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Eat, Drink and be Merry on Your Next Tour

small group tours to italyI have been taking my small group tours to Italy and Paris for years.   Although I know my French and Italian pretty well, ordering from a menu can be a challenge.  For example, when dining at Aux Lyonnais in Paris, exactly what am I getting when I order "Caillette de Chabeuil" or "Gigot d'agneau de lait roti"?  In Rome, what happens next when I order "Braciolette d’abacchio ai ferri con patate" or "Straccetti di calamari alla piastra".   Use this travel product of the month to avoid using the hazardous "point and pray" method when ordering off a French or Italian menu.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (504)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Nobody Goes There Anymore, It's Too Crowded

Applying Yogi Berra Logic to Travel

yogi berra travelYogi Berra famously said, "Nobody Goes There Anymore, It's Too Crowded".  We can apply the same statement to travel. There are some places we regularly travel to, but NEVER go during certain seasons.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor explains the places to stay away from at certain times and better alternatives for travelers who do want to go away and actually enjoy their vacation without the pressing crowds.

Friday, April 07, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (565)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Travel Tips

More Reasons to Like the Chase Sapphire Card

Drop the Miles Cards. Get this One.

chase sapphire reserve cardIf you read my blog posts on a regular basis, you know I am a big fan of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. When I signed up for and paid my $450 fee, I immediately got $300 back on my first travel purchase.  Once I spent $4,000 on the card, I received 100,000 bonus points which I immediately used to purchase over $1,300 in travel (which by the way, I received frequent flyer miles on the airline tickets I purchased with my points) with those points.  On top of it, I now enjoy lounge access for me and my travel companions with my Priority Pass. I've used it in Dublin, Puerto Maldonado (Peru), Lima, Naples, and Lisbon.  But wait!  There are more reasons to use the Chase Sapphire Reserve card.   I'll explain in today's The Traveling Professor blog post.

Thursday, April 06, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (632)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Travel Tips

Travel Product of the Month

Pack Better and Smarter

ebags packing cubes discountI will admit it, I used to pack by just rolling everything up and throwing it in the bag. It only took me about 10 minutes to pack, but then finding anything became a real chore.  Where are my shirts?  How about my electronics? Can I find my toiletries or socks.  Well, I've solved that problem and in today's blog post, we'll show you how to be a more organized packer with our travel product of the month.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (565)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Tips for Traveling Solo

Travel Safe and Enjoy

tips for women traveling soloOn our small group tours, women overwhelmingly make up the bulk of my groups.  While I can attest to the joy of traveling alone, there are some special precautions that need to be taken.  For women traveling alone in Europe, travel is generally safe.  However, in today's blog post, The Traveling Professor goes over those precautions that can be taken while traveling solo in Europe.

Monday, April 03, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (460)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Women's Travel

Three Lunch Spots in Paris

Quick and Delicious Lunch Options

Best Lunch in ParisLunch in Paris!  What a delight.  There is nothing like taking a break during the day to sit down for a short, or even better yet, extended lunch hour.  I take a group of 8 travelers on a small group tour to Paris next week and I am already thinking of places to stop for lunch. Check out my Paris blog post to see The Traveling Professor's favorites for lunch in Paris.

Saturday, April 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (601)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

How to Beat Jet Lag

Be Ready to Hit the Ground Running

How to Beat Jet LagFlying overseas today can be a brutal experience.  Packed planes, small seats, uncomfortable seats, noisy flyers, time changes, chaos at the airport, etc.  Add to it that most flights from North American to Europe are overnight flights just adds to the stress.  I've taken hundreds of trips overseas in the last few years.  On my small group tours to Europe, thousands of my travel clients have flown overseas.  Get my best tips for beating jet lag on your next tour to Europe.

Friday, March 31, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (343)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips
Tags: jet lag

Find Award Flights on American Airlines

Find Flight You Want the Easy Way

american airlines award mapIt seems like airlines are giving away frequent flyer miles all over the place today.  Get them by using a credit card, flying, buying flowers, dining in restaurants, even when buying electricity for your home.  Getting frequent flyer miles is easy - but spending them is another story.  Airlines have "cheapened" miles earned by making flights unavailable for redemption with frequent flyer miles or simply raised the number of miles needed to ridiculous proportions.  In this blog post The Traveling Professor shows you the easiest way to find the diminishing award flights available on American Airlines.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (983)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.4
Categories: Save on Airfare

We're Off to Peru

Two Tours - One of them to an Exciting New Destination

small group tours to peruDestination:  Peru.  Tonight I fly out of Hartford to return to one of my favorite travel spots; Peru, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle.  I've done this tour many times before and I enjoy it every time I go.  I am actually doing two trips in one.  The first is for a private group of 8 people and the second trip is a short 5 day trip to an exciting new area in Peru, dubbed as the "next Machu Picchu".  Read my blog post and keep up with me on Facebook while I am traveling to find out more about my small group tour to Peru.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (348)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Cheap Airfares to Italy

4 Tips to Save Money Without Sacrificing Comfort

cheap airfares to italyThe Traveling Professor runs several small group tours to Italy each year.  We travel to major cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Sorrento.  We also take small group tours to Italy to smaller cities like Padua, Verona, Lucca, Siena, and Vicenza.  Italy is not always the easiest place to fly to and fares can be high.  In this blog post, The Professor shows you how to save a significant amount of money on your next tour to Italy with cheap airfares.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (911)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.6
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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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