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Top 5 Things to Do in Vienna

A Visit to the Most Beautiful City in Europe

christmas market tourThe Traveling Professor took his first small group tour to Vienna last November-December when travelers went on the inaugural tour to the Austrian and the Baviarian Christmas markets.  There is plenty to see and do in Vienna, and by itself, deserves a 5-7 day itself. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor tells you the Top 5 things to do in Vienna.

Thursday, May 25, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (432)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Germany & Austria

Hotel Star Ratings Explained

What Star Ratings on Europe Hotels Really Mean

paris hotelGenerally speaking, hotels in Europe are rated by "stars", from zero to 5 stars.  People often ask what the difference is between a 3 or 4 star hotel or even a 2 or a 5 star hotel.  Does selecting a 2 star hotel over a 3 star hotel guarantee a better hotel.  Or will a 1-star hotel be not as good as a 2 star hotel.  The Traveling Professor answers your questions in today's blog post.


Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (429)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

Should You Be Worried About Traveling to Europe?

Professor's Tips for Safe Travel

small group tours to parisLet's face it, there have been incidents that are cause for concern for travelers.  The US State Department recently issued a travel advisory for Europe.  Should you be concerned?  The Traveling Professor's answer to this question is "of course you should be concerned".  But as a colleague of mine recently said, "Over the past 10 years I have lost too many friends to cancer, but none were lost while traveling".  So, in today's blog post, The Traveling Professor gives tips for a safe trip.

Monday, May 15, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (420)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips
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Favorite Paris Left Bank Eating Spots

Professor's Picks for Places to Eat in Paris

best left bank restaurantsNearly every week I get 5 or 6 requests regarding my favorite eating spots in Paris. Believe me, I have never run into a Paris traveler who has complained there is no where to eat. But in any case, whether it be on my small group tours to Paris or traveling solo to Paris, take a look at my favorite restaurants on the Left Bank of Paris.

Saturday, May 13, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (407)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

2 Restaurants Near the Eiffel Tower

Top Choices - Good Bargains

restaurants near eiffel towerWho doesn't love to eat while in Paris?  Who doesn't love to eat near the Eiffel Tower when in Paris?  The Traveling Professor has picked out 2 of his favorite spots to share on your next tour to Paris.  As an extra bonus in the Paris food post, I suggest a place near the Eiffel Tower full of casual eating spots as well as markets and shops.

Friday, May 12, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (399)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

Ireland Trip Report

Small Group Tour to Ireland in April with Photos

small group tours to IrelandThe Traveling Professor just returned from the inaugural small group tour to Ireland.  Our small group of 13 travelers came from all over the country and Canada - New Jersey, New York, Washington, Alberta, and Atlanta. We saw more than you will ever see on a tour to Ireland. To see my small group tour to Ireland trip report, read today's blog post.

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (428)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Ireland

Travel Product of the Month

Eat, Drink and be Merry on Your Next Tour

small group tours to italyI have been taking my small group tours to Italy and Paris for years.   Although I know my French and Italian pretty well, ordering from a menu can be a challenge.  For example, when dining at Aux Lyonnais in Paris, exactly what am I getting when I order "Caillette de Chabeuil" or "Gigot d'agneau de lait roti"?  In Rome, what happens next when I order "Braciolette d’abacchio ai ferri con patate" or "Straccetti di calamari alla piastra".   Use this travel product of the month to avoid using the hazardous "point and pray" method when ordering off a French or Italian menu.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (568)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Nobody Goes There Anymore, It's Too Crowded

Applying Yogi Berra Logic to Travel

yogi berra travelYogi Berra famously said, "Nobody Goes There Anymore, It's Too Crowded".  We can apply the same statement to travel. There are some places we regularly travel to, but NEVER go during certain seasons.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor explains the places to stay away from at certain times and better alternatives for travelers who do want to go away and actually enjoy their vacation without the pressing crowds.

Friday, April 07, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (639)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Travel Tips

More Reasons to Like the Chase Sapphire Card

Drop the Miles Cards. Get this One.

chase sapphire reserve cardIf you read my blog posts on a regular basis, you know I am a big fan of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. When I signed up for and paid my $450 fee, I immediately got $300 back on my first travel purchase.  Once I spent $4,000 on the card, I received 100,000 bonus points which I immediately used to purchase over $1,300 in travel (which by the way, I received frequent flyer miles on the airline tickets I purchased with my points) with those points.  On top of it, I now enjoy lounge access for me and my travel companions with my Priority Pass. I've used it in Dublin, Puerto Maldonado (Peru), Lima, Naples, and Lisbon.  But wait!  There are more reasons to use the Chase Sapphire Reserve card.   I'll explain in today's The Traveling Professor blog post.

Thursday, April 06, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (696)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Travel Tips

Travel Product of the Month

Pack Better and Smarter

ebags packing cubes discountI will admit it, I used to pack by just rolling everything up and throwing it in the bag. It only took me about 10 minutes to pack, but then finding anything became a real chore.  Where are my shirts?  How about my electronics? Can I find my toiletries or socks.  Well, I've solved that problem and in today's blog post, we'll show you how to be a more organized packer with our travel product of the month.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (639)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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5 Good Packing Tips for Air Travel

5 packing tipsFor his small group tours and personal trips, The Traveling Professor probably flies about 75,000 to 100,000 miles per year on multiple trips.  That's a lot of experience with packing. There are lots of ways to make the packing experience more streamlined and easier. Read about The Traveling Professor's top 5 packing tips and enjoy your next trip to Europe or South American with less hassle.

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4 Good Airline Tips No One Ever Told You Before

4 best airline tipsAir travel is a big hassle. Airline customer service is horrible at best, airlines treat their customers like cattle with long waits, no personal service, and charge ridiculous fees.  However, some travelers are treated like VIPs with large seats, preferred boarding, lounge access, reduced or eliminated baggage fees. Find out how to fly like a VIP without spending a lot of money.  Read all about it in today's The Traveling Professor blog post

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Top 5 Tips for Exchanging Money

Top Tips for Exchanging MoneyIn Europe, the only place I have ever seen U.S. dollars is the LHR airport.  I have never seen U.S. dollars accepted anywhere else in Europe. Since the introduction of the euro about 20 years ago, things have gotten simpler since a single currency is accepted in most European Union countries, there are still many countries (Iceland, Norway, Croatia, Denmark come to mind) who do not accept euros. In this blog post The Traveling Professor gives some simple and never published before ways to exchange currency to use in Europe.

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3 Good 2-Star Hotels in Paris

hotel chopin, best 2 star hotels in parisAnyone who travels to Paris knows that lodging can be very expensive. I have been traveling to Paris well over 20 years and probably have made nearly 100 trips to the City of Light.  Over the years I have uncovered some 2-star hotels that are well worth staying in.  These hotels listed below have charm and style, but best of all, the price is right.  They are well-located and offer a stay in Paris that will not soon be forgotten.  Try one of them on your next tour to Paris.

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How to Save on Airport Parking

save money on airport parkingThe Traveling Professor is surprised about how costs can vary on airport parking. For example, at New York's JFK airport parking can be about $25 if parking on-site, about $18 a day if parking off-site.  Westchester airport charges an amazing $30 a day. At Dallas DFW airport it is $31 per day.  So, if traveling on a 2-week trip, it would not be impossible to spend a whopping $350 just to park a car.  Considering airfares to Europe are only a few hundred dollars more, that's a lot of money.  Nice friends or relatives may offer to drive you to the airport, but if you are like me, I hate to impose upon them  An obvious alternative is to use a close by off-site facility which usually saves 30%-50% and sometimes that is a good choice.  In today's blog post, The Professor will give a few more good tips on how to save on airport parking.

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