The Professor's Travel Blog

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 (259)/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 (253)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Germany & Austria

What the Peruvian Jungle is Like

We're Going Back in March

small group tours to Peru and Machu PicchePeople have a lot of misconceptions about Peru.  I'm not sure exactly what they are but when they get to Peru, especially a place like the Peruvian jungle, they always say, "Wow!  I never thought it would be like this".  We've been running tours to Peru for about 5 years now, so, in this blog post The Traveling Professor will tell you a little bit more what it is like to visit the jungle in Peru.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (199)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

5 Great Holiday Travel Gifts

Things the Traveler in Your Family Will Love

2017 travel gift suggestionsWith the holiday season upon us, I am sure there is much wondering about what to get the traveler in your family.  The Traveling Professor has listed 5 gifts this season, some priced as low as $10.  Any of these thoughtful gifts will surely be welcome by the wandering members of your family and even your friends.  Check out The Professor's 2017 holiday gift suggestions.

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (505)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7

Travel Product of the Month

It Makes a Great Holiday Gift Too

For the past 2 years, there is a product I have been using, and other travelers on my small group tours have been using.  It's something that everyone really needs and becomes very helpful, considering all the walking we do on our small group tours. Read The Professor's blog post to find out how a Fitbit  Superwatch can help you enjoy your travels even more.

Thursday, November 16, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (370)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

What We Liked About Our Croatia Tour

A Cruise Along the Dalmation Coast

small group tour to CroatiaIn October, The Traveling Professor ran an inaugural tour to Croatia. It had been about 2 years in the making and it turned out to be a great success!  The trip consisted of 2 nights in Split, followed by a week long cruise up and down the Dalmation coast on a small ship with 34 passengers.  Read my blog post to see what I loved about our Croatia small group tour.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (298)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Croatia

Who Has The Best Gelato in Florence, Italy?

Two Picks from our Italian Experts

who has the best gelato in florenceThe Traveling Professor just got back from a small group tour to Italy, including Florence.  Almost every day, gelato was consumed in mass quantities and boy, was it good. Almost all travelers agreed that the best gelato in Italy was to be found in Florence.  But where? Read The Professor's blog post to found out who has the best gelato in Florence.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (276)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Italy

Perhaps the Best Airline Booking Tip Ever

Fly in Comfort and Leisure Without Spending a Lot More

The Traveling ProfessorOne of the worst experiences in travel is being on a long haul flight overseas being stuck in economy class in a packed 3 across seating configuration.  The seats are small and uncomfortable.  I think airlines do this on purpose in order to motivate flyers into buying expensive upgrades. But wait.  There is another option to make an overseas flight much, much more comfortable GUARANTEED.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post to find out how.

Monday, November 13, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1174)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3

Three Paris Hotels

New Selections from The Traveling Professor

best western parisWe just got back from another small group tour to Paris.  After waving goodbye to our 8 guests, I had the opportunity to check out some new hotels.  2 of them were further out in more residential, leafy sections of town, and another one was right in the center of all the action. Check out my blog post to find out more about my recommendations for hotels in Paris.

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (503)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.7
Categories: Paris

Avoid This Airline Ticketing Mistake

Save Yourself LOTS of Headaches

airline ticketing mistakesGone are the days of a good travel agent to help make airline ticket purchases easy.  Travelers are on their own now and boy, do we see travelers make some bad mistakes when purchasing airline tickets.   It can cause them to lose all their money and possibly have no recourse to get it back.  It can cause major headaches when trying to make changes or get adjustments.  The Traveling Professor will tell you what mistake to avoid and why.

Thursday, November 09, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (662)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Save on Airfare
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Results of our 2018 Travel Survey

2018 Travel SurveyEarlier this month, The Traveling Professor sent out a questionnaire to all mailing list members and all social media (Facebook and Twitter) followers.   Hundreds and hundreds of email subscribers completed the questionnaire. The answers were revealing.  We learned who our subscribers are.  We learned where they wanted to take our small group tours to.  We learned what they liked (and didn't like) about The Traveling Professor's small group tours.    Check out the results in the travel blog post.  You will be surprised!

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4 Things to Do in Iceland

small group tours to icelandSo far, The Traveling Professor has done 3 small group tours to Iceland. But what are the best things to do in Iceland? Iceland can be enjoyed just about any season and there are admittedly more activities to do outdoors than indoors.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post on the 4 best things to do in Iceland, and I have also added in some bonus seasonal activities to do while in Iceland.

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How to Save Money When Booking Hotels

how to save money on hotelsLodging is probably the most expensive component of any trip and one of the most important factors in making a trip successful. Over the years, through his small group tours or booking hotels personally, The Traveling Professor has lots of experience in booking hotels. Look at The Professor's blog post today and save yourself a few bucks on your next hotel booking and maybe even get a better hotel (and perks) than you ever thought you could.

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How to Beat the Crowds in Italy

how to beat the crowds in ItalyItaly is a beautiful and diversified country.  Great food, history, culture, architecture and more. The big problem with Italy is that the crowds have become overwhelming. It's not uncommon to wait for hours to get into the Vatican Museum in Rome or the Accademia to see David in Florence. The streets of Venice are packed with tourists, many from cruise ships.  Who wants to go on vacation and be in the press of humanity or wait in line for hours?  Listen to The Traveling Professor on how to beat the crowds in Italy.

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4 Good Tips for Buying Train Tickets in Europe

How to Buy High Speed Train Tickets in EuropeHigh-speed train travel in Europe is wonderful.  Travelers can expect new and modern trains.  Speeds of 150-180 MPH are not uncommon, whisking travelers from city center to city center without the hassle of security procedures like those found at airports.  Seating is comfortable. The views can be terrific.  Costs can be significantly less than flying by air. Check out The Traveling Professor's tips on buying train tickets in Europe. 

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2 Inexpensive Hotels in Florence

inexpensive hotels in florenceSometimes it's not necessary to stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Florence to find something that is well-located, clean, comfortable and quiet.  There are good deals to be found at reasonable rates. In today's blog post we have two picks for inexpensive hotels in Florence, Italy.  If you have traveled with The Professor one one of his small group tours, you may recommend one of the selections.  Check out all of The Professor's picks for inexpensive hotels in Florence in this blog post. 

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3 Favorite Cities in Norway

small group tours to NorwayAfter my initial visit to Norway, it quickly became one of my favorite travel destinations.  Oh yes, everyone thinks it is outrageously expensive, but it is a lot less expensive than Iceland and only a little bit more expensive than Italy or France. In any case, Norway is full of natural beauty, cultural richness, good food and wonderful people.  We now regularly offer a small group tour to Norway.  Read my blog post and find out my favorite cities in Norway.

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2 Favorite Restaurants in Florence

small group tours to italyFlorence seems to have it all.  Great art, fantastic architecture, gelato, and of course, great restaurants.  There are few cities in Italy that have better restaurants to select from.  On our small group tours to Italy, it's always a hard choice as where to eat.  Check out my two picks for great restaurants to eat in while in Florence.

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