Two Side Trips from Florence Italy

Check Out These Two Great Destinations

small group tours to ItalyThe Traveling Professor loves taking his small group tours to Italy.  Florence is one of the most popular destinations.  But beyond Florence there is so much to see in Italy. There are plenty of destinations that are easy to get to, especially by train and even bus. On The Professor's small group tours, we never hesitate to go beyond the city of Florence to explore more of Italy.  Check out today's blog post to see wait awaits the traveler beyond renaissance Florence.

Saturday, June 22, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (197)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

How to Plan a Trip to Machu Picchu

Do it Right in Peru

How to Plan a Trip to Machu PicchuPeru and Machu Picchu is on just about everyone's bucket list. The Traveling Professor has done 20+ small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.  A trip to this exotic destination requires some planning since the logistics can be a bit complicated and difficult to book. Take a look at The Traveling Professor's tips and learn how to plan a trip to Machu Picchu.

Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (86)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0

Top 10 Traits of the Experienced Traveler

Be a Better Traveler with The Professor's Tips

Experienced Traveler TraitsThere was a time where The Traveling Professor was an inexperienced traveler.  He packed too much, spent much more money than he should have, wasted a lot of time, and missed out on great local culture and food.  But after years on the road, The Professor has learned much and is happy to pass his wisdom on to you.  Here are his Top Ten Traits of the Experienced Traveler.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (266)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.8
Categories: Travel Tips

5 of the Best Markets in Paris

Spend Time Strolling for Food, Clothes, Souvenirs

best markets in ParisOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, we always find time to visit at least two or three of the best markets in Paris. Every market has its own distinctive features and characteristics.  Some may feature food, some may feature only organic products.  Some may feature clothes and accessories.  Some of the best markets in Paris feature a combination of all of the above. In any case, there are few things as authentic as strolling through a market in Paris. Check out The Professor's blog post and find out about the best markets in Paris.
Friday, May 31, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (252)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Paris

4 Ways to Save on Airfare that Make No Sense

Airfare Pricing is Crazy, So there are Some Crazy Solutions

crazy ways to find low airfaresNo one can figure out how airlines price fares. There are a lot of theories like always fly on a Tuesday or Saturday, buy airfares on a Tuesday, and many other ideas.  The Traveling Professor prices out airfares for hundreds of travelers each year, and although it is difficult to find any consistency to how airfares are prices, check out some of the techniques The Professor uses to find the best fares.

Thursday, May 30, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (397)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Save on Airfare
Tags: Airfares

How to Deal with London's LHR Airport

Tips for Getting Through this Difficult Airport

Getting Through LHR securityWhile we appreciate the concern for tight security at airport screening stations at every airport, London's Heathrow Airport has a particularly thorough procedure.  Along with lengthy times to transfer between any of its 4 passenger terminals (terminals 2-5), passing through LHR to transfer to another flight can be a particularly stressful exercise in making a connection on time.  For instance, on a recent trip from Glasgow to LHR to Dallas, we had a 2 1/2 hour layover.  We needed almost every minute on that layover in London to make that connection.  In this blog post, I give tips on what to consider, and how to deal with transferring through London's Heathrow airport.

Monday, May 27, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (331)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Travel Tips

2 Inexpensive Hotels in Florence Italy

Sleep Well at a Reasonable Price

small group tours to FlorenceOn our small group tours to Florence and the rest of Italy, The Traveling Professor usually stays at 3 star deluxe or 4 star hotels. But sometimes when traveling on your own, you want a good 2 or 3 star hotel at a reasonable price.  This is understandable since the most significant part of a travel budget is usually lodging.  In today's blog post, here are two selections from The Traveling Professor's Guide to Florence, by Melanie Wilson and Professor Steve Solosky, recently published on Amazon.com.

Sunday, May 26, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (184)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Scottish Highlands Trip Review

Scotland by Scenic Rail

small group tours to Scottish HighlandsLast month, The Traveling Professor took 11 travelers on a scenic tour to the Scottish Highlands. Scotland has some of the most beautiful scenery to be found, and much of it can be seen via stunning train rides.  In today's blog post The Professor will summarize the highlights of the small group tour to the Scottish Highlands.  At the end of the post, please view our photos from the tour.

Saturday, May 25, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (169)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Ireland & Scotland

3 Almost Off the Radar Places to Visit in Paris

Go Beyond the Obvious in Paris

3 Almost off the Radar Places in ParisEveryone knows the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Orsay, Rodin and the Arc de Triomphe.  They are some of the most popular places to visit while on a tour to Paris. However, Paris has many more attractive options to visit. In this blog post The Traveling Professor lists 3 of his "almost off the radar" places to visit on your next trip to Paris.

Sunday, May 12, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (236)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

How We Pack for a 3 Week Tour to Europe

Everything Goes in a Carry-On

eBagsLinda and I will be departing on a 21-day small group tours to Paris, Normandy Invasion Beaches, Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands.  Everything, as usual, goes in our carry-on.  We will take one suitcase each and a small backpack.  We will take into consideration the weather, the terrain we will be walking on, the sites to be visited.  21 days is actually a short trip for us, we have gone on trips as long as 44 days with just a carry on.  Look at the blog post to see how we pack and what we pack.

Thursday, May 2, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (941)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Travel Tips
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The Best Austrian City in Italy

Trieste VisitThere is much more to Italy than Rome, Florence, and Venice.  We do recommend visiting those three cities if you have never been to Italy before.  However, there is so much more to explore.  In between trips to Croatia, we had the opportunity to go up to Trieste, very close to the Croatia and Slovenia border. Although we spent only a short time there, we found it to be a refreshing and most enjoyable way to experience Italy.  Read about our short visit to Trieste in today's blog post. 

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