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3 Places to Eat in Florence

2 Restaurants Plus 1 Gelato Spot

Tuscan style food is some of the most popular food in the world.  There is la bistecca all Fiorentina, a healthy portioned t-bone steak. There is chingiale, the wild boar dish exclusive to the region.  Let's not forget the most traditional of dishes, the ribollita peasant soup made from beans and the unique black cabbage.  Anything with truffles is good.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post to get 3 of his favorite dining spots in Florence.

Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (364)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Italy

Top 5 Tips for Planning a Trip to Rome

Make it Easy on Yourself

top tips for planning a rome visitEveryone should visit Rome in their lifetime. However, travelers must realize Rome is big, gritty, and one of the most crowded cities for travelers in all of Europe. The Professor has LOTS of experience traveling to Rome, so listen to his practical and useful tips for planning a trip to the Eternal City.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (342)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.2
Categories: Italy

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 (494)/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 (523)/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 (572)/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 (469)/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 (377)/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 (464)/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 (629)/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 (301)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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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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