.

Thursday, February 02, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (440)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Italy

What to Do in Iceland

The Professor's Hot Tips for a Cool Place

top things to do in icelandIceland is quickly becoming the hottest destination travel.  The Traveling Professor does 2 small group tours to Iceland and the Northern Lights in February (sign up for our 2018 small group tour to Iceland and the Northern Lights) and another trip again in June. There is plenty to see and do in Iceland and The Professor gives his top tips in today's Iceland blog post.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (315)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.8

Top Tips for a Rome Vacation

5 Easy Tips to Make a Visit to Rome Easy

tips for visiting romeEveryone wants to visit Rome at least once.  The Colosseum, Forum, and Vatican are musts.  The Borghese Gallery is high on visitor's lists when touring Rome.  However, Rome can be difficult to manage due to crowds and logistical issues.  The Traveling Professor has a lot of experience in visiting Rome, especially with his small group tours to Rome.  Read the blog post and make a visit to Rome easy and fun.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (460)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy
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3 Discount Airlines Worth Flying On

discount flights to europeThe second most costly part of a tour, after lodging, is airfare.  Airfares were sky-high a few years ago and it is my opinion the legacy carriers like American, Delta and United were gouging the consumer, despite lower fuel costs, on their fares to Europe.  It was my prediction that other "discount" airlines would come along and take advantage of a lucrative market by offering lower-fares to a variety of destinations in Europe.  But be aware, not all discount airlines are the same.  In this article, The Traveling Professor names his favorite discount airlines to Europe.

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Favorite Places to Eat in Florence

best places to eat in florenceFor me, the best food is Tuscan food.  There is no better place to find it than in Florence, Italy.  I love going on our small group tours to Italy and especially Florence to sample the wide variety of (mostly) healthy and fresh food.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor lets you in on some of his secrets for his favorite places to eat in Florence.

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We're Off to Iceland

small group tour iceland and northern lightsOn Tuesday I board an Icelandair flight from Boston to Reykjavik, Iceland.  We will meet 13 travelers there for a small group tour of Iceland and the Northern Lights.  Although I have been to Iceland several times, never for the Northern Lights.  We hope Mother Nature cooperates and gives us some cloud-less days.  I've also been answering a lot of questions on Iceland, mainly about how cold it will be.  I'm anticipating temps in the 30's and maybe the 40'.  Take a look at our blog post to see what will be going on on our small group tour to Iceland and the Northern Lights. 

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