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 (443)/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 (436)/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 (581)/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 (609)/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 (655)/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 (548)/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 6, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (467)/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 5, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (534)/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 4, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (711)/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 1, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (368)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel
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New Paris Restaurant List

small group tours to ParisWe do several small group tours to Pairs each year.  We are always uncovering places to dine. We did three small group tours to Paris this year and have added some spots to our list. Most of them are on the Left Bank, on the inexpensive side.  If you have ever been with The Traveling Professor on one of his small group tours, the names are very recognizable for reliable, good food. 

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and Why You Need to Get It

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card for TravlersThe Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card is a great deal.  A lot of websites will tell you why, but they are probably receiving a commission for telling you so.  The Traveling Professor receives NO compensation for telling you why this is such a great travel card and why everyone should have it.  The Professor owns less than 5 credit cards and the Chase Sapphire Reserve is one of them and he will tell you why this card, over any other, should be in every traveler's wallet.

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Canadian Rockies by Rail

Canadian Rockies by RailIn our 2018 Traveler Survey, 45% of our respondents said they would be interested in a rail tour through the Canadian Rockies. So, The Traveling Professor got right on it and started reaching out to various vendors, contacts, hotels and guides to put together a tour. In today's blog post, The Professor lays out an itinerary for a terrific tour of the Canadian Rockies by rail.  However, in the end, travelers must ask themselves if this is a trip worth taking.

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3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Prevent Losing Your Luggage

Lost Luggage TipsLost luggage can ruin a trip.  In my experience in traveling with over 100 travelers per year, about 15% of all luggage is misplaced.  By that I mean luggage is either lost or arrives late. The Professor has been traveling 60,000+ miles for each of the last 10 years or so and has seen just about everything.  So here are his 3 ridiculously simple tips on how not to lose your bags.

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Scottish Highlands by Scenic Railway

small group tours to ScotlandIn September, The Traveling Professor did an inaugural tour to Scotland.  We did this as a small group tour to Scotland with 10 travelers. One of the biggest surprises we had is how beautiful the Scottish Highlands are, and that the best way to see them is by scenic rail.  In this blog post The Traveling Professor will tell you a little bit about some of the scenic Scottish highlands routes.

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3 Places to Eat in Rome

Places to Eat in RomeWith all the problems Rome is having, it is still remains a great place to eat. The superstar dish here of course is pasta, but there is so much more than that. When we go on a Traveling Professor small group tour to Italy and visit Rome, we go to traditional restaurants as well as some more modern places. Check out today's blog post to find out about three of The Traveling Professor's favorite places to eat in Rome.

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4 Tips for Booking a Trip to Machu Picchu

Tours to Machu PicchuProfessor Steve Solosky has been running small group tours to Machu Picchu and Peru for about 8 years.  He has also been designated by The New York Times Travel Show as a Peru Expert. Get his expert advice on planning a trip to Machu Picchu.  The Professor will share his experience on when to go, making bookings, and itinerary. Also, follow The Professor's blog post to get the best tips on traveling to Machu Picchu.

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How to Get the Best Airfares to Italy

Small group tours to ItalyOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy, we often help travelers in getting airfare to and from Italy. Airfares to Italy can vary greatly.  For instance, we selected travel dates departing from New York's JFK airport on June 1, 2019 and returning on June 10, 2019 to demonstrate how travelers can get the best airfares to Italy.  Read the blog post and hopefully The Traveling Professor can help you save money on airfare to Italy.

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Two Hotels in Florence Italy

Hotels in Oltrarno Area of FlorenceFlorence is a Renaissance city full of art and culture.  The food and wine is not bad either. Travelers will always need a place to lay their head down in the evening and nothing is better than the Oltrarno area of Florence.  The Traveling Professor and Melanie Wilson have come up with two pick for the traveler to visit on their next trip to Italy.

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5 Easy Tips for Booking Hotels

best hotel booking tipsMost people go to a hotel site, pick out a room and book it.  They can go directly to the hotel website or use a booking search engine like Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Trivago or many of the other hotel booking sites out there. But if you really want to save money, take a look at a few of The Traveling Professor's hotel booking tips you won't see anywhere else.

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