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3 Good But Cheap Hotels in Paris

One and Two Star Wonders in Paris

small group tours to parisOne of the primary and most expensive costs of vacationing in Paris is the cost of hotels. Everyone wants a hotel that is clean, quiet and comfortable.  Location is also of prime importance too. Here are 3 selections by The Traveling Professor for good and cheap Paris hotel choices. Check them out on your next trip to Paris.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (310)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

How to Get Free Travel Insurance

Save Money and Get Insured

how to get free travel insuranceTravel insurance can be expensive.  I just ran a quote on $5,000 worth of travel insurance that included reimbursement for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical care, and medical transportation and a bunch of other options for an international trip.  The premium was $359.  That's more than 10% of the cost of a typical Traveling Professor small group tour.  In today's blog post, I will show you how to get free travel insurance.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (321)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

4 Places to Eat in Rome

Eating and Drinking in Rome Has Never Been So Much Fun!

small group tours to italyOn our small group tours to Italy, a stop in Rome is a must not only for the history and culture, but of course also for the food.  Some people think that Roman food is pretty standard, without much change from restaurant to restaurant.  But let me tell you, Roman food is much more than that.  Today, I outline 4 of The Traveling Professor's "go to" places to dine when in Rome.

Friday, January 19, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (229)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

What to See and Do in Norway

Oslo, Flam, and Bergen

We have been on several small group tours to Norway - it is one of The Traveling Professor's favorite destinations.  It cannot be beat for natural beauty.  It is also rich in culture and history.  We love the food there too. In our travels on our small group tours, we've found some great hotels and developed exciting itineraries. Check out today's blog post to learn more about traveling to Norway.

Thursday, January 18, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (208)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

The "I See Dead People (and Pets)" Tour of Paris

Famous Last Resting Places of People their Pets

montmartre cemeteryParis has something for everyone. There is food, culture, history, nightlife, architecture, and more.  And for something else, check out the last resting places of people and their pets. In today's blog post I have listed several places of interest that you might not go to on your first trip to Paris, but are definitely interesting and enjoyable.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (155)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

3 Great Tips for Booking Hotels

Get What You Want for Less Money

best hotel booking tipsOver the years, through my small group tours and through my personal trips, I have gained much experience in dealing with hotels. I've found strategies I can use to save money and get perks.  The Traveling Professor is happy to share his hotel booking experiences so that you can get the best hotel experience possible while saving money.  Read today's blog post for some great tips on booking hotels.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (286)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Should You Get a Travel Credit Card?

Are They Worth It?

best travel credit cardYou've been asked by Jennifer Garner with the "what's in your wallet?" advertisements for travel credit cards.  No doubt that you have been pitched all types of credit cards on airlines, on posters, on radio and on TV for credit cards that promise free travel. In today's blog I will tell you if you even need a travel credit card and what are the best features to look for in a travel credit card. 

Monday, January 15, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (228)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Travel Tips

My Favorites of 2017

Hotels, Cities, Activities, Restaurants

small group tours traveling professorThe Traveling Professor went a lot of places in 2017 taking 8-15 travelers on his small group tours.  We traveled to Iceland three times.  We went to Peru and added on a trip to the remote Peruvian destination of Chachapoyas.  We traveled to Paris four times. We did two small group tours to Ireland.  Italy was another destination with visits to Rome, Florence, and Venice.  Croatia was an a great success as we ran our first small group tour there.  I always love Copenhagen and Norway which we did with a small group of about 14 travelers.  We ended up the year with a fabulous Austrian Christmas Market tour to Vienna, Steyr, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich.  In this blog post, I will tell you about my favorite hotels, restaurants and experiences of The Traveling Professor's small group tours.

Thursday, December 21, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (277)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel

Three Hotels in Spain

Our Picks in Madrid, Seville, and Granada

best hotels in spainOn my tour of Europe last month before we did our small group tour to the Bavarian Christmas Markets, The Traveling Professor did a research trip to prepare for a new small group tour to Spain. We visited Madrid, Seville and Granada on our tour and after researching several different hotels before settling on these three gems.  Read about our favorite hotels in Spain in this travel blog post.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (228)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Spain

Three Hotels in Austria

Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck

Christmas Markets of ViennaThe Traveling Professor recently completed a small group tour to the Christmas Markets of Austria.  We visited Vienna, Steyr, Salzburg, and Innsbruck.  We had a delightful time at these Austrian Christmas Markets!  Our itinerary included 3 nights to visit the Vienna Christmas markets and a day trip to the Steyr Kristkindl Christmas markets.  We arrived in Salzburg for the Christmas Markets there for 3 nights then 2 nights for the Innsbruck Christmas Markets.   Read about my hotel recommendations and reviews here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (216)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Germany & Austria
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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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