The Professor's Travel Blog

3 Important Passport Tips Worth Knowing

Simple but Basic Tips

passport tipsThe most important document on an overseas trip is a passport. Guard it as if it were gold. Of course, everyone knows "don't lose your passport" but there are several more important but simple passport tips than that. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor gives three very simple, but important tips regarding passports for you next tour to Europe.

Monday, September 04, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (541)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
Categories: Travel Tips

Custom Travel Planning

New Service for Our Clients

custom travel planningAs you know, The Traveling Professor has operated small group tours of 10-15 adults for about 10 years now.  Each year we research and plan travel arrangements for over 100 clients.  And although we don't advertise it on the website, by request, we make custom travel plans for individuals, families and private groups.  So now, we have decided to offer and publicize our expert custom travel service to all of our clients.  To get the details on our custom travel planning service, read the blog post.

Friday, September 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (223)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

Trip Planning Service

Perfect for Independent Travelers

travel planningCan't go on one of The Traveling Professor's small group tours?  Want to plan the perfect trip?  The Traveling Professor is proud to announce a new service for all clients - travel planning.  Now, you can rely on The Traveling Professor's advice for hotels, guides, itineraries, advice on airfares, Europe train tickets and even more. Check out the blog post to find out more about new travel planning service provided by The Traveling Professor.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (153)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

4 Spots to Eat in Rome

Good and Reliable Rome Restaurants

small group tours to romeIt's not difficult to find a good restaurant in Rome. Of all the cities we visit on our small group tours, we find Rome to have the least varied, but the most consistent quality of food.  Let's face it, a Roman restaurant would not survive unless it served good pastas and a nice selection of meats and fishes.  In today's blog post, I have picked out 4 restaurants in Rome that travelers always enjoy on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Rome.

Monday, August 28, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (263)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

Quick and Useful Airfare Booking Tips

Practical Tips When Booking Flights

airline booking tipsThe Traveling Professor has been consulting with travelers regarding airfare for a few small group tours coming up this fall and in 2018. It seems like anything to do with booking airfares can be somewhat of a hassle these days.  However, The Traveling Professor tells you some quick and easy things to remember when booking airfare.  See The Professor's easy airline booking tips in today's blog post.

Thursday, August 24, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (425)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Are Europeans Rude to American Travelers?

Are Tourists No Longer Welcome in Europe?

are europeans rudeI am a semi-regular guest on the Scott Thompson radio program in Hamilton, Ontario.   In between interviews on the eclipse and Jerry Lewis, Scott spoke with me on-air about stories he heard about tourists no longer being welcome in Europe such as this one.  He also had some anecdotal stories of being treated rudely in Italy.  We had about 10 minutes to talk on air and afterwards, my website lit up like a Christmas tree.  See my comments on tourists being treated rudely or not being welcome in Europe.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (345)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Tips for Traveling Safely

10 Recommendations for Safe Travel

travel safetyLet's face it.  The world can be a dangerous place. However, as a traveler, you can make the travel experience as safe as possible. There are some easy steps that can be taken that can reduce the risk of being exposed to dangerous situations while overseas. In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor has outlined 10 steps that can be taken that will reduce the risk of being put into a dangerous situation on your next trip. Travel safe!

Friday, August 18, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (247)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

5 Tips for Using a Credit Card Overseas

Save Money and Time

tips on using credit cards overseasThe safest and most efficient way to pay for items while traveling overseas is to use a credit card. Amex is widely accepted but not as much as the Visa and MasterCard. By the way, forget about Traveler's Checks.  In countries like Norway, Iceland, and Denmark, it seems as if credit cards are the preferred method of payment and on some of these trips, we never even touch cash.  In places, especially southern Italy, cash is king. But there are 5 things to remember when using a credit card overseas.  Check my blog post for my tips on using credit cards overseas.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (404)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Travel Tips

Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria

Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich

christmas market tourLast year, The Traveling Professor ran the inaugural Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria tour.  Our journey was like going back in time, to the Christmas you remember as a child. Local markets with hand-made crafts, hot mulled wine, horses clip-clopping on the cobblestone, trumpeters in the evening, carolers,  and lots of good cheer.  This year we go back with a slightly modified itinerary.  See my blog post on what its like to visit Austria and Bavaria for at Christmas time.

Monday, August 14, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (192)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.3
Categories: Germany & Austria

When to Use Award Miles Instead of Points

Tips for Making the Most of Award Miles

best way to use award milesWith airlines devaluing their award miles programs lately, award miles are becoming less and less valuable. In most situations, travelers get a better value by using travel points instead of award miles. However, the savvy traveler can find ways to get the best value out of their award miles program by following the tips presented here by The Traveling Professor.

Monday, August 07, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (381)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Save on Airfare
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Eight Restaurants in Bayeux, France

small group tours to paris and normandy invasion beachesOne of my favorite tours is The Traveling Professor's Small Group Tour to Paris and the Normandy Invasion Beaches.   We have made several trips there as part of my regular tours and we were proud to run an exclusive tour for the National D-Day Memorial in 2017. We base ourselves close to the invasion beaches in a quaint Norman town called Bayeux.  The food is exquisite and in today's blog post I have posted my restaurant recommendations for Bayeux.

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5 Worst Mistakes You Can Make in Booking Airfare or Hotels

5 worst airline booking mistakesThe Traveling Professor is on the road a lot.  I book a lot of hotels and a lot of flights. In doing this for over 10 years I have made many of mistakes.  However, I have learned from my mistakes. In this blog post I am going to reveal to you some great tips on booking flights and hotels, tips you will probably not find in any other blog post. Avoid these hotel and airline booking mistakes and travel more comfortably, with less stress, and probably at a lower cost.

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9 Website 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!

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What To Do If Your Flight Is Cancelled or Delayed

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.

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Two Enjoyable Boat Rides in Paris

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!

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3 Places to Eat in Iceland

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.

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