4 Small Cities in Italy You Must See

Get Away from the Big Crowds and Enjoy Italy

small group tours to ItalyLet's face it, cities like Rome, Florence, and Venice are just way overcrowded.  For instance, the line to get in the Vatican Museum can be OVER A MILE LONG.  Big crowds prevent you from seeing David or the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.  St. Mark's Square in Venice is awash with people, sometimes so many you might think you're in Disney World during spring break. But there are authentic and small Italian towns to visit, just about any time of the year.  Check them out in my Italy blog post.

Sunday, February 24, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (185)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

Bargain Iceland Tour

An Exclusive High End Iceland Tour at a Bargain Price

small group tours to IcelandThe Traveling Professor has been running his exclusive small group tour to Iceland for several years now.  Iceland has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty.  There are volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, black sand beaches and breathtaking waterfalls. There is the unique geothermal bathing experience at the Blue Lagoon. However, Iceland can be expensive.  It has been ranked as the second most expensive city in Europe. The Traveling Professor is introducing an exclusive bargain Iceland small group tour.  But don't the the words "Bargain Iceland" scare you away. Everything about this tour is top-notch in terms of lodging, private guided tours, and a premium Blue Lagoon experience.  See the blog post for more.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (266)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6

3 Good Hotels in Venice

Location, Quality, and Service are All Important

small group tour to veniceEveryone loves Venice.  In fact, we will be in Venice this September on a Traveling Professor small group tour to Venice.  Hotel selection is important in Venice.  It needs to be well located.  It has to be comfortable.  Good service is always a factor when The Traveling Professor books a hotel for his small group tours in Venice. The Traveling Professor has 3 good hotels in Venice for your selection. Join The Traveling Professor on a small group tour to Venice or choose from those provided in today's blog post.

Friday, February 15, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (168)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 2.7
Categories: Italy

How to Save LOTS of Money with Throw Away Ticketing

However, Caution is Urged of the Consequences

hidden city airline ticketsEveryone is always looking for ways to save money on airline tickets.  If you look at The Traveling Professor's blog posts on how to save money on airline tickets, travelers can implement easy methods to save significant amounts of money on airline tickets.  There is one way to save on airline tickets, but it is a controversial one, and not without risks.  You may have seen the recent article "Lufthansa Airlines Sues Customer Who Skipped Part of His Return Flight".   This customer used a "throw away" or "hidden city" ticket on the return and did save a substantial amount of money.  Let's talk about throw away tickets, the advantages, disadvantages, and possible penalties of using this travel strategy.

Thursday, February 14, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (189)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Save on Airfare

4 Well Located Hotels in Paris at Value Rates

Sleep Close to it All at a Good Price in Paris

small group tours to ParisThe Traveling Professor has taken hundreds on his small group tours to Paris.  We stay in a variety of hotels but The Professor always recommends clean, comfortable, and quiet hotel in good locations.  The Professor likes to be near the center of it all, close to good transportation connections and attractions.  The Professor likes a hotel near restaurants and cafes. Take a look at The Traveling Professor's blog post for 4 recommendations for Paris hotels in good locations and at value prices.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (239)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

How to Find the Northern Lights in Iceland

3 Factors to be Considered When Hunting for the Northern Lights

small group tours to IcelandWe recently returned from doing two small group tours to Iceland and the Northern Lights.  We do a wonderful small group tour to Iceland where we see volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, black sand beaches, and many waterfalls,  But the highlight (pun intended) is when we go out at night to hunt down the dramatic but sometimes elusive Northern Lights. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor gives his best tips for going down and tracking down the amazing light show presented by Mother Nature herself.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (243)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

How to Do a Tour to Croatia

A Great Dalmatian Destination

small group tour to CroatiaThe Traveling Professor has run several small group tours to Croatia and we have two more trips coming up in 2019 and even have interest in small group tours to Croatia in 2020.  In Croatia, the people are friendly, the food is good, the scenery is gorgeous, the weather is just fine.  See why The Traveling Professor likes Croatia and why you may like it too.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (177)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Croatia

What is an Open Jaw Ticket and How to Book It

Fly Better, Smarter, and Cheaper to Multiple Cities

how to book an open jaw flightOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours, we sometimes start a trip in one city like Venice, and depart from another city like Paris.  A lot of travelers are confused on how to book their airline ticket since they are used to only booking a R/T fare between the same cities. In this blog post, we will explain exactly what an open jaw ticket is, the advantages of booking an open jaw plane ticket, and how to book an open jaw ticket.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (287)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6
Categories: Travel Tips

Tips for Flying Smart in the Winter

Don't Get Stranded This Winter Flying Season

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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (290)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

3 GREAT Things to Know When Booking International Airfare

Be Smart and Know These Essential Tips 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.

Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (416)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Save on Airfare
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4 Things to do in Oslo Norway

Small Group Tours to NorwayThe Traveling Professor small group tours to Copenhagen, Norway and Iceland is one of our most popular small group tours. Personally, The Professor loves Norway, and especially Oslo, as a destination. In the last few years, prices have moderated in Norway putting it on par price-wise, with most other European cities. There is so much to see and do in Oslo that it would take several blog posts to describe. In today's blog post, The Professor will tell you about just a few of his favorite things to do when on a small group tour to Norway.

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5 Tips for Solo Travelers

small group toursOn our Traveling Professor small group tours, usually about half of those on are tours are "solo" travelers.  That means they joining our group without knowing anyone else on the tour, or they may be meeting someone they know on the tour. Whether traveling on your own or traveling by yourself with a small group tour like the ones run by The Traveling Professor, there are a few tips solo travelers should follow.  Take a look at today's blog post.

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5 Tips for Traveling on European Trains

tips for European train travelEveryone has heard how good European trains are.  Probably everything you have heard is true.  They are fast, they are comfortable, they run on a regular basis. Whenever possible, The Traveling Professor takes his small group tours by train when going from city to city, and you should too. In this blog post, The Professor gives some of his best tips on how to take advantage of European trains to get the best train, ride in comfort, and get to where you need to go economically.

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2 Ridiculously Good Places for Lunch in Paris

best lunch places in ParisAfter over 75 visits to Paris and taking hundreds of travelers on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, we have uncovered many good places for lunch.  But there are two places that stand out in The Traveling Professor's mind as being the best places to have lunch in Paris.  They are both in elegant settings, the food is outstanding, the service is very good and to top it off, the prices are reasonable. Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post on the best places to have lunch in Paris.

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Where to Stay When Touring the Amalfi Coast

Best Hotels in SorrentoThe Amalfi Coast is one of the most spectacular places to visit.  The food is out of this world, the natural beauty is dramatic, and the people watching is great. We have been to the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento on many Traveling Professor small group tours to Italy on multiple occasions and enjoy it each and every time.  In this blog post, The Traveling Professor will tell you about two very special hotels you want to consider on your next tour to the Amalfi Coast.

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How to Find the Best Restaurants When Traveling

how to find the best places to eatOne of the great pleasures of going to Italy is trying the great food.  There are all types of restaurants owned by families and people who are passionate about what they serve.  After all, you certainly did not go to Italy to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe. Through The Traveling Professor's many years of traveling through Italy, he has found some great restaurants and those restaurants have come to him through many different sources. Check out his blog post to find out how to find the best restaurants in Italy.

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The Best Deal in Travel Insurance is Here

How to Get Free Travel InsuranceTravelers might ask, "Why do I even need travel insurance?".  Well, the chances are, you probably won't.  But when you do, you will be very glad you have it.  The Traveling Professor has taken over a thousand travelers on his small group tours to Europe and South America.  In the vast majority of cases, there are no delays, cancellations, lost luggage, lost passports, or medical emergencies.  But we have had the occasion on our small group tours where people are delayed by weather, they get ill and need to cancel a trip, they lose a passport, luggage gets lost or delayed.  Why not have travel insurance for these situations, and on top of it, why not get it for free?  Today's blog post discusses the best deal a traveler can get in travel insurance.

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The 5 Smartest Travel Moves You Can Make

best travel moves you can makeNot only does The Traveling Professor make multiple trips to Europe and South America each year, The Professor has taken well over a thousand people on his small group tours to various places like Paris, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Norway, Iceland, Ireland and Scotland. With over 12 years of professional travel planning under his belt, The Professor has learned to do it right. In today's blog post are 5 of the smartest things he has done and recommends that each traveler should follow.

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Tips for Touring the Scottish Highlands

small group tour scottish highlandsWho doesn't love Scotland? It is perhaps the most beautiful country in all of Europe.  Everyone speaks English although you might not understand what they are saying!  The train rides are spectacular in Scotland.  The food is outrageously good and the people are just about as friendly as you can find. So, what should you see, where should you go, and where should you stay on a tour to the Scottish Highlands? Go get yourself a wee dram and check out the Traveling Professor's blog post. 

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Travel Products I Use All The Time

best travel productsI have been traveling internationally for many years now.  Over that time, The Traveling Professor has found some items that he consistently packs and uses.  Some of these items you won't see on any other printed lists, some of these things you will see on other lists. But take a look at the products I have listed here and consider including them on your next overseas trip.

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