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Denmark, Norway, Iceland Trip Report

12 Nights in Scandinavia. See the Photos!

small group tour to denmark norway iceland13 hearty travelers joined The Traveling Professor on a small group tour to Denmark, Norway and Iceland earlier this month.   This group was a little different from The Professor's other groups in that it was almost evenly split between Baby Boomers and Millenials.  It was surprising how the two groups fit in so well with each other to enjoy a wonderful trip to Scandinavia.  Read about it in this travel blog post. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (576)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Most Dangerous Places to Travel

Probably Not a Good Idea to Go Here in 2017

most dangerous places to travelIn my last blog post, I listed the most peaceful places to travel according to the Global Peace Index.  Iceland continues to be the safest place in the world to travel.  The United States is listed as #114, Italy as #38, Mexico as #142 and Peru as #71.   In this blog post, we list the most dangerous countries in the world to travel to, according to The Global Peace Index.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (650)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: General Travel

The Safest Travel Destinations

The Top 25 Safest Travel Destinations

safest countries to travelTravelers are nervous as to where to go, and I don't blame them.  We read about and see horrible incidents going on all over the world these days and it does raise concerns.  On The Traveling Professor small group tours, we are seeing a preference for countries and regions that have not been subjected to some of the terrible incidents we have seen recently.  Take a look at my blog post to see what countries and regions are ranked as the safest places to travel to.
Sunday, June 04, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (640)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

Travel Product of the Month

Great Father's Day Gift

fitbit fathers day giftThis month we have a travel product of the month that every Dad will love.  On our small group tours, a good number of our travelers have one of these.  They are fun, look great, and are very practical to have.  So, check out today's blog post and find out about a great travel product and a perfect Father's Day gift.

Saturday, June 03, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (434)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Beyond Rome, Florence and Venice

There is More to Italy to See

Bassano del GrappaEveryone should visit Rome, Florence and Venice.  However, there is more to Italy than just these 3 cities.  Travelers need to take the time to visit the REAL Italy, away from the trinket shops and massive crowds.  The Traveling Professor's small group tours has visited some wonderful places in Italy that are considered "off-the-beaten" path.  In this Italy blog post, you will find out about some of the places you need to visit beyond Rome, Florence and Venice.

Friday, June 02, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (500)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Italy

Perfect Father's Day Travel Gift

He Will Love It - Guaranteed

best fathers day travel giftLooking for the perfect Father's Day gift of travel for Dad?  Something he will never, ever forget?  Something he can do with you, or a Father/Son or Father/Daughter experience?  In today's blog post we have a travel gift that Dad would probably not plan on his own, but it is a trip he probably has wanted to do for a long time.  Read the blog post to find out this great travel gift for Dad.

Thursday, June 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (338)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
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Where to Eat in Dublin

3 Dining Spots for Your Enjoyment in Dublin City Center

small group tours to IrelandThe culinary scene in Ireland has improved quite a bit over the years.  It is full of varied and interesting culinary experiences.  On our small group tours to Ireland, we enjoy a good meal, close to our hotel, for a reasonable price.  So, if not going on a small group tour to Ireland with The Traveling Professor, read today's Ireland blog post and you can enjoy the same Dublin dining experiences that we have on our small group tours to Ireland.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (327)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Ireland

Results of Our Annual Travel Survey

Interesting and Surprising Results

Annual Travel SurveyLast month The Traveling Professor conducted the 2nd Annual Travel Survey where we asked all subscribers to our mailing list to answer 9 short questions.  Some things did not change (we have about 80% women travelers and 20% men travelers) but there were a few surprises regarding The Traveling Professor's small group tours.  Read the blog post to find out more how people responded to our travel questions.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (479)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel

American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy

A Visit to the Normandy Invasion Beaches

American Cemetery Colleville-sur-Mer NormandyJust about every year, I get to run a tour to the Normandy Invasion Beaches which includes the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.  It is one of the least popular tours we run, but for me, it is the most profound and compelling trip I take, no matter that I have done it over a dozen times.  In today's blog post, I will describe my experience in visiting the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.

Monday, May 29, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (329)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

British Airways: The Worst in Customer Service?

Read My Story and Decide

British Airways Bad Customer ServiceI fly about 75,000 to 100,000 miles a year and have been doing so for the last 10 years or so.  In general, I find airline employees to be hard-working, courteous, and very capable of doing a good job.  However, it is the customer service policies of airlines, in this particular story, the bad customer service of British Airways, that makes you wonder if management is just out of touch, or just incredibly arrogant and dismissive.  Read The Traveling Professor's story and we let you decide if British Airways has the worst customer service in the industry.

Saturday, May 27, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1356)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: General Travel
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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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