3 Good But Cheap Hotels in Paris

One and Two Star Wonders in Paris

small group tours to parisOne of the primary and most expensive costs of vacationing in Paris is the cost of hotels. Everyone wants a hotel that is clean, quiet and comfortable.  Location is also of prime importance too. Here are 3 selections by The Traveling Professor for good and cheap Paris hotel choices. Check them out on your next trip to Paris.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (566)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Paris

How to Get Free Travel Insurance

Save Money and Get Insured

how to get free travel insuranceTravel insurance can be expensive.  I just ran a quote on $5,000 worth of travel insurance that included reimbursement for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical care, and medical transportation and a bunch of other options for an international trip.  The premium was $359.  That's more than 10% of the cost of a typical Traveling Professor small group tour.  In today's blog post, I will show you how to get free travel insurance.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (645)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

4 Places to Eat in Rome

Eating and Drinking in Rome Has Never Been So Much Fun!

small group tours to italyOn our small group tours to Italy, a stop in Rome is a must not only for the history and culture, but of course also for the food.  Some people think that Roman food is pretty standard, without much change from restaurant to restaurant.  But let me tell you, Roman food is much more than that.  Today, I outline 4 of The Traveling Professor's "go to" places to dine when in Rome.

Friday, January 19, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (417)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

What to See and Do in Norway

Oslo, Flam, and Bergen

We have been on several small group tours to Norway - it is one of The Traveling Professor's favorite destinations.  It cannot be beat for natural beauty.  It is also rich in culture and history.  We love the food there too. In our travels on our small group tours, we've found some great hotels and developed exciting itineraries. Check out today's blog post to learn more about traveling to Norway.

Thursday, January 18, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (406)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

The "I See Dead People (and Pets)" Tour of Paris

Famous Last Resting Places of People their Pets

montmartre cemeteryParis has something for everyone. There is food, culture, history, nightlife, architecture, and more.  And for something else, check out the last resting places of people and their pets. In today's blog post I have listed several places of interest that you might not go to on your first trip to Paris, but are definitely interesting and enjoyable.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (316)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

3 Great Tips for Booking Hotels

Get What You Want for Less Money

best hotel booking tipsOver the years, through my small group tours and through my personal trips, I have gained much experience in dealing with hotels. I've found strategies I can use to save money and get perks.  The Traveling Professor is happy to share his hotel booking experiences so that you can get the best hotel experience possible while saving money.  Read today's blog post for some great tips on booking hotels.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (454)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Should You Get a Travel Credit Card?

Are They Worth It?

best travel credit cardYou've been asked by Jennifer Garner with the "what's in your wallet?" advertisements for travel credit cards.  No doubt that you have been pitched all types of credit cards on airlines, on posters, on radio and on TV for credit cards that promise free travel. In today's blog I will tell you if you even need a travel credit card and what are the best features to look for in a travel credit card. 

Monday, January 15, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (390)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Travel Tips

My Favorites of 2017

Hotels, Cities, Activities, Restaurants

small group tours traveling professorThe Traveling Professor went a lot of places in 2017 taking 8-15 travelers on his small group tours.  We traveled to Iceland three times.  We went to Peru and added on a trip to the remote Peruvian destination of Chachapoyas.  We traveled to Paris four times. We did two small group tours to Ireland.  Italy was another destination with visits to Rome, Florence, and Venice.  Croatia was an a great success as we ran our first small group tour there.  I always love Copenhagen and Norway which we did with a small group of about 14 travelers.  We ended up the year with a fabulous Austrian Christmas Market tour to Vienna, Steyr, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich.  In this blog post, I will tell you about my favorite hotels, restaurants and experiences of The Traveling Professor's small group tours.

Thursday, December 21, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (464)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel

Three Hotels in Spain

Our Picks in Madrid, Seville, and Granada

best hotels in spainOn my tour of Europe last month before we did our small group tour to the Bavarian Christmas Markets, The Traveling Professor did a research trip to prepare for a new small group tour to Spain. We visited Madrid, Seville and Granada on our tour and after researching several different hotels before settling on these three gems.  Read about our favorite hotels in Spain in this travel blog post.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (430)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Spain

Three Hotels in Austria

Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck

Christmas Markets of ViennaThe Traveling Professor recently completed a small group tour to the Christmas Markets of Austria.  We visited Vienna, Steyr, Salzburg, and Innsbruck.  We had a delightful time at these Austrian Christmas Markets!  Our itinerary included 3 nights to visit the Vienna Christmas markets and a day trip to the Steyr Kristkindl Christmas markets.  We arrived in Salzburg for the Christmas Markets there for 3 nights then 2 nights for the Innsbruck Christmas Markets.   Read about my hotel recommendations and reviews here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (432)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Germany & Austria
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5 Worst Mistakes an International Traveler Can Make

Travel MistakesWith well over a million and a half miles of international air travel under his belt and over 20 years on the road, The Traveling Professor has learned a thing or two about travel and how to travel smart. There are a few things every international travel should do, but there a few critical mistakes an international traveler should avoid. All of the travel mistakes The Professor points out are easy to avoid too and The Professor tells you how. Check out today's international blog post to see the 5 worst mistakes an international traveler can make.  We welcome your comments too.

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3 Luxury Places to Stay in Florence, Italy

Tours to FlorenceMy co-author for my upcoming book, "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Florence" loves luxury and Melanie Wilson has come up with some excellent choices for travelers to pamper themselves on their next tour to Florence.  The nice thing about luxury hotels in Florence is that they have an uncanny ability to mix the old and the new.  Check out this selection of luxury hotels in Florence, Italy.

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5 Favorite Small Cities in Europe

Best Small Cities EuropeOne of the advantages of running small group tours to Europe, is that we get to visit a variety of different places.  Sometimes we do it with our small group tours, sometimes we visit these small cities when doing research for a tour. In today's blog post The Traveling Professor tells you about his favorite small cities in Europe, one each in France, Italy, and Norway and two in Austria.

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Protect Your Valuables While Traveling

Travel Product of the MonthEvery now and then we get the opportunity to review a product that we think will be of good use to our travelers.  A few months ago we were sent the 130 Degrees® Anti-Theft Purse and Linda used while we were on a small group tour to Paris. Take a look at the review and we think this might be a good product for your consideration.

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4 Favorite Small Towns in Europe

small group tours to NorwayOf course we do small group tours to places like Paris, Rome, Dublin and Oslo. Those are big, bustling cities with mass transit systems, big hotels, lots of museums and restaurants. However, on The Traveling Professor's travels, we have found places that are tiny, off the beaten path places, that we just love to visit. Check out our favorite small towns in Italy, Iceland, Norway, that you have not heard of, but would like to.

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3 GREAT Things to Know When Booking International Airfare

Tips for Booking International AirfaresThere is little rhyme or reason on why airlines price airfares the way they do.  I'm not sure if anyone can figure it out. However, there are some things that can be counted on. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor goes over some very basic pointers to take into consideration when purchasing international airfares.  These tips will help the traveler save time, save money and relieve some of the confusing issues surrounding the purchase of international airfares.

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Tips for Flying Smart in the Winter

sleep in airportBad weather, especially in the winter, is a primary cause of flights being cancelled or delayed.  This weekend we saw a good percentage of flights get cancelled due to snow and cold weather. If you flight is cancelled or delayed, don't count on the airlines to help out. They might provide some food vouchers or they might provide a hotel, but don't count on it.  However, there are some steps you can take to minimize the chance you will be on a cancelled flight and there are steps to be taken in case a flight is cancelled or delayed.

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