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 (248)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.0
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 (346)/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 (216)/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 (276)/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 (312)/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 (289)/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 (224)/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 (362)/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 (378)/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 (515)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Save on Airfare
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2 Hotels in the Marais in Paris

hotels in MaraisThe Marais area of Paris is one of the most delightful and desirous places to stay.  It is a charming area that retains much of the traditional Paris architecture, culture, and best of all, cooking.  It is full of markets, relaxing squares, wonderful bakeries and restaurants. It is an excellent place to base a stay in Paris for the good travel connections too.  See The Traveling Professor's picks for hotels in the Marais section of Paris.

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Where to Eat in Edinburgh Scotland

small group tours to ScotlandThe Traveling Professor small group tours to Scotland are consistently sold out, sometimes 18 months in advance. Scotland has plenty to offer.  There are great cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow.  The Scottish Highlands have some of the most spectacular scenery one could ask for and when there is train travel involved like on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Scotland, it is even more spectacular. Almost anyone who travels to Scotland spends time in Edinburgh.  In this edition of The Traveling Professor's blog post, we give you our Edinburgh restaurant list. 

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The Absolute Best Places to Eat in Rome, Venice and Paris

Andy Herbach Eating and DrinkingWhenever we go on a small group tour to Italy or Paris (or anywhere else, for that matter), I strongly suggest travelers take a copy of Andy Herbach's books.  Andy Herbach is the author of the Eating & Drinking series of menu translators and restaurant guides, including Eating & Drinking in Paris, Eating & Drinking in Italy, Eating & Drinking in Spain and Portugal and Eating & Drinking in Latin America.  The Professor can tell you, without equivocation, these are the best guides for not only selecting the best places to eat, but in helping diners read and translate what's on the menu.  No more "point and pray" when selecting from a menu.  Andy's guides help you order confidently and correctly from the menu.
Andy is also the author of several books published by Europe Made Easy Travel Guides, including Paris Walks, Europe Made Easy, Italy Made Easy, Paris Made Easy, Berlin Made Easy, Amsterdam Made Easy, French Riviera Made Easy, Provence Made Easy, Oslo Made Easy, and Barcelona Made Easy

Read today's blog post to find Andy Herbach's best restaurants in Paris, Venice, and Rome.

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Shockingly Low Air Fares to Europe

cheap airfares to europeEveryone is always looking for inexpensive flights to Europe. I can remember flying R/T between New York and Paris in 2000 for $351 and I thought that was a bargain.  Can you get to Europe even cheaper now?  You sure can.  By using some easy strategy, it is easy to get to Europe on legacy airlines like American, Delta, and British airlines. Check out today's blog post and see The Traveling Professor's tips on bargain airfares to Europe both in economy and luxury class. 

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