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4 Easy and Practical Ways to Save on Travel

Don't Sacrifice Luxury and Comfort

tips on saving on travelIf you are like The Traveling Professor, you like to save money without sacrificing luxury or comfort.  There are ways to enjoy a trip without busing the budget or without sleeping in a hostel or cheap hotel.  There are also ways to wisely save money and get more out of a visit to Italy, Scandinavia, Paris, or any other destination.  Read The Traveling Professor's 4 practical tips to save money on travel.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (463)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.5
Categories: Travel Tips

Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Paris

Have an Authentic and Relaxing Stay

best neighborhood in parisI often get the question, "Professor, where should I stay in Paris?".   First of all, you want to avoid the area near the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees.  They are way too touristy, are overpriced, and are crowded.  The Champs Elysees is hardly "French" at all. However, there are a few neighborhoods in Paris I like to stay in.  My criteria is based on convenience of getting to other sites I want to see, restaurants, transportation access, value, and overall pleasantness of the area.  See my choices in today's blog post.

Friday, September 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (489)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
Categories: Paris

The Credit Card Every Traveler NEEDS

Saves Money and Provides Great Services

best travel credit cardIf you are like me, you get credit card solicitations every other day in the mail.  They all offer all sorts of bonuses, deals, points, and just about everything else. I ignore most of them - except for the one described in my blog post. Not only have I really, really made money on this credit card, it provides me with useful and money saving services that every traveler needs.  If you travel, YOU NEED TO HAVE THIS CARD.


Thursday, September 21, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (523)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8

Travel Product of the Month

For Your Travel Safety

travel product of the monthWhen traveling, we often don't think of safety, but we really should.  This month's Travel Product of the Month provides protection in a hotel room, or even more importantly, if renting an apartment or an AirBnB. I carry this product wherever I travel and so should you.  This Travel Product of the Month is also a great gift for someone you love.

Thursday, September 14, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (432)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.5

3 Places to Eat in Cusco Peru

High Quality and Low Prices

best places to eat in cuscoWhen traveling to Machu Picchu on one of our small group tours, we always need to stop over a few days in the ancient city of Cusco. But ancient in terms of a modern and sophisticated food scene it is not.  Some of the best restaurants in the world can be found in Peru and Cusco features some of the best chefs and most creative cuisine to be found.  Read the blog post and find out where The Traveling Professor eats on his small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu while staying in Cusco.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (353)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

3 Favorite Paris Restaurants

Try These and Bon Appetite!

top paris restaurant picksEveryone is always asking me about their favorite restaurants in Paris.  Well, to be honest, there are quite a few of them that I absolutely love.  In today's Paris blog post I list 3 of my favorite Paris restaurants.  Most of these in this list are traditional and well-established dining establishments.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (437)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Paris

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 (600)/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 (275)/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 (195)/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 (325)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy
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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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