How to Get the Best Airfares to Italy

Get to Italy Less Expensively and in More Comfort

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.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (210)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

4 Tips for Booking a Trip to Machu Picchu

Essential Tips for a Great Trip to the Citadel

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.

Friday, November 9, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (189)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7

3 Places to Eat in Rome

Good Places to Eat in the Eternal City

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.

Thursday, November 8, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (193)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.5
Categories: Italy

Scottish Highlands by Scenic Railway

3 Great Scenic Rail Trips on ScotRail

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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (199)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Ireland & Scotland

3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Prevent Losing Your Luggage

Simple, Easy and Effective

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.

Monday, November 5, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (316)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Travel Tips

Canadian Rockies by Rail

An Itinerary for an Adventure North by Train

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.

Saturday, November 3, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (238)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: General Travel

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and Why You Need to Get It

The Best Travel Credit Card and Why it is So Good

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.

Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (297)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Travel Tips

New Paris Restaurant List

Eight Additions to The Professor's Restaurant Picks

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. 

Monday, October 29, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (260)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Paris

Two Sandwich Spots in Florence

Great for Lunch

best sandwich in Florence ItalyThere is a lot of good food in Florence. I love the steak. Pizza is excellent too. And who goes to Florence without having the pasta? But there is one thing I need to have every time I visit Florence and that's a sandwich. I love sinking my teeth into the crusty bread. In today's blog post, I have 2 sandwich spots for you in Florence that must be tried on your next trip to the heart of Tuscany.

Thursday, October 25, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (182)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Croatia Trip Report

Zagreb, Split, Hvar, Trstenik, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula and Bol

small group tour to croatiaThis month, we completed our second small group cruise to Croatia an the Dalmatian Coast. We started with a 3-day land tour in Zagreb and continued on to Split where we boarded the luxury ship, the Aquamarin.  In this blog post, The Traveling Professor will tell you all about our adventure in the exciting country of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (231)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6
Categories: Croatia
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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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