Croatia: What to Do and See

Tips for Seeing this Amazing Destination

small group tours to croatiaOne of the hottest travel destinations now is Croatia. The Traveling Professor has been visiting on his small group tours to Croatia and we have a trip scheduled for this year and 2 for 2019.  Located on the Adriatic Sea, I expected the food to be more Italian than Mediterranean, and I was wrong.  The coastline is staggeringly beautiful, the cities are ancient and exciting.  We found the people to be incredibly warm and welcoming. And lastly, the price is right.  Read more to find out about the exciting travel destination of Croatia.

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (203)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Croatia

Two Pizza Spots in Florence

Great Italian Pizza

pizza in florence italyI know, I know, Florence is full of art and culture.  Most people go there to see the nude dude, David or the Uffizi Gallery or hang out in one of the great piazzas sipping coffee or eating gelato.  For me, it's all about the pizza. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor will tell you about two of his favorite pizza spots in Florence.

Thursday, August 23, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (201)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Things The Professor Cannot Travel Without

See What I'm Packing on My Next Small Group Tour

small group tours packingWe do anywhere from 10-15 small group tours each year.  Sometimes I am away for 6-7 weeks at a time and I NEVER check a bag. So, what are the essential things I bring on every trip other than the obvious like a change of clothes? Take a look at The Traveling Professor's blog post to learn what he cannot travel without. 

Monday, August 13, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (191)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Travel Tips

4 More Paris Restaurants

Two on the Left Bank, Two on the Right

favorite paris restaurantsEveryone loves to eat in Paris. Today, more than ever, there are options for eating in Paris. In general, on our small group tours to Paris we eat at local spots at a moderate price.  I have picked out 4 of my favorite Paris restaurants, two of them are actually located on the same street, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.  The other two are on the other side of the river and I am very sure you will enjoy them. 

Friday, August 3, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (229)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Paris

Best and Worst Ways to Change Money Overseas

Even Some Tips NEVER Found in Guide Books

how to exchange money overseasOne of the money matters we encounter when traveling is how to change money.  Most European countries NEVER accept US dollars.  Fortunately, most European countries accept the common Euro currency but a good amount don't.  In any case, there are situations where you will need to obtain currency.  Look at The Traveling Professor's travel tips on the best way to change your currency into local currency.  I'll also tell you about some of the worst ways to do it too!

Thursday, August 2, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (236)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Travel Tips

Denmark and Norway by Rail and Ferry

Great Way to See 2 Beautiful Countries

Norway by Train and FerryOne of the more popular Traveling Professor tours is his small group tour to Norway and Denmark.  No matter how one travels to these countries, they will see some of the best natural beauty to be found anywhere. But if traveling by train and ferry, it offers special sights that can be found no other way.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post and find out why you need to travel to Denmark and Norway by ferry and rail.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (230)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Where to Eat in Edinburgh

18 of The Professor's Picks

small group tours to scotlandThe Traveling Professor is doing his first small group tour to Scotland next month.  We're really excited about it as well as the dozen-or-so travelers going with us. In March, we had the chance to scout out the restaurants scene in Edinburgh and we came up with some good ones.  Linda and I spent a considerable amount of time in the Malt Shovel refining the list.  Check it out in today's blog post. 

Sunday, July 29, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (255)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel
Tags: Edinburgh

3 Quick and Easy Tips for Flying with Award Miles

Useful Tips to Getting More from Your Award Miles

tips for using award milesFlyers earn and use a lot of award miles.  How many? American Airlines President Robert Isom revealed a stunning statistic:  over 1,500,000,000 award miles are redeemed per day or over 500 billion miles earned or redeemed per year. That's just on American Airlines!  The Traveling Professor has researched ways to make the most of your frequent flyer awards program.  Here are just 3 useful tips on earning and using award miles.  Happy Travels!

Saturday, July 28, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (371)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.5
Categories: Save on Airfare

7 Things to Do in Prague

Enjoy One of the Most Fascinating Cities in the World

Visit PraguePrague appears to be a city where the past, present and future meet. You can admire old world structures, visit contemporary landmarks and admire futuristic attractions. It can be intimidating to come up with an itinerary for making the most out of your stay. So with that in mind, here's a quick guide of some of the best things to do to get that genuine Prague experience.
Thursday, July 26, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (167)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel
Tags: Prague

5 Festivals in Europe

From Germany to Italy to Finland to Scotland to Croatia

The world is full of festivals, and more seem to emerge each year. Some revolve around music, some around food and drink, some live performances, and some holidays. But all of them, or at least all of the big ones, have one thing in common: they’re incredible cultural showcases.  So, on your next tour to Europe, make sure to visit one of these great festivals.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (133)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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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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