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3 Tips for Flying to Europe

Get Great Airfares and Roomy Seats

how to get best air itineraryI am constantly on the lookout to get a good air itinerary.  Getting a good air itinerary doesn't always mean getting the best price, it means getting a flight that gets you there without cumbersome layovers and most comfortably.  I'll be flying to Europe from the United States quite a bit in 2018 (I've already done 5 trips already this year) and I have some strategies for getting good flights at good prices. Read my blog post and learn how to fly inexpensively and in style!

Saturday, April 21, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (245)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
Categories: Save on Airfare
Tags: Airfares

Two Small Hotels in Florence

Feel Like Family at these Small Hotels

best hotels in florence italyEveryone loves to travel to Florence, Italy.  And why not?  There's David at the Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery, and lots of other wonderful places to see.  It's a great walking city with everything within 15 minutes of each other.  There are great transportation connections to wineries and other small cities in Tuscany like Lucca, Siena, and San Gimignano.  And the food!  Probably the best in all of Italy.  It's no wonder why The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy and Florence always fill up as soon as they are offered.  Read about my two favorite hotels in Florence in today's Italy blog post. 

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (149)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy

4 Paris Lunch Spots

For Every Taste and Budget

best paris lunch spotsI don't know about you, but my favorite activity in Paris is to have lunch!  After many small group tours to Paris, I have found some of the best Paris lunch spots that I am sure any traveler would enjoy.  Some are very simple, one or two are on the elegant side.  In any case, a visit to one of these Paris lunch spots may be the best part of your next trip to Paris

Thursday, April 19, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (164)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

5 Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland

Plenty to See and Do in One of the Friendliest Cities in Europe

small group tours to scotlandLinda and I just returned from a week in Scotland.  We spent a short stay in Edinburgh, the city of famous writers like Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.  It's a busy and beautiful city of stone. We found the people to be over-the-top friendly, the food to be hearty and good, lots of things to see and do. We enjoyed or stay and plan on bringing The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Scotland and of course, Edinburgh. But for a start, see what we liked on our tour to the capital city of Scotland where the motto seems to be, "Today's Rain is Tomorrow's Whisky".

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (150)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

Travel Product of the Month

What to Wear on the Road

Bluffworks Travel Product of the MonthA few months ago, I found a travel product that has been one of the most practical travel products I have ever used.  When on the road, it is always difficult for me to pack a variety of clothes for the different locations I go to and the different functions I attend.  For instance, I might spend a few days in Iceland, then I am off to Peru, then I need to go to Scotland for some business meetings.  I have found a product that is perfect for me, and maybe perfect for you.  Read the blog post to find out more.

Sunday, April 08, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (189)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.0

3 Places to Eat in Cusco, Peru

Top Food at Low Prices

Hanz Cusco The Traveling Professor recently completed a small group tour to Peru including Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon. We saw some great sites and had an amazing time. Peru has come a very long way in recent years in terms of being one of the top food destinations in the world. Where else can you dine in some of the best restaurants in the world for under $50 and sometimes even under $25. Check out The Traveling Professor's choices for some of the best places to dine in Cusco, Peru.

Thursday, April 05, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (109)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

3 Places to Eat in Iceland

3 Great Lunch Spots. One in Reykjavik, and Two Outside Reykjavik

Best Places to Eat in IcelandThe Traveling Professor has done 3 small group tours to Iceland already this year. We had the chance to expand our culinary experiences and we would love to share them with you in this Iceland blog post.  Over the years we have been visiting Iceland, we noticed food offering have been getting better and better, even in locations outside of Reykjavik. Take a look at my recommendations of where to eat inside and outside of Reykjavik, Iceland.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (293)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4

Two Enjoyable Boat Rides in Paris

And How to do them the Right Way

small group tours to parisOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, a trip is not complete unless we take a cruise. Just about everyone knows about the Seine River cruise but there are other options too. In today's blog post, The Professor will tell you about the best cruises to take while visiting Paris as well as the best time of day to take them. The Traveling Professor will also give you a tip on a cruise to avoid.  Bon Voyage!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (279)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Paris

What To Do If Your Flight Is Cancelled or Delayed

Preparation and Quick Action is the Key to Handling Flight Delays and Cancellations

what to do if your flight is cancelledThe Traveling Professor just got back from doing 3 small group tours to Iceland and the Northern Lights.  On one of our trips, flights going out of Reykjavik were cancelled.  On another one of our tours, flights were delayed out of Boston for a day and flights were cancelled out of JFK New York.  All of our travelers were well-prepared to handle the delays.  In this blog post, I will give valuable tips on what to do in case of flight cancellations or extensive delays.

Saturday, March 10, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (558)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4

9 Website for Fliers

Informative and Interesting Websites for Fliers

best air traveler websitesFor me, the worst part of traveling is flying. Travelers are always looking for ways to make air travel more affordable and less unbearable.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor has researched 9 websites to help the traveler understand what's going on in the airline industry, save money, make flying more comfortable, redeem and spend award miles and points. Check it out and have a great flight!

Thursday, March 01, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (464)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Save on Airfare
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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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