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How to Get the VAT Back

You Can Get Money Back on Your Paris Purchases

Get the #VAT backI am leaving for a tour of Paris tomorrow.  Although I don't expect to make too many large purchases there, you might be on your next tour of Paris.   In Paris, a surcharge called the VAT is added to most purchases.   Since it is about 20% of the purchase price, it can be a significant amount, especially if making large purchases.   So, how do you get the VAT back on a purchase in Paris?  Check out today's Paris blog post.

Friday, July 25, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2341)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Paris
Tags: VAT

When to Visit Paris

Each Season Has Advantages - See What They Are

What is the best time of year to visit Paris?   Actually, my answer would be that any time of year is a great time to take a tour to Paris.  Each season offers distinct advantages in terms of weather, costs, and crowds.   There are also some times to avoid when visiting Paris.  In this blog post The Traveling Professor will present the pros and cons of visiting Paris during different times of the year.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1827)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Phone Options When in Europe

Tips for Using a Cell Phone in Europe

how do i use a cell phone in europeWhat is the best cell phone option to use when traveling to Europe?  It is a question The Traveling Professor frequently gets from travelers on his tours to Italy, Paris, and Spain.  The Professor will dial you in on the best phone options to use in Europe when phoning home to say "bonjour" from your tour to Paris, or to say "ciao" and tell your family and friends what a great time you are having on your trip to Italy.



Monday, July 21, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2824)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

Peru, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon Jungle

Join The Traveling Professor on a Trip of a Lifetime

#1 on just about everyone's bucket list is a trip to Peru, especially Machu Picchu.  We've done the trip many times and we think we have the best tour to Peru and Machu Picchu out there.  Our itinerary is terrific and includes many places no other tour company will take you in Peru and Machu Picchu.  We stay in some of the top hotels not only in Peru, some of them ranked in the Top 50 in the world by outfits like National Geographic.  We take all of the details to make sure your trip goes smoothly.  And, we only travel with small group of adult travelers.  Take a look at the details to the best trip to Peru and Machu Picchu in today's blog post.

Saturday, July 19, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2212)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7

Using a Credit Card in Europe

Use These Tips to Save Money and Eliminate Hassles

how do i use a credit card in europeOn all of my small group  tours to Paris, Italy and Spain, The Traveling Professor recommends using a credit card to pay for as many things as possible.   However, it is important to use a credit card in Europe wisely.   In this blog post, I give some basic tips for credit card use in Europe that will save the traveler money and help avoid problems.


Thursday, July 17, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2514)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Travel Tips

Ins and Outs of Taking the Train to Machu Picchu

Here is the Straight Story

Peru Train Traveling ProfessorFor the most part, there are two ways to get to Machu Picchu:  take the train or walk.  Fortunately the train ride to Machu Picchu is spectacular and one of the highlights on The Traveling Professor's tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.   However, it is much more involved than buying a train ticket, hopping on and arriving at Machu Picchu.  To help make a tour to Peru and Machu Picchu a success, read more in my blog post on how to take the train to Machu Picchu.


Monday, July 14, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1855)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6

Travel Insurance and What You Need to Know

Travel Insurance for the International Traveler

travel insurance the traveling professorOn my tours to Paris, Italy, Spain and Peru, travelers often ask me what type of travel insurance, if any, to purchase.   There are several travel insurance products out there.   The descriptions can be lengthy and confusing.   So for your next tour whether it be to Paris, Italy, Spain or even Peru and Machu Picchu, I have put together some concise information on what kind of international travel insurance a travel might want to consider purchasing for their next tour.


Saturday, July 12, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1757)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
Categories: General Travel

Things I Always Do When in Paris

Even After Over 50 Tours to Paris, I Still Enjoy It

After 50 tours to Paris, I stopped counting.   But why go so much?  Paris is a city of discovery where there is something new every time I go.   Whether it be leading my small group tours to Paris or traveling solo to Paris, it never gets tired.   But what does a person do who has been to Paris as many times as I have been.  Check out the blog post for some inspiration of what to do on your next tour to Paris.

Thursday, July 10, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2293)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Two Neighborhoods to Visit in Paris and One to Avoid

You Might be in for a Surprise

maraisWhen going on a tour to Paris, take the opportunity to visit the varying neighborhoods of Paris.   Some are sophisticated, some are smutty, some are charming and others are cheap.    They all have an element of "je ne sais quoi" making each of them appealing in their own way.   I have written about two neighborhoods to visit while on your tour of Paris, and I have listed one, that may be of a surprise to you, that I recommend avoiding.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2182)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.8
Categories: Paris

What to Tip in Europe

Americans are Often Confused by European Tipping Customs

tipping in europeProbably one of the most common questions I get whether it be from travelers on my small group tours to Paris, Italy or Spain or from those traveling on their own tours is what to tip.   Tipping practices in Europe are definitely different from those in the United States.   So to clear up the controversy, read my blog post to get my tips on tipping in Europe.

Monday, July 07, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2278)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Travel Tips
Tags: Tipping
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Favorite Travel Websites and Apps

websites traveling professorLet's face it, the world of travel has been transformed by the use of technology.   There is yet to be one website or app that encompasses everything, but I do have a few favorite websites and apps that I use frequently when traveling solo or planning my group tours to Italy, Spain, Peru, or Paris.   Check out the blog post to find my choice of best travel websites.

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Five Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary

tours to AmalfiThe Traveling Professor started running small group tours to the Amalfi Coast and Italy in 2015.  In 2015 we will expand our program to run more tours to the Amalfi Coast along with our regular Italy offerings in Rome, Florence and Venice.  Whether traveling solo to Italy or with The Traveling Professor, read the blog post for a 5-day Amalfi Coast itinerary.

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Our 2015 Tours

Since 2009, The Traveling Professor has been offering small group tours to baby boomers.   It all started with a small group tour to Paris.  In 2015 we will be offering:

  • Tours to Paris with Special Paris Tours for Ladies Only and Tours to the Normandy Invasion Beaches
  • Tours to Italy
  • Tours to Spain
  • Tours to Italy including the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Florence, Venice and the Venetto.  Tours to Italy for Ladies Only
  • Custom Tours to Peru and Machu Picchu

We will be adding features and comforts that NO OTHER tour company offers.  Read the blog post to find out what's new with our 2015 tours.

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Three Underrated Museums in Paris

marmottanOf course Paris has the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Orsay, and Notre Dame.   But how about some other great museums that are not on everyone's radar when going on a tour to Paris?  We try to visit them on The Traveling Professor's tours to Paris and perhaps you should give them a try to.   Read my blog post to find out more about my favorite lesser-known Paris museums.

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Sign Up for The Professor's Newsletter

travel newsletter paris spain italy peruThe Traveling Professor's monthly newsletter has been published for about five years now.   It is extremely easy to sign up.  Just look at that box at the upper right side of this website, put in some very basic information, confirm your subscription with an email and you are good to go!   Once you are on the mailing list you'll get my monthly travel newsletter and maybe one or two special notices of tours, airfare specials, or important travel news.   It's easy to unsubscribe if it clutters up your inbox or if you feel The Traveling Professor's newsletter is just not for you.   For details of what you can find in the newsletter, read the blog post.

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Tips for Buying High Speed Train Tickets in Italy

the traveling professor train travel in italyTrain travel in Italy can be great.  Fast and comfortable trains get you where you want to go quickly.  On The Traveling Professor's tours to Italy we often take trains from one city to another.   However, train tickets can be very expensive and there can be issues when purchasing Italian train tickets that the first-timer might not know about.   On your next tour to Italy, follow my tips on purchasing train tickets.http://www.travelingprofessor.com/

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