Christmas in Bavaria and Austria

How It Differs from the United States. Check our Photos Too

Christmas Markets of Bavaria and AustriaWe've spent the last two Christmas seasons in Bavaria and Austria.  We've enjoyed it very much with all of the traditions and special customs.  In today's blog post, I will try to describe how the holiday season is celebrated in these different countries, according to our experiences in our small group tours to the Bavarian and Austrian Christmas tours that we have done in the past.  My overall comment about how Christmas is celebrated in this part of the world is that it is less commercial than what we do in the United States.  Of course there are malls and gift giving, but in Bavaria and Austria it seems to be more of a social event. See my blog post for more details.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (116)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Germany & Austria

Where to Travel in 2019

The Professor's Tour Schedule is Here

small group tour 2019 tour scheduleThe Traveling Professor has been running small group tours to places like Paris, Italy, Peru and other great destinations for over 10 years. We've built a loyal following who like our personal service, top hotels, small groups, exciting and unique itineraries, as well top hotels and special services. We're traveling again in 2019 and we invite you to look at our 2019 tour schedule. 

Monday, December 17, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (184)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.2
Categories: General Travel

6 Foolish Ways to Spend Money on Travel

Be Frugal but Not Cheap

Spend money foolishly in EuropeThere are a lot of blog posts out there on how to save money on your next international trip.  However, today The Professor gives some tips on how to be foolish in spending money on a tour. There are ways to spend money wisely, without being cheap on your next tour to Europe.

Thursday, December 13, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (308)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Travel Tips

Smart Tips to Save on Travel

6 Good Travel Tips for International Travel

travel tips for europeTravelers are always flooded with tips on how to save money on a trip. Most of the tips I see online are kind of obvious or are unrealistic. The Traveling Professor writes about six of his best travel tips.  All of these tips will easily save money and on top of it, many of them will also add to your comfort and increase the enjoyability factor of your next international trip.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (237)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.3
Categories: Travel Tips

Get Through Airport Security Lines Fast

Don't Wait Like Everyone Else

how to get through TSA security fastThe worst thing about international travel these days is flying. One thing that makes that experience so horrible is getting through security. However, there are ways to get through security quickly and I will guarantee you this - some of them you have never heard of before.  Check out today's blog post and get through that security line pronto!

Monday, December 10, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (210)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Travel Tips

Packing List for Peru and Machu Picchu Trip

What to Bring on a Tour to Peru and Machu Picchu

tours to Machu PicchuThe Traveling Professor has done 20+ small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.  There are all sorts of considerations to be taken considering the weather and the altitude.  The Traveling Professor has put together a packing list for a trip to Peru and Machu Picchu. There is a list for men and a list for women.  It not only includes what to wear, but specific equipment recommendations such as boots and hiking equipment.

Saturday, December 8, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (142)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Holiday Gifts for the Traveler

Six Travel Gifts Just About Anyone Will Love

Holiday Travel Gift GuideEvery year The Traveling Professor publishes his holiday travel gift guide. These gifts are geared to the type of traveler that goes on The Traveling Professor's small group tours, but just about any traveler can find something of use in this year's line-up. For convenience, all gifts, except one, are available on Amazon.com so it won't be necessary to get in the car.  Everything can be delivered right to your door!

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (217)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

A Quick Tip for Getting Cheaper Flights

Save a Little Bit of Money on Your Next Flight

airline booking tipsSome of the most popular blog posts on The Traveling Professor website are those involving saving money on airfares. The Traveling Professor assists over 100 people per year in booking airfares and over that time he's found ways to make the flying experience a little bit less expensive.  Today, The Professor has a quick tip for travelers.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (218)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Save on Airfare

5 Easy Tips for Booking Hotels

Save Money and Time

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.

Saturday, November 17, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (220)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Travel Tips
Tags: Hotels

Two Hotels in Florence Italy

Across the River in the Oltrarno Area

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.

Thursday, November 15, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (162)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy
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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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