Travel Less Expensively Without Sacrificing Luxury or Comfort

Don't Travel Cheap, Travel Smart and Save Money

Author: The Traveling Professor/Monday, November 30, 2015/Categories: Travel Tips

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Here are The Traveling Professor's Top Ten Tips on saving money on travel without sacrificing luxury or comfort:

Off-Season Hotels:  For instance, stay in Venice at a top 3-star hotel anytime in April for 170 euros per night.  Begin your stay on May 1 and pay an extra 100 euros per night.   In Europe, off-season roughly runs October 20 through May 20.  The weather can be great and crowds have yet to arrive.

Off-City Hotels:  Big cities mean big prices on hotels.   But there are charming cities outside of big cities where hotels are a fraction of the cost.  For instance, we find beautiful hotels in Padua (Italy) and Bayeux (France), 4-star quality, for under 100 euros.

Buy the Museum Pass:  It gets you into museums, often with no wait in line admission.  For instance, in Paris, buy the Paris Museum Pass for 69 euros for 6 days.   Just go to 2 museums a day and not only do you save money, you are treated like a king (or queen, if you prefer).

Buy the Menu:  Oftentimes, better deals are given when you buy the menu (appetizer, entree, dessert) all at once.

In Italy, try an Enoteca:  For the cost of a glass of wine, get the full buffet spread.   It's great for meeting other travelers too.

Travel to Off-Cities:  Whenever going to Italy, I fly into Milan or Bologna to save hundreds off my ticket.  I then buy the first-class train ticket to my destination and ride in style while saving money.

Share a Guide:  In London, we go on London Walks, www.walks.com with other travelers with an entertaining professional guide for 9 pounds per person.

Fly Off-Season:  Same concept as off-season hotels.  Save as much as 40%.

Fly IcelandAir or Norwegian Air Business or Economy Plus:  If the itinerary works out, you can fly in comfort for LESS than the coach fares on other major airlines like AA, Delta, and United. 

Buy Train Tickets in Advance:  In Italy for instance, a train ticket from Milan to Rome is 19 euros if purchased 3 months ahead of time.  On travel day, it will cost about 75 euros.  Look carefully when booking, sometimes premier class is cheaper than budget class.

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travel insurance the traveling professorThe Traveling Professor is on the road with his small group tours about 150 days a year.  We visit places like Paris, Peru, Norway, Ireland, Italy, and Croatia.  We can be in a warm climate one week and a cold one the next week.  For instance, we finished up a trip in Croatia where the temperature was in the 90's and the next week in Norway we saw snowflakes.  We travel on all types of transportation, at all hours of the day, eat all kinds of foods, and use all kinds of public facilities. Keeping healthy on a trip is a challenge and in this blog post, The Professor gives his best tips for keeping healthy while traveling.
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