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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 (488)/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 (444)/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 (301)/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 (459)/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 (248)/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 (432)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Save on Airfare

A Day Trip to Brussels from Paris or London

How to Plan a Short Visit to Brussels

day trip to brusselsOn our small group tours to Paris, once in a while, we take a break and do a day trip somewhere else.  It could be Giverny, it could be to Versailles and if we are ambitious, we can take the train up to Brussels for a day or two visit to this wonderful city.  Read The Professor's blog post on how to plan a day trip to Brussels.

Sunday, July 30, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (297)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.0
Categories: Paris
Tags: Brussels

Top 7 Things About Visiting Norway

Best Reasons to Travel to Norway

small group tours to norwayWe have been running small group tours to Norway for several years now.  It happens to be one of my favorite places to go. The natural beauty (waterfalls, mountains, streams, fjords) is unmatched.  The food is great.  Attractions are out of this world.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post and find his Top 10 reasons to travel to Norway.

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (298)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Tags: Norway

4 Spots to Eat in Florence Italy

Great Tuscan Food in Italy

best places to eat in florence italyThe food of Tuscany is flavorful, colorful, and satisfying.  I love the fresh vegetables and hearty cuts of steak.  There is chicken, mushrooms, peppers, truffles, omelets, risotto and pasta.  The cheeses are outstanding are outstanding and let's not even talk about dessert. Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post on the best places to eat in Florence, Italy.

Monday, July 24, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (328)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

3 Basic Tips for Booking International Flights with Miles

3 Basic and Useful Tips for Using Award Miles on International Flights

Tips for Redeeming Award MilesAirline award miles keep getting devalued.  Less and less seats are available with award miles. The number of miles required to book a seat keep going up. Fees for booking with award miles seem to be on the rise too.  However, there are situations where award miles can be used to the traveler's advantage.  In this blog post, The Traveling Professor gives you his basic tips for booking international flight with award miles.

Friday, July 21, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1145)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
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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